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your admission team


Alma Castillo
Admission Counselor
Office: (406) 781-0807
Email: acastillo01@ugf.edu

Territory:  Students from Central Montana and California


Favorite Quote:  “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” –Margaret Thatcher

What do you like to do in Great Falls?  Saturday mornings are what I like about Great Falls. On Saturdays, I wake up and make my way to one our cute little coffee shops downtown. After, I go thrifting and antiquing, which both are a sport to me. I end my Saturday with a walk, or a bike ride, at a park or along the Missouri river. I dream about Saturday mornings in Great Falls.

What do you like best about UGF?  From the moment I  stepped on the UGF campus, as a student almost six years ago, I knew this is where I belonged. The faculty and staff are inviting and endlessly helpful. As a Freshman, the older students always made sure that I kept myself busy and that I was making friends. I found my nooks around campus and made them my place of study and before I knew it UGF became “home”. When I graduated I missed UGF, so I came back and got a job that allowed me to tell others what a great university this is.


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Associate Director/Admission Counselor
Office: (406) 868-1933
Email: dostberg01@ugf.edu

Territory: New undergraduate students from Eastern Montana, Central Timezone, Eastern Timezone, Graduate Students, International Students, and Students at FVCC Extended Campus in Kalispell


Favorite Quote: “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” - By Robert Brault.

What do you like about Great Falls? After growing up in Great Falls and then moving away for 20 plus years, I felt really at home coming back. I love the small town feel and enjoy the opportunities that Great Falls has to offer. I enjoy the outdoors and get to experience the different seasons here.

What do you like about UGF? I love working at the University of Great Falls because of its small size and personal attention that is given to each student. I love the history and the potential that the university has to offer. The staff, faculty and students always make me feel welcomed and are always available if needed.





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Jaci Thayer
Operations Assistant/Admission Counselor
Office: (406) 791-5221
Email: jthayer01@ugf.edu


Territory: New Undergraduate Students from Conrad, MT, Belt, MT, Dutton, MT, Pendroy, MT, Brady, MT, Armington, MT & Ledger, MT


Favorite Quote: “Dance as if no one were watching, sing as if no one were listening, and live every day as if it were your last.” - Irish proverb

What I like about Great Falls? I love how Great Falls is family-oriented. Everywhere you go, you will be sure to see a smiling face and be greeted at the door. I grew up around Great Falls, so I know and love everything about it. The University has been my home away from home. A person can always find something to do here. There is never a dull moment in Great Falls. Some of the main attractions are: the various parks, museums, and the events, such as rodeos, Live at Five, and concerts that take place at the fair. Whatever you do, you can guarantee that you will always have a great time in Great Falls.

What I like about UGF? I recently graduated from the University of Great Falls. I loved the experience that I had as a student. I loved the campus as well as everyone on campus, including the faculty, professors, and the athletes. They were so welcoming and pleasant to work with. Everyone is so passionate about what they do here. The University of Great Falls strives to make students happy, while ensuring that they learn the core values of the University. The people that I met here were my family for the last four years, and some of the memories that I have made here will last a lifetime.




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Julie Edstrom 
Vice President of Enrollment
Office: (406) 791-5271
Email: jedstrom01@ugf.edu 

Favorite Quote: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

What do you like to do in Great Falls? My family and I are new to Great Falls and Montana and enjoy exploring the region. So far some of our favorite places include Gibson Park, the River's Edge Trail, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and historic downtown.

What do you like best about UGF? The University of Great Falls is a place where students can discover possibilities in themselves that they might not at another school, through experiences like the freshman camping trip, service in the community, spiritual reflection and faculty mentoring.




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Melanie Houge
Operations Manager
Office: (406) 791-5210
Email: mhouge01@ugf.edu

Favorite Quote: “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

What do you like to do in Great Falls? I enjoy exploring the parks in Great Falls, particularly Gibson Park and Giant Springs. No matter what time of year, it’s always fun to go for walks and enjoy the sunshine. I also like all of the annual events in and around town, like the Farmer’s Market and Montana State Fair during the summer, and the Christmas Stroll downtown in December.

