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January 14, 2019

Meet Finlandia’s Online Education Leader, Dr. Michelle Rauch

Finlandia University is pleased to welcomed Dr. Michelle Rauch as its new Director of Innovative and Online Learning.

“I am extremely happy Dr. Rauch is part of our academic team,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Fredi de Yampert. “As we move further into the world of online education, Dr. Rauch’s wealth of online teaching and instructional design experience will no doubt prove invaluable to the campus community. Her enthusiasm for working with faculty to ensure their success [...]

January 11, 2019

Wi-Fi improvements completed in Finlandia Hall

Studying and streaming just got an upgrade.

Finlandia Hall was the recipient of an exciting present this holiday season. Students coming back for the winter semester will notice a nice improvement in the hall’s Wi-Fi.

“I think it’s safe to say that Finlandia Hall is the building on campus that Wi-Fi is utilized the most,” said Leann Fogle, Director of Residence Life. “It is buzzing 24 hours a day with students on their phones, game consoles, laptops and [...]

January 11, 2019

Refund Day is February 1

With the start of spring semester just around the corner, yay, most of you have probably started wondering…when will I get my refund?

Well we are here to tell you, the day is set. Refund Day is February 1 starting at 10 a.m.  Where you ask? Coordinator of Student Accounts Michelle Tanner’s office located in Old Main on the main floor in room 104.

Refund checks will be available this day and time, and not a moment sooner. Now, hurry back [...]

Leann and Mike signing up for the MLK Day of Service
January 11, 2019

Looking ahead to MLK Day of Service with Leann Fogle

Leann Fogle joins Finlandia Fridays to kick off the second half of season three. Fogle is the Director of Residence Life at Finlandia, and is apart of the planning committee for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

The spring semester is one of Fogle’s favorite times in Finn Hall, as she gets to see many familiar faces and some new ones, as students transfer into the University. Finn Hall also helps out the Hei Suomi participants with [...]

January 10, 2019

Carolyn Dekker nominated for The Pushcart Prize for essay, “October Pomegranates”

Creative Nonfiction may be new to Dr. Carolyn Dekker, Assistant Professor of English, but you’d never know it based on her piece, “October Pomegranates.” The essay, which was recently nominated for The Pushcart Prize, focuses on what it’s like to live in the north country and the contrast between living life and teaching literature here at Finlandia University.

“I felt a little like I was leading a double life when I first moved up here,” said Dekker. “I had [...]

January 9, 2019

Brittany Wadaga ’16 begins Nurse Practitioner position in Hancock clinic

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) has welcomed Finlandia University alumna Brittany Wadaga, NP, to their team of family medicine providers. She will be serving patients at UGL’s Hancock Family Health Center – Family Practice and will also assist with seeing patients at other UGL locations as needed.

Wadaga (Fox) graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from FinnU in 2016. She was born in Racine, Wisconsin, and moved to the Upper Peninsula [...]

January 8, 2019

Alumni Spotlight: Yana Dee Weglarz

Yana Dee Weglarz (’04), owner of Yana Dee, an ethical apparel made in Michigan clothing store, reflects on her experience at Finlandia and discusses the best parts of being a business owner.

Weglarz, an alumni of Finlandia’s International School of Art and Design, started her own clothing line after graduating. Her business places a strong focus on ethics not only in the materials used to create the clothing, but also in the business decisions and their effect on the [...]

January 7, 2019

Finlandia University announces Beihai University of Art & Design as first sister school in Asia

Finlandia University is proud to announce further growth to an already fruitful relationship with Beihai College of Arts and Design in Beihai China.

“It began with a phone call,” said Denise Vandeville, Dean of the International School of Art & Design. “A professor from Beihai was interested in coming to Finlandia, we showed him our studios and our culture.”

Over the last year Beihai and Finlandia faculty have met three times. Twice in China and that one visit in the [...]

January 4, 2019

Dance class open to community members

There’s no better way to keep warm during the winter months than to dance, and there’s no better opportunity to learn some new dance steps than through a social folk dance class at Finlandia University.

This Finlandia University wellness course is open to community members. For just $50 per person, you can learn traditional Finnish folk and other social dances including waltz, polka, fox trot, two-step, jenkka, contra, and square dances in a safe and fun environment.

Taught by Finlandia University professor [...]

January 4, 2019

Finlandia Homecoming set for October 3-5, 2019

James Brey (’12) and his daughter during the 2018 Homecoming Parade.

Finlandia’s Homecoming 2019 date has officially been set. Student activities will take place beginning the week of September 30, with specialized alumni events October 3-5. 

“I am beyond excited to welcome back Finlandia and Suomi alumni this fall,” said Coordinator of External Relations Olivia Myers. “The students and alumni who attended the events last year had a great time at the Homecoming festivities, and we hope to build off [...]