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Dr. Robert Ubbelohde #1
June 4, 2018

Finlandia mourns loss of former president, Robert Ubbelohde

Finlandia University is saddened to announce the passing of former university president, Robert Ubbelohde.

Ubbelohde joined Finlandia, then Suomi College, in 1988 as the Dean of Faculty. Shortly after, he was appointed to President and Professor of Philosophy until his retirement in 2007. Ubbelohde was instrumental in converting Suomi College into Finlandia University, a baccalaureate degree granting institution.

“With each passing year in this office, my admiration and respect for those who came before me has only multiplied,” said Ubbelohde’s successor and [...]

Portage Health Foundation Logo
June 4, 2018

Local health sciences students receive Portage Health Foundation Scholarship

Small communities need the support of its healers. With the Portage Health Foundation Scholarship, local students are given tuition aid to encourage them to go into the health sciences and in the hopes that they will remain in or return to the Upper Peninsula for their careers.

“We are trying to help the whole community become healthier,” said Mary Jo Munch, Portage Health Foundation Grants Management Coordinator. “We are hoping to give our young people a foundation to continue caring for [...]

June 4, 2018

James Brey takes new role as Financial Aid Counselor

James Brey to transition from Enrollment Officer to Financial Aid Counselor

 

Finlandia University is pleased to announce that James Brey is transitioning to the role of Financial Aid Counselor in the Office of Financial Aid.

Brey, who joined the Finlandia staff last fall as an Enrollment Officer with Admissions, brings a wealth of experience to the position. He earned his Bachelor’s in Business Management from FinnU in 2012 and has worked as a retention representative for Prudential, director of sales [...]

Laura Sieders
May 31, 2018

Business department adds pair of key faculty members

FInlandia University is pleased to welcome Laura Sieders and Paul Werner to their new positions in the International School of Business.

Sieders, who has served as FinnU’s Adjunct Professor in Intermediate Accounting for the past two years, will become the new Instructor of Accounting. Werner will be the Assistant Professor in Marketing.

Both will begin in their new roles in August.

About Laura Sieders

Before coming to Finlandia two years ago as an adjunct, Sieders worked and lived in and around Washington [...]

Alissa Pietila
May 25, 2018

Alumni Update: Alissa Pietila (’14) heads new broadcast segment at TV6

Alissa Pietila never thought she’d be working for a television station, let alone leading her own segment on the five o’clock news.

Pietila, a 2014 Finlandia University alumna, graduated with a bachelor’s in communication with a concentration in journalism and a minor in psychology. During college, she always thought she would work in a magazine and write long-form articles. Instead, she took a job at the Daily Globe in Ironwood before moving to

Frank Pergrande
May 24, 2018

Frank Pergande new academic coordinator at TRIO Upward Bound

Finlandia University is excited to welcome Frank Pergande as the new the TRIO Upward Bound (UB) academic coordinator. Pergande earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and his Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Northern Michigan University. He previously taught English at NMU, overseas at Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea and the Marquette Prison through Jackson College.

“I was very excited at the opportunity to work more [...]

May 24, 2018

Finnish photographer Terhi Asumaniemi opening reception is June 7

Birdsong by Terhi Asumaniemi

Terhi Asumaniemi’s Mindscapes – Forest Narratives to be on display June 7 through July 20

Finlandia University Gallery will present the work of Finnish visual artist Terhi Asumaniemi.  Mindscapes – Forest Narratives, a photography exhibit will be on display at the Finlandia University Gallery, located in the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock, from June 7 to July 20, 2018.

An opening reception for the public will take place at the gallery on Thursday, June 7, from [...]

May 23, 2018

Finlandia now offers priority registration for transfer students

As part of its commitment to be a transfer-friendly leader, Finlandia University enacted a new policy this spring that allows students transferring into the university to have priority registration.

“Finlandia recognizes that transfer students have specific scheduling needs and this policy aims to keep those students on track to degree completion in the shortest time possible,” Dean of Students Erin Barnett said.

This policy change is just the latest in Finlandia’s actions to become a transfer-friendly leader. Other recent announcements included a [...]

May 22, 2018

Tenure status awarded to Dr. Gee and Dr. Knoblauch

Finlandia University is proud to announce that Dr. William Knoblauch and Dr. Richard Gee have been granted tenure status.

“These two professors exemplify much of what makes Finlandia distinct,” said Dr. Fredi de Yampert, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “They care deeply about our students, are passionate about their subject matter and have a proven track record of notable academic work. I am proud to call them colleagues, and congratulate each of them for this honor.”

To apply for [...]

William Knoblauch
May 21, 2018

Dr. William Knoblauch achieves tenure

Finlandia University is pleased to announce that Dr. William Knoblauch has achieved tenure status and named an Associate Professor.

“It feels great to become an Associate Professor,” said Knoblauch. “It’s been a long process with a lot of requirements, and involves a critical evaluation by your colleagues and administrators, so it takes quite a while.

“That being said, I found the process to be a lot of fun. It’s the task of looking back over the past, collecting, sorting and organizing [...]