Collins 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 hall’s emblem is in honor of the Collins family crest, which features a dragon of its own.
Associate Professor, English
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!
Associate Professor, Physics
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!
Assistant Teaching Professor
My name is Molly Knight, and I’ve been a member of the German & Russian Department here at Wake Forest since 2011. I teach a range of German language and literature courses, as well as Humanities and First Year Seminars. My specialty is 20th and 21st century German literature and film, with a focus on gender and violence. I’m a native of South Carolina, and will confess that I attended two of our ACC rival schools: Clemson and Duke. But I promise I’m now a Demon Deacon through and through! I’m looking forward to getting to know you and helping you find (or create) your niche on campus. While you’re exploring, be sure to stop by my department’s annual Oktoberfest on the Mag Quad this fall – it’s our favorite day of the year. Welcome to Wake!