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Cristina Montañez

  • Data and Operations Coordinator
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris

Cristina Montañez

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • El Paso, TX
  • Horizon High School

Education/Interests

During my time at Morris I was able to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish and a minor in Gender, Women and Sexuality studies. I also worked at the Admissions Office where I discovered how much I enjoy working with students and my passion for higher education! Among all the madness of classes, work and student organizations, I was also able to somehow work sports into my schedule. I've run Cross Country and Track for about half of my life, so it was a great opportunity to be able to continue here. Some of my best friends to this day are those I met on the team or through sports in general. In my free time, I also love doing crafts, reading and especially cooking!

Why Morris?

Having grown up in the city, I always thought I would be a big city girl all my life. Little did I know my small town roots would get me where I needed to be! Before I even visited, I could tell Morris was a great fit for me. Everyone I had spoken to was very helpful and friendly. In my case, character and kindness truly went a long way! I had the best undergrad experience I could have ever asked for, and now, I am delighted to be a Morris staff member.


Kurt Schliep

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

Kurt Schliep

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Howard Lake, MN

Education/Interests

I graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English. I also served as a community adviser in the residence halls for 2 years and after graduating I put my degrees and experience to work as a residential counselor at a boarding school in Aurora, Illinois. I'm a kid at heart so in my free time I watch cartoons, take my bike out for a ride, or play board or trading card games.

Why Morris?

My older sister went to Morris, and while visiting her I came to appreciate the community, it's enthusiasm and inclusiveness, and it's diversity of interests. My two younger brothers both graduated from Morris too, so it's become a bit of a family tradition. Plus because the campus is small, it's super easy to get involved on campus and try out new things. In my tenure as a student I joined a bunch of different clubs, helped choose which movies to show on campus, created a parade float, facilitated Humans vs. Zombies, had my own radio show, did research, and played in the inaugural season of Morris Quidditch.


Brittany Rose

  • Associate Director of Admissions
  • Transfer Coordinator
  • B.A. University of Minnesota, Morris

Brittany Rose

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Alberta, MN
  • Chokio-Alberta

Education/Interests

These days, I spend my free time with my husband, Brady (UMM '09) and our three awesome children, Kyson, Blakely, and Charlee. I also enjoy playing in rec leagues, running, camping, and baking.

Why Morris?

I was continuously asking big questions in high school because I wanted to know more about why the world around me worked the way it did. Unfortunately, digging for those answers wasn't always encouraged. I knew that UMM would provide the avenue and backing for me to dive into those and even broader questions. I wanted to belong to a campus where I could feel like I was a large part of making a positive change to the community and world around me. At the same time, I was not looking for a place where I would feel overwhelmed by the masses. Morris offered the big world perspective in a small, safe atmosphere. And, the fact that it was in my own back yard was just icing on the cake.


Andrew Kroska

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

Andew Kroska

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Education/Interests

I graduated from Morris in 2017 with a major in Communication, Media, and Rhetoric. During my undergraduate career, I filled my time up with the being a Co-chair for the Campus Activites Council, dancing in Dance Ensemble, and leading the Swing Club on campus. When I wasn't busy with my positions on campus, I spent a lot of my time with my best friends in our on-campus apartment. Nowadays I still enjoy dancing, staying active, and spending time with my family and friends (oh and let's not forget, playing video games) so if you see me around don't hesitate to stop me and ask questions!

Why Morris?

I come from a large family with seven older sisters, I also happen to be a triplet. So naturally when my triplet sisters applied I had to apply as well to see what all the excitement was about. As a senior in high school, I started the search process late but knew what I wanted from a school. I wanted to feel as if I could make a difference with my professors and peers. When I came to Morris for registration I knew that this place could offer that and much much more. This place helped me to discover my passion and how to pursue that passion. I couldn't be happier with the education I got here.


Kelly Rudney

  • Assistant Director of Admissions
  • Coordinator of International Recruitment
  • M.Ed., University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris

Kelly Rudney

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Paynesville, MN
  • Paynesville Area High School

Education/Interests

I graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2010. I entered college as a Liberal Arts for the Human Services major and added Sociology as a second major after being hooked by my first Sociology course! My best memories from college include being a member of Dance Ensemble, serving as a Community Adviser in Gay Hall, and of course enjoying a grilled cheese sandwich with friends at Don's Cafe. Currently, you can find me working out at the gym or baking up a sweet treat. :-)

Why Morris?

I chose UMM because I was looking for a public liberal arts school for a well rounded education, and this University clearly had so much to offer with an exceptional reputation. I knew Morris was a great fit for me with such friendly and truly helpful people. I love that when you walk down the sidewalk, you always receive a smile or "hello" whether you know that person or not.


Kaiya Spilde

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

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Bismarck, ND
  • Century High School

Education/Interests

I graduated from Morris with a double major in Psychology and Liberal Arts for the Human Services, as well as a minor in Sociology. As a student, I enjoyed being involved on campus and have fond memories of being a Campus Ambassador as well as Dance Ensemble Co-chair. These days I enjoy staying active, traveling, reading, and spending time with my friends and family.

Why Morris?

When I was in high school, my mom convinced me to visit campus. Morris had never really been on my radar until then. Thank goodness for my mom, because I ended up loving it after the first visit. I initially thought I wanted to attend a large school, but I realized that everything I was really looking for was right here at UMM. As a student, I thrived in an active campus community where the professors really took the time to get to know me and listened to what I had to say. I guess moms really do know best!


Andrew Sletten

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

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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

  • Admissions Counselor
  • 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.


Carrie Brecht

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

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Education/Interests

I graduated from Morris with a B.A. in Social Studies as well as a teaching license in Secondary Education. I have spent the last 20 years engaging with students in a variety of capacities. I am totally passionate about the subjects of joy, attachment and parenting, and I always have a stack of reading materials on these subjects. One of the biggest sources of joy in my own life is my husband and three children. Together we enjoy camping, travel, family dinners around our table and time spent with friends and family. In my free time I love to read, drink coffee with friends, cook and improve my knitting skills. My goal is to be able to knit something that is not a misshapen dishcloth soon.

Why Morris?

I grew up in a town just down the road from Morris. When it came time to choose a college, Morris was not my first choice...it felt too close to home. After attending two other universities in the state, a significant change in my life led me to choose Morris precisely because it was close to my hometown. Morris surprised me in so many ways. I found the faculty to be friendly and accessible. They knew my name and really cared about my academic experience. The student body was engaged and the coursework wa s rigorous. My degree from Morris has served me well, and I am incredibly grateful to be back on campus as part of the Admissions team.