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Res Life 2013-2014: Battling Boredom 1 Event at a Time

Every year, the University of St. Thomas Office of Residence Life hires a group of diverse and energetic upperclassmen to form the Residence Life staff for the new school year. No two Res Life teams are alike, and this year, UST welcomes a combination of sophomores, juniors and seniors to become part of the 2013-2014 Residence Life Staff.

The Residence Life staff creates fun and enjoyable experiences for new freshmen, transfer students and returning residents in Guinan and Young halls. With monthly hall events, weekly programs and daily interactions, the 20-person team goes above and beyond to ensure that all residents feel secure, independent, respected and at home.

Marquis Gatewood, Director of Residence Life and Conference Housing

At the top of the command center is Marquis Gatewood, Director of Residence Life and Conference Housing. Formerly the assistant director of residence life, Gatewood recently accepted the director position after a challenging summer of being short-staffed.

“Within a matter of weeks, our department went from a team of three to a team of me,” Gatewood said. “Even though the transition was a stressful, my amazing student leaders and workers helped me balance and manage our changing department.”

Gatewood, a Houston native, is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in broadcast journalism. He has also earned a master’s degree in public administration from Texas Southern University and is currently studying Educational Leadership at Creighton University. Despite a hectic summer, Gatewood traveled to the Texas Hill Country for a well-deserved vacation with his family and loved ones.

Area Resident Assistants

Second in command are the Area Resident Assistants. ARAs are responsible for managing larger residential areas. They mentor sophomore advisors, plan Wonderful Wednesdays and plan and execute staff training.

Amber Ali is a junior political science major. Ali chose UST because it was the ideal environment for her to get attention from her professors and feel like she was with her family. Ali went kayaking in Austin this summer and would love to one day practice law during the week and medicine during the weekend.

Amanda Bohl, a junior psychology and theology double major, joined Residence Life to get involved and meet new people. Originally from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Bohl dislikes cheese and would love to be a paid traveler one day.


Joshua Hawkins is graduate student seeking to earn an MBA in Finance. A Houston native, Hawkins hopes to one day be the Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve. The most exciting thing he did this summer was attend his best friend’s wedding as his best man.

Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants are tasked with creating a sense of community within their assigned halls. Their duties include planning academic and social events, assisting residents in conflict resolution and creating a comfortable living and learning environment for their residents.

Priya Bhalla, a junior studying biology, is originally from New Delhi, India. Her dream job would be to start her medical residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She joined Res Life for the family aspect of the team.


Vivian Cabrera is a senior communications major from Compton, Calif. After graduation, Cabrera hopes to own her own magazine, along with a wedding planning business.


Aliyah Cole, a senior communications major from Houston, joined Res Life because she enjoys helping people. She hopes to be a film director one day and looks forward to building lasting relationships with Res Life.


Adrienne Copeland, born in Los Angeles and raised in Houston, transferred to UST her sophomore year. A senior music major and theology minor, Copeland hopes to be a professional worship leader after graduation.


Paul Gries is a junior biology major. A Houston native, Gries would like to be a celebrity chef, if given the opportunity.


Dominic Kisielewski is an international studies super senior from South Africa. He joined Res Life to become more involved on campus. He spent his summer traveling across Europe and would like to work as a diplomat for the State Department after graduation.


Diego Lagos is sophomore finance major from Mexico City. A former commuter, Lagos joined Res Life because he wanted to tear down the commuter boundaries to serve others. After graduation, Lagos hopes to take over his family’s business.


Armando Martinez is a junior finance and economics double major from Baytown, Texas. He chose UST because it is a well-recognized Catholic Institution. Martinez’s dream job is becoming an astronaut.


Joveline Ollero, a junior from Wailuku, Hawaii, is studying applied mathematics in the Co-opperative Engineering program. She joined Res Life to be a part of the great family that made her feel at home when she was a freshman.


Nick Pane is a junior philosophy major from Davie County, N.C. He looks forward to meeting his residents and hopes to become a philosophy professor one day.


Lexi Peltier is a sophomore accounting major from Cypress, Texas. Her dream job would be to work in the marketing department for the Dallas Cowboys.  She looks forward to growing closer to the Res Life team and making the year fun and memorable for residents.


Vince Roach is a sophomore double-majoring in theology and philosophy. A native of Katy, Texas, Roach traveled to the Holy Land this summer for a study abroad/pilgrimage with UST. After graduation, Roach would like to become a theology professor at a prestigious Catholic University.

Sophomore Advisors

Sophomore Advisors are placed in freshman communities to assist freshmen in their transition from high school to college. They understand the importance of creating a good academic and social foundation for freshmen to be successful leaders at UST.

Alex Brokmeyer is a sophomore studying psychology and drama. From Houston, she dreams of becoming a drama therapist after graduation.

Gabby Lastrapes is a sophomore English major from New Orleans. Lastrapes chose UST for the small intimate community and the strong Catholic environment. After graduation, Lastrapes would like to teach English in a small Catholic school.


Clarissa Tovias is a sophomore engineering major from Pasadena, Texas. Tovias chose UST because of the friendliness of every student, staff and faculty member. After graduation, she would like to help improve medical equipment to treat babies in the womb.


Jasmine Webb is a sophomore theology major. Born and raised in Houston, Webb chose UST for its integration of faith and reason in all the courses that are taught. After graduation, Jasmine would like to teach theology. 

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