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  • Perho College of Culinary, Tourism and Business visit to Finlandia University

    Perho College Lecturer Leni Palminkoski-Pihlamo

    Perho College lecturer Leni Palminkoski-Pihlamo presents on family history in the Copper Country and the Perho Culinary, Tourism and Business College.

    Finlandia University hosted a visit by a delegation from the Perho Culinary, Tourism, and Business College in Helsinki, Finland on Tuesday, June 6. The delegation of 32 faculty members had tours of both the Quincy Mine and the FinnU campus before lunch and presentations at the Finnish American Heritage Center. The visit for these [...]


  • Ryan Bain’s internship highlighted in LVD newsletter

    For many students, summer is just as important of a time of learning as the school year is. That includes sophomore Ryan Bain, who is completing an internship at Lac Vieux Desert Health Center Chiropractic. Below is an article that was posted in Wiindamaagewin, Lac View Desert’s bi-monthly eNewsletter. It has been reposted with permission from LVD Tribal Communications.

    Meet Ryan Bain, LVD Health Center Intern and College Student

    Ryan Bain is the first one to admit he didn’t always take his [...]


  • Finlandia Success: Carley Saint-Onge ’15

    Finlandia Success Carley Saint-Onge

    This month’s Finlandia University alumni success story is focusing on Carley Saint-Onge – a graduate of Finlandia’s International School of Business. Saint-Onge is now working in marketing for Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas. In this question-and-answer session, she talks about the world of small schools compared to big schools, digital marketing, business-to-business marketing compared to business-to-consumer marketing, what it was like to move to a new region and what she remembers best about her time at FinnU.

    MEET Carley Saint-Onge Major: Business Graduation Year: 2015 Hometown: Marquette, Michigan Current [...]

  • Nathan Junttila highlighted in Ponsse newsletter

    For the third year in a row, Finlandia University and Ponsse, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of forest machines for the cut-to-length method, have partnered for to offer the Ponsse Einari Vidgrén Foundation Internship. The internship includes a couple weeks working in Finland. This year’s student is Nathan Junttila. Below is a story originally published in PONSSE NETWORK BULLETIN. It has been reposted with permission.

    Nathan Junttila’s Ponsse Story

    Nathan Junttila from [...]


  • Maximizing educational opportunities in the International School of Business

    It’s well-known that an education is what you make of it.  When studying towards a BBA at Finlandia, that is certainly the case. In addition to rigorous coursework, a great deal of learning occurs outside of the traditional classroom through internships, extra and co-curricular activities, and other unique opportunities available to Finlandia students. Walker Enstad is one example of a student who has not only excelled in his academic studies, but he has also taken advantage of many of these [...]


  • Darren Bausano welcomed to SCAS and ISB at Finlandia University

    Finlandia University is happy to welcome Darren Bausano to the university’s family. Bausano is serving as the Administrative Assistant for Suomi College of Arts & Sciences and International School of Business.

    Bausano has a bachelor’s degree in sports science from Northern Michigan University. One of the things that attracted Bausano to Finlandia was the opportunity to continue his education. He’s intending on taking courses in marketing or business in the future, either at Finlandia’s International School of Business or by utilizing [...]


  • Three international students among this year’s business school graduates

    From left – Theresa Wolf, Aoi Buto and Pavel Kuzmin.

    This spring’s graduating class really puts the International in the International School of Business (ISB) at Finlandia University. Receiving their BBA on April 30 will be three very special students: Aoi Buto, Pavel Kuzmin and Theresa Wolf.

    Aoi Buto is from Okayama, Japan and is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. While planning to attend a college in Japan, Buto found Finlandia’s website and was able to get [...]


