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February 21, 2017

Photos: Second annual President’s Table Tennis Tournament

Last week Finlandia students and employees got together for the second annual President’s Table Tennis Tournament, hosted by the university’s president, Philip Johnson. The winners included Jonathan Barnes, Tyler Kangas, Micha Health and Keith Jackson. Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed the event! Below are some photos from the event, check out more by visiting the Finlandia University Student Life Facebook page.

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CopperDog 150
February 20, 2017

Volunteers wanted for CopperDog 150

The CopperDog 150 is less than two weeks away, and the dogsled race in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula is seeking volunteers. The race is a perfect opportunity for teams and groups to get together, but there are also dozens of opportunities for individuals and families to participate. Finlandia is proud to be a sponsor of the event once again in 2017.

View CopperDog 150 Volunteer Opportunities

There is volunteer training session that takes place this this Sunday from 1 to 3 [...]

Spidersilk Dayspring
February 20, 2017

Alumna looking for assistance to print second volume of independent comic Spidersilk

Spidersilk Comic looking to print volume 2

Finlandia University alum Pamela Kotila is looking for support for her Kickstarter campaign to print “Spidersilk Comic Volume 2.” The campaign is looking to raise a total of $5,000 by the end March 9.

The first campaign was a success in spring of 2016. “I’m not sure Spidersilk volume 1 would’ve come to print without the wave of support from the local Keweenaw and Finlandia alum community,” Kotila said. [...]

February 17, 2017

Finlandia introduces $4,000 U.P. Commitment Grant and frozen tuition for 2017-18

Efforts are first step of comprehensive redesign of financial aid practices

Finlandia University has introduced a new $4,000 grant for students who graduated from an Upper Peninsula high school, and announced it is maintaining current rates for tuition and room and board for the upcoming year.

“Finlandia has a strong record of controlling price increases over the long-term and maximizing financial aid to prospective students,” President Philip Johnson said. “We can do more, however, especially for our neighboring communities in [...]

Sandra Turnquist Finlandia Fridays
February 17, 2017

Sandra Turnquist provides advice on how to best navigate Financial Aid

On this installment of Finlandia Fridays Director of Student Financial Services Sandra Turnquist speaks all things financial aid. Turnquist outlines a two new financial aid opportunities to Finlandia students, the U.P. Commitment Grant and Service Scholarship. She also touches on Finlandia’s frozen tuition for the upcoming year. Outside of the announcement, Turnquist highlights that the priority deadline that is quickly approaching. Michigan recommends that all financial aid forms be submitted by March 1, so that all possible financial aid options are still [...]

Mark Pittillo Spark Plug Awards
February 17, 2017

Pittillo recognized for customer service at Keweenaw Spark Plug Awards

Finlandia University Director of Dining Services Mark Pittillo received the Customer Service Award during the fifth annual Keweenaw Sparkplug Award on Thursday night at Bonfire Steakhouse and Grill in Houghton.

Mark Pittillo’s Customer Service Excellence

Mark Pittillo poses with the customer service award at the 2017 Spark Plug Awards dinner with members of the Michigan Tech hockey team, who he caters for on a weekly basis and presented him with the award.

Pittillo was nominated for the award by Karin Van Dyke, [...]

February 16, 2017

Finlandia Community Wellness Open House at Paavo Nurmi Center set for Feb. 20

Tour facility, meet staff and enjoy NCAA Division III basketball for free on Monday, February 20

Finlandia Community Wellness welcomes the public to an open house at the Paavo Nurmi Center on Monday, February 20 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for the community to explore the facility, learn about the programs offered and interact with the staff.

RSVP to the event on Facebook

On-site fitness professionals will include Bridget Durocher, Joan Kero, Beth Ryynanen and [...]

Finlandia employees Michael H. Babcock and Augustine Brutus running during the 2016 Canal Run. This year's event is July 15, and will make a great goal whether you want to run or walk five miles, 10 miles or take a try at your first half marathon. Learn more at
February 15, 2017

Tips to be more heart healthy for Heart Month

This is part of a monthly series produced by the Wellness Committee here at FinnU. View an archive of Wellness Committee articles. This month’s article was produced by Katie Curtis

February is a month to celebrate your heart, and not just for Valentine’s Day. The American Heart Association named February “Heart Month.” Below are some links with ideas on how to better care for your heart.

American Hearth Month Centers for Disease Control HealthFinder

Finlandia employees Michael H. [...]

A Finlandia nursing student honing her trade at Aspirus Clinic
February 14, 2017

The call for additional education in the nursing profession

For nearly three million Americans, the nursing profession is a life-supporting trade, both financially for themselves, and for the patients nurses care for. A universal nursing certificate that can provide high job placement across the nation and requires only two years of school is a hard bargain to pass up. Times are changing, however, as education demands for nurses have been increasing over recent years.

Traditionally, hospitals required only a two-year degree in Nursing (RN), but the benefits of achieving a [...]

Ribbet Edit
February 13, 2017

FinlandiaU Snapchat selfie Contest

Finlandia University’s Snapchat is holding a selfie contest

Love taking selfies? Like winning prizes? Then today is your lucky day! Finlandia’s Snapchat (FinlandiaU) invites you to take part in a new contest called the #FinnUSelfie. The rules are simple:

Add FinlandiaU on Snapchat Take your most creative Finlandia University selfie Send it to us for a chance to win a mystery prize on Friday, February 17.

To add FinlandiaU on Snapchat open the Snapchat app, swipe down on the home screen and tap “Add [...]