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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!


Connor Oldenburg

  • Admissions Counselor

Connor Oldenburg

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Maplewood, MN
  • Homeschool

Education/Interests

I graduated from UMN Morris with a degree with majors in Political Science, Communication, Media, and Rhetoric, and Social Science. In my time at the University as a student, I have participated in several campus activities such as being a captain for the football team or a member of the campus Activity Fee Review Committee. One of my favorite campus activities however, would be giving campus tours to prospective students, and getting to meet all sorts of people to share the wonderful campus we have here at UMN Morris.

Outside of my campus activities, I love being outdoors, whether that be fishing, hiking, camping, or just enjoying nature. I also love sports at all levels, and am an avid Minnesota sports fan. I also have worked in the past as a yo-yo and juggling performer, which is something I try to keep up in my free time.

Why Morris?

In my college search, I wanted a school which had the community and people I felt I could connect with the most. Morris has been the foundation for many of my most important relationships, as well as providing me with countless opportunities. After my graduation in Fall of 2021, an opportunity to work for the University arose, and was one I simply could not pass up. UMN Morris has provided me with so many positive experiences, and in working for UMN Morris I hope to be able to provide those same experiences to others.


Abby Bangasser

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

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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.


Brian Studebaker

  • Director of Admissions
  • M.S., Silver Lake College (WI)
  • B.B.A., Saint Joseph College (IN)

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Gurnee, IL
  • Warren Township High School

Education/Interests

I was probably destined to work in admissions since my freshman year in college, working in the admissions office at my alma mater, giving campus tours and helping to recruit new students. Even though I was a Business Administration major in college, I actually enjoyed my Psychology minor the most. While most of my high school friends chose to attend the larger state schools, I found that getting involved at a smaller school was even easier and more enjoyable. Beyond being a student-worker in admissions, I was also on the college radio station, student government, and a few other groups. I also went on to get my Masters of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior while I was living in Wisconsin. Now, as a new resident of Morris, I'm enjoying getting to know the campus and town, as well as the staff and students. If I'm not here, I'm probably visiting my parents in Florida, or spoiling my awesome niece and nephew in North Carolina.

Why Morris?

As a product of a small, liberal arts college, I am well-aware of the opportunities that a school like Morris can provide. Plus, having the benefit of being part of the University of Minnesota system, we can offer a wide variety of programs and experiences at a very affordable price. I truly enjoy the environment that we have, where you are a name, not a number. It is very rare to find a place like Morris.


Katie Jabri

  • Associate Director, Multicultural & International Recruitment
  • M.A., University of St. Thomas
  • B.A., University of Minnesota Twin Cities

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Park Rapids, MN
  • Park Rapids Area High School

Education/Interests

While completing my undergraduate degree in Psychology, I studied abroad and volunteered with an international student organization. That allowed me to find my passion in the international education field and was my focus throughout my graduate studies. Since then, I have worked in international recruitment, admissions and advising for 10+ years. I love to travel, cook, play tennis and fish.

Why Morris?

I am a big fan of small town Minnesota, as well as liberal arts education. I think Morris provides the perfect environment for students to learn and thrive, while discovering their passions.


Addy Lutchen

  • Regional Recruiter
  • M.A., University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • B.A., University of Minnesota Morris

Addison Lutchen

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Monticello, MN
  • Monticello High School

Education/Interests

I graduated from Morris in 2017 with degrees in Spanish and Secondary Education as well as a minor in Communications, Media, and Rhetoric. In my final year at Morris, I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Spain immediately after graduation. I love giving back to my community, and as a student, Morris allowed me to do just that. I taught ESL classes through the Office of Community Engagement, I worked as a peer tutor with the Office of Academic Success, I volunteered for the movie theater in town, and I even spent my spring breaks volunteering all across the country with fellow cougars through one of our many student orgs.

In my free time, I love to cook and try new foods, hike, play board games, spend time with friends, and speak Spanish whenever I can.

Why Morris?

I love the support Morris offers its students, be it academically, professionally, or personally. Morris's small size is its strength, and allowed me to have strong relationships with professors, deep ties to the community, and find my own lifelong circle of friends. I even found my husband here!

If students are looking for a place that will allow them to be themselves, or just support them as they figure out who they want to be, Morris is the place!