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Rowena Adams Jones

Rowena Adams Jones, 1993

Mildred Blake Student Affairs Center
Years at UB: 1969-1994

Rowena Adams Jones graduated with a B.S. in Education in 1950 from the University of Pittsburgh. She was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, an African-American public service-oriented sorority and is still very involved in its Buffalo Alumnae Chapter today.

In 1969 she joined the University at Buffalo staff as an Assistant to the Director of Off-Campus Housing. In 1972 Adams Jones completed her Masters of Education in Counselor Education at UB and became the Associate Director of Student Affairs. The following year she became the Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs. She remained there until 1976 when she became the Director of the Mildred Blake Student Affairs Center. While at UB Adams Jones created and developed the Browsing Library Study Centers for residence students.

Adams Jones was not only instrumental in UB's community, but she also worked on many committees to help improve her local community. A member of St. Luke's African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church, she has served as the church's nursery director and its Christian Education Director, in addition to being a Sunday school teacher. She also has worked with the Buffalo and Erie County Girl Scout Council for over 25 years, serving as a troop leader and holding a number of Council committee posts.

Adams Jones has received numerous awards for her contributions to UB and to the community:

  • Outstanding Service to the University at Buffalo
  • UB Professional Staff Outstanding Service Award
  • SUNY Outstanding Award for Professional Staff
  • Appreciation Award for Dedicated Service to the Black Student Union
  • Appreciation Award from Girl Scout Council
  • Appreciation Award for Service to Buffalo Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
  • Buffalo Urban League Community Service Award
  • Delta Sigma Theta Award for 50 years of service

Rowena Adams Jones has also been recognized as an Uncrowned Queen. Read her biography on the Uncrowned Queens' website.

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