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making music AND moving mountains

| Judy Berthiaume

With a passion for both music and social justice, Dr. David Jones is a celebrated musician and a respected community advocate. Known as Davey J in regional entertainment circles, the UW-Eau Claire English and cultural studies professor is the bandleader for Jones Tones and for popular local musical combos such as Davey J and Friends and Jenny and the Lost Boys. This fall, he’s releasing his sixth CD, titled "Chippewa Love."

The recipient of the university’s 2015 Excellence in Service Award, Dr. Jones’ extensive service has had an extraordinary impact on the campus and Eau Claire communities. Serving as the university’s Faculty Fellow for Equity, Diversity and Inclusiveness, serving as a member of Wisconsin’s Special Commission on Violence in African American Families, and making himself available to talk to a plethora of community groups about social justice issues are just a few of the many ways Dr. Jones is helping to make the campus and the world a better place.

He views his music as an extension of his commitment to making positive change in the world around him, noting that music often brings diverse groups of people together in a shared space. His work as an educator also reflects his passions for both music and positive social change. For example, he teaches an Honors class about the history of rock 'n' roll, a class designed to help students understand rock ’n’ roll as a musical style, but also as an important social movement that influences cultural norms. As a musician, as an educator and as an advocate for social justice, Dr. David Jones is making music AND moving mountains ... and that’s pretty powerful!