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September 18, 2018

Olivia Myers takes leading role with alumni efforts

Alumni of Finlandia University are set to see a major upgrade in alumni services as the university has welcomed Olivia Myers to the role of Coordinator of External Affairs. Myers is the lead contact for all alumni relations efforts, is assisting with fundraising activities and is the coordinator of the Jutila Center.

“Olivia has been a superstar on our campus since she arrived,” Vice President of External Affairs Karin Van Dyke said. “Our alumni will [...]

September 18, 2018

Expanded gallery hours starting September 18

Beginning Thursday, September 18, Finlandia University Gallery will be open on Thursday evenings and Saturdays.

Finlandia University Gallery Hours

These are effective September 18 – December 15. Normal hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday will be in place after December 15. 

Monday-Wednesday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m – 4:30 p.m Saturday, 12 – 4 p.m. Gallery Reception Thursday Night

Join us this Thursday at 7 p.m. for the opening reception of A Sense of Place: [...]

September 18, 2018

Flu Shot Clinic in Finlandia Hall on October 3

All students and employees are invited to the annual Finlandia University Flu Shot Clinic on Wednesday, October 3 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the conference room in Finlandia Hall.

This event brings flu shots to campus in a joint effort between Finlandia nursing students, the Finlandia Wellness Committee and the Western U.P. Health Department. Employees with Finlandia’s insurance will be able to get the shot for free. Other insurances may be accepted, those interested should bring [...]

September 14, 2018

Juliet Kitale of Tanzania talks about trip to U.S. on Finlandia Fridays

For more than a week now the Copper Country has been blessed with a dozen visitors coming all the way from Tanzania, and this week on Finlandia Fridays we got to meet one of them, Juliet Kitale.

Kitale and 11 others were brought overseas by Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock to explore the area, live with the families of the church and be reunited with many Finlandia faculty and staff members who have traveled to Tanzania over [...]

September 14, 2018

Feeding America West Michigan and Finlandia University to Host Mobile Food Pantry on October 10

On October 10, Feeding America West Michigan,in partnership with Finlandia University, will provide a food distribution to people in need at Baraga Area High School. The distribution will take place at 4:30 p.m.

The Mobile Pantry will contain a variety of foods, including fresh produce. This food distribution is to support our neighbors that struggle to provide food for their families. Those coming to receive food will not need to provide proof of income, but [...]

September 13, 2018

Rabbit Island artists to be featured at Finlandia University Gallery

A Sense of Place: Works from Rabbit Island September 20 – October 19, 2018 Opening Reception: Thursday, September 20, 2018 Artist talk beginning at 7:20 p.m.

Rabbit Island in Lake Superior. Photo courtesy of Rob Gorski.

Finlandia University Gallery will present A Sense of Place: Works from Rabbit Island, an exhibit featuring the collected works of 13 artists who participated in the Rabbit Island Foundation Residency Program. Several short films created on and about Rabbit Island will also be [...]

September 11, 2018

Introducing Dr. Michael Reay, Professor of Sociology

Finlandia University is pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Reay as the new Assistant Professor of Sociology.

Reay comes to Finlandia with over 20 years of higher educational teaching experience. He earned his BA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and his Master’s and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. He began his teaching career at the University of Chicago and has taught at a number of other universities including [...]

Lion Around
September 10, 2018

What’s a Doorwall? Lion Around podcast tests Michigan slang

For the second episode of Lion Around, Monica Freeman decided to test a few student’s knowledge with a Michigan slang test. Freeman tested her co-host Gina Geliche, as well as art and design students Denia Bent and Ramona Kuhn. The idea initially came from Freeman watching Youtube videos of actors and actresses sharing slang from their respective countries or states, which made Freeman curious as to what was considered Michigan slang. After some research, and some discussions with fellow Michiganders, [...]

September 8, 2018

WWI Dissent Exhibit Opens Friday, September 14

The interpretive exhibit, Copper Country Voices of Dissent in the Great War, will open with a reception on Friday, September 14 at 7 p.m. and talk by Dr. Hilary-Joy Virtanen at 7:30 p.m. at the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock. This exhibit examines the ways in which Copper Country residents expressed dissent to the United States’ entrance into World War I and the ways in which these activities reflected America’s reaction to the war nationally.

The [...]

September 7, 2018

Finlandia Alumni Board calls for new members, sets annual meeting for September 28-29

The Finlandia Alumni Board (FAB) is accepting nominations for new members. Interested alumni can self-nominate by emailing Olivia Myers at with their name and a few sentences of why they would like to be involved by September 17.

As an advisory group to the university, the mission of the FAB is “the promotion of the vision, mission, goals and programs of Finlandia University.” The goals of the FAB include advising the President and Board of Trustees of [...]