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Heikki Wife Carrying Contest
January 21, 2017

What in the heck is Heikinpäivä? and 5 reasons you’ll love it!

Liliana Lazo in 2016’s Heikinpäivä Wife-Carrying Contest

It should be no surprise that Finlandia University takes great pride in its Finnish heritage. According to The Finnish American Reporter, approximately 40 percent of Hancock’s population bears Finnish ancestry, the largest ethnic group in the region, making recognition of this history significant to many locals. Finnish traditions and culture are woven deeply into Finlandia and the Copper Country’s philosophies and approach to life, but there is one time each year where [...]

Joyce Koskenmaki Finlandia University 10
January 20, 2017

PHOTOS: Joyce Koskenmaki’s “Retrospective” opening reception

Thursday night the Finlandia University Gallery was a full house as long-time art professor Joyce Koskenmaki brought together decades of her work for an exhibit titled “Retrospective.” The exhibit will remain up at the Finlandia University Gallery until February 18. Below are photos from the reception, with more photos posted on the International School of Art & Design Facebook page.

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Abigail Tembreull Finlandia Fridays
January 20, 2017

Abigail Tembreull highlights the Art and Design Program

On this week’s episode of Finlandia Fridays we are joined by guest Abigail Tembreull. Tembreull discusses an upcoming event, an art competition scholarship she was awarded that included free tuition in Italy, the fact that she was awarded the Brule Scholarship to attend FinnU and other experiences she has encountered during her three years in Finlandia’s International School of Art and Design.

One of many events that the Art and Design program facilitates throughout the year is the [...]

January 19, 2017

Steps to fix time zone issues some users are having in Google

It’s been reported that some users are having issues with time zones not working correctly in Google. This has been specifically effecting calendars. The issue has been solved at a universal level, but there are some users who are still experiencing the problems. Please follow the steps below to solve them.

To change the time zone for all current and future calendars and events, the following will have to be done:

Open Google Calendar Open Settings in the top right corner (settings cog) then [...]

Soup & Art Auction
January 18, 2017

Soup and Art Auction fundraiser set for Saturday

Young Women’s Caucus for Art raising money for conference

The Young Women’s Caucus for Art at Finlandia University is hosting its annual Soup and Art Auction fundraiser Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Finnish American Heritage Center.

The fundraising event includes all-you-can-eat homemade made soup, including a couple unique Finnish recipes that are usually a big hit with the crowd. Live music, an art auction and a dessert bar will also be included. Money raised will be used to [...]

Heikinpäivä Parade
January 17, 2017

Schedule for 18th annual Heikinpäivä now available

Hancock is once again playing host to the Finnish-American winter cultural festival Heikinpäivä. The 18th annual celebration begins Wednesday, January 25 at Quincy Green and continues through Monday, February 6, with events at locations throughout Hancock.

The main day of festivities is Saturday January 28, with such notable events as the opening parade in downtown Hancock at 11 a.m., and the Polar Bear Dive at 3 p.m., located on the Hancock waterfront near Copper Island Beach Club.

To see a [...]

January 16, 2017

More than 120 students participate in MLK Day of Service at Finlandia University

Nicole Newman was the keynote speaker for Finlandia’s second annual MLK Day of Service.

Finlandia University students weren’t in class today, but that didn’t stop them from having an incredible learning opportunity. Maybe one of the most important kinds of lessons to learn. That’s because they instead focused on what it means to provide service to their community as the university celebrated its second annual MLK Day of Service.

“The positive energy was evident on campus today,” said Erin Barnett, Director [...]

FinnU Students
January 14, 2017

MLK Day at Finlandia: A growing tradition of service and respect

Since its inception as a national holiday in 1983, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has been a time for citizens of the United States and of all nations to celebrate the memory of one of the civil rights movement’s most influential figures, and to spend the day in service, working together towards building and improving our communities.

This year marks Finlandia University’s second annual MLK Day of Service, a day marked by events of remembrance and community involvement in keeping [...]

Rene Johnson Finlandia Fridays
January 13, 2017

Finlandia Fridays discusses MLK Day of Service with René Johnson

This week on Finlandia Fridays host Michael H. Babcock speaks with René Johnson highlighting Finlandia University’s community involvement on MLK Day of Service (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day). She briefly touches on the history of the holiday and how it came to be as well as Finlandia’s service throughout the day.

Finlandia University offers numerous service activities during the day including a worship service, guest speakers, dining services, and a closing film. Finlandia [...]