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Finlandia News

January 8, 2018

Monday marks beginning of Spring 2018 semester

Another semester at Finlandia University begins today, Monday, January 8, 2018. The semester should be an exciting one for those at the university with all the fun that comes along with a spring semester. Below are some of the highlights of things to look forward to, as well as a quick look at the academic calendar.

MLK Day of Service

On Monday, January 15 there will be no classes as students, staff and faculty get out and get involved in service projects [...]

January 7, 2018

Looking for Snapchat take over applicants, apply within

Do you have an event the entire campus should know about? A first-person account that shows the everyday perks of life at Finlandia? Or maybe you just want to share your Finlandia pride with everyone?

The communications department is looking for alumni, students, or faculty willing to share “a day in their life” at Finlandia, share about their Finlandia experience, or talk about their specified major. Communications is especially looking for takeover volunteers for spring break, or the week of March [...]

Rob Boss Finlandia Fridays
January 5, 2018

The Finlandia gridiron with football coach Rob Boss

New head football coach Rob Boss came to chat about the future of Finlandia University football this week on Finlandia Fridays. Boss stated “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here,” when asked about his Finlandia experience thus far. Boss joined Finlandia’s staff last fall as an assistant, and was promoted to head coach on November 6.

When asked about his first season at Finlandia, Boss said that the “tremendous group of kids” is what really set it apart for him. The [...]

January 3, 2018

From Finland to Finlandia to Philadelphia

Finnish exchange student Ilkka Kortesluoma’s path to working for NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers

It was 4 a.m. when Ilkka Kortesluoma first arrived in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. The Senior Director of Ticket Sales for the Philadelphia Flyers still remembers stepping off that bus into the fresh middle-of-the-night late-summer Keweenaw air. The late night soon gave way to morning light, and the once-in-a-lifetime experience for the Finnish exchange student began. He finished his last year of university in Finlandia University’s International [...]

January 3, 2018

Social dance class open to Finlandia students and community

There’s no better way to warm yourself on a chilly winter’s evening than to dance. And Heikinpäivä 2018 is offering plenty of opportunities to do just that – even for folks who’ve never danced before.

That’s because the City of Hancock’s Finnish Theme Committee is partnering with Finlandia University to offer an eight-week class in social dance that’ll teach even the most firmly-rooted wallflower some of the most enjoyable and easy to learn dance steps. Led by Finlandia University Fiber [...]

January 2, 2018

Nordic Film Series opens Heikinpäivä with Oscar nominee

A film by the Copper Country’s favorite Finnish director will screen at the Finnish American Heritage Center on Thursday, January 11 at 2 and 6 p.m. as this month’s installment of the Nordic Film Series.

The Fencer” by Klaus Härö, which was Finland’s entry as the Best Foreign Language Film for the 2015 Oscars, tells the story of a young man who fled Russia to Estonia to evade the secret police. He finds work as a teacher and [...]

Jason Sullivan Finlandia Fridays
December 29, 2017

Transfer friendly focus discussed with Registrar Jason Sullivan

This week Finlandia Fridays was visited by Registrar Jason Sullivan to talk about important moves that will help put Finlandia in a leadership role when it comes to transfer students. President Philip Johnson had this to say about the topic, “Finlandia values the passion, drive and maturity that transfer students offer our campus. In addition to our transfer tuition reset, we are launching a friendlier application process and streamlining our credit transfer process. Blended with up close and [...]

December 28, 2017

Kathleen Harmon is a nurse with sisu

Experience at Finlandia key to Harmon’s success

Kathleen Harmon in 1986 as she graduated from Finlandia University.

Anyone from the nursing program’s 1986 class would have a hard time forgetting Kathleen Harmon’s inspirational finish to her collegiate experience. Harmon had her first child on January 6, 1986 and less than a week later she reported to her first class of her final semester. When Harmon went to the nursing pinning ceremony and graduation that spring, she proudly included her four-month [...]

Phyllis Fredendall Finlandia Fridays
December 22, 2017

Phyllis Fredendall talks fiber, fashion and Brule Scholarship

Phyllis Fredendall, who is in charge of the fiber and fashion design program at Finlandia, stopped by this week to represent the International School of Art and Design on Finlandia Fridays. The degree, as stated by Fredendall, “encompasses surface design, which is dying and printing on textiles, weaving and off-loom structures, so the foundation of cloth, and garment design.” One of the perks of the program is the annual fashion show that is held along with the student [...]

December 15, 2017

Finlandia University Gallery announces holiday hours

Finlandia University Gallery will be closed from December 23 to January 3, 2018 for the holidays. The current 27th Contemporary Finnish American Artist Series Exhibition featuring the ceramic of Kristin Pavelka will be on display through January 13. The gallery will resume regular hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8 a.m. to  4:30 p.m., Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 12 to 4 p.m. on January 4.

Upcoming in January January 18 to February 17 Opening Reception: Thursday, January 18, 7 to [...]