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Heikinpäivä Parade
January 23, 2017

You asked, we answered: Here’s how to pronounce Heikinpäivä

Every year Finlandia University welcomes hundreds of new students to campus, and each January those students are welcomed to town by a new mix of familiar letters – two of which have an unfamiliar pair of dots above them. That word:



But seeing it is one thing, it’s another thing to learn how to pronounce it! That’s what happened today as Media Intern Walker Enstad made is way through campus asking students and staff how to pronounce the word. The answers, [...]

January 23, 2017

Finlandia Foundation Scholarship opportunities for students involved in Finnish culture

A man wearing traditional Finnish garb at Heikinpäivä 2015.

The Finlandia Foundation National (FFN) is an organization dedicated to the perpetuation of Finnish-American culture through the provision of financial assistance to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, especially those with strong and diverse ties to Finnish tradition and community. At Finlandia University, ideal candidates for the opportunities provided by FFN are students with strong academic performance and involvement in supporting Finnish cultural heritage.

Candidates must full-time students and have maintained a 3.0 [...]

January 23, 2017

Alternative Spring Break meeting scheduled for Feb. 1

Students interested in taking part in Finlandia University Campus Ministry’s Alternative Spring Break are invited to attend an information session on Wednesday, February 1 at 4:30 p.m. in the basement of the Chapel of St. Matthew.

The event will feature dates, times and what to expect during the trip to Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp in Iron River, Michigan. If you have any questions prior to the session, please reach out to Campus Pastor Soren Schmidt.

Polar Bear Dive
January 23, 2017

Ice conditions force Heikinpäivä Polar Bear Dive cancellation

The recent warming trend has weakened the ice on the Portage Canal, so the Heikinpäivä Polar Bear Dive for 2017 is cancelled.

“We just can’t risk the safety of our participants,” Polar Bear Dive coordinator Julie Knight said. “The Coast Guard recommends that nobody be on the ice, and since the weather is supposed to be warmer than normal for the coming days, it’s not likely the ice conditions will improve in time to try to have the dive.”

Folks are encouraged [...]

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 [...]