A day at Augsburg College

Not much at first. (Courtesy of Augsburg)

That’s it.

That's more or less what I saw the first time I encountered Augsburg College – in the summer of 2004 when I first moved to the Twin Cities.

It was just a sign on big building in Minneapolis off Interstate 94, and I had no clue what the campus looked like.

Since I started covering Augsburg and higher education in 2010, the campus image has grown in my mind -- as place with its own Scandinavian Christmas festival, a surprising amount of diversity, a gender-neutral bathroom day and one that doesn't mess around when it comes to community service.

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It hosts the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, and its president is known for his bow ties.

Pribbenow (Courtesy of Augsburg College)

And oh, yeah -- it's happy.

I'm excited to finally get the chance to spend the day there – one of the smallest, densest four-year campuses in the state.

It'll be winter, so the foliage won't be there, but apparently it looks like this:

A little more color (Courtesy of Augsburg College)

Follow me today as I give you a flavor of what life is like at Augsburg.