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September 4, 2018

2018 Alumni Engagement Survey now open to Finlandia/Suomi alumni

Finlandia University and the Finlandia Alumni Board 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 September 24. Those who do fill out the survey can be entered into a drawing for a $25 North Wind Books gift card. Responses from the survey will help the university and the alumni board better serve FinnU and [...]

Alumni Newsletter - Football, homecoming
August 29, 2018

Alumni & Friends Email Newsletter features Homecoming 2018 information, Alumni Engagement Survey

On Wednesday the latest Alumni and Friends Email Newsletter was sent out to those subscribed to the monthly newsletter. You can view the entire newsletter here. If you’re interested in subscribing to the newsletter, visit finlandia.edu/alumni.

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Feature Stories

These stories were featured in the August 29, 2018 Alumni and Friends Newsletter.

Homecoming celebration set for Oct. 4-6 – RSVP Today! Fill out the 2018 Alumni Engagement Survey  Finlandia Alumni Board calls for new [...]

Alissa Pietila
May 25, 2018

Alumni Update: Alissa Pietila (’14) heads new broadcast segment at TV6

Alissa Pietila never thought she’d be working for a television station, let alone leading her own segment on the five o’clock news.

Pietila, a 2014 Finlandia University alumna, graduated with a bachelor’s in communication with a concentration in journalism and a minor in psychology. During college, she always thought she would work in a magazine and write long-form articles. Instead, she took a job at the Daily Globe in Ironwood before moving to

Karin Van Dyke
May 7, 2018

Karin Van Dyke now Vice President of External Relations and Advancement

Finlandia University is pleased to announce Karin Van Dyke is stepping into the role of Vice President of External Relations and Advancement.

“Throughout my career, I have had some awesome positions which gave me the opportunity to extend the reach of my organization by strengthening public relations and community connections,” said Van Dyke.  “With this role change, we now have the opportunity to devote dedicated time to do this important work.”

Van Dyke has been at Finlandia for five years, starting [...]

Vintage alumni recreation
April 24, 2018

Get in the Delorean, We’re Going to the Past

This year Student Senate Vice President, Kaylor Holmstrom, was inspired to visit Finlandia’s past by way of some old photographs.

“Going through the pages and viewing locations that I recognized, inspired me to reenact some of the photos in those same locations around campus with some of our current students,” said Holmstrom.

The project, titled Then and Now, recreated photos from Suomi College yearbooks with current Finlandia Students. In the last 50 years, the campus, fashion choices, and even rock formation [...]

Coffee Talk with Pamela Katila
April 23, 2018

Kotila hosting talk on self publishing on May 5

 

The Copper Country Community Arts Center is hosting a Coffee Talk with Finlandia University alumna and artist Pamela Kotilla on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Kotilla, a comic creator and artist will share her personal experiences with crowdfunding and self-publishing. She will focus heavily how to launch a Kickstarter campaign, find a printer and prepare work for print.

The event is free and open to the public. Coffee will [...]

January 3, 2018

From Finland to Finlandia to Philadelphia

Finnish exchange student Ilkka Kortesluoma’s path to working for NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers

It was 4 a.m. when Ilkka Kortesluoma first arrived in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. The Senior Director of Ticket Sales for the Philadelphia Flyers still remembers stepping off that bus into the fresh middle-of-the-night late-summer Keweenaw air. The late night soon gave way to morning light, and the once-in-a-lifetime experience for the Finnish exchange student began. He finished his last year of university in Finlandia University’s International [...]

November 7, 2016

Yooper Night at the Joe back for 2016

Join your fellow Yoopers at the annual Yooper Night at the Joe on Friday, December 9 when the Detroit Red Wings host the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“This is going to be a great night of hockey in downtown Detroit with a great crew of Yoopers,” said Travis Hanson, alumni contact for the university.

The event will include a pre-game social with a cash bar. Tickets are $50 each, and include an invite to the social and a ticket to the game.

Tickets [...]

October 3, 2016

Blue Line Club hosting pancake breakfast October 22

The Finlandia University Blue Line Club is hosting a pancake breakfast to benefit the university’s men’s and women’s hockey teams on Saturday, October 22 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Houghton County Arena.

The annual event is one of two primary events to help support the hockey teams throughout the year. It will take place in the Dave Wiitanen Room inside of the arena.

The cost is $5 per person, with children under 6 allowed in free. Tickets are available from [...]

September 29, 2016

Finlandia Success: Ryan Wuebben ’15

Finlandia University Alum Ryan Wuebben Major: Nursing Graduation Year: 2015 Hometown: Hancock, Michigan Current Location: Rochester, Minnesota Job: CV Surgery Transplant Nurse at Mayo Clinic Let’s start with your job at Mayo Clinic. What do you do for Mayo, and what is it like working at such a highly regarded organization?

Ryan Wuebben: I always dreamed of working here, but I never thought it would work out. I found out about the job because a friend of mine was here for surgery. One of his [...]