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Hannah Amundson

  • Assistant Director of Admissions - Enrollment Marketing
  • Transfer Coordinator
  • B.A., Concordia College Moorhead MN

Hannah Amundson

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Fargo, ND
  • Oak Grove High School

Education/Interests

I graduated in 2015 with a degree in English Education and a minor in Theatre Art. I have always loved education and talking to students about their ambitions. I try to make sure I keep theatre in my life by directing shows when I can.  In my free time, I like to read, travel, snuggle my cats, go to the lakes, and ride bike around the Pomme de Terre.

Why Morris?

My first interaction with the University is when I guest directed their production of Dead Man's Cellphone. During this experience, I got to work with amazing faculty and incredible students. This taste of the university experience left me wanting to work in this community. The University of Minnesota Morris continues to impress me with its commitment to students. Having been a teacher, I understand how important passion is at an educational institute. The professors and staff I meet care deeply about their students and creating meaningful experiences. Because we all have this shared sense of purpose, it makes the university a great place to learn, grow, and work.


Harry Ballantyne

  • Admissions Counselor
  • M.S.A., Upper Iowa University
  • B.S., Crown College, St. Bonifacius, MN

Harrison Ballantyne

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Lakeville, MN
  • Lakeville South High School

Education/Interests

A native of Lakeville, Minnesota, Ballantyne attended Lakeville South High School before graduating from Crown in 2017 with degrees in Sports Management and theology. Following his time at Crown, he served as a graduate assistant baseball coach at Iowa Lakes Community College, while he obtained a master's degree in sports administration with an emphasis in coach and leadership education from Upper Iowa University.

Some of my interests include being an avid Minnesota sports fan, fitness, and coaching. I also enjoy watching movies and going out to different places to eat.

Why Morris?

During my college search throughout my senior year of high school, I ended up visiting the University of Minnesota Morris and considered it as being a potential spot for time in college. Although I did not ultimately choose the University of Minnesota Morris, I had the opportunity later on in my life to accept a position as the assistant baseball coach in January of 2020. As I have spent time here and gotten to know the area on a more personal level, what's not to like about it. Community is inviting, the people that are involved and work at the University of Minnesota Morris is what makes this place special!


Taylor Holleman

  • Admissions Counselor
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris

Taylor Holleman

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Education/Interests

I Graduated from Morris in 2018 with a degree in Financial & Organizational Management. As a student here I played football for four years and basketball for one. In my spare time you will most likely find me watching sports, hanging out with friends and family, playing golf, or on a lake. I love getting to know people and appreciate a good laugh everyday.

Why Morris?

I grew up about 10 minutes away and was very familiar with the college since my Mother worked on campus and my older brother went to school here. I visited other colleges but nothing compared to how comfortable I felt when on my visit at Morris. Small town with an awesome community and everyone on campus was so welcoming and friendly. I am excited to continue my career here as a staff member now.


Andrew Sletten

  • Senior Admissions Counselor
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris

Andrew Sletten

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Education/Interests

I graduated from Morris in 2014 with a major in History. While a student I stayed busy with student government, playing drums in the jazz ensembles and leading the campus improv group, Breakfast for Dinner. I still keep busy playing music and improvising but have also come to love slowing things down by going out on the lake or sitting by a bonfire.

Why Morris?

The first time I came to Morris was attending the annual Jazz Fest as a high school student. I, with a little prodding from my dad, recognized Morris as a place that I could pursue my passion for music while receiving a world class education in a friendly, engaged community. Morris is a campus that cares for its students and sets them up not just to be successful but to find their passion and live full, rich lives.


Abby Bangasser

  • Assistant Director of Admissions - CRM
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris

Abby Bangasser

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Slayton, MN
  • Murray County Central

Education/Interests

I graduated from Morris in 2017 with B.A. degrees in Psychology and Liberal Arts for the Human Services and a minor in Biology. As a student I really enjoyed being involved on campus in various clubs (Dance Ensemble was my favorite) and working as a telecounselor in the Admissions Office. I was also involved in the community working various jobs and volunteering at the Steven's Community Humane Society. My passions include travel, animals, science, human rights, and helping people. I fill my free time hanging out with my friends, cuddling with my cat, going to the lake, baking, or the occasional netflix binge.

Why Morris?

I figured out in high school that if I was going to succeed in college I was going to need a place that offered personal attention and professors that cared about their students. Morris offered the perfect combination of small school feel with big school perks. Those aspects combined with the kindness of everyone I met made UMM a perfect fit. To this day, it is a place that fosters a sense of community for everyone and that's what I love about being here and why I've stuck around.