  • Jarmond and Enstad recognized as Outstanding Seniors in ISB

    Students from the Finlandia University International School of Business were recognized during a luncheon on Thursday, April 13, 2017. The intimate luncheon was hosted at the Jutila Center. Students, faculty, and staff from the school gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the seniors, including recognizing Walker Enstad and Schwartzen Jarmond as co-Outstanding Seniors. Several photos from the event are available below, additional photos from the event are on the Finlandia University Facebook page

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  • Business students compete in project management competition

    Team SISU (from right to left): Paul Porras (team mentor), Andrew Martin, Sara Martin, Katelyn Anderson, Ginger Connin (team mentor), Jenna Ollanketo, Schwartzen Jarmond.

    Throughout the spring 2017 semester, a group of Finlandia University business students competed in THEProject, a collegiate project management competition sponsored by the Western Michigan Chapter of the Project Management Institute (WMPMI). This is the third straight year that FinnU has participated in the event. This year’s assignment was to develop a project plan [...]


  • Studying entrepreneurship not only about starting a business

    ISB students learn the importance of having entrepreneurial skills and mindset

    There is often a misconception that studying entrepreneurship is only about starting your own business venture. While learning about starting a business is always valuable, in reality very few business graduates actually start a business upon graduation or soon thereafter. Those that do go into business for themselves usually do so after gaining several years of work experience. According to research by the Kauffman Foundation, the average age of [...]


  • Mary Jane Hatton plays key role in Leadership Keweenaw

    Leadership Keweenaw’s first year provides training for professionals in the Keweenaw

    Leadership Keweenaw is an exciting new program offered in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula that began in the fall of 2016 and is running through spring 2017. Sponsored by the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, it is a nine-month program teaching leadership skills to its participants. After an initial, intensive, two-day retreat in August, the participants attend sessions once a month learning leadership skills through a myriad of activities [...]


  • Finlandia Fridays studies abroad with Schwartzen Jarmond

    This week on Finlandia Fridays host Michael H. Babcock is taken on a reminiscent adventure as management and entrepreneurship student Schwartzen Jarmond looks back on international study opportunities presented through Finlandia University.

    In May of 2015 Jarmond first traveled to Finland as a part of the Paloheimo Fellows Program and enjoyed it to the extent he had to go again. After working with Finlandia University he decided to study in Finland for an entire semester as an [...]


  • Studying business in Finland a rewarding experience for Schwartzen Jarmond

    Schwartzen Jarmond (second from right) at the Näsinneula tower in Tampere, Finland with exchange students from the Czech Republic and France.

    After visiting Finland in May of 2015 as part of the Paloheimo Fellows Program, Schwartzen Jarmond decided he enjoyed it so much he would like to return someday. That opportunity came when he decided to spend the fall 2016 semester as an exchange student at the JAMK University of Applied Sciences in Jyväskylä. The city of Jyväskylä [...]


  • Finlandia business graduates experiencing job market success

    Kirsten Berg, an accounting major from Hancock, is looking forward to completing her BBA this fall semester. Although she is still busy finishing her courses, she has already found employment with the Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union in Houghton. Kirsten has accepted a job as an accountant and will be following a career path to transition into the Manager of Accounting and Finance for the MTEFCU.

    Soon-to-be graduate Kirsten Berg has already found employment as an accountant.

    Kirsten [...]


  • Finlandia Fridays speaks with local transfer student

    This installment of Finlandia Fridays features a local student by the name of Samantha Richards who transferred into Finlandia from a larger institution. Richards, a Dollar Bay alum who is majoring in accounting, was asked to be apart of this week’s episode because of one of her latest Instagram posts.  “This post was touching to some of the staff at Finlandia,” said Michael H. Babcock, host of Finlandia Fridays.

    Finlandia University strives to be the university you are looking for and [...]


  • Finnish exchange student gets chance with FinnU football team

    Though he’s a native of the country known for ice hockey and other winter sports, Max Poikonen chose a different path – one that led him to the roster of the football team of Finlandia University.  Born and raised in the town of Kerava, about 20 miles north of Helsinki, he pursued studies in athletic sciences in Kajaani in the Kainuu region. The university in Kajaani has an exchange student agreement with Finlandia University, and that gave him the opportunity [...]


