20080410collins0847Collins Residence Hall, first occupied in 1985, is named for William Avery Collins (’61), a major University benefactor. While a student, Mr. Collins was pledge master at Delta Sigma Pi fraternity, in which his brothers included All-American and future NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Norm Snead (’62). Collins also competed in track and field and played in the band. In 1994, he established a $2.1 million scholarship fund for students from his native Virginia. The dragon on the dorm logo is in honor of the Collins family crest, which features a dragon of its own.

Famous Alumni: Tim Duncan (’97), multiple NBA All-Star and Olympic medalist, and Bill Haas (’04), winner of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup in 2011, are on the Collins all-time roster.

Faculty Fellows:

Melissa-JenkinsMelissa Jenkins (

My name is Melissa Jenkins, and I am happy to be a Faculty Fellow in Collins Residence Hall. I grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and spent four happy years as an undergraduate here at Wake Forest, living in Johnson, Huffman, and Polo residence halls. I attended graduate school at Harvard University, and have been back at Wake, teaching in the English department, since 2008. I look forward to introducing Collins Residents to my husband Jaime (WFU ’99 Biology), and our daughters Jayna and Jaclyn. Please seek me out for any questions related to your humanities coursework and/or adjusting to life at Wake. Welcome!

Eric-CarlsonEric Carlson (

I’m Eric Carlson, and I’ve been a professor in the Department of Physics at Wake since 1995. I have taught a variety of classes in the physics department, including general physics, astronomy, and modern physics. My specialty is particle physics and semi­classical gravity, which is an attempt to understand the universe at its most fundamental level. In addition to academic pursuits, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two daughters, one of whom is still in college, my dogs Toby and Callie, playing board games and cooperative role playing games, singing in choir, and a lot of other pursuits. I look forward to seeing you this Fall!

Adam-DovicoAdam Dovico (

Welcome to Collins! My name is Adam Dovico and I am a clinical professor in the Department of Education. I am a proud Wake Forest alum (’04) and a now triple­Collins inhabitant (Collins 1B as a freshman, Collins 2A as a resident advisor, and now Faculty Fellow). I will also be advising and teaching a first year seminar as a part of the live and learn cohorts, so I am excited to have a chance to spend even more time with some of you in class. In the Department of Education, I instruct a number of lab courses, an educational leadership course, and advise elementary education student teachers. I hope to be a resource to you as a faculty member, but also as a former Wake Forest student. Go Deacs!