The first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified Green dorm on campus opened in the Fall of 2010 and has big-screen displays in common areas that help residents learn how and what they’re saving in consumption on an daily basis. The facility is actually the second to be known as South. The residence hall now known as Collins was called South from 1985 until 1994. The lighthouse on the South crest references the iconic scenery of North Carolina cities such as New Bern, where Samuel Wait spent considerable time in the helping develop the institution we now know as Wake Forest University.
Assistant Professor, Communication
Welcome to Wake Forest and South Hall! My name is Ron Von Burg, an Assistant Professor in Communication and Core Faculty in the Interdisciplinary Program in Humanities. My scholarly interests include public debates on science and science fiction film. I look forward to discussions about the latest blockbuster or a timeless classic. I am originally from Mesa, Arizona, but I have lived for many years in the East, including Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Carolina. I understand being away from home for school, from the perspective of both student and parent. I look forward to meeting you and sharing Winston Salem and Wake Forest, your new home, with you over the next year.
Associate Professor, Chemistry
I am Paul Jones, Associate Professor of Chemistry. I have been at Wake since 2000 so I can always quickly tell you how many years I’ve worked here. I grew up in a small town in western Oklahoma and earned chemistry degrees from Oklahoma State and Duke. My main interest is in how light interacts with matter and how those interactions can be used to make new materials and control others. I probably won’t tell you much about this unless you ask but, if you do, you’d better have some time on your hands. I’m also an avid amateur astronomer and traveler and a huge baseball fan. Again, if asked about these, I may go on at considerable length. I have led two study abroad programs and served on several committees concerning academic travel and pre-health professions. I can talk a lot about these things, too. I look forward to meeting you and hearing what drives you. Welcome.
Associate Professor, Communication
Welcome to South Hall! My name is Alessandra Von Burg and I am originally from a small town in Northern Italy. I have lived in Phoenix, Arizona, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where I studied Communication, Political Theory, European Union and citizenship studies. I am also a proud parent of a Deac and I know how excited you are to live on your own, even if your parents are just a phonecall away. I cannot wait to meet you, discuss local and international politics, speak foreign languages together, learn about where you are from, and introduce you to the Wake and WinstonSalem community.