  • New business course offers perspective on cultural communication

    This fall the course BUS310 Cross Cultural Business Communication is being offered for the first time in the International School of Business. The objective of the course is for students to be able to communicate effectively across cultures. During the course, the students learn about the different ways in which communication can be affected by cultural differences. They are also introduced to some of the more influential theories, such as Hofstede’s cultural dimensions, that focus on culture’s effect on [...]


  • ISB students learn the importance of networking

    The ability to build a personal and professional network is a vitally important skill that is rarely taught in business schools.  According to a study by the Adler Group, 85 percent of all jobs are landed via networking. In addition, the contacts made through networking can be valuable connections later on in one’s career.

    First year ISB student Bryan Matheson meets with Randy Heinonen, owner of Superior Claims Adjusters, during Tuesdays Networking Workshop.

    A key ingredient of effective networking is [...]


  • Study Abroad Workshop to be hosted October 4

    Ready to travel to Finland? How about Ireland? Or South America? You’re only a college student once, and now’s your chance to study abroad!

    Finlandia University students are invited to learn about all of the study abroad opportunities available to them on Tuesday, October 4 from noon to 1 p.m. at Mannerheim Central during the annual Study Abroad Workshop.

    Topics at the workshop will include the following:

    Why you should go on an exchange Opportunities for Finlandia students American and international exchange students share [...]

  • Rekha Ambardar hosts workshops and publications in summer 2016

    Rekha Ambardar teaching class at Portage Lake District Library

    Associate Professor of Marketing Rekha Ambardar is known around the literary community for the many publications, presentations and workshops she’s hosted. The summer of 2016 was another busy one for her.

    Locally, she conducted a fiction writing workshop on pacing in fiction for Copper Country community members at the Portage Lake District Library in June.

    Associate Professor of Marketing Rekha Ambardar teaching a class at Portage Lake District Library in the summer of 2016.

    Pacing is a tool that controls the speed [...]


  • Finlandia Success: Reece Anderson ’13

    ALUM Reece Anderson (’13) Major: Sports Management Graduation Year: 2013 Hometown: Hancock, Michigan Current Location: Tampa, Florida Job: Partnership Activation Coordinator with Tampa Bay Lightning What was your career path to get to where you are now?

    Reece Anderson: My first experience working in sports was an internship with Assistant Professor of Sports Management Steve Nordstrom. After graduating from Finlandia University’s Sports Management program, I worked part-time in Michigan Tech’s hockey development camp where I met Chris Tok, a former assistant coach at Michigan Tech, [...]


  • Finlandia business students study abroad in Finland

    International business major Dean Burggrabe (left), International School of Business Dean Kevin Manninen and marketing major Walker Enstad pose for a photo in Finland at JAMK University in June 2016.

    One of the desired learning outcomes for Finlandia University graduates is to develop a global perspective in order to better understand and operate in today’s world. This summer, two International School of Business (ISB) students are doing just that as they study abroad in Finland.

    ISB Dean Kevin Manninen [...]


  • Sara Martin highlighted in Ponsse Network Bulletin

    Finlandia University is proud to have once again have a student from the International School of Business interning with Ponsse Corporation in Finland. This year’s intern is junior Sara Martin, a business management major who also plays on Finlandia’s hockey team and serves on Student Senate.

    In 2015 Finlandia University senior Micah Laban was the first Finlandia student to intern with the Finnish company. Read Laban’s story in the Ponsse Network Bulletin from last [...]


  • Finlandia students compete in THE Project 2016 state-wide project management competition

    Students from Finlandia University's THE Project team pose for a photo in Grand Rapids at the competition.

    For the second time Finlandia University participated in THE Project 2016, a project management competition sponsored by the Western Michigan Chapter of the Project Management Institute. This year’s competition featured 12 teams from eight Michigan universities. All teams spent the spring semester developing a project plan aimed at solving or improving a major challenge facing the state of Michigan.  This year the task of all the participating teams was to select a county in Michigan and [...]


