The next COVID-19 Campus Vaccine Clinic is scheduled for September 23 from 1 – 4 p.m. in Nikander Hall room 14A (Health Center). The Moderna first OR second dose will be available along with the J&J one-dose vaccine.
The following offers new information on Finlandia’s continuing efforts to ensure a safe living and learning environment for fall 2021.
Since August 10, masks have been required when indoors on campus to allow time for assessing risk factors both on and off-campus. During this time Finlandia’s students, faculty, and staff have also achieved a campus-wide vaccination rate of 72% which continues to climb. To date, over 250 COVID-19 on-campus student tests have resulted in zero positives. Confirmed cases among students, faculty, and staff have remained very low and for the time being, are not showing any sustained upward trend. The circumstances off-campus are not as encouraging as they are on campus, however. The community spread of COVID-19 and its variants has seen recent increases and the Houghton county vaccination rate is at 54%.
Vaccine and Testing Clinics on Campus
On September 23rd Finlandia will host another vaccine clinic for students, faculty, and staff. And again on September 28th, members of Michigan’s National Guard will be at the Finnish American Heritage Center to provide both vaccinations and testing.
Following September 28th, Finlandia will begin to conduct surveillance testing for all students, faculty and staff. More information on this program will be forthcoming. As we roll out surveillance testing and continue to assess our risk factors both on and off-campus, the guidelines below are subject to change:
Effective September 18, masks will be required in instructional buildings. This includes Nikander, Wargelin, Hirvonen, Mannerheim, and the Maki Library. Masks are also required in the Finnish American Heritage Center and in classrooms and studios located in the Jutila Center. Masks are now optional in the Paavo Nurmi Center and Finlandia Hall, though highly encouraged. Visitation at Finlandia Hall will not be permitted at this time. Employees may require masks in their own offices. A downloadable sign has been enclosed in the Resources & Links section below.
We strongly encourage students to get vaccinated and will continue to do so. While these vaccines are safe and effective, it is an individual decision to receive one and are not required to be a part of our campus community.
NEW PRIZES FOR REPORTING YOUR VACCINE!
For emotional, spiritual, or social support during this time of physical isolation, look for these resources coming from Finlandia and the office of Campus Pastor:
It is not uncommon at this time to experience anxiety. As with any significant change or health
concern, there may be an increase in existing mental health condition symptoms or a triggering
of new ones. Finlandia students and employees are eligible for free counseling via Northstar
and can use this link to request an appointment. Northstar has counselors across the Upper
Additional Mental Health Resources:
Finlandia is committed to opening safe for all. The systemic racism that contributed to the violent killing of George Floyd and other black Americans in the past weeks calls us to reaffirm Finlandia’s essential commitment to foster enduring positive change in how we think, act, and feel in matters of the self, others, and the wider world.
Finlandia is small. We are multi-colored. We are from various faith traditions and no faith traditions. We are rural and urban. We are gay and straight. We are local. We are from coast to coast and beyond. The common calling of ELCA Lutheran higher education urges the practice of radical hospitality, of service to neighbor, of bold questioning, and to love one another as God has loved us. We welcome all to learn from all so that all may flourish. Finlandia’s spiritual and intellectual tradition calls us to embrace and value each story, in order to more fully understand and celebrate our differentness and work toward a more just and peaceful world. To this we aspire. This is our shared vision. You are welcome here.
Opening safe for all means thoughtfully and deliberately preparing for a year of honest talk, deeper reflection, and sustained action. This work may be unfamiliar and uncomfortable for many. We will not all hold similar convictions or draw the same conclusions. Perhaps the riskiest work of all is the journey inward; exploring and naming one’s own deeply seated motivations, assumptions, and fears. Finlandia is committed to accompanying you in your daring self-examination as well as in your unique self-expression. In all of this, our community’s speech and action will be life-giving, not life-diminishing.
Over the coming weeks I will work and learn with you, our campus pastor, our equity and diversity committee, and other faculty and staff. We will imagine meaningful ways to foster conversations, encourage reflection, and engage in constructive action that leads toward enduring positive change in how we think, act, and feel in such matters. We will be doing this together because Finlandia believes opening safe for all matters as much as a safe open.
The fear and anxiety caused by the COVID-19 outbreak has provoked cognitive bias and discriminatory behaviors against people of certain ethnic backgrounds as well as anyone perceived to have been in contact with the virus. That fear and anxiety can also create a stigma aimed toward specific people, groups of people or places, which can lead to discrimination, labeling or stereotyping. We know that people of all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and physical abilities are susceptible to COVID-19.
Finlandia University is committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which all members of the community (students, faculty, and staff) are respected and treated with dignity, free from bias and harassment.
We encourage victims of hate crimes, harassment, or bias to report the incident to the appropriate authorities or use the Maxient reporting form.
It is more important than ever for the Finlandia community to treat one another with kindness and respect.