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Alumni Engagement Survey
June 3, 2019

2019 Alumni Engagement Survey Open to all Suomi/FinnU Alumni

Finlandia University and the Finlandia Alumni Board (FAB) are seeking responses for their annual Alumni Engagement Survey.

The survey is open to all Finlandia and Suomi alumni, takes approximately five minutes to complete and will be available until August 1. Those who do fill out the survey can be entered into a drawing for a $25 North Wind Books gift card with the winner chosen in August. Responses from the survey will help the university and [...]

May 31, 2019

Criminal Justice alumna, Louise Owens (’80), dedicated to helping others at work and home

Louise Owens ’80 with her two grandchildren.

Louise Owens (‘80) always wanted to be two things: a police officer and a mother. Although she had been interested in criminal justice since kindergarten, she never imagined herself going to college. She assumed she would enter the workforce as a secretary. Until the day she saw a sign for Suomi College.

“I never expected to go to college, except maybe a local community college,” said Owens, who is originally from Farmington, [...]

May 28, 2019

Finlandia University Online RN-BSN Program Recognized for Affordability

Finlandia University has been named in the top 10 of the 2019 Most Affordable Online Christian Colleges for the online RN-to-BSN program by SR Education Group.

“SR Education Group has been publishing rankings of online colleges since 2009 and awarding scholarships since 2010. We pride ourselves on thorough research and fair assessment of all available online programs, with the hopes of helping students make educated decisions when choosing an online degree,” SR Education Group representative Adria Vaughn [...]

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May 28, 2019

Applications now open for 2019-20 Portage Health Foundation Scholarship at Finlandia University

The annual Portage Health Foundation Scholarship opportunity for Finlandia University students studying healthcare and coming from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga or Ontonagon counties is now accepting applications.

“Partnerships like this are part of what makes the Copper Country such an incredible place to live, learn and grow up in,” said Sandra Turnquist, Director of Student Financial Services, and herself a graduate of Calumet High School. “We will have at least two open scholarships in this program, which is unique in that [...]

May 25, 2019

Dr. Hilary-Joy Virtanen Named 2019 Recipient of Board of Trustees Distinguished Faculty Award

Dr. Hilary-Joy Virtanen was honored as the Board of Trustees Distinguished Faculty Award recipient at the 2019 Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 5.

Dr. Virtanen, an assistant professor of Finnish & Nordic Studies, joined Finlandia’s Suomi College of Arts and Sciences in 2014. She teaches 12 courses including Cultural Anthropology, Finnish Language, Gender in Nordic Society and the Kalevala. She also chairs the Institutional Review Board.

“Being part of FinnU’s commencement is an annual source of joy to me,” [...]

May 24, 2019

In the Land of the Finndians and Tradition Bearers

Finlandia University Gallery will present In the Land of the Finndians, an exhibit of photographs documenting the descendants of Finnish immigrants and Native Americans from the book by Katja Kettu, Meeri Koutaniemi, and Maria Seppälä. Also on display, Tradition Bearers, a collection of materials created during the Finnish American Folk School. This two-part exhibit will be on display at the Finlandia University Gallery, located in the Finnish American [...]

May 24, 2019

Finlandia community invited to participate in Canal Run Team

Finlandia students, employees and alumni are invited to join the Finlandia Canal Run Team on July 20 and receive a discounted entry for any of the nine races available that day. Interested persons can sign up here and enter the coupon code Finlandiateam2019 at checkout to receive $5 off their race entry.

“I would love to see a large group from Finlandia participating in this great community event,” said Coordinator of External Relations, Olivia Myers. “We’ve [...]

May 23, 2019

Ponsse’s Vidgrén key to creation of “Tastes of Finnish America”

Below is a story that originally appears in the March edition of the Finnish American Reporter. You can learn more about and subscribe to the FAR at finlandia.edu/far

Juha Vidgrén is a self-proclaimed history buff. He can spend hours, he said, looking at a historic photo, taking in all the details of a time and place decades ago. That’s why he’s infatuated by the Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC) at Finlandia [...]

May 20, 2019

Finnish musical instrument maker Minna Hokka coming to area in June

The Finnish American Folk School welcomes Finnish musical instrument maker Minna Hokka to the Copper Country this June as part of Juhannus 2019. She’ll be offering a slate of programming that will provide attendees with a unique skill set – and at an unbelievable price!

Hokka, who’s invested much of her adult life into creating musical instruments from materials found in nature, will offer as many as nine unique courses during her two-week [...]

Walker Enstad Alumni
May 15, 2019

International Business alumnus Walker Enstad (’17) finds success at Freud America

Walker Enstad (’17), an alumnus of the International Business program in the International School of Business, shares some insight into life after college and what he enjoyed most about attending Finlandia. While at FinnU, Enstad was a goalie for the Men’s Hockey team, interned in the Marketing & Communications department, and graduated on the Dean’s List with a 3.94 GPA. He currently works as a District Sales Manager for 1 2 3 4 5 98