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Tom Adolphs
August 16, 2016

Hancock native to lead graphic design program at FinnU

Finlandia University has hired Tom Adolphs as Assistant Professor of Graphic Design. Adolphs is a Hancock native that is just about finished with his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University.

“Being able to work here is a dream come true,” said Adolphs. “I enjoy being in this town, and adding to it.”

Adolphs also earned his master’s degree from Michigan Tech after earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Northern Michigan University. After graduating with his [...]

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August 9, 2016

VIDEO: Take a tour through Finlandia Hall

Classes for the fall 2016 semester at Finlandia University begin Monday, August 29, and for those coming to the university for the first time (and not living locally) that means calling Finlandia Hall home. In the series of videos below Coordinator of Residential Life Leann Fogle will take you through a look at what Finlandia Hall has to offer students.

Learn more about residential life at Finlandia University by visiting

It’s not too late to [...]

August 8, 2016

Orientation 2016 is August 25-27

Incoming students will begin their Finlandia University careers on Thursday, August 25 during New Student Orientation 2016.

“This is going to be an amazing first couple of days on campus,” Director of Academic Success and Student Life Erin Barnett said. “Students will gain instrumental information during the days, and be introduced to much of the natural beauty Lake Superior and Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula have to offer during the evenings.”

The annual welcoming event features day-time introductory events to Finlandia University and [...]

August 8, 2016

Psychology department welcomes Dr. Jillian O’Rourke Stuart

Finlandia University and its Suomi College of Arts & Sciences has hired Dr. Jillian O’Rourke Stuart as Assistant Professor of Psychology. Stuart is coming to Hancock after completing her doctorate studies at the University of Iowa.

“I’m excited to get to the Upper Peninsula and Finlandia,” Dr. Stuart said. “I went to a small liberal arts school for my undergrad degree, and I always wanted to go back to that kind of environment.”

Dr. Stuart earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology [...]

August 5, 2016

Parent sessions scheduled for August 12 and 25

Parents of incoming Finlandia University students are invited to join staff and faculty on Friday, August 12 or Thursday August 25 for an open meeting to introduce parents to our student support staff and address parent concerns and questions.

“At Finlandia, we recognize that families play a significant and continuing role in the lives of their children,” said Erin Barnett, Director of Academic Success and Student Life. “When a student steps on Finlandia’s campus, we are making a commitment to [...]

August 3, 2016

Summer checklist for high school and college students


The following college summer checklist for high school and college students was put together by the staff at MI Student Aid. The information features some great tips for those preparing for their junior/senior year of high school through those entering their final year of college.

What’s on your bucket-list this summer?

Whether you’re planning an epic road trip, or staying at home with a summer job to earn some money, it’s important to also remember your to-do list as you [...]

August 1, 2016

Road construction now in front of Finlandia in Hancock

This summer the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is reconstructing about a mile of US-41 in Hancock from the Portage Lake Lift Bridge to Lincoln Drive. Late last week the project moved in front of Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center, future College of Health Sciences building and North Wind Books.

It’s expected by the end of this week work will continue on Quincy Street beyond Hoover Center and Old Main to Mine Street. Access to all of those buildings will [...]

July 15, 2016

Shawn Wickersheim Memorial Fund now accepting donations

New Wickersheim Student Lounge to open in August

Friends and family of the late Shawn Wickersheim (’08) are coming together to memorialize Shawn through the formation of the Shawn Wickersheim Memorial Fund. Wickersheim passed away at the age of 29 in August of 2015.

“Anyone who knew Shawn, knew he was the ultimate competitor who would never back down from something put in front of him,” said Tucker Thoreson, a good friend of Shawn’s who is handling many of the logistics of [...]

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July 14, 2016

Portage Health Foundation and Finlandia University announce new partnership

“Stronger Together – Together for Good”

The Portage Health Foundation (PHF) recently awarded Finlandia University $235,000 for facility enhancements and scholarship programming in a partnership known as “Stronger Together – Together for Good.”  The goal of this ongoing partnership is to identify and promote Finlandia University as a regional leader of health science education, and to assist the university in continuing its tradition through the College of Health Sciences of educating a workforce that is better equipped to [...]

July 13, 2016

Dr. Emily Geiger joins science department at Finlandia

Finlandia University has hired Dr. Emily Geiger as Assistant Professor of Biochemistry.

“I’m excited to be part of the science department at Finlandia,” Dr. Geiger said. “I appreciate the small class sizes, which contribute to a great learning environment.”

Dr. Geiger began teaching as an adjunct at FinnU in the spring semester. She will lead courses in general chemistry and organic chemistry, as well as the associated labs this fall. The offering of organic chemistry courses is new at the university.

“I [...]