20100330luter1627If you don’t know the name of Joseph Williamson Luter III (’61), you may know Smithfield Foods, the sausage company his family has owned since 1936. A boar’s profile represents the company in the dorm’s seal. Mr. Luter is an esteemed University supporter who served on the Board of Trustees from 1997-2001. The dorm’s spacious commons area hosted a concert featuring Australian folk rocker Jennifer Knapp in 2012.

Famous Alumni: Zachary Andrew Klein (’04), co-founder of video-sharing website Vimeo, and 2012 U.S. Open golf champion Webb Simpson (’08) are former Luter residents.

Faculty Fellows:

20110811gunkel4577Steve Gunkel (

My name is Steve Gunkel and I am a Lecturer in the Sociology Department and my courses and research are in the area of white-collar crime, juvenile delinquency, and criminology.  I am eager to work with the students of Luter Hall and navigating the first year at Wake Forest together!



Darlene May,Darlene May (

My name is Darlene May.  I am a Full Teaching Professor in the Department of Romance Languages, founder of the Arabic Program at Wake Forest, an affiliated faculty member in the interdisciplinary Middle East/South Asia Studies Program, and occasional Resident Director of the WFU Summer Study Abroad Program in Fez, Morocco.  Because of the clear commitment to Humanities and the Liberal Arts in our curriculum, the value placed on international learning and multi-cultural competency for our students, and the high priority given to teacher-student engagement on our campus, I cannot imagine teaching anywhere else and being as happy as I am here!  As a first-generation college student, I am an active participant in First in the Forest activities.  I am also heavily involved in the campus-wide Diversity and Inclusion initiative as well as in community-wide interfaith work as a founding member of both Interfaith Winston-Salem and Compassionate Winston-Salem.  Languages are a passion of mine, and having been fortunate enough to study and live outside the U.S. in Colombia, Spain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Morocco, I am fluent not only in English but also in Spanish, Modern Standard Arabic, and several dialects of Arabic.  My relationship with Wake Forest goes back to 2001, when the older of my two sons enrolled as a freshman.  Now, as the proud parent of two alumni (’05 and ’10)—one of whom is a past resident of Luter!—I feel grateful to be able to relate to the university both as a faculty member and a parent.  My wish for all of you 2016-17 residents of Luter is that you find as much pleasure and fulfillment in your WFU experience as my sons and I have!  I am delighted to have the opportunity to be a part of your experience.

Abby-Perdue,Abby Perdue (

Hello and welcome! My name is Abby Perdue, and I am a professor at the Law School. During my college years at Washington and Lee University, I served as a Dorm Counselor and Residence Advisor because I loved working with new students. I reprised this role during law school at the University of Virginia when I served as a Peer Advisor mentoring first-year law students. After law school, I moved to Manhattan to practice labor and employment law at Proskauer Rose and later clerked for two federal judges in Washington, D.C. Since I grew up in a small town in West Virginia, moving to Winston-Salem and joining the faculty at Wake Forest felt like coming home. I have enjoyed every minute of it! At Wake Forest, I teach a wide array of courses, coach a Moot Court team, advise a journal, and do scholarship on a vast array of issues, including diversity and discrimination. But none of that would be possible without the most amazing teaching assistant in the world — Violet, my three-year-old cocker spaniel. In my spare time, I exclusively pursue highly intellectual endeavors, such as binge-watching all of the TV shows that I didn’t have time to watch during law school and playingTransformers with my nephews – Heath (5) and Wyatt (3). (I’m usually cast in the pivotal supporting role of Bumblebee.) Because I find that exploring our world is the best way to explore yourself, I also travel whenever I can. In recent years, I have sailed around the Croatian Coast, danced the hula in Oahu, ziplined and hiked across Costa Rica, strolled through the pebbled streets of Portugal, devoured tapas all over Spain and gnocchi all over Italy, and even snorkeled with sharks and stingrays in Belize. My next great adventure is meeting you, and Violet and I simply can’t wait!