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Devon Ross

Devon Ross

Senior Associate Director
Phone: 612-330-1588
E-mail: ross@augsburg.edu
Hometown: Bronxville, NY

Education: Augsburg University 1993, Bachelor of Arts in History and current Master of Leadership student

About Me:  I have been a member of the Augsburg University community for more than 20 years now since I came from New York as a student in 1989.  While it is hard to out myself for being as old as I am, I have loved every year I have spent here at Augsburg.  I have been fortunate to continue my growth from being a student to being an employee and now a student again.  I live in Prior Lake, MN where I spend lots of time with my wife and running my 5 kids to and fro while trying to get a work out or a game of racquetball in here and there.  The competitiveness I had as a varsity soccer player here continues in the occasional 5k, half marathon, and a hopeful 5th marathon soon.  I am thankful for the many opportunities for growth I have had at Augsburg and I know there are many for you as well.

Why I love Augsburg University:  I have been blessed with the gift of longevity here at Augsburg, so I have been able to see where the university had been, where it is now, and where it is going.  Augsburg is always growing, changing, and evolving with the times.  We have been on the cutting edge with programs like Honors, StepUp, CLASS, Women’s Ice Hockey and Lacrosse to name a few.  GO AUGGIES!

Advice to new Auggies:  Well, if you haven’t met with me during your campus visit, I would encourage you to open your mind and be willing to try new things.  Augsburg will provide you with so many opportunities to grow, learn, be challenged and have fun, so take advantage of it.

 

Katie Asfeld

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: 612-330-1586
E-mail: asfeldk@augsburg.edu
Hometown: Clarissa, MN

Education: Gustavus Adolphus College, B.A. in Communication Studies & English

About Me: I have spent the past five years working in college access and admission. I am passionate about equity and access in higher education and serve on the board for the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC). In my free time, I enjoy hiking, trying new restaurants, nature documentaries, and spending time with my cat, Olive.

Why I love Augsburg: It is a close-knit community of students and staff who truly live out the university’s mission to become informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders.

Advice to new Auggies: Step outside of your comfort zone and try something new! You never know where you might discover a new hobby, interest, or life-long friend.

 

Nicole Borwege

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: 612-330-1577
E-mail: borwegen@augsburg.edu
Hometown: Faribault, MN

About me: I enjoy learning about fitness and nutrition, and a large part of my free time is spent lifting weights in the gym. I also like to try new restaurants and am on a quest for the best brunch in Minneapolis. I enjoy traveling and so far the Pacific Northwest has been my favorite area. Next on my list is Boston or Baltimore, let me know if you have any suggestions on things to see!

Why I love Augsburg University: The juxtaposition of the beautiful green campus and the big city! Augsburg feels like a gem tucked away just on the edge of Minneapolis. I also like the size and how it lends to the personalization of your education. Everyone is able to be a unique individual here, and it adds to the diversity of campus.

Advice to new Auggies: Don‘t be afraid to reach out if you need help! We have so many different support services on campus – ones you probably didn’t even know existed! We as a University want to see you thrive and be successful, and those services are in place to do just that.

 

Bryan Bradford

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: 612-330-1632
E-mail: bradfor1@augsburg.edu
Hometown: Des Arc, AR

Education: Arkansas State University Grad School: University of Mississippi

About me: I am a member of the Augsburg admissions team as an Assistant Director of Admissions.  In this role, I will represent Augsburg in their recruitment efforts to enroll amazingly creative and outstanding students. Prior to joining Augsburg, I served as a Senior Associate Director of Admissions Operations at Indiana University Bloomington.  Additionally, I’ve presented at the regional and national level on topics ranging from identity management and implementing new student information systems.  I have also held admissions and alumni relations positions at the University of Alabama and the Indiana University Alumni Association.

 

Shonna Fulford

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: 612-330-1589
E-mail: fulford@augsburg.edu
Hometown: Perham, MN

Education: Augsburg University 2009, Major: Political Science Minors: Sociology & Leadership Studies. Grad School: Capella University ’12, Leadership in Higher Education

About Me: I grew in the small town of Perham, MN and came to Augsburg in the big city for college and I haven’t left! I love spending time with friends and family, my favorite thing to do is laugh, I’m a movie junkie, I enjoy meeting new people, experiencing new things, and just about anything else as long as I’m having a good time doing it!

