David M. Stone '57 and Jane Wilson Stone '57
The Jane and David Stone Civic Leadership Development Program was established through an estate gift from and in honor of Jane Wilson and David M. Stone. The Stones’ daughter, Carrie Stone Shafer ’86, says the program evolved as a gift from her late parents to recognize the outstanding liberal arts education they were fortunate to receive at DePauw. The program encourages students to engage in community service projects and, Carrie says, symbolizes the continuation of her parents’ commitment to giving back to the University and their devotion to assisting others in need.
Her parents were strong supporters of DePauw’s mission. David served two terms on DePauw’s Board of Trustees, and Jane served on the Board of Visitors. During their terms, they sought ways for students to become more involved in the University outside of everyday academic life, specifically in the surrounding Greencastle community.
“From a young age, I watched my parents reap the benefits of volunteering, and they constantly instilled in me the importance of not being self-focused, but instead using those energies to create positive change for others,” Carrie says.
“DePauw has a tradition of preparing civic-minded graduates for lives as active, thoughtful leaders. This program named in honor of Jane and David Stone builds upon an important tradition and is a wonderful tribute to the Stones’ lives and their love of DePauw,” says Melanie J. Norton, the University’s vice president for development and alumni engagement.
The Stone Civic Leadership Development Program convenes like-minded students, promotes community service, social justice, philanthropy and civic engagement. During their first year, accepted students complete 100 hours of community service, participate in a service-oriented fall break experience, extend mini-grants to community partners to enhance local service, receive a small stipend to cover costs such as transportation to service sites and attend monthly leadership development meetings and opportunities. The program also includes two campus-wide days of service and the Jane and David Stone Civic Leadership Speakers Series to present current trends in community development, encourage community service and foster service-learning in the curriculum. The Jane and David Stone Civic Award, presented annually, recognizes two graduating seniors for their commitment to DePauw and contributions of service.
“We are extremely grateful for the opportunity as this gift allows our office to continue to grow, improve and become a benchmark of success for community service at DePauw,” says Matt Cummings, the University’s assistant director of spirituality, service and social justice.
Carrie says, “My hope is that the involved students positively influence the community and other students who share a passion for service. It is a wonderful mission that I know would make my parents extremely proud. DePauw has always fostered great leaders, and I know the students chosen for this program will be some of their finest.”
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