Purdue News

December 8, 2004

Sculpture dedication ceremony to honor former deans of students

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Three Purdue University alumnae who were inspired by former deans will take part in a private dedication ceremony Dec. 11 of a new campus sculpture called "When Dreams Dance" to honor Barbara Cook and the late Beverley Stone.

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The sculpture is located between Schleman and Hovde Halls. Thomas Robinson, vice president for student services, will speak at the dedication in the lobby of Schleman Hall.

"Dean Stone and Dean Cook were great role models to all students," Robinson said. "They worked tirelessly and cared deeply. This sculpture is a wonderful reminder of their service."

The three former students are Barbara B. Stonewater, who is now executive director of Northern Kentucky Council of Partners; Barbara G. Watts, associate dean of the College of Law at the University of Cincinnati; and Marylu McEwen, associate professor, counseling and personnel services, University of Maryland College Park. All three graduated from Purdue in 1968 and spent the early parts of their career in student services.

"Deans Stone and Cook modeled for us what it was like to be professionals in student affairs," Stonewater said. "These women were a step ahead of women like them all over the country, and they impacted us all on a personal and professional level as to what it meant to be a strong, assertive, wonderful, smart professional woman."

Stone was the first dean of students at Purdue from 1974-80 and was the first woman to hold that title in the Big Ten. She died in April 2003.

Cook was dean of students between 1980-86. A West Lafayette resident, she will attend the dedication ceremony.

"I was so touched to hear about this lovely gesture from my former students, who were later my colleagues," Cook said. "Beverley Stone was a dear friend of mine, and I'm sure she too would've been flabbergasted."

Cook and Stone entertained students for years, Cook said. They never suspected their students, busy professional women themselves, would take the time to put together this honor.

"It's a wonderful honor," Cook said. "I'm very surprised that the three of them could pull this off. To find a time when all of them could be here is nothing short of a miracle."

Dave Caudill a Louisville, Ky., sculptor, created the simple but elegant stainless-steel sculpture.

"My sculptures' lyrical twists of stainless steel have become metaphors of the paths we take in life," Caudill said. "I hope 'When Dreams Dance' continues the work of deans Beverley Stone and Barbara Cook by inviting self discovery by all who see it."

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-2432, maggiemorris@purdue.edu

Sources: Sandra Monroe, assistant vice president for student services, (765) 494-5779, skmonroe@purdue.edu

Barbara Cook, (765) 463-5642

Dave Caudill, (502) 457-4769, dave@caudillart.com

Barbara B. Stonewater, (859) 442-3541, bstonewater@nkces.coop.k12.ky.us

Barbara G. Watts, (513) 556-6805, barb.watts@uc.edu

Marylu McEwen, (301)405-2871, mm41@umail.umd.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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The stainless-steel sculpture, "When Dreams Dance," is being dedicated to former deans of students Barbara Cook and Beverley Stone. Louisville artist Dave Caudill created the sculpture, which will be located between Schleman and Hovde halls. (Photo courtesy of Dave Caudill)

A publication-quality photograph is available at https://www.purdue.edu/uns/images/+2004/sculpture-dedication.jpg


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