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June 21, 2018

Alum Paige Gwyn hosting summer youth art camp in Calumet

Summer Youth Art Immersion: Wild 4 Art 2018 will take place at the Calumet Art Center on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. beginning Saturday, June 30. Youth nine and over will have an introduction to various art mediums that incorporate science, math and history. Classes will include drawing, painting, weaving (fiber art), zining (drawing + design thinking) and intermedia as a whole.

Classes are taught by Finlandia University International School of Art & Design alum Paige Gwyn, [...]

June 19, 2018

Update from President Johnson on active Keweenaw emergency flash flood situation

Below is an e-mail that was sent out by President Philip Johnson to all Finlandia employees. At the end of that message are updates that were given during a press conference involving local emergency officials.

Dear Colleagues, Yesterday we all received the note from Dr. Fredi deYampert that offices would once again be open today and work would resume.  But we return to our offices distracted and it is hard to concentrate on office work alone. We all know colleagues, former [...]

June 19, 2018

Silent no longer, Kiranada Sterling Benjamin comes to Finlandia

Finlandia University is excited to host author and artist, Kiranada Sterling Benjamin, on campus this week.

She will be teaching a rozome workshop June 20-24, specializing in different techniques in the fiber arts studio in the Jutila Center. Rozome is the art of creating patterns on silk using dyes and wax to create negative spaces.

Additionally, the author will be reading from her new memoir, A Year of Silence: Solitary Retreat in the New Zealand Wilderness, as well as doing [...]

June 17, 2018

Finlandia’s campus to remain closed Monday, June 18

Finlandia University will remain closed on Monday, June 18. Only essential personnel should come to campus.

Campus is closed due to the massive storm that hit Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula beginning in the early morning hours of Sunday. Sunday morning facilities staff completed a sweep of campus, and so far all appears to be well. For those who are in the Keweenaw right now, please adhere to all warnings from emergency responders and stay safe. According to the National Weather Service out of [...]

Kelly Aho - RN-BSN
June 13, 2018

Alumni Spotlight: Kelly Aho, BSN

Kelly Aho dreamed of advancing her career through the online RN-BSN program. After graduating in December 2017, she earned a promotion.


When Kelly Aho (’94, ’17) first came to Suomi College in the 1990s, she wanted to be a teacher.

She graduated as an RN instead.

“I decided that nursing is very much like teaching,” said Aho. “You do a lot of patient education, and I like being with patients and their families helping them navigate their healthcare.”

Now the unit manager of surgical [...]

June 12, 2018

Get to know Jouhikko – the instrument people hate to love – at Juhannus

There’ll be plenty of Finnish American Folk School offerings at Juhannus this year. In addition to welcoming the Finnish band Jepokryddona, Hancock resident and stringed instrument builder Alice Margerum will lead a workshop in the construction of the Finnish instrument jouhikko.

On June 22-23 (the class will take place over two days, and attendance both days is required), Margerum will instruct a maximum of 12 students on assembling the ancient Finnish lyre known for its droning sound, [...]

June 12, 2018

Finnish band to spice up Juhannus

Finland’s “spice girls” are bringing added flavor to the Copper Country this summer.

The Finnish folk band Jepokryddona (“Spice of Jeppo”) will headline the area’s 2018 Juhannus celebration, performing the upbeat, lively tunes that represent the heritage of their part of Finland, and offer workshops in their region’s music tradition. Jepokryddona is a folk group made up of Swedish-speaking Finns who, for the most part, play traditional wedding music from Jeppo. Led by Christine Julin-Häggman [...]

June 6, 2018

Finnish-American documentary wins prestigious Eclipse Award

An Eclipse took place in early May in Grand Rapids, and in this instance no special glasses are needed for viewing – just a DVD player and an interest in the history of Finnish-American co-operatives.

“Co-operatively Yours,” the 2017 film by Kristin Ojaniemi and the Finnish American Heritage Center, took home the “Best Documentary” honor at the 2018 Eclipse Awards, an annual event created to honor Michigan’s creators in film and television. The Eclipse Awards are chosen by [...]

Admissions Deposit Copper Country Welcome Basket
June 6, 2018

Incoming Students: Pay deposit by July 13 for chance to win Copper Country Welcome Basket


Finlandia admissions is offering a unique opportunity for new students who pay their admissions deposit before July 13. All new and incoming students who pay the $200 deposit will be entered into a drawing for a Copper Country Welcome Basket, worth over $300 in prizes. Two winners will be chosen during Orientation on FinnU’s Instagram Live [...]