Why I love Augsburg: Because you can be who you are; whoever that may be. You don’t have to fit into a box or be a certain type of person. We thrive off of people’s differences and unique characteristics and it truly is a place where we don’t expect anything from you besides being yourself!

Advice to new Auggies: Take chances and be true to yourself.

 

Jenna Houser

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: 612-330-1585
E-mail: houser@augsburg.edu
Hometown: Marshall, MN

Education: Augustana University – B.A. in Psychology. University of Saint Thomas, M.A. in Counseling Psychology.

About me: I moved to Minneapolis to pursue my master’s degree and have loved the Twin Cities ever since! The lakes, restaurants, and endless events are some of my favorite things. Regardless of their record, the Twins will always be my favorite hometown team. When I’m not on campus, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our dog Walter.

Why I love Augsburg University: One of the things I love most about Augsburg is the diversity of the campus. Everyone has a unique story about where they came from and how they got here. The students, faculty and staff all have different perspectives on our world which allows us to learn and grow with one another.

Advice to new Auggies: Everyone has their own gifts and talents to share – make sure you continue to use yours! Also, take advantage of opportunities to be involved on campus such as service learning, special events, athletic games, and student organizations. Those memories will last a lifetime.

 

Paul Kienberger

Paul Kienberger

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: 612-330-1047
E-mail: kienber@augsburg.edu
Hometown: Hastings, MN

Education: Gustavus Adolphus College, Majors: Business Management, Sociology & Anthropology

About me: I enjoy running, biking, hanging out with friends, and living the dream. I am also very quotable.

Why I love Augsburg University: The students makes our university great!

Advice to new Auggies: The more involved you are with the school and your classes the more rewarding your college experience will be.

 

Brian Turk

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions – StepUP
Phone: 612-330-1709
E-mail: turkb@augsburg.edu

Hometown: Fond du Lac, WI

Education: University of Minnesota Duluth, B.A.A. – Teaching Social Studies. University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, M.S.Ed. – Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education

About me: Like many college freshmen I went to college with a major declared and no idea what I wanted to do. Little did I know that my work-study job in admissions would result in a career that has already passed the 10 year point. A career that I didn’t even realize existed became my passion through experiences I had in college.

In my free time I love to ride my mountain bikes and road bikes when it is warm and skiing – downhill and cross country – in the winter. Although, now that my young son loves to skate and play hockey that dominates my winter free time and I am ok with that.

As a family we are loving living in the Twin Cities with so many activities to keep us busy. This is a great place to live at any age!

Why I love Augsburg: There is a unique blend of a small, incredibly welcoming campus with limitless opportunities being in the heart of Minneapolis along with an education that provides experiences beyond the classroom. You will graduate with more than a degree, you will know your calling.

Advice to new Auggies: Take advantage of every moment and opportunity to find yourself while at Augsburg. Do things outside of your comfort zone, do things you think you may not like and always be building that resume. You never know when an experience you have sends you down a new life path and know that everything that happens is a great learning experience that you will grow from.

 

Jack Hein

Admissions Operations Coordinator
Phone: 612-330-1784
E-mail: heinj@augsburg.edu

Hometown: St. Cloud, MN

Education: Hamline University 2016, Major: Communication Studies.

About Me: Born and raised in central Minnesota until I moved down to the Twin Cities for college and I haven’t wanted to leave since! Musical theater is close to my heart and I firmly believe we should all break into song whenever possible. Food, travel and reality TV are all I need to make me happy. Throw some friends, family and a dog in the mix and you’ve got yourself a perfect day.

Why I love Augsburg: This is a campus where you are free to be whoever you want to be and feel supported no matter what. It’s a community of individuals who are here to build each other up and help each other succeed, which I believe is a rare find.

Advice to new Auggies: Don’t be afraid to take some risks! Join a club, take a class outside of your major, push yourself out of your comfort zone and you’ll be amazed how far it can take you.