Spartans of UD: Chris Peterson

Sep 27, 2017 | Stacey Ortman, director of public information

Spartans of UD is a new feature that highlights what makes University of Dubuque special – the people who live, work, and study on campus. Chris Peterson (C’04) is the associate director of admission. 

Spartans of UD: Chris Peterson (1024x512)
Associate Director of Admission

1. Why did you choose to attend the University of Dubuque?

“I decided to attend UD for sports and campus ministry.”

2. After graduation, you joined the Office of Admission. What has it been like working at your alma mater and helping other students become Spartans?

“It’s been a blast working here since May 2004, two days after I graduated from UD. I have an awesome team to work with and I believe in UD’s Diamond Educational Model that provides students with a holistic education. As an associate director of admission, I love talking with students about their gifts, talents, and purpose. Proverbs 18:16 states, ‘A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before the great.’ In other words, the gifts and talents that each student has will equip them with an opportunity to serve our world beyond their imagination! That makes me excited.”

3. What is your typical day like as the associate director of admission at UD?

“A typical day at work includes reviewing applications, meeting with prospective students who are visiting campus, visiting high schools, attending college fairs, contacting prospective students by phone, e-mail, and text, and having fun with my colleagues.”

4. What advice do you have for students as they make their way through the college admission process?

“When it comes to advising students through the college admission process, I encourage them to set high expectations on what they are looking for in college. I encourage students to think about what college is the right fit. There are so many colleges out there, so thinking about those details can help narrow down the search. Visiting campuses is very important, too.”

5. During Homecoming 2016, you were honored with a Service to Community Award at the Alumni Recognition Breakfast. Why do you volunteer your time in the community at places such as area churches and the Dubuque Dream Center?

“It never crossed my mind that I would receive the Service to Community Award. It’s by following God I received it. This doesn’t mean I’m perfect. It simply means I’m working to live for God, and, when you do that, you want to impact people in a positive way. I believe in enhancing other people’s lives with the gifts and talents God has given me.”

6. Do you have a favorite UD event/activity?

“My favorite UD activity is having the opportunity to be a part of the UD community and all it has to offer!”