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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

  • 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.



Melissa Weber

  • Director
  • B.S., North Dakota State University

Melissa Weber

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Services

  • Oversight and management of the Office of University Relations
  • Campus brand
  • Internal and external communications
  • Media relations
  • Campus website
  • Emergency Communications



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



Alisande Allaben

  • Annual Giving and Database Coordinator
  • B.A., Mount Holyoke College

Alisande Allaben

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Erin Christensen

  • Associate 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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Provide clerical support the associate vice chancellor for external relations and director of fund development. Responsible for the administration of charitable gift and stewardship processes in the Office of Fund Development. Work closely with the development team, donors, the campus community, and the University of Minnesota Foundation to ensure donor wishes are carried out, donors are acknowledged and recognized for their contributions, and that the impact their generosity has on the Morris campus is visible to them. Coordinate the Scholarship Jubilee. Assist with the Spring Honors and Awards program. Serve as support staff for the Chancellor's Advisory Council.



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.



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