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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

May 13, 2019

FinnU and Suomi alumni eligible for discounted Paavo Nurmi membership

Finlandia University and Suomi College alumni can take advantage of a 30 percent discount on an annual membership for the Paavo Nurmi Strength and Fitness Center. The cost, usually $260 for community members, is only $200 for alumni for an annual membership. The full breakdown can be seen in the chart below. Those interested in a membership can sign up at the Paavo Nurmi during regular business hours or contact Michael Bond at michael.bond@finlandia.edu or 906-487-7459.

Fee Schedule Community [...]

Alumni Board
May 10, 2019

Finlandia Alumni Board Calls for New Member Nominations

The Finlandia Alumni Board (FAB) is accepting nominations for new members. Interested Suomi or Finlandia alumni can self-nominate here. The board is looking to bring on 2-4 new members and nominations will be accepted until August 30, 2019.

As an advisory group to the university, the mission of the FAB is “the promotion of the vision, mission, goals and programs of Finlandia University.” The goals of the FAB include:

Advising the President and Board of Trustees of the University with regard [...]

Lukas 2
May 1, 2019

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

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 [...]

April 30, 2019

Alumni Needed for New Alumni Advocates Program

Finlandia University Admissions and Alumni Relations is introducing a new program that will connect alumni with prospective students. The program, titled Alumni Advocates, will pair a Suomi College or Finlandia alumnus/a with a prospective student with the same academic interests.

“Our hope is that alumni will be able to have discussions about their experiences at Finlandia,” said Director of Admissions, Collin Saint-Onge (’14). “The goal of these discussions is to encourage students to attend Finlandia and to [...]

alumni newsletter
April 4, 2019

April Alumni Newsletter features two fall alumni events and new Leading the Pride

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 April 3, 2019 Alumni and Friends Newsletter.

Save the Date: Homecoming 2019 October 3-5 Save the Date: “By Faith” Celebrating the Suomi Seminary Sept. 21-22 Leading the Pride [...]

alumni mentor program
April 4, 2019

Alumni Mentor Program provides valuable opportunity for students and alumni

Finlandia TRIO students have the opportunity to learn from those who have graduated before them thanks to the new Alumni Mentor Program.

The Alumni Mentor Program is available for all TRIO students, regardless of year. Alumni and students are paired by TRIO advisors with the help of Olivia Myers, Coordinator of External Relations, based off shared interests.

“We launched this program quietly this semester with four pairs of participants and it has gone exceptionally well,” said Myers. [...]

April 3, 2019

Owner of This is Folklore Hat Co. John Fish (’10) featured on Leading the Pride

Leading the Pride continues this month by talking with International School of Art and Design alumnus, John Fish (’10). Fish, originally from Iron River, MI, came to Finlandia as a graphic design major to learn how to apply graphics to skateboards. During his time at Finlandia, he spent a large amount of time in the fiber studio and wood shop because he enjoyed building and working with his hands. Having graduated in the midst of a recession, Fish [...]

March 7, 2019

Leading the Pride features Darlene King (’90), Executive Director for the Michigan Diversity Council

Finlandia’s alumni podcast Leading the Pride is back this month with the Executive Director of the Michigan Diversity Council, Darlene King (’90). Having grown up downstate in a predominately black community with ambitions of attending a historically black college, King’s parents insisted she attend Suomi College in an effort to expose her to a different culture. King recalls begging to come home in the first few weeks of class, but ultimately dove into the [...]

February 28, 2019

Alumna Kailee Laplander (’12) to talk Liberal Arts and dream jobs in first Taste of Success

Finlandia University is excited to announce the launch of a new alumni speaker series, A Taste of Success. The series will feature alumni of Finlandia and Suomi College as they talk about their college experience and accomplishments since graduating. The first Taste of Success will feature alumna Kailee Laplander (‘12), who graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts. Laplander is currently the Coordinator for TRIO Pre-College Programs. Her discussion will focus on how she used her degree in [...]