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Star Tribune Features Augsburg’s Successful Efforts to Attract Students

Augsburg’s first-year class entering fall 2019 is the largest and most diverse.

Augsburg University President Paul Pribbenow was interviewed by the Star Tribune’s Evan Ramstad about how Augsburg is working to attract the diverse students who will be the workforce of the future as population growth is to slow.

“For us, it was about getting a larger share of the market from the communities where there was growth happening,” Pribbenow said.

Augsburg recently added new majors, a women’s wrestling team, and the Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion to attract students.

Read the full article in the Star Tribune.


WCCO Radio: Student Danny Reinan and English Professor John Schmit Discuss Pronouns

student Danny Reinan and Prof John Schmit on REAL Talk with Roshini.The Real Talk with Roshini radio show featured Augsburg University student Danny Reinan and English Professor John Schmit.

Reinan is a second-year student who has identified as non-binary transgender since 12. “I use pronouns they, them, theirs,” Reinan told host Roshini Rajkumar, during the November 17 live program. “When I use those pronouns, I need to be patient with people in my life; I try to educate them and understand that this is a process that’s still ongoing.”

Reinan told the WCCO audience that it’s best practice to just ask someone what pronouns they prefer to avoid making any assumptions.

The professor said that student pronouns are now in professors’ official rosters at Augsburg. “We have to think about how people want to be referred to. It’s a simple matter of respect,” Schmit said. “We make assumptions sometimes. You can’t tell just by looking at somebody what their pronouns or gender is.”

Listen to the WCCO segment here.


Twin Cities Business Covers Urban Investors at Augsburg University

Augsburg President Paul Pribbenow (left), Urban Investors founder Peter Heegaard, and Mike Christenson celebrated the Urban Investors program Thursday at a reception at Augsburg. (Photo: Courtney Perry)
Augsburg President Paul Pribbenow (left), Urban Investors founder Peter Heegaard, and Mike Christenson celebrated the Urban Investors program last month at a reception at Augsburg. Twin Cities Business.

The new program director of Urban Investors at Augsburg University, Mike Christenson, was previously a key member of former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak’s administration, Twin Cities Business reported.

Urban Investors, which recently moved to Augsburg, creates experiential learning opportunities for bankers and finance professionals who spend a year learning about urban issues to catalyze investment and community development that moves families out of poverty, revitalizes neighborhoods, improves schools, and builds economic opportunity. More information about the program can be found at this blog post published by Augsburg’s Sabo Center. 

Christenson told Twin Cities Business that he plans to work with students interested in banking careers and connect them to bankers in Urban Investors as well as other bankers he knows. “Business is one of the top majors at Augsburg,” Christenson said in the article. “Many Twin Cities-based banks “are getting white male candidates” for open positions, and they want to diversify their workforces. It’s very exciting for me to be involved in something that develops the next generation of leadership.”

Read the full article at the Twin Cities Business website.


Augsburg’s River Semester program gains German media attention

Frankfurter Allgemeine

German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine recently published the article “Mississippi in the Anthropocene: Whispering Waters.” The article explains the purpose of the trip and highlights some of the projects being executed throughout this journey.

“The aim of this expedition is to start a conversation,” the article says. “And it is for this reason that artists, authors, political activists, and scientists with very different interests will be present alongside the most numerous group: students of the River Semester at Minnesota’s Augsburg University. Their first mission: learning how to canoe.”


Read the full article here.


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New York Times Interviews Graphic Design Instructor Daniel Ibarra about Award-Winning Chef Ann Kim

The New York Times featured award-winning chef Ann Kim’s journey from actress to chef-owner of Minneapolis restaurants Pizzeria Lola, Hello Pizza, and Young Joni. The Korean-born Kim was named this year the James Beard Best Chef Midwest. In this same article, Augsburg University Graphic Design Instructor Daniel Ibarra is interviewed about his work advising Kim about the branding of her restaurants, including the upcoming Sooki & Mimi. “It’s purely aesthetic and tactile and sensory,” said Ibarra, about her creative process. “It’s more like an artist working with media.”


