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your admission team


Alma CastilloAlma Castillo 

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

Territory: New undergraduate students from California and Transfer Students



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

What do you like about 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 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.





Denise OstbergDenise Ostberg Picture
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.





Janet Hernandez
Reception/Visit Coordinator
Office: (406) 791-5202
Email: jhernandez01@ugf.edu

 Favorite Quote: “I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things I have not." - Lucille Ball

What do you like about Great Falls?  I love the changing of the seasons.  I take advantage of the nice summer weather by going to the lakes and rivers to enjoy all Central Montana has to offer.  And nothing beats a White Christmas in Montana.

What do you like about UGF? As a nontraditional student I enjoy how welcoming the campus community is to everyone. I also love getting to know all the new faces on campus.







Julie Edstrom Julie Edstrom Picture
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.





Kylie Diedrich

Kylie Diedrich 

Admission Counselor
Office: (406) 403-2248
Email: kylie.diedrich@ugf.edu


Territory: New undergraduate students from Central Montana,  Washington, Utah, Colorado, Idaho

Favorite Quote: "Life is short-- smile while you still have teeth!"

What do you like about Great Falls? I grew up around the Great Falls area, and I can honestly say that once a person experiences Great Falls it is almost impossible to leave. I love the outdoor activities like camping, fishing, or just going on a walk on the River’s Edge Trail. Also, whenever I go to dinner or an event, I see someone from the people connections that I have created. Great Falls is not a disconnected city to me, but a community of support and adventure!

What do you like about UGF? As a May 2014 graduate, I know that the University of Great Falls is an exceptional school. As a student and now an employee, I am connected to the university on a personal level. UGF becomes more like a family instead of a university. Also, UGF prepares you for after graduation when real life becomes a factor. The University of Great Falls creates achievers and people who make a difference in the world.





 Melanie Houge

Melanie Houge

Operations Manager
Office: (406) 791-5210
Email: melanie.houge@ugf.edu


Favorite Quote: “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don't care who gets the credit." - Ronald Reagan

What do you like about Great Falls?  I love raising a family in Great Falls.  There are so many family activities to partake in.

What do you like about UGF? I like how beautiful the campus is, especially Providence Plaza.  I also love working with the great folks in the Admission Office and the students I get to meet. 












Rayshaun 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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