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Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Hometown: Perham, MN
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Education: Undergraduate: Augsburg University 2009, Major: Political Science Minors: Sociology & Leadership Studies. Graduate: 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.
Mai Chaw Lee
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Hometown: Saint Paul, Mn
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Education: Undergraduate: College of Saint Benedict, BA-Asian Studies 2016. Graduate: Concordia University, Irvine, CA, MA- International Education 2019
About me: My family immigrated to the US in 1994 from Thailand. I speak, read, and write in two languages. I am a first generation Hmong woman and also a TRIO UB alum. I have backpacked all over Southeast Asia and taught abroad in China. I enjoy giving back to my community and teaching/educating about post-secondary schooling. During my free time, I enjoy cooking, watching scary movies, trying out new restaurants, and collecting Hmong clothes and accessories.
Why I love Augsburg: Augsburg has a very diverse student population and lots of opportunities to work and collaborate with various communities. Everyone’s voice is heard and self-care is highly promoted. It’s also in the heart of Minnesota with lots to do around the campus!
Advice to new Auggies: Try new things! Join a club! Sit with strangers! Utilize your resources. Everyone is here to help and make your experience worth it. Don’t be afraid to use your voice or step into someone’s door/office.
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan
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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!
Admission Counselor of Undergraduate Admissions
Hometown: Westbrook, MN
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About Me: I grew up in Northwest Indiana, but I call Minneapolis my home. I came to Augsburg in 2018 and stayed after graduation. In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends, crocheting, and baking goodies! Fun fact: I have an orange cat named Theodore.
Why I love Augsburg: I absolutely loved my time at Augsburg! The community here is so wonderful and supportive. I was able to discover a lot about myself, and gain important skills and experiences.
Advice to new Auggies: Be willing to be out of your comfort zone! Meet new people, join student organizations, make connections with your professors. Of course study hard, but also go out and explore and be involved on campus.
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission
Hometown: Brooklyn Park, MN
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Education: Undergraduate: 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.
Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions
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.
Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Education: Augsburg University, B.A. in Communication Studies
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!