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Auggies make a splash with hands-on learning

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“This is my ideal form of higher education. It’s experiential, engaged with the community, interdisciplinary, physical, and mental.” Joe Underhill, Winona Daily News, September 15

The first-ever Augsburg College River Semester—a three-and-a-half month program in which a dozen students, as well as faculty members, will travel almost 2,000 miles of the 2,350-mile Mississippi River from St. Paul to New Orleans while studying the arts, humanities, and sciences—departed from St. Paul’s Harriet Island on September 1.

As part of the kickoff, the River Semester class, created and led by Associate Professor of Political Science Joe Underhill, was joined by a group of nearly 100 community members who paddled in canoes from St. Paul to South St. Paul. Many media outlets covered the launch, and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed September 1 “Augsburg College River Semester Day.”

WEB EXTRA: Follow the crew on their journey at


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