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Meet Tony Amelse

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  • Title: Associate Director of Admission
  • Phone: 800-544-1489
  • Territory/Responsibilities: Select Twin Cities schools: Academy of Holy Angels, Accell Academy, Benilde-St. Margaret's School, Chanhassen High School, Eden Prairie High School, Epsilon Program, Holy Family Catholic High School, Minnetonka High School, Providence Academy, and St. Thomas Academy. Athletic liaison.
  • Hometown: Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
  • High School: Simley
  • College: 1996 CSB/SJU graduate
  • Major/Minor: Communication Major/Theology Minor

More about Tony: Tony is a veteran in the CSB/SJU Office of Admission (he started in 1997 and was a student tour guide for three years prior). As an undergraduate student, Tony was active in broadcasting, holding the positions of Music Director and Sports Director at the campus radio station, KJNB. That interest led him to complete internships at KFAN Radio and KMSP-TV in the Twin Cities. Tony and his wife, a 1996 CSB graduate, reside in the Twin Cities.   

Hear Tony on the Radio: Tony’s experience with sports broadcasting didn’t end when he joined the admission team. For the past 10 seasons, Tony has partnered with Director of Admission Matt Beirne to provide radio and internet play-by-play coverage for the 13-time MIAC Champion CSB Blazer basketball team. Tony also has a bird’s eye view of every home SJU football game as a part-time public address announcer.  

Tony says...

“Even though I have a passion for music and sports, my favorite activity in college was hosting a weekly talk show with then Chaplain of Saint John’s, Father Timothy Backous. He taught one of the most popular classes on campus, so we essentially made it available to the entire community by taking it to the airwaves. Students would call in and discuss their relationships with God and each other and comment on current events. It was a great example of how CSB/SJU act as one large classroom where learning cannot tell time.”