Admissions Staff

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.


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.


Harry Ballantyne

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

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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!


Catherine Hoffman

  • Admissions Counselor

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Clayton, WI
  • Clayton High School

Education/Interests

I graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2021 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. While in school I was a member of the Bulldog Pep Band and am now an avid supporter of anything hockey related. I’m also a big fan of the outdoors and am always ready for any adventure that my friends bring me or that comes my way.

Why Morris?

I originally come from a small town myself, and have found that during my college years I missed the connectedness and community small towns have. I also really loved being a student within the U’s system, so being able to reconnect with the small town part of me and being able to work and stay within the University of Minnesota system is an opportunity I didn’t want to miss.


Nadeesha Madubasani

  • Data and Operations Coordinator
  • M.Sc., Southeast Missouri State University
  • B.Sc., Southeast Missouri State University

Nadeesha Madubasani

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Colombo, Sri Lanka

Education/Interests

I graduated from Southeast Missouri State University - Cape Girardeau, Missouri with a BSc in Telecommunication and Computer Networking and MSc in Technology Management. I am an international student and after getting my BSc I had the opportunity to join Saint Francis medical center in Cape Girardeau and Maryville University in Saint Louis. I also worked as a Graduate Assistant for Office of Residence Life in Southeast Missouri State University for 2 years, after getting my MSc I worked as a Business System Analyst in CSX Transportation in Jacksonville FL. I always wanted to start my long term career in Higher Education and I enjoy working with students. In my spare time I enjoy playing badminton, traveling, and going for Camping with my husband and friends.

Why Morris?

The first time I came to Morris I felt the friendliness of people and how much they cared. I always wanted to be a part of a small town filled with an awesome community. I am glad that I got an opportunity to work at the University of Minnesota Morris.


Wendy Melberg

  • Office Support Assistant
  • Pine Technical College

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Chokio, MN
  • Chokio-Alberta High School

Education/Interests

I attended Chokio-Alberta High School and Pine Technical College and I most enjoyed the foods and computer classes. In addition to being a bit of a computer nerd, I am also a sports fan!

Why Morris?

UMM is full of loving and friendly people that care.


Carolyn Peterson

  • Guest Relations Specialist

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • Morris, MN
  • Morris Area High School

Education/Interests

I graduated from Alexandria Community College. After college, I returned back to the Morris Area to live and continue my career. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and three sons. We enjoy spending time at the lake and travelling.

Why Morris?

Having grown up in Morris, I am very proud of my community and to be able to work here and continue to enjoy and promote all that Morris and the University of Minnesota Morris has to offer is truly a wonderful opportunity.


Andrew Sletten

  • Senior 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.


Samantha Sommers

  • Application Processing Specialist
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Samantha Sommers

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Hometown/HighSchool

  • St. Cloud, MN
  • St. Cloud Apollo

Education/Interests

I graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a BA in Family Social Science. I also had the experience of playing for the Gophers Women’s golf team while attending the Twin Cities. After graduating, I went to work in the K-12 setting and found an interest in working with students, mainly junior high. In my spare time I enjoy reading, playing golf with my husband and friends, walks with my dogs, spending time with family and I am always ready for a good laugh.

Why Morris?

The first time I came to the Morris, I felt like it was a great place to be. Small town feel with a big community vibe. It got me hooked from the start. The feeling on campus compared to others is that it is welcoming and there is always a friendly face to greet you wherever you may go. I am excited to continue my adventure as a staff member at Morris!


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.