Read full article at the The New Times.

WCCO: Augsburg Student Leads Global Climate Strike Rally

Augsburg student Elan Quezada

Augsburg University student Elan Quezada organized a rally on campus for the Global Climate Strike where Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey told students he stood behind their efforts.

“We want and we acknowledge that this is our fight – this will be our burden to carry,” Quezada told WCCO’s Bill Hudson.

After the rally in Oren Gateway Center’s lobby on Friday, September 20, Augsburg students traveled together via light rail to rally with others at the state Capitol.

Augsburg students joined thousands worldwide who walked out of offices and schools to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels.

View the WCCO segment.

Twin Cities Business “Best of Business” survey recognizes Augsburg’s MBA program

Twin Cities Business Best of Business Reader's ChoiceAugsburg University’s MBA program was named one of the top MBA programs by Twin Cities Business readers. The magazine’s annual subscriber survey recognizes Minnesota’s “Best of Business.”

Here are some fast facts about the program for prospective students.

  • Earn your MBA in 26 months with a cohort model.
  • Study abroad in Europe or Latin America.
  • Collaborate with world-famous Mayo Clinic and Fortune 500 companies through experiential learning.
  • Get an $8,000 scholarship toward your degree.
  • New: Business Analytics class! Learn to utilize data to make decisions regarding product design, marketing, organizational structure, and strategic planning

View article.

Learn more about the MBA program.

Media Advisory: River Semester students to canoe for 100 days with German scholars, artists

(MINNEAPOLIS) — Augsburg University’s third River Semester launches this week as part of a prestigious German initiative to explore climate change and the Mississippi River.

Mississippi. An Anthropocene River is a German research project involving many communities and initiatives along the river. Joining Augsburg students will be German travelers, including: Max Planck Institute and Goethe Institute scholars; journalists; authors, and artists.

This year’s River Semester voyagers will depart from Lake Itasca on August 30 and, for 100 days, paddle portions of the Mississippi River ending in New Orleans. The students and German guests will stop at Field Station 1 in the Twin Cities for projects on September 20 and 21.

River Semester students will learn about history, politics, the environment and more as they canoe the Mississippi while earning 16-19 credits. This is Augsburg’s third River Semester. The first two were in 2015 and 2017. View the full River Semester itinerary. For more details about River Semester, visit the River Semester site.

About Augsburg. Augsburg University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and 10 graduate degrees to 3,400 students of diverse backgrounds at its campus in the vibrant center of the Twin Cities and nearby Rochester, Minnesota, location. Augsburg educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings. Learn more at

Media Contact: Gita Sitaramiah, Director of Public Relations and Internal Communications, or 612-330-1476.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Ben Denkinger on why time speeds up as we age

Ben Denkinger speaks with WCCO’s Heather Brown.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Ben Denkinger spoke with WCCO’s Heather Brown about why time seems to speed up as we age.

“First, there’s the theory of ratios – that one year to a four-year-old is a much larger percentage of their life compared to one year in the life of a 40-year-old”, Denkinger explained. “It really boils down to us being a lot busier with a lot more routine tasks as we get older. The more you’re paying attention to other stuff, not paying attention to the passage of time, time slips away from you.”

Can we slow time down? According to Denkinger, you can. “Unfortunately, the way to slow time down is awful. It’s by making yourself as bored as possible,” he said.

Denkinger also runs the Aging Lab at Augsburg University.

Watch full report here.


TPT’s Almanac features Business Department Chair Jeanne Boeh

Jeanne Boeh at TPT's Almanac.
Jeanne Boeh at TPT’s Almanac.

Jeanne Boeh, professor of economics and business department chair at Augsburg University, was recently a featured panelist on the weekly TPT news program, Almanac.

She provided commentary about trade, tariffs, and middle-class debt.

The panel included Boeh as well as a professor of economics from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University and the dean of the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business

Watch here.