Roger and Gloria Jones of Youngstown, founders of Fireline Inc., receive Youngstown State University’s 2016 Friend of the University Award at an invitation-only event Friday, May 13, in Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown.
The annual Friend of the University Award recognizes the leadership and contributions to YSU and the community by a particular individual or individuals. The event enables YSU to acknowledge individuals who have made significant financial or personal commitments to YSU and the community.
A Korean War veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star, Roger Jones has a bachelor’s degree in ceramic engineering from Alfred University and came to the Youngstown area to head research and development for Dixon Crucible. He also is a sculptor, with one of his pieces featured on the YSU campus in the space between Tod Hall and the Butler Institute of American Art.
Gloria Jones has an undergraduate degree from Elmira College in biology and chemistry, a master’s in physiological chemistry from the University of Buffalo and a master’s in English from YSU. She worked in medical research, taught at YSU for more than 20 years and taught at the University of Nis in Serbia on a Fulbright Scholarship. She later was vice president of Special Projects at Fireline.
Fireline Inc. is a Youngstown-based manufacturer of high-performance ceramic shapes used in a variety of molten metal applications.
The Joneses are long-time YSU supporters and have endowed two scholarships at the university. Both scholarships are named in honor of the Joneses and are held by the YSU Foundation. The Roger and Gloria Scholarship for STEM students will be awarded to a student in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; the Roger and Gloria Jones Scholarship in Fine Arts will be awarded to a student majoring in one of the fine arts in the College of Creative Arts and Communication.
The Jones’ previous support of YSU has been diverse and far-reaching. Over the years they have contributed to the STEM College, the College of Creative Arts and Communication, the Dana School of Music, the Friends of Music Scholarship, the YSU Foundation Reaching for Tomorrow’s Stars Scholarship, 88.5 WYSU-FM and the YSU English Festival.