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January 21, 2019

Students and employees invited to participate in Heikinpäivä parade

All employees and students at Finlandia University are invited to join in the Heikinpäivä 2019 parade on Saturday in downtown Hancock. The parade begins at 11 a.m., and those interested in marching should plan to arrive around 10:30. The group will gather near the former Bridge School building on on Quincy Street (see map below).

Learn more about Heikinpäivä on the event’s official website. Please contact Karin Van Dyke with any questions about the parade.

January 19, 2019

Finlandia joins community in response to crisis

Finlandia employees volunteering after the June 2018 flood that ravaged the Copper Country.

Copper Country Strong

Early on the morning of Sunday, June 17, 2018 the Copper Country was changed forever as about seven inches of rain came down, mostly between 2 and 5 a.m. For some it was a night they’ll never forget as thunder boomed like a rock band was hitting its mark right in people’s bedrooms, water streamed into basements and first floors after rushing down our [...]

January 17, 2019

Spring semester of language instruction to begin at FAHC

Whether you don’t even know how to pronounce “sauna,” or if you used to have full conversations with your Finnish immigrant grandmother, the Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC) has just the class for you this semester.

The FAHC is offering three levels of Finnish language this term, all of which are led by Tiina Sakari, an Atlantic Mine resident who’s passionate about the language of her ancestors. Sakari has instructed Finnish language at the Heritage Center for the past [...]

January 16, 2019

Professional Portrait Session Scheduled for Friday, January 25

All employees and students are invited to have a professional portrait taken on Friday, January 25 at Finlandia Hall. This session will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Students are invited to use the photo on LinkedIn as they prepare to enter the workforce. We will email them in the weeks following the photo shoot. Employees who attend will have the photo used on the employee directory. If personal copies of the photos are desired, please e-mail

January 16, 2019

MLK Day events kick off Sunday night with service sites on Monday

The fourth annual MLK Day celebration will get started Sunday night at 5 p.m. with a brief worship service, continue with the annual day of service on Monday, a community meal Monday night and conclude on Thursday with the film “When We Were Kings.”

Chapel Service

On Sunday, January 20, as a lead-up to Finlandia’s Martin Luther King Day of Service, a brief worship service is scheduled in the Chapel of St. Matthew at 5 p.m. The Biblical Moses and “Moses” [...]

January 14, 2019

Meet Finlandia’s Online Education Leader, Dr. Michelle Rauch

Finlandia University is pleased to welcome Dr. Michelle Rauch as its new Director of Innovative and Online Learning.

“I am extremely happy Dr. Rauch is part of our academic team,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Fredi de Yampert. “As we move further into the world of online education, Dr. Rauch’s wealth of online teaching and instructional design experience will no doubt prove invaluable to the campus community. Her enthusiasm for working with faculty to ensure their success in [...]

January 11, 2019

Wi-Fi improvements completed in Finlandia Hall

Studying and streaming just got an upgrade.

Finlandia Hall was the recipient of an exciting present this holiday season. Students coming back for the winter semester will notice a nice improvement in the hall’s Wi-Fi.

“I think it’s safe to say that Finlandia Hall is the building on campus that Wi-Fi is utilized the most,” said Leann Fogle, Director of Residence Life. “It is buzzing 24 hours a day with students on their phones, game consoles, laptops and [...]

January 11, 2019

Refund Day is February 1

With the start of spring semester just around the corner, yay, most of you have probably started wondering…when will I get my refund?

Well we are here to tell you, the day is set. Refund Day is February 1 starting at 10 a.m.  Where you ask? Coordinator of Student Accounts Michelle Tanner’s office located in Old Main on the main floor in room 104.

Refund checks will be available this day and time, and not a moment sooner. Now, hurry back [...]

Leann and Mike signing up for the MLK Day of Service
January 11, 2019

Looking ahead to MLK Day of Service with Leann Fogle

Leann Fogle joins Finlandia Fridays to kick off the second half of season three. Fogle is the Director of Residence Life at Finlandia, and is apart of the planning committee for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

The spring semester is one of Fogle’s favorite times in Finn Hall, as she gets to see many familiar faces and some new ones, as students transfer into the University. Finn Hall also helps out the Hei Suomi participants with [...]

January 10, 2019

Carolyn Dekker nominated for The Pushcart Prize for essay, “October Pomegranates”

Creative Nonfiction may be new to Dr. Carolyn Dekker, Assistant Professor of English, but you’d never know it based on her piece, “October Pomegranates.” The essay, which was recently nominated for The Pushcart Prize, focuses on what it’s like to live in the north country and the contrast between living life and teaching literature here at Finlandia University.

“I felt a little like I was leading a double life when I first moved up here,” said Dekker. “I had [...]