  • FinnU students can get 50 percent discount on tuition at Finnish university

    Summer program accepting applications until April 30

    A unique partnership between Finlandia University and JAMK University in Jyväskylä, Finlandia offers Finlandia students a 50 percent discount on tuition during the summer 2016 semester.

    “We’re excited to offer this opportunity to all of our students,” said Kevin Manninen, dean of FinnU’s business school. “The incredibly discounted tuition rate makes it an affordable opportunity.”

    JAMK offers a slew of three-to-six credit options that Finlandia students can take advantage of, with most of them taking place [...]


  • Finlandia University adds degree in Marketing and Graphic Design

    Students in computer lab

    The Finlandia University Board of Directors approved a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Graphic Design. The new academic program was created collaboratively between faculty in the university’s International School of Business (ISB) and International School of Art & Design (ISAD). It will begin accepting students immediately.

    “We’re excited to be offering this program for our students,” ISB Dean Kevin Manninen said. “This will provide students the practical skills to conceptualize and design a wide range of marketing materials while understanding the [...]


  • Four reasons to get a degree in international business

    As the world has globalized, more small- and medium-sized businesses have the potential to do business internationally. Many are already there. However, many of these companies also lack the expertise needed to operate successfully in the global marketplace. With a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in International Business from Finlandia’s International School of Business, you’ll have the advantage you need to land a job in a crowded marketplace. Below we lay out the reasons why.

    Organizations need professionals with expertise in international [...]

  • Finlandia’s business school ranked among most innovative small college business departments

    Badge earned for being named one of the Most Innovative College Business Departments

    Finlandia University’s International School of Business has been ranked among the most innovative small college business departments by Business Research Guide. The ranking was published on the organization’s website in September. Business Research Guide selected and ranked the top 50 from among the qualifying programs. Finlandia University was ranked 25th.

    “We’re honored to have earned this recognition,” said Kevin Manninen, the school’s dean. “The International School of Business provides excellent learning opportunities for students interested in a career in business.”

    Schools were selected [...]


  • Micah Laban’s internship at Ponsse

    Originally published in PONSSE NETWORK BULLETIN 30/2015, reposted with permission

    Micah Laban from Finlandia University, Michigan, USA is completing his Ponsse internship in Vieremä. Einari Vidgrén Foundation granted scholarship to Finlandia University in May 2015.

    Finlandia University, named Suomi College at the time, was founded in 1896 as a place for Finnish settlers to educate their children, maintain their culture and religion, and to provide work opportunities in America. Finlandia is located in the small city of Hancock in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. [...]


  • 115 earn spot on spring 2015 dean’s and honors list

    Baraga-native Elizabeth Bruett who earned a perfect 4.00 this spring during her final semester.

    32 students earn perfect 4.00 mark

    Finlandia University is proud to announce that 115 students have earned dean’s or honors list recognition because of their impressive academic achievements during the spring 2015 semester. That includes 78 students on the dean’s list with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or above, and 32 who earned a perfect 4.0 GPA.

    Students who complete 12 or more credits, earn a semester [...]


  • Business students competing in THE Project 2015

     

    For the first time this year Finlandia University is participating in THE Project, a project management competition sponsored by the Western Michigan Chapter of the Project Management Institute. The first phase was completed in late February with Finlandia scoring the second most points in its division.

    “What a great experience this is for our students to be competing against other universities in a state-wide competition.” said Kevin Manninen, dean of the business school.

    Each year the competition focuses on a [...]


  • Meet Jordan, Finlandia Business Student

     

    Meet Jordan

    Hometown: Ishpeming, Michigan

    Class: Freshman

    Major: Business

    The Entrepreneural Spirit

    For Jordan, Finlandia offered the perfect mix of everything he needed: A place to grow his entrepreneurial spirit, while continuing to play the game he loves. Plus, he’s less than two hours from home, meaning visiting his family, or making a quick trip to the hunting camp, are options whenever he wants to.

    In his first semester, he realized the Finlandia experience was something special. He spread the word, and this semester, his brother joined him.

