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  • Finnish Exchange Alum, Marko Luoma (’03), talks International Business on Leading the Pride

    Marko Luoma

    Leading the Pride is back this month with businessman, Marko Luoma (’03). Luoma was a Finnish exchange student at Finlandia in the early 2000s and played hockey for the Lions. After spending several years working in the business sector, Luoma and his siblings decided to start their own business called Xport, which focuses on helping businesses break into new international markets.

    Listen as host Olivia Myers and Luoma talk about hockey, the business world and why Luoma was in Hancock, MI [...]


  • Leading the Pride talks hockey, career success with Alumnus Lukas Alberer (’08)

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    Leading the Pride continues this month by talking with Austrian Lukas Alberer (’08). Alberer, a Sports Management major and former hockey player for the Lions, currently works at Johnson & Johnson-Ethicon in Austria as a Business Development Manager.

    Listen as host Olivia Myers and Alberer talk about his decision to move to the United States to play hockey, the struggle of losing one’s identity as an athlete after college [...]


  • Two Awarded Free Travel Abroad in Finland

    As the school year comes to a close and students finalize their summer plans, two of Finlandia University’s students, Mindy Aho and Lindsey Johnson, will be traveling abroad to study at Haaga-Heila University of Applied Sciences in Finland tuition free.

    The women took advantage of one of the many international partner opportunities Finlandia has to offer to students. The summer school will have a strong focus on the topics of service, sales and entrepreneurship.

    “The course material will [...]


  • Finlandia’s Director of Global Initiatives Selected for NAFSA Trainer Corps

    Director of Global Initiatives, Cat Fuller, has been selected to serve as part of NAFSA: Association of International Educators Trainer Corps on a three-year term.

    NAFSA is a non-profit professional organization for professionals in all areas of international education including education abroad advising and administration, international student advising, campus internationalization, admissions, outreach, overseas advising and English as a Second Language (ESL) administration.

    “I’ve been a member of NAFSA for many years,” said Fuller. “I want to [...]


  • Going Global with Ponsse Chairman Juha Vidgrén

    Juha Vidgren of Ponsse presenting at Finlandia University

    Guest host Briana Gorman was visited on Finlandia Fridays this week by Juha Vidgrén, chairman of the board for Ponsse. Ponsse is a Finnish-based company that builds logging equipment.

    The company was started in 1970 by Vidgrén’s father, who started out as a farmer that did logging on the weekends. Moving full-time into logging, Vidgrén’s father started to buy old farm equipment to help with the job. Because the equipment consistently broke, [...]


  • Finlandia Nursing Students Fundraising to Study Abroad in England

    During the summer of 2019 six Finlandia University students will travel to London to explore and compare the chronic disease management models and methods used in the USA and UK.

    Students will visit healthcare facilities to learn about strategies used to improve health of chronically ill populations. They will also visit Oxford City to explore the influence of research done by Oxford University in this field.

    To help these students with the cost of their program, the Finlandia nursing students are [...]


  • Nick Tobey Selected as Ponsse Intern for 2019

    Tobey is the fifth intern to be selected for Finlandia’s exclusive internship

    Finlandia University is pleased to announce that Nick Tobey has been chosen as the 2019 Ponsse Eineri Vidgrén Foundation intern.

    “I’m excited to work with such a well-known and respected company,” said Tobey. “I’m eager to build international connections and learn business practices from an international perspective.”

    Tobey, a junior majoring in accounting, learned more about the opportunity from last year’s intern, Haley Makela. Shortly after hearing about Makela’s experience, Tobey [...]


  • Going International with Director of Global Initiatives Cat Fuller

    Cat Fuller and Michael Babcock for Finlandia Fridays

    Finlandia Fridays crosses borders this week with Director of Global Initiatives Cat Fuller. Member of the FinnU family since September, Fuller describes her job as “dealing with everything international.” Fuller deals with international recruitment, study abroad, and assisting faculty members who want to run their own programs abroad or do research abroad.

    Fuller’s first semester saw her overseas, visiting China, the Netherlands and Finland. In China, Fuller visited area high schools to recruit students and attended a fair in Beijing. [...]


  • Soup and Salad fundraiser for Service and Learning in Tanzania returns March 2

    Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock is set to host the annual Soup and Salad Lunch as well as the silent auction fundraiser for this year’s Service and Learning in Tanzania experience for Finlandia University students.

    “While a three-week experience of serving and learning in Tanzania is priceless, the actual cost of $3,000 is not always affordable for students,” said Dr. René Johnson, Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy and Director of Servant Leadership. “Students are responsible for $2,000 [...]


  • Who loves the Kalevala? We love the Kalevala! Kalevalathon comes to Finlandia February 28

    Join students and faculty in celebration of Kalevala Day, also known as the Day of Finnish Culture, for the inaugural Kalevalathon on Thursday, February 28 from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Finnish American Heritage Center. The participants from Finlandia University’s Finnish & Nordic Studies Program will be performing a 5.5-hour marathon reading of Kalevala.

    “The Kalevala is an enduring symbol of Finnishness that is present around us, even in the Copper Country,” said Dr. Hilary-Joy Virtanen, [...]