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Meet Your Counselor

Shonna Fulford

Associate 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 up in the small town of Perham, MN and came to Augsburg in the big city for college back in 2005 and haven’t left! I love spending time with friends and family and I love to travel.

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.

 

Ramona Tran

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: 612-330-1709
E-mail: tran10@augsburg.edu
Hometown: Coon Rapids, MN

Education: Undergraduate: The College of St. Scholastica  — Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Behavior with minors in Management and Psychology.

Graduate: Masters of Business Administration in Leadership and Change.

About Me: After high school, I found myself in Duluth, Minnesota. My first job post graduating was working in higher education. I loved it so much that I came back to the Twin Cities to continue working with first-year students and found myself at Augsburg. In my free time, I enjoy knitting, looming, painting, traveling, and trying to find the best coffee in town!

Why I love Augsburg: I love Augsburg because the people are so welcoming. They strive to be an inclusive community and instill that in their day-to-day work.

Advice to new Auggies: Some advice I have for new auggies is to go out of your comfort zone and try new things. You will meet the most amazing people along the way and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Summaiah Junaid

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

E-mail:junaids@augsburg.edu
Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan

Education: Undergrad: University of Engineering and Technology : August 2017. Major: Polymer Engineering
Graduate: St. Cloud State University : May 2022. College Counseling and Student Development.

About Me: I am a third culture kid – I was born in my hometown Lahore, Pakistan and was raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. After graduating as an Engineer, I stumbled upon the world of Student Affairs while I was living in Bahrain, an island on the Persian Gulf. I came to pursue my Graduate studies in the United States in Fall 2019 and have loved being here! In my free time I enjoy cooking (HUGE FOODIE), exploring new places, photography and watching movies.

Why I love Augsburg: Augsburg is located in the heart of a vibrant community which is inclusive and accepting of people from all walks of life. Oh, and I love the architecture of the buildings!

Advice to new Auggies: Get to know yourself better! There is no better time than college to explore what interests you and gain some valuable skills that will help you for a lifetime!

 

 

Josh Owens

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission
Phone: 612-330-1585
E-mail: owensj2@augsburg.edu
Hometown: Brooklyn Park, MN

Education: Gustavus Adolphus College, B.A. in Biology

Graduate: Augsburg University, MBA (in progress)

About Me: Growing up in Brooklyn Park, MN, I studied Biology at Gustavus with the plan to attend medical school. A few years after graduation I found myself switching to a career in higher education and haven’t looked back! I enjoy being outdoors, running, CrossFit, water sports, general adventuring/exploration, reading, and attending MN Wild hockey games.

Why I Love Augsburg: The combination of big city and small collective community gives students a wide range of experiences and opportunities that help them explore their interests!

Advice to new Auggies: Even though it doesn’t always seem like it, your four years at Augsburg are going to fly by! Do what you love, explore new things, and be sure to enjoy the experience.

 

Devon Ross

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
E-mail: ross@augsburg.edu
Hometown: Bronxville, NY

Education: Augsburg University 1993, Bachelor of Arts in History

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.

Paul Kienberger

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

Education: Gustavus Adolphus College, B.A. in 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.

 

 

Tim Lawson

Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions
Phone: 612-330-1587
E-mail: lawson10@augsburg.edu
Hometown: Boulder, CO

Education: Augsburg University, B.A. in Communication Studies

Graduate: Augsburg University, MBA

About Me: I have worked in admissions for four plus years. Helping students achieve their individual goals and dreams through education has always been a passion of mine. Finding the right fit in a university is key to success, helping find that fit is the best part of what I do every day.  In addition to my job I love spending time with my family and everything outdoors – I especially enjoy playing golf and ice fishing. As a way to give back to the community I coach high school hockey during the winter months.

Why I love Augsburg: Augsburg has been a major part of my life for a long time. My experience with the university provided me with the perfect platform to learn, grow, strive to be better for myself and others, and gave me all the tools I needed to achieve my own dreams and goals.

Advice to new Auggies: Get involved as much as you possibly can. Support your fellow Auggies, and allow others to support you on the incredible adventure you are starting together!

 

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.