Meet the Staff

The Center for Campus Life is located in the Edith Mortensen Center, suite 119, just off of Student Street in the Morrison Commons. Our office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 605.274.5215 or email us at

Corey KoppCorey Kopp

Director of Campus Life

Corey serves as the Director of Campus Life and is responsible for overall leadership of the Campus Life Program. Corey has worked in housing and residential education at Augustana since 2007. Corey holds a B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Gonzaga University and an M.Ed. in Student Personnel Administration from Western Washington University.

Corey's Top 5 Strengths: Communication, Individualization, Responsibility, Strategic, Relator

Jeff VenekampJeff Venekamp

Senior Associate Director of Campus Life

Jeff serves as the Senior Associate Director of Campus Life and is responsible for leadership of the Residential Education team (Hall Directors, Viking Advisors and Viking Guides). Jeff has worked with residence life, student activities, orientation, and event management for the past 10 years at Augustana. Jeff holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from South Dakota State University.

Jeff's Top 5 Strengths: Includer, Woo, Strategic, Relator, Connectedness

Michelle HarveyMichelle Harvey

Associate Director of Campus Life

Michelle serves as an Associate Director of Campus Life. Michelle works very closely with Welcome Week, Volunteer Programs, and Student Engagement (clubs, organizations, and activities). Michelle holds a B.A. in English Writing and Mathematics from Morningside College and an M.A. in College Student Development with a concentration in Student Affairs from Appalachian State University.

Michelle's Top 5 Strengths: Includer, Arranger, Connectedness, Learner, Achiever

  Michelle Lisack

  Associate Director of Campus Life

Michelle serves as an Associate Director of Campus Life and works with housing operations. Michelle earned her B.A. in International Business at Ball State University and her M.S. in College Student Affairs at Eastern Illinois University.

Michelle's Top 5 Strengths: Harmony, Responsibility, Discipline, Achiever, Consistency

Assistant Director Team

The following members of the Campus Life team are professional staff who reside in each of our residential communities and serve as on-call emergency contacts for our campus community.

  Brent Olinger

  Assistant Director of Campus Life
  UBG Advisor

Brent serves as an Assistant Director of Campus Life and works with the Union Board of Governors (UBG). Brent Olinger is originally from Emery, SD and received his Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and Political Science and Master of Arts in Educational Administration at the University of South Dakota.

Brent's Top 5 Strengths: Achiever, Individualization, Input, Learner, Strategic

  Laura Schmit

 Assistant Director of Campus Life
  Granskou & East Halls

Laura serves as the Hall Director for East Hall and the Apartments. Laura received her B.S from South Dakota State University in Human Development and Family Studies. She is currently working towards her M.S in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and M.Ed in Student Affairs at South Dakota State University. 

Laura's Top 5 Strengths: Harmony, Empathy, Adaptability, Connectedness, and Belief

  Chaye Deutsch

  Assistant Director of Campus Life
  Bergsaker & Solberg Halls

Chaye Deutsch began working at Augustana in Fall 2018 serving Stavig Hall and our theme house communities. Chaye received a Bachelor of Business Administraion from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Science in Marketing from the University of Houston. Chaye has served in various roles in secondary and higher education as well as marketing and public relations in her home state of Texas.

Chaye's Top 5 Strengths: Achiever, Focus, Futuristic, Individualization, and Relator

 Samantha Kibbish

 Assistant Director of Campus Life
 Stavig & Tuve Halls

Samantha Kibbish serves as an Assistant Director of Campus Life and Hall Director in Tuve Hall. Samantha works with Augie's Student Organizations. Samantha joined Augustana in July 2018 after working in student organizations and engagement for 7 years at various institutions in California. Samantha holds a B.S. in Hospitality Management, with a minor in Business, from San Jose State University and a M.A. in Organization and Leadership, with an emphasis in Higher Education, from the University of San Francisco.

Samantha's Top 5 Strengths: Empathy, Adaptability, Intellection, Relator, Positivity