If 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 residence hall’s seal. Mr. Luter is an esteemed University supporter who served on the Board of Trustees from 1997-2001. The residence hall’s spacious commons area hosted a concert featuring Australian folk rocker Jennifer Knapp in 2012.
Associate Professor, Counseling
Hello new residents! My name is Mark Scholl and I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling. I have been a faculty member at Wake Forest University since January 2014, and one of the things I have enjoyed most about working here has been teaching my First Year Seminar titled “Quantum Change: Understanding the Personal Transformation Phenomenon.” Last fall, I had the good fortune of teaching the course as a Living Learning Community for a group of students living in Johnson Hall. An interesting fact about me is that although I am a native North Carolinian, I lived and taught counseling in New York City for 9 years (2000 – 2009). My wife, Kimberly, is an Administrative Assistant in the Humanities Institute in Reynolda Hall. She has acted and sung in many musicals. My 13-year-old son, Wyatt, is a student at Hanes Middle School here in Winston-Salem and he recently performed stand-up comedy in his school's talent show.
I look forward to participating with you in social and cultural activities, getting to know you through our conversations, and to serving as a supportive resource for you throughout the upcoming year.
Professor, Art: Printmaking
I joined Wake Forest University in the fall of 1984 to begin the Intaglio,or Etching Studio Program, in the Art Department. I received my BFA in drawing and printmaking from Northern Illinois University and my MFA from Southern Illinois University in drawing, printmaking and painting. I’ve had more than 25 solo exhibitions of my intaglio prints and mixed media works, and have been in more than 40 invitational and group exhibitions since 1976. My work is held in permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery, the U.S. State Department, the University of Pisa in Italy, the American Bar Association, the National Art Museum of the Ukraine, Georgetown University, the University of Southern Indiana, Ymagos de Gravuras de Arte in Sao Paulo, Brazil, United Airlines, Dickinson College, Chase Manhattan Bank, and Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia. My works have also been included in the Art in Embassies program through the State Department in Zimbabwe and Uganda, and I’ve served as artist-in-residence in Brazil, Canada, and Europe. I’m passionate about composing engraved drawings on copper plates, then massaging the engraves surfaces with printer’s ink and running them through an etching press.
Teaching Professor, Romance Languages
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 WFU 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 member of faculty and a parent.