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Nicole Newman
January 12, 2017

Meet the MLK Day of Service keynote speaker, Nicole Newman

Monday morning at 10 a.m. all students, faculty and staff from Finlandia University are invited to the Finnish American Heritage Center for one of the most exciting events of the second annual MLK Day of Service – the keynote speaker! This year’s speaker is Nicole Newman.

Newman is a native the Washington D.C. area and a proud graduate of Trinity University (Washington D.C.) with a degree in Political Science. She is also an AmeriCorps Vista Alumna. Newman has spent time [...]

January 11, 2017

Study abroad scholarship through CCSA now available

The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA) is accepting applications through February 24, 2017 for the $1,000 CCSA Story Teller Scholarship. The Storyteller Scholarship encourages student participation in CCSA programs by offering a means for students to tell their own CCSA stories.

The awardee must be enrolled in a CCSA program, be a full-time student and complete the requirements, which includes an essay, statement regarding intended design and a sample of past creative work. The awardee is [...]

January 11, 2017

Ponsse Einari Vidgrén Foundation Internship application period is now open

Micah Laban, a 2015 graduate, poses in the Ponsse factory for a photo during his internship in Finland.

Note: This scholarship has been claimed for the 2017 year. Senior Nathan Junttila is this year’s intern. It is hoped the application will be opened up once again in either late 2017 or early 2018. Subscribe to Finlandia’s Campus News to be among the first to find out. 

Once again, Ponsse and Finlandia University are pleased to announce an internship position for a [...]

Joyce Koskenmaki Elegy for my Dog, Crayon on paper 28” x 28”
January 10, 2017

Joyce Koskenmaki’s Retrospective opens January 19

EXHIBIT DATES: JANUARY 19 – FEBRUARY 18, 2017

Please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, January 19, 7 to 8:30 p.m. with the artist talk beginning at 7:15 p.m.

Finlandia University Gallery presents Joyce Koskenmaki: Retrospective, an exhibit of paintings, drawings, and mixed media work spanning Koskenmaki’s lifetime career in the arts.  Koskenmaki’s work will be on display at the Finlandia University Gallery, located in the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock, from January 19 to February 18, 2017.

An opening reception at the gallery will [...]

January 8, 2017

Digital audiobooks now available from North Wind Books

Do you not enough time to read all the books you want? North Wind Books has you covered. We’re excited to announce that North Wind Books has teamed up with Libro.fm, the digital audiobook supplier for independent bookstores like us.

What does this mean for you?

Digital Audiobooks purchased through Libro.fm directly support North Wind Books Over 80,000 titles to choose from DRM-free so you can listen on multiple devices Free iOS and Andriod app Superior audio quality Expert recommendations from North Wind Books

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to

January 6, 2017

MLK Day of Service volunteer site signups now open

Students participating in Finlandia University’s second annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service are invited to sign up for their service site now.

Sign-Up For a Service Site

“As of right now we have 19 service sites needing over 130 students available for students to volunteer at,” said René Johnson, a member of the Equity and Diversity Committee at FinnU. “This should make for a great day here at Finlandia University.”

Sites range from Calumet to Portage [...]

January 6, 2017

Heritage Center to launch Finnish American folk school

“Although our region maintains a strong ethnic pride in its Finnish roots, the loss of language and traditional arts and crafts has left many among our residents very little onto which they can attach their ethnic identity.”

So says Finnish American Heritage Center Director Jim Kurtti, and he’s doing something about it. He and his staff at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center are spearheading an effort to establish a Finnish American Folk School in the Copper [...]

January 6, 2017

North Wind hosting local author Kristin Neva for signing and reading

North Wind Books presents local author Kristin Neva for a book signing and reading on Wednesday, January 18 from 4 to 6 p.m.

This free event will be at the bookstore on the campus of Finlandia University. Neva will be promoting her newly released book, Snow Country.

About Kristin Neva

Neva grew up in an old farmhouse in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the north end of the Keweenaw Peninsula, which is known as Copper Island. She spent many hours visiting Anne of Green Gables on Prince [...]

Chef Mark Pittillo on Finlandia Fridays
January 6, 2017

Chef Mark highlights community and Winter Welcome

The small town charm and beautiful natural surroundings had Mark Pittillo smitten for Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, and now after living here for more than half a decade it’s the people that “Chef Mark” appreciates most. Especially the students he’s surrounded by at Finlandia University.

Mark Pittillo, Food Service Director at Finlandia University.

“Never did I imagine it would be as rewarding as it has been,” Pittillo said about his experience working at Finlandia. “The kids are incredible. I appreciate them on a [...]