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


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.

TPT’s Almanac features Business Department Chair Jeanne Boeh

Jeanne Boeh on Almanac
Jeanne Boeh, second from the left, on 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, workforce participation, and interest rates.

The panel included Boeh as well as Louis Johnston, professor of economics at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, and Lee Schafer, business columnist at the Star Tribune. 

Watch here, minute 40:15.

MPR: Augsburg offers Argosy psychology students a lifeline

Peter Cox | MPR News Files
Peter Cox | MPR News Files

MPR reports that Augsburg University’s recent announcement about plans for a new doctoral psychology program would let students pick up where they left off after Argosy University closed in March.

“We believe we have the ability to bring that program over to Augsburg,” Monica Devers, dean of professional studies and graduate education at Augsburg told MPR News. “This Psy.D. program is a way to help former Argosy University students while also meeting the growing demand for mental health services statewide.”

See the full story at the MPR News website.

See Augsburg’s announcement.

Augsburg Alumna Tanya Schwartz becomes Burnsville’s first female police chief

Courtesy of the Burnsville Police Department
Tanya Schwartz | Courtesy of the Burnsville Police Department

Burnsville Police Captain Tanya Schwartz was promoted to police chief this month. She will be the city’s first female chief.

She will lead the department’s 75 sworn officers and 19 civilian employees in the city of 61,000, the Pioneer Press reported.

“I am so grateful for the city’s investment in me throughout my career, and am excited to give back and continue our strong culture of service and excellence in policing,” Schwartz said.

Schwartz holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Augsburg University.

See the full report at the Pioneer Press website.