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January 5, 2021

Benolkin (’17) Named Cargill’s 2020 Sales Professional of the Year

Matt Benolkin, a 2017 graduate of Finlandia’s International School of Business, was recognized by Cargill as the 2020 Sales Professional of the Year. Benolkin earned the award because of his consistent effort which increased new sales by $1.1 million in 2020. Benolkin was a Sports Management major and has worked at Cargill since graduating from Finlandia.

Cargill, Inc. is an American privately-held global food corporation based in Minnetonka, Minn., and incorporated in Wilmington, Del. Employing [...]

December 28, 2020

Wraps and salad options coming back to Finlandia Café for Spring semester

Beginning spring semester 2021, the Finlandia Hall Café will offer more meal options for students. Custom-made speciality salad and wrap options will be available, bringing back some semblance of normalcy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The build-your-own salad and deli bar was removed during the early days of the pandemic in the spring 2020 semester as a way to potentially reduce the spread of COVID-19. “With all the mandated restrictions we must follow to be compliant, we want to offer more [...]

Santeri Seppinen FinnZone
December 26, 2020

Borgen, Seppinen featured in videos about Finns living in the UP

Finlandia staff member, Nata Borgen, and international business student, Santeri Seppinen, were recently featured as subjects of two short videos on Finns living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The videos are promotional pieces for Finnzone and are part of Finnzone’s strategy for attracting Finnish companies to the Keweenaw. The videos were produced by Kristin Ojaniemi and sponsored by the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Upper Michigan. Nata Borgen

Borgen [...]

December 21, 2020

Student Life: Compete against other colleges during virtual Switchboard Game event

Upon return from the holiday break, Finlandia University students can look forward to a friendly and fun online competition with other students from St. Xavier University, Dunwoody College and Eastern Gateway Community College. FinnU will be participating in a virtual game event playing classics such as Family Feud, Jeopardy and The Logo Game hosted by Switchboard Games. The event will take place on Thursday, Jan. 28 from 7:30pm-8:45pm on Zoom. Students can join via [...]

December 18, 2020

FinnU Nursing ranked a top program in Michigan by Nursing Schools Almanac for second straight year

Finlandia University’s nursing program was ranked a top program in Michigan for the second year in a row by Nursing Schools Almanac. Nursing Schools Almanac evaluated over 3,000 schools on the institution’s academic prestige and perceived value, the breadth and depth of nursing programs offered, and student success, particularly on the NCLEX licensure examination. From there, an overall score was applied and schools were ranked accordingly. FinnU came in at number 26 in the [...]

December 16, 2020

Finlandia University named a 2020 Best Online Christian College

Finlandia University is pleased to announce it has been ranked as a top 2020 Best Online Christian College by OnlineU. Finlandia ranks number eight out of the top 25 in the nation. FinnU’s only online bachelor’s degree option is the RN-BSN program, which has won numerous accolades over the years including being named a 2020 Top Online College in Michigan and 2019 Most Affordable College by SR Education, and Top Ranked Online RN-BSN Program by [...]

Devotions Pastor Sarah
December 15, 2020

Pastor Sarah writing daily devotions for Northern Great Lakes Synod Dec. 13-19

Finlandia University’s campus pastor, Rev. Sarah Semmler Smith, is the featured writer for the Northern Great Lakes Area Synod “Prayerfully” devotions the week of December 13-19. The entire week of Pastor Sarah’s devotions are available in video format below. They will also be shared on the @FinnU_FaithLife campus ministry Instagram account.

Sunday, December 13, 2020 Matthew 1:1-17 “Generations”

Monday, December 14, 2020 Luke 1:26-29 “Perplexed”

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Mark 1:2-8 “Bug!”

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 Luke 1:35-37 “Blue Christmas”

Thursday, December 17, 2020 Luke 1:39-40 “Hearts Leaping”

Friday, December 18, 2020 Luke 1:38, [...]

December 15, 2020

Giving Tuesday brings in over $30K for student scholarships

Finlandia alumni and friends donated over $30,000 for FinnU’s Giving Tuesday efforts on Dec. 1, 2020. In total, 61 donors raised $30,087 for student scholarships. This total includes the $10,000 anonymous match that kicked off the event.

“Once again, Finlandia’s friends and alumni stepped up to support student scholarships,” said President Philip Johnson. “A special thank you to the generous heart behind the anonymous $10,000 Giving Tuesday match.”

Throughout the day, donors heard from numerous students and staff [...]

December 11, 2020

The best time to visit campus during a pandemic? Right now.

Enrollment officers, Jason Dart and Lauren Huested are ready to show off campus

Enrollment officers, Lauren Huested and Jason Dart, joined Olivia Myers on Finlandia Fridays this week to discuss why now is the best time to schedule a campus visit. In addition, to the $1,000 Visiting Scholarship students can receive for completing an in-person or virtual visit, Dart and Huested highlighted that there’s never been a safer time during the COVID-19 pandemic to [...]

December 10, 2020

Melissa Helppi (’18, RN, BSN) Joins Finlandia’s Nursing Faculty

Melissa Helppi (’18, RN, BSN) recently joined Finlandia’s nursing faculty as an instructor. Helppi was the 2018 student representative for Finlandia and graduated Summa Laude from FinnU’s BSN program. She has been with the university since her graduation as a professional Nursing tutor, but has now joined the faculty. Her current duties include instructing the adult medical-surgical nursing course and clinical, and being a maternal-child clinical instructor.

“I am from all over,” said Helppi, about her childhood. “ [...]

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