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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 [...]

November 7, 2016

Yooper Night at the Joe back for 2016

Join your fellow Yoopers at the annual Yooper Night at the Joe on Friday, December 9 when the Detroit Red Wings host the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“This is going to be a great night of hockey in downtown Detroit with a great crew of Yoopers,” said Travis Hanson, alumni contact for the university.

The event will include a pre-game social with a cash bar. Tickets are $50 each, and include an invite to the social and a ticket to the game.

Tickets [...]

October 3, 2016

Blue Line Club hosting pancake breakfast October 22

The Finlandia University Blue Line Club is hosting a pancake breakfast to benefit the university’s men’s and women’s hockey teams on Saturday, October 22 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Houghton County Arena.

The annual event is one of two primary events to help support the hockey teams throughout the year. It will take place in the Dave Wiitanen Room inside of the arena.

The cost is $5 per person, with children under 6 allowed in free. Tickets are available from [...]

September 29, 2016

Finlandia Success: Ryan Wuebben ’15

Finlandia University Alum Ryan Wuebben Major: Nursing Graduation Year: 2015 Hometown: Hancock, Michigan Current Location: Rochester, Minnesota Job: CV Surgery Transplant Nurse at Mayo Clinic Let’s start with your job at Mayo Clinic. What do you do for Mayo, and what is it like working at such a highly regarded organization?

Ryan Wuebben: I always dreamed of working here, but I never thought it would work out. I found out about the job because a friend of mine was here for surgery. One of his [...]

September 27, 2016

Share your stories in next edition of the Bridge

Finlandia University is in the midst of producing the next edition of its annual magazine, the Bridge. With that in mind – staff is eager to hear stories from alumni and friends of the university.

What kind of stories are we looking for? Glad you asked.

Updates on our alumni as they move up in their career. Random meetups of FinnU alumni throughout the world. FinLOVEdia – stories of our Finlandia alumni who have fallen in love with each other. Donations of time, money [...]

September 26, 2016

ISAD alum Pamela Kotila hosting presentation at CCCAC

Potluck Dinner and Artist Presentation Demystifying Digital Art by Pamela Kotila

The Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock will host a potluck dinner and artist presentation, Demystifying Digital Art, by Pamela Kotila on Friday, September 30 at 6 p.m.

Kotila, an alum of Finlandia University’s International School of Art & Design, is an artist and writer working in comics, games and books. She recently published the first volume of her long-running fantasy webcomic, Spidersilk. She [...]

September 23, 2016

Alums come back to help at Servant Leadership House

It was a beautiful summer day in August when Gary and Jean Terrio made it back to Finlandia’s campus. The five-hour drive from northern Minnesota took its wear, but the end product was well worth all of the pre-trip work and the installation that was about to happen for these proud alumni of the university that went by Suomi College when they were students.

“I have a passion for woodworking, and a passion for Finlandia University, an ELCA school of higher [...]

August 31, 2016

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, [...]

August 23, 2016

Shawn Wickersheim Memorial Fund reaches 70 percent of goal

More than $7,000 raised from friends, teammates and family

Midway through July friends and family of the late Shawn Wickersheim came together to honor his memory with the creation of the Shawn Wickersheim Memorial Fund. Now, after just over four weeks of seeking donations, the fund is over 70 percent toward its goal of $10,000.

“The support we’ve seen from Wick’s former teammates, friends and family has been incredible,” said Tucker Thoreson, a good friend and former teammate of Shawn’s who is [...]

August 22, 2016

Blue Line Club 2016 Golf Outing is September 4

The Finlandia Blue Line Club Golf Outing is Sunday, September 4 at the Calumet Golf Course.

This annual event features a three-man scramble and is open to the public. Registration is $120 per three-person team or $40 per player. All proceeds help support the men’s varsity, men’s junior varsity, and women’s hockey programs at FinnU.

“We hope you can join us for a great day of golf, to meet the players from all three hockey teams, and to welcome back coach Joe Burcar,” [...]