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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 [...]

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June 6, 2018

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

INCOMING STUDENTS: PAY YOUR ADMISSIONS DEPOSIT BEFORE JULY 13 FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A 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 on July 13 on FinnU’s Instagram [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]