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Preston Residential College Resident Mentor staff

2017-2018 Resident Mentors (RMs)
Our Resident Mentors (RMs) work to create and foster the community in Preston. They host gatherings throughout the year for residents and encourage each student to make the most of their time both in Preston at The University of South Carolina.
Angelo Amore

Angelo Amore (2nd floor west)

Angelo Amore is a sophomore from Albany, NY, and is excited to be serving Preston Residential College as his first year as a Resident Mentor. As a freshman in the Honors college last year, Angelo got involved on campus by joining the University Band, and participating in Intramural sports as both a player and referee. Angelo spent the summer serving as an Orientation Leader, where he may have had the chance to meet some of you! As an International Business major, Angelo plans to continue taking business courses and language courses, and hopes to travel the world for a career someday.

Mary Ashley Boykin

Mary Ashley Boykin (3rd floor east)

Mary Ashley Boykin is a sophomore nursing major originally from Fort Mill, SC. She is a third generation Gamecock so she loves just about anything USC. Some of her favorite things are corgis, tacos, music and meeting new people!

Sam Conner

Samantha Conner (1st floor west)

Samantha Conner is excited to return to Preston Residential College for her third year, and second time as a Resident Mentor! She is a junior Sport and Entertainment Management major with a minor in International Studies. Coming 854 miles away from her home in Chicopee, Massachusetts to the University of South Carolina, Sam is excited to return to her "home away from home."

Sam has been a member of the Preston Hall Government as a wing liaison, Y-IMPACT as the Relay for Life Team Captain, and the USC Homecoming General Commission in Marketing and Social Media. Previously, Sam served as an intern for the Valley Blue Sox, a local Collegiate Baseball team in New England. She hopes to continue her career in sports and eventually end up working for the International Olympic Committee. 

Nakia Hooks

Nick Hooks (3rd floor west)

Nick Hooks is a sophomore political science major in the College of Arts & Sciences and is from New Orleans, Louisiana. This is Nick's first year as a resident mentor and as a Preston resident and he is thrilled to be a part of the community. On campus, Nick is a senator and the Chairman of Multicultural Affairs in the student government senate and an active member of CRU (campus ministry). During his spare time, Nick enjoys spending time with his friends from CRU and student government, reading news articles, working out, and following current events around the country and world. Nick is passionate about helping those who are marginalized and helping to make college education become more accessible to those who cannot afford it. After graduating from law school one day, Nick hopes to pursue a career in politics. 

Jawaun McClam

Jawuan McClam (2nd floor east)

Jawaun McClam is a junior, Geography major (Urban Development track), from Florence, South Carolina.  This is his second year working with University Housing as a Resident Mentor, and his third year calling Preston Residential College home. Aside from academics, Jawaun is very active in the community totaling over 200 community service hours in his first year of college. He served as an Orientation Leader this past summer. He is looking forward to another great year at as a Gamecock!

Kennedy Peterson

Kennedy Peterson (2nd floor center)

Kennedy Peterson is excited to be returning to Preston for her first full year as a Resident Mentor. As a freshman last year in Preston, Kennedy was active in organizations including the Multicultural Assistance Peer Program (MAPP), Multicultural Outreach Student Team (MOST) and serving on the Association of African American Students (AAAS) executive board. Kennedy joined the Preston team second semester of her Freshman year and is so thrilled to be surrounded by Preston residents and staff again this year!

Kennedy is entering her sophomore year at USC pursuing an undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology. Being a part of the Preston community has already granted Kennedy many opportunities to volunteer and be an active member of Columbia and the university’s community and she hopes to take advantage of even more of those opportunities this year. Kennedy looks forward to meeting and connecting with everyone in Preston this year so feel free to reach out to her!    

Jack Rogan

Jack Rogan (1st floor east)

Jack Rogan is a junior at USC from St. Louis, Missouri, and this is his second year in Preston as a Resident Mentor. Jack is a Biology and Spanish major in the Honors College with a minor in Business Administration, and he plans to attend dental school after his time at USC. Aside from his role as an RM, Jack is heavily involved on campus as a Color Team Captain for USC Dance Marathon's Morale Team, he is a brother of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, and he is involved in a number of pre-health professional-related organizations. Jack has also served in Student Government in a variety of roles during his first two years at USC. Jack is so excited for another year in Preston!

Grant Tore

Grant Tore (3rd floor center)

Grant Tore is a senior Biology and Spanish major, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, which is a beautiful, historic but up-and-coming city in the Midwest. After studying abroad in Costa Rica and spending a semester in Bates House, Grant is excited to be returning to Preston for his second time around. During his sophomore year, Grant served as an RM in Preston as well. Grant is passionate about access to quality healthcare and education, community outreach, and traveling whenever possible! Ask him about his favorite trips! After graduation, he is considering going abroad again through the Fulbright Student Program or the Peace Corps and eventually hopes to attend medical school to become a pediatrician.