When You Call Korbel…

Meet Mary Kate!  Mary Kate is one of our super awesome first-year student workers in the Admission’s Office.

Mary Kate is originally from Fremont, NE – a small town outside of Omaha.  This past summer Mary Kate was enjoying a few free months of freedom in between her undergraduate studies in Political Science at Northwest Missouri State University and starting the MA in International Development program at Korbel.  Actually, Mary Kate is in the PCMI (Peace Corps Masters International) Program.  Mary Kate is interested in studying WASH, public health and nutrition.  She picked Korbel for her graduate studies, because she liked that the school offers a flexible and practical curriculum and numerous resources to support its students.

When Mary Kate isn’t hittin’ the books she can be found baking in her itty bitty kitchen, singing show tunes and running around Wash Park (mostly to look at all the dogs).

Fun Fact about Mary Kate: she spent a semester studying abroad in Ghana, and she cannot wait to one day return!


When You Call Korbel…

Remember, Coleen?  She’s still here!  Coleen is one of our two lovely second year MA students working in the Admissions Office this academic year.

Coleen is still originally from Olympia, WA.  As a refresher – she previously worked as a refugee resettlement case manager for World Relief.  She is excited to begin her second year of International Development at Korbel.  During the summer Coleen worked as a grants and evaluation strategies intenr for Agile International, a NGO focused on rural agricultural development in Mali.

One of the reasons that Coleen originally chose Korbel is the flexibility to customize her degree and study the material and topics that are truly important to her.  Coleen loves the mixture of theory and practical skills courses that are informing and enhancing her future.

Throughout the past year, Coleen has been enjoying life in Denver!  She loves the hiking, camping and good beer.  When Coleen isn’t studying, she can be found eating brunch, hiking with her roommates and exploring the many happy hours around Denver.

Fun fact: Coleen still loves giraffes (see photo below from last year).  Recently, Coleen got to pet one at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo!

coleen and giraffe

When You Call Korbel…

Meet Ellen!

Ellen is from Oklahoma via Nashville and Washington, D.C.  She is a first year in our International Security program with a concentration in Homeland Security.  Prior to starting at Korbel a couple weeks ago, Ellen was a financial analyst at a private equity firm in D.C., and before that she received her BA in Political Science and Communication Studies from Vanderbilt University.

Ellen chose Korbel, because “I really like the flexibility to take classes on a variety of topics and get an interdisciplinary perspective on security issues.  Also, mountains!”

When she is not studying, Ellen can be found hiking with her dog, eating breakfast / brunch and baked goods.  She’s dedicated to finding sweet potato pancakes as good as the ones she discovered in Nashville.  Her non-academic goals for this year include hiking several 14-ers and advancing to a new belt in krav maga.

Fun Fact: Ellen fostered 10 dogs while living in D.C. (not at the same time!) and loves volunteering with dog and horse rescues.


Ellen and her dog, Bella, at Mohawk Lake near Breckenridge, CO.

When you call Korbel…

When you call Korbel, one of our awesome Admissions Office staff will answer the phone.  We have some awesome new staff this year, and I want to introduce you to each one of them.

Meet Samantha!

Samantha is from Frederick, Maryland – “an adorable small town in the very far suburbs of DC and Baltimore.”  Before starting at Korbel this fall, Samantha worked on the communications team for a nonprofit in DC called First Book.  First Book provides books and resources to schools and programs serving children in need.  Before her time at First Book, Samantha was an International Studies major at UNC Asheville.

Samantha is a first year in our International Development program.  She hopes to focus her studies on Latin America, gender as it relates to the development process, and WASH.

When Samantha isn’t hitting the books or answering the phone at the Admissions Office, she can be found eating (especially breakfast food and fried chicken), cooking, hiking and generally being outdoors.  Once upon a time Samantha was a yoga instructor.  She loves the Baltimore Orioles and picking and eating blue crabs.  Also, she changes her hair color – a lot.


Samantha, at Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park, gazing and pointing off into the distance.


Samantha, eating.