Augsburg College alumna Kuoth Wiel ’13, a star in the feature film “The Good Lie,” has garnered a plethora of media coverage. The film, which was released in Minnesota Oct. 17, has been well received and is generating Oscar buzz. Augsburg has received several media mentions thanks to Wiel since she was a student at the College when she auditioned for the role.
The film brings to life a fictional yet strikingly accurate story of the ‘Lost Boys’ of Sudan. Born in a refugee camp in Ethiopia to Sudanese parents herself, it’s no surprise Wiel found it important to help tell this story. Being a part of the film “…validated all the struggles we had went through,” Wiel said in an MPR news interview.
Wiel has been traveling around the U.S. promoting the film since its September debut at the Toronto Film Festival. The film, along with Wiel and her castmates, have been featured and covered by media outlets ranging from Minneapolis’ Star Tribune to Rolling Stone magazine.
Below is a list of some of the local and national media coverage on Wiel:
Augsburg College was one of several Twin Cities anchor institutions named in a recent MinnPost article on the roles these institutions play in strengthening Minnesota neighborhoods.
President Paul C. Pribbenow, who is chair of the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership, was quoted in the article. He described how anchor institutions view the benefits in their partnership work. “This is not just what we give to the community, it’s about our shared interests and mutual benefits,” Pribbenow said.
Fellow member of the Augsburg community Josh Ahrens, food service director for A’viands, also was quoted in the article. Read, “Anchor initiatives: Local food means business for local neighborhoods” to learn how health care, higher education, and other nonprofits are working together to improve the economic vitality of their communities.
Military Advanced Education has selected Augsburg as a top school in its 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities research study. A record number of schools responded to an extensive survey, and MAE staff evaluated each submission using strict criteria. Schools were evaluated by their achievement in military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support, and online support services.
The full Guide to Colleges & Universities will be published in a forthcoming issue of Military Advanced Education.
The college planning website BestColleges.com has named Augsburg to its list of the top colleges for older students. Augsburg is ranked No. 9, making it the highest listed Minnesota institution.
In order to create the rankings, BestColleges.com examined all schools with a nontraditional student body of 25 percent or more and then narrowed its list to only those schools that provide a high quality education. The site examined each school’s academics, student engagement, percentage of students above age 25, and programs geared toward nontraditional students. The site trimmed its list to 50 schools by examining institutions’ range of degree programs at the baccalaureate level or higher. View the list on the BestColleges.com website.
Augsburg College alumnus Brian Ackland ’95 was named Minnesota Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Minnesota Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In a Sun This Week article, Ackland describes how his time at Augsburg College influenced his vocational discernment, allowing him to identify his passion for serving children. Read, “Oak Ridge teacher honored for integrity, innovation” on the Sun This Week website.
Augsburg College alumnus Herb Chilstrom ’54, author and co-author numerous books, was featured by the St. Peter Herald shortly after the release of his newest publication, “My Friend Jonah and Other Dogs I’ve Loved.” All income from the book will be directed to Augsburg College and will honor of one of Chilstrom’s professors — Joel Torstenson. Visit the St. Peter Herald website to learn more about the book and Chilstrom’s career with the Lutheran church.
Former Augsburg College football player Scott Cooper ’13 wrote a follow-up article for Outsports.com one year after he spoke in Daily Chapel for National Coming Out Day. Cooper previously penned an article for the site that garnered the attention of the Star Tribune and described his acceptance on and off the field as a gay student athlete. Visit the Outsports.com to read the article.
Augsburg College alumna Kuoth Wiel ’13, an actress in the feature film “The Good Lie,” was featured by the Star Tribune just before the movie’s Oct. 17 release in Minnesota. Wiel has been touring to promote the film since its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in early September. Read, “Minnesota woman has role in Witherspoon film ‘The Good Lie,'” on the Star Tribune website.
Kuoth Wiel ’13 visits Twin Cities for advance screening of ‘The Good Lie’
Augsburg alumna Kuoth Wiel ’13 finished the final semester of her undergraduate education from afar, trading the College’s Minneapolis campus for film sets in Georgia and South Africa. Wiel is featured in a supporting role in “The Good Lie,” a drama about refugees from Sudan learning to navigate life in the United States with the help of a character played by Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon.
Wiel, a psychology major with Sudanese heritage, has been touring to promote “The Good Lie” since the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in early September. She will introduce the Twin Cities’ first screening of “The Good Lie” on October 14, and the Augsburg College community has been invited to take part in the event. Auggies also can acquire free tickets to an advance screening on October 16.
Ticket information is posted in the October 10 edition of Augsburg’s Daily A-mail.
To learn more about the film, visit thegoodliemovie.com/.
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s Winds of Change magazine has selected Augsburg as one of the Top 200 Colleges for Native American and Alaska Native students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math.
The list features colleges and universities “where American Indians are going to school in significant numbers and where the community, Native programs, and support are strong enough for these students to enjoy college and stay on to graduation,” according to Winds of Change. Likewise, this year the list includes data measuring undergraduate degrees in science, engineering, technology and mathematics-related disciplines for all students and for American Indians.
Augsburg College was one of only five Minnesota institutions to make the Top 200 list, which was published in an annual special college issue designed to inform and inspire college-bound students and their parents, teachers, and counselors.
View the Top 200 Colleges for Native Americans.