    “Me [...]

  • Ponsse chairman Juha Vidgrén presents at Finlandia

    Today international business leader Juha Vidgrén of Ponsse presented at the Finnish American Heritage Center. Finlandia’s Live Twitter account was on site, and Tweeted some of Vidgrén’s better points. Below is a recap of the presentation, feel free to add your favorite part of the presenation by tweeting at @FinlandiaLive.

    Below is the first Tweet, rolling down until the final one

    We’re live at the Finnish American Heritage Center, moments from Juha Vidgrén beginning his presentation. #FinnU pic.twitter.com/wAUtnaG24c

    — #FinnU Live [...]


  • Finlandia announces fall 2014 dean’s and honors list

    Finlandia University is proud to announce its fall 2014 dean’s and honors list. The list includes 131 students, highlighted by 26 who earned a perfect 4.00 grade point average (GPA) during the semester.

    Students who complete 12 or more credits, earn a semester GPA of 3.75 or above, with no grade below a “C,” are placed on the dean’s list for that semester. Students who complete 12 or more credits and earn a semester GPA of 3.50 to 3.749, with no [...]


  • Finlandia announces spring 2013 dean’s and honors lists

     HANCOCK –Finlandia University is pleased to recognize its students who, in the Spring 2013 semester, earned grade point averages from 3.50 to 4.0. The Dean’s 4.0, Dean’s, and Honors Lists include students who completed at least 12 credit hours in the Spring 2013 semester. Finlandia University faculty and staff congratulate these students on their academic achievements!

    The Dean’s List 4.0 recognizes Finlandia University students who, in the Spring 2013 semester, completed 12 or more credit hours and earned a perfect [...]


  • Finlandia announces fall 2012 dean’s 4.0, dean’s, and honors lists

    HANCOCK –Finlandia University is pleased to recognize its students who, in the Fall 2012 semester, earned grade point averages from 3.50 to 4.0. The Dean’s 4.0, Dean’s, and Honors Lists include students who completed at least 12 credit hours in the Fall 2012 semester. Finlandia University faculty and staff congratulate these students on their academic achievements!

    The Dean’s List 4.0 recognizes Finlandia University students who, in the Fall 2012 semester, completed 12 or more credit hours and earned a perfect [...]


  • Finlandia announces spring 2012 dean’s 4.0, dean’s, and honors lists

    HANCOCK –Finlandia University is pleased to recognize its students who, in the Spring 2012 semester, earned grade point averages from 3.50 to 4.0. The Dean’s 4.0, Dean’s, and Honors Lists include students who completed at least 12 credit hours in the Spring 2012 semester. Finlandia University faculty and staff congratulate these students on their academic achievements!

    The Dean’s List 4.0 recognizes Finlandia University students who, in the Spring 2012 semester, completed 12 or more credit hours and earned a perfect [...]


  • Finlandia announces fall 2011 dean’s 4.0, dean’s, and honors lists

    HANCOCK –Finlandia University is pleased to recognize its students who, in the Fall 2011 semester, earned grade point averages from 3.50 to 4.0. The Dean’s 4.0, Dean’s, and Honors Lists include students who completed at least 12 credit hours in the Fall 2011 semester. Finlandia University faculty and staff congratulate these students on their academic achievements!

    The Dean’s List 4.0 recognizes Finlandia University students who, in the Fall 2011 semester, completed 12 or more credit hours and earned a perfect [...]


  • Finlandia announces spring 2010 dean’s 4.0, dean’s, and honors lists

    HANCOCK, MI –Finlandia University is pleased to recognize its students who, in the Spring 2010 semester, earned grade point averages from 3.50 to 4.0. The Dean’s 4.0, Dean’s, and Honors Lists include students who completed at least 12 credit hours in the Spring 2010 semester. Finlandia University faculty and staff congratulate these students on their academic achievements!

    The Dean’s List 4.0 recognizes Finlandia University students who, in the Spring 2010 semester, completed 12 or more credit hours and earned a [...]

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