Meet Our Admissions Team

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Amy Crissinger
Amy Crissinger
Amy Crissinger

Position: Associate VP of Enrollment Management/Marketing

Department: Admissions

Hometown: Sherburn, MN (Go Raiders!)
College: Dakota State University – undergrad
               Black Hills State University  graduate
Major: BBA Marketing, MS Strategic Leadership

Why did you choose DSU? I was recruited to run track and play basketball.  Once I learned more about the school, I was happy to be going to a smaller, more personal campus and to be learning more about using computers in my business major (this was back in the 80’s – insert old person joke here - so technology in academics was a relatively new concept).

Favorite DSU experience? Getting to know my zoology professor.  He was a basketball fan (I think he came to virtually every home game).  He was very helpful and flexible with assignments when I had to miss class for travel to away games.

Amber Schmidt
Amber Schmidt
Amber Schmidt

Position: Assistant Director of Admissions

Department: Admissions

Recruiting Territory: Sioux Falls
Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD – Roosevelt High School
College: Dakota State University - 2008
Major: Computer Graphic Design

Why did you choose DSU? I chose DSU because I wanted to be close to home and I was looking for a school where I wouldn’t get lost in the crowd and feel like I was valued. I also couldn’t beat the value/cost of a DSU education anywhere else. 

Favorite DSU experience? My favorite part of my college experience at DSU was the people I met. I have made friends that I will cherish forever and met my husband. 
College was an amazing experience and was some of the best years of my life so far. 

Five Interesting Things About Me:

  • I love being active in sports and played for our DSU Trojan softball team.
  • I take dressing up for Halloween super serious.
  • Fleetwood Mac is one of my favorite bands to listen to. I love me some good classic rock music.
  • I have a husband, a son, and a large dog named Hank.
  • Thin crust pepperoni, black & green olive pizza is the best pizza on the planet. 
Austin Slaughter
Austin Slaughter
Austin Slaughter

Position: Veteran Affairs Coordinator

Department: Veteran Affairs

Hometown: Madison, SD
College: Dakota State University ’09 Alumni
Major: Computer Graphic Design

Why did you choose DSU?
At the time I was looking at what college best fit me, DSU was just getting ready to make the transition to where every student on campus would receive a tablet computer with the cost of education. Other schools I had looked at were not anywhere close on the technology side that DSU was going to offer. I also wanted to run track in college, and through DSU I was going to be able to do so. The small classes and campus really fit well with me. I also wanted a school that I was going to be able to change majors if needed and not have to transfer to another university. DSU offered both majors I was interested in; Exercise Science & Computer Graphic Design. 

Favorite DSU experience?
My favorite DSU experience was the fact that my best friend that I met in college.  We met for the first time at a DSU registration day and later ended up being roommates the last three years of school. 

Five Interesting Things About Me:

  • My wife’s name is Leslie. I have a step-son Treyton, and a daughter, Emma. 
  • I have been deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • I have been a member of the SD Army National Guard for 10 years.
  • I am a 2-time High School State Champion in the 4x200m Relay.
  • I enjoy traveling (overseas trips: 3 personal, 2 military).
Megan Leisinger
Megan Leisinger
Megan Leisinger

Position: Senior Admissions Counselor

Department: Admissions

Recruiting Territory: North and western South Dakota, and North Dakota

Hometown: Pine Ridge, SD

College: South Dakota State University – Undergraduate; Fort Hays State University – Graduate

Major: B.A. - Studio Art, M.S.E – Higher Education/Student Affairs

What’s so amazing about DSU?

I love DSU’s friendly and welcoming atmosphere. It’s hard to consider my position a job when it was so easy to connect with my admissions team and build relationships with faculty and staff.  There are so many committed and forward-thinking people here at DSU who’s collective goal is to help students succeed.  It’s been a privilege to be able to see and be a part of the amazing things happening at DSU!

Favorite DSU Experience:

My favorite DSU experience has been the ability to build relationships with students not only on campus, but also in the schools I serve.  Being able to meet students and talk about what DSU has to offer them has been great.

Five Interesting Things About Me:

  • I was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
  • In my free time, I love to read, run, and paint.
  • I have two beautiful daughters who keep me on my toes.
  • My husband and I have a weird obsession with Canada (Banff to be precise).
  • We also have a weak spot for rescue animals (We have 5 cats and 2 dogs, all rescued).
Brittny Hobbs
Brittny Hobbs
Brittny Hobbs

Position: Admissions Specialist

Department: Admissions

Recruiting Territory-TBA

Hometown: Bridport, Vermont

College: University of New Hampshire

Major: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems with a concentration in Business

Five Interesting Things about me?

  • I was born and raised in Bridport, VT which is the only Bridport in the entire USA!
  • I am married to a football coach, Paytton, that is always keeping me on the move.
  • In my free time I enjoy reading and walking my Pug, Brady.
  • The farthest I have traveled is China.
  • I started showing dairy cows at the age of 2.
Bailee Matucha
Bailee Matucha
Bailee Matucha

Position: Admissions Specialist

Department: Admissions

Recruiting Territory:

Hometown: Burke, SD- Burke High School

College: Dakota State University - 2019

Major: General Studies

Minor: Sociology

Why did you choose DSU? I chose DSU because of the size. I come from a small town and I knew I didn’t want to go to a big university. Here at DSU they will know you by name and not just a number. As a student, I loved the one-on-one time that I needed with a professor to get the education that I needed.

Favorite DSU experience? My favorite experience at DSU was being a Go! Leader. Helping move freshman and transfers in I met some of my best friends. It is awesome to connect with the new students that will help shape DSU.

Five Interesting Things About Me:

  • I grew up on a family farm in Burke, SD, but I am afraid of chickens.
  • I was in 4-H for 9 years, shown cattle for all those years and now an active volunteer.
  • I am the oldest of 5, 3 sisters and 1 brother.
  • My favorite colors are purple and blue.
  • When it comes to eating any kind of candy I don’t like to eat the yellow ones.
Nicole Claussen
Nicole Claussen
Nicole Claussen

Position: Director of International Programs

Department: International Programs

Amber Alfson
Amber Alfson
Amber Alfson

Position: Senior Secretary

Department: International Programs