What do you like best about UGF? I love the campus! The landscape is gorgeous and Providence Plaza is such a beautiful and calming area at the center of campus. I also enjoy all of the photos hanging around the Student Center of students living the “college life” and exploring all that Great Falls and the surrounding areas have to offer!



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Associate Director/Admission Counselor
Office: (406) 791-5234
Email: nbrandt01@ugf.edu  

Territory:  New Undergraduate Students from California, Washington, Oregon, & Utah;  RN to BSN Liaison


Favorite Quote:  "You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated." - Maya Angelou

What do you like to do in Great Falls?  I appreciate the numerous sunny days in Great Falls. I enjoy venturing out to Ryan’s Dam Island Park for a picnic, running on the River’s Edge Trail, and camping and hiking in the Little Belt Mountains in the summer. The Christmas Stroll downtown is my favorite downtown event. It is always nice to see such a vibrant event in the middle of winter.

What do you like best about UGF?  The University of Great Falls has a very welcoming feel from the first moment you step onto campus. The people; faculty, students, and staff, are eager to greet new faces and share their experiences with you. I especially like the interactions and collaborations from differing groups on campus that you will not find anywhere else.




Rayshaun H. AmesRayshaun H Ames
Admission Counselor
Office: (406) 781-0712
Email: rames01@ugf.edu

Territory:  Students from Western Montana, Oregon, & California


Favorite Quote:  “If your gonna play in Texas, you gotta have a fiddle in the band" - Alabama

What do you like to do in Great Falls?  I enjoy boating with friends in the summer months. I'm also a huge baseball fan, so whenever I can get out to a Voyagers game then that's always a good thing. Other than that, just enjoying the overall beauty of Montana, Great Falls in general spending as much time outdoors as possible. They don't call Montana the "Last Best Place" for no reason.  It's BEAUTIFUL here in the 406.

What do you like best about UGF?  As a graduate of the University of Great Falls and not being a Montana native, I know firsthand how welcoming UGF can be from top to bottom. I love the fact that UGF truly is a family atmosphere, where people actually care about your wellbeing.  Everyone here on campus is here for the same reasons, we all want to see our students reach the highest of their potential and strive for excellence along the way.




Shane Oliva PictureShane Oliva
Admission Counselor
Office: (406) 217-3445

Email: soliva01@ugf.edu


Territory: New Undergraduate students from Great Falls, MT, Arizona, Wyoming, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada

Favorite Quote: "I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell!" - Bruce Dickenson

What do you like to do in Great Falls? The Great Falls community constantly has something going on. I take full advantage of the vibrant social events, delicious local restaurants, and limitless outdoor activities.


What do you like best about UGF? Its people and its potential. As a graduate of the University of Great Falls, I can honestly say that our faculty, staff, and students are truly a family. The neat thing is that the University of Great Falls is continuously evolving and offers countless opportunities for students academically and socially.




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Toni Ivy
Associate Director/Admission Counselor
Office: (406) 791-5227
Email: tivy01@ugf.edu  

Territory:  New Undergraduate Students from Idaho, Transfer Students, JAG Army & Air Force Paralegal Program Students 


Favorite Quote:  “Everybody laughs in the same language.” - Unknown Author

What do you like to do in Great Falls?  I love to run and bike on the River’s Edge Trail, hike in the Highwood Mountains, and kayak in the Missouri River. All of the random downtown events such as Alive@Five, Taste of Montana, and the Wine and Food Festival are fun as well.

What do you like best about UGF?  My favorite thing about the University of Great Falls is its history and its potential. I am proud to be the only university established by the Sisters of Providence. The feeling of being a part of a larger mission is rewarding and it’s exciting to be a part of all of the wonderful changes happening on campus. 



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