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January 3, 2019

Nordic Film Series resumes with uplifting Finnish documentary on January 10

The Nordic Film Series at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center resumes January 10 with a Finnish documentary that will uplift the spirits of the audience and kick off the 2019 Heikinpäivä festival.

Hobbyhorse Revolution,” a 2017 film, will show at 2 and 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 10. It is a funny and moving film about the power of imagination and the strength of a community. The film follows three young girls, Aisku, Elsa and Alisa, whose lives have been [...]

Mariah LaPointe-Dunham for Finlandia Fridays
December 21, 2018

Shooting the breeze with women’s basketball coach Mariah LaPointe-Dunham

Women’s basketball coach Mariah LaPointe-Dunham dropped by Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about her favorite pastime, basketball. LaPointe-Dunham, who was hired just prior to the fall semester, has jumped into her position as head coach.

“It’s been quite an adventure for me, kind of being hired on the spot and having about a week to prepare for a season and get to know my athletes at the same time,” stated LaPointe-Dunham.  Despite the craziness of the position [...]

December 20, 2018

Leading the Pride stays close to home with Robin Meneguzzo, NP (’11)

Leading the Pride keeps it close to home this month with local alumna, Robin Meneguzzo, NP (‘11).  Meneguzzo is a Hancock native who graduated from FinnU with a degree in nursing. She went on to pursue her Master’s degree online from the University of Cincinnati. She currently works as a nurse practitioner at Aspirus Keweenaw and is at the forefront of enhancing patient care for those in the Upper Peninsula with her focus on [...]

December 18, 2018

Finnish American Heritage Center to be featured in TV6’s “A Finnish Christmas”

The roots of Finnish heritage in the Upper Peninsula will be explored in a program called “A Finnish Christmas” this holiday season on TV6 and Fox U.P.

The program features host Walt Lindala who talks to Jim Kurtti from the Finnish American Heritage Center at Finlandia University in Hancock and Tanya Stanaway, a musician and Finnish language teacher from Ishpeming. The program will air on Fox U.P. on Thursday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m., and on TV6 on Christmas [...]

Christmas Traditions with Lion Around
December 17, 2018

That’s a wrap, Lion Around talks Christmas traditions for last 2018 podcast

With finals out of the way, senior co-hosts Monica Freeman and Gina Geliche are looking forward to their final semester at Finlandia. Along with their final semester, Freeman and Geliche are excited to be home for the holidays to dive into their favorite Christmas traditions. Unmentioned in the podcast, the duo recorded the episode in the Hoover Center, which used to house the president and his family. Currently, the Hoover Center is where the president’s office is located.

To start the [...]

December 17, 2018

Two Finlandia University faculty awarded Chinese Visiting Professorships

During a recent trip to Beihai College of Art and Design in China, Denise Vandeville, Dean of the International School of Art & Design, and Dr. Richard Gee, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, were offered an incredible opportunity to become a part of the college’s faculty by way of a visiting professorship.

“This recognition is one more positive expression of the maturing relationship between Beihai and Finlandia,” said Philip Johnson, President of Finlandia University. “Dr. [...]

December 14, 2018

Finn-tastic gift ideas with Alana Nolan

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Finlandia Fridays hosted Alana Nolan for this week’s episode. Nolan manages the University’s bookstore North Wind Books. The store specializes in all things FinnU, Scandinavian goods and local history.

Speaking of local history, North Wind is now offering Finns of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Part of the Images of America series, Finns of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was produced by the Finnish American Heritage Center. The book centers on Finns and the Finnish culture that can be found [...]

December 10, 2018

TRIO SSS has proven track record

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) has three goals: help students persist from one grade level to the next, remain in satisfactory academic progress and graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

TRIO SSS, a federal Department of Education grant-program, created out of the Civil Rights Act of 1965, considers family income level, education level of the parents and the possession of a physical or learning disability to determine eligibility to become a TRIO SSS student. The project is funded [...]

December 10, 2018

This Week in Finlandia Athletics will be live at Econo Foods on Thursday

This Week in Finlandia Athletics will be live at Econo Foods on Thursday, December 13 at noon. Host Rick Allen will welcome guests from the basketball teams and more as we preview the Lions home game on Friday night. There will be games, giveaways and plenty of laughs as fans are invited to come out and meet coaches and players.

This Week in Finlandia Athletics is part of the Finlandia Podcast Network. The show comes out every Tuesday morning and [...]

Niska
December 7, 2018

Niska Named New Leader of Finnish Council of America

The Finnish Council of America elected John Niska as its new president this past May. Niksa was raised on a beef and horse farm in Green, MI, just west of Ontonagon. His parents were bilingual and often spoke Finnish in his home, shared in Finnish customs and were very proud of their Finnish heritage. Niska went to Michigan State University for his undergraduate degree and worked in the education realm until his retirement from