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External Relations

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External Relations

External Relations provides the services and information you need to grow in your relationship with Morris. We are dedicated to advancing the campus mission by increasing awareness and goodwill, fostering financial support, and building community among our many and varied constituents:

External Relations’ three departments—Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, External Relations and Fund Development, and University Relations—welcome your participation in the life of this learning community.

External Relations Staff

Carla Riley

  • Senior Director, External Relations
  • M.A., University of St. Thomas
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris

Carla Riley

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Susan Schmidgall

  • Chief Development Officer
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)

Susan Schmidgall

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Serve as a major gifts officer. Work with donors who wish to support Morris now or in the future. Work closely with External Relations staff and the University of Minnesota Foundation. Serve a variety of constituents-alumni, friends of the campus, faculty, staff, students, and parents-providing information about fundraising programs, scholarships, planned giving, and the many ways to give to the University of Minnesota, Morris.



Kari Adams

  • Graphic Designer/Media Artist
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris
  • A.A.S., Alexandria Technical College

Kari Adams

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Services

  • Design communications materials for the campus
  • Photograph campus events
  • Maintain and assist others with maintaining campus brand and identity guidelines



Erin Christensen

  • Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving
  • M.A., University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • B.A. University of Minnesota, Morris

Erin Christensen

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Janell Kolden

  • Gifts and Stewardship Administrator
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris

Janell Kolden

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Jeff Lamberty

  • Office and Project Specialist
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris

Jeff Lamberty

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Act as point of first contact for External Relations and Fund Development visitors and callers. Support the various staff in Fund Development and beyond. Ensure smooth day-to-day office operation. Assist with both on- and off-campus event planning. Take on special projects and assignments as they arise.



Kaitlyn McBrady

  • Executive Office & Administrative Specialist
  • M.A., University of St. Thomas
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris

Kaitlyn McBrady

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Beverly Metzger

  • Principal Office & Administrative Specialist
  • A.A.S., Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Nebraska

Beverly Metzger

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Jenna Ray

  • Editor/Writer
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris

Jenna Ray

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Services

  • Press release writing/editing/dissemination
  • Homepage news and feature stories
  • Internal and external publications
  • Writing/editing for the web
  • Media relations



Laura Thielke

  • Gift Funds Specialist
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris

Laura Thielke

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Deposit gifts in the correct funds and help disciplines and departments use gift dollars as requested by donors. Manage Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, Fund Development, and University Relations office budgets.



Megan Welle

  • Project Manager
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris
  • A.A., Alexandria Technical College

Megan Welle

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Services

  • Project management
  • Communications project liason
  • Hometown news release management
  • Public/community events coordination