|The Residence Life staff at the University of St. Thomas aims to make the transition from high school to college as smooth as possible for freshmen and create enjoyable experiences for returning residents. With campus programs and hall events, the ResLife staff strives to make everyone feel at home.
“I am honored to be a part of young students’ educational and spiritual journeys and to serve as an example of how to live out one’s faith and discover one’s purpose,” said Marquis Gatewood, Assistant Director of Residence Life.
ResLife staff members in Guinan and Young halls are great resources for both residents and commuters. Maintaining a ratio of 20 to one (one of the lowest resident-to-staff ratios in the country), they ensure that personal attention is given to each student.
Director of Residence Life and Conference Housing
The Director of Residence Life and Conference Housing is responsible for creating and maintaining security and comfort for on-campus residents.
Marquis Gatewood, Assistant Director of Residence Life
The Assistant Director of Residence Life maintains orderly procedures in the Office of Residence Life. He works with the staff to make sure that all residents uphold community standards and the housing application process is completed properly.
Marquis is beginning his second year at UST. Gatewood, a Houston native, earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a focus in broadcast journalism from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has also earned a master’s degree in public administration from Texas Southern University. When he is not working, Gatewood enjoys watching “The Simpsons,” discussing politics and spending time with his family.
Residence Life Coordinators
Residence Life Coordinators are responsible for managing larger residential areas ranging from multi-floor communities to an entire residence hall. Some responsibilities include managing Conference Housing, mentoring sophomore advisors, planning Wonderful Wednesday events for residents, advising a Residence Life student group, planning and executing staff training and ensuring the Guinan Hall front desk operations run smoothly.
A Houston native, Lopez earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UST and is currently working on her Master of Education with a focus in counseling education. She spent last year serving as a Catholic missionary. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, crocheting, board games and card games.
Amanda Bohl is a sophomore double major studying psychology and theology. From Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Bohl enjoys traveling.
Michael Brannon is a senior communication and studio arts major from Alvin, Texas. When Brannon is not busy taking photos, he can be spotted riding his bike around campus.
Joshua Hawkins is a graduate student working on an MBA in Finance. A Houston native, Hawking enjoys long boarding in his free time.
The duties of the Resident Assistants involve creating a sense of community within their hall. They plan academic and social events, assist residents in conflict resolution and create a comfortable living and learning environment for their residents.
Amber Ali is a sophomore biology major in the pre-med program from Houston. She enjoys talking to people, eating and sleeping.
Vivian Cabrera is a junior communication major from Compton, California. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting.
Adrienne Copeland is a junior music major from Houston. Copeland enjoys singing Christian contemporary music, writing and arts and crafts.
Karina Flores is a junior education major originally from Chicago, Illinois. Flores enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music, writing and singing.
Jared Fontenot is a junior chemistry major from Baytown, Texas, who enjoys classical music, hunting and fishing.
Dominic Kisielewski is a senior international studies major from Johannesburg, South Africa. His hobbies include swimming and water sports.
John Kreischer, a senior English and philosophy major, hails from Chicago, Illinois. In his free time, Kreischer enjoys playing basketball and curling up with a good book.
Elena Petre is a sophomore international development and general business double major. Petre grew up outside of Caracas, Venezuela. She is proud to say she has never downloaded music.
Astrid Rojas is a junior marketing and international development major. The Venezuelan native enjoys biking, fishing and reading in her spare time.
Seth Romo is a senior international studies major from Houston who enjoys biking at night.
The primary role of the Sophomore Advisors is to assist freshmen in their transition from high school to college. Having just finished their freshman year, they understand the steps necessary in becoming a successful college student starting with your freshmen year.
Priya Bhalla is a sophomore double major studying pre-med biology and English literature. Bhalla, originally from Chicago, Illinois, enjoys reading, writing, exploring new places and meeting new people.
Paul Gries is a sophomore biology major from Houston who enjoys comic books and athletics.
Gabrielle Martinez-Clayton is a sophomore pre-nursing student from Houston. Her interests include baseball, painting, reading and biking.
Joveline Ollero is a sophomore chemistry major from Wailuku, Hawaii. When not studying chemistry, Ollero enjoys eating.
Kevin Rose is a sophomore chemistry major originally from New York City. His hobby is collecting sneakers.
For more information about living on campus, contact the Office of Residence Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-525-3836 or follow them on Twitter, @ustreslife or Facebook.