The African/African American Heritage Award

The African/African American Heritage Award honors a Dominican University alumna/us whose life and work follows the mission of pursuing truth and giving compassionate service. It is awarded during the African/African American Heritage Reception each February.

To nominate an alumna/us for the African/African American Heritage Award, click the following Nomination form and select “African/African American Heritage Award” in the drop-down menu.

Supplemental materials that can not be uploaded may be mailed to Office of Alumnae/i Relations, Dominican University, 7900 W. Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305. You can also fax supplemental materials to (708) 366-4197.

2017 African/African American Heritage Award recipient


RoJenia (Judkins) Jones ’07, PhD

RoJenia (Judkins) Jones ’07 is the principal research chemist and laboratory manager for DOD Technologies, Inc., a leading global supplier of integrated gas detection systems and solutions. Service is at the core of what drives Dr. Jones and that is reflected in her research, which has been focused on improving quality of life.

Her commitment to service has its foundation at Dominican University where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. As an undergraduate, Dr. Jones was a resident assistant for three years, a member of the Black Student Union, and ran cross country for four years. At Dominican, Dr. Jones was challenged to pursue truth, think critically about our world’s dilemmas, and try to create a more just and humane world.

Dr. Jones recently completed her PhD in Chemistry at Loyola University Chicago. During her tenure at Loyola University, she worked as a teaching assistant and received the coveted Teaching Assistant of the Year award. Prior to Loyola, Dr. Jones attended Ball State University where she received a master’s degree in Chemistry and was honored with the Graduate Student Researcher of the Year Award.

A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority since 2005, Dr. Jones has worked with a network of over 200,000 women to help carryout the sorority’s mission. Dr. Jones also serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization, Stir the Pot (STP). STP’s mission is to alleviate hunger in and around Chicago’s most vulnerable communities through the growing and distribution of fresh, natural and community grown produce.

Previous recipients of the African/African American Heritage Award include:
2005 - Sabrena Thurmond Davis ’95
2006 - Emily Guss ’75
2007 - Christopher Little ’91 (1969-2007)
2008 - Fred Sloan ’76
2009 - Dana Spell ’88
2010 - Christopher Phills ’00
2011 - Vernita Jones ’61
2012 - Denise Dixon Ferguson ’75
2013 - Patricia Ann Askew ’77
2014 - Marilyn Anderson Rhames ’96
2015 - Jeffrey O. Porter ’98
2016 - Kendall Moore ’09, MD
2017 - RoJenia (Judkins) Jones ’07, PhD

Please contact Alysha Biehl at or (708) 524-6296, with any questions regarding award nominations.