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September 16, 2019

Author Joesph Heywood at North Wind Books for Book Signing

This Wednesday, September 18th from 4 – 6 p.m. North Wind Books will be hosting author Joesph Heywood for a book signing event for his newly released book: Upper Peculiar Tales from Above the Bridge.

Upper Peculiar Tales from Above the Bridge offers a glimpse into the world of Heywood’s best loved characters came from, like Grady Service, Limpy Allerdyce, and Luticious Treebone. From the early 1900s to present day, Heywood shows the roots of Yoopers and how their influence [...]

September 16, 2019

Nicholas Kwiek new Academic Career Coach at TRIO Student Support Services

Finlandia University is excited to welcome Nicholas Kwiek as the new TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) academic career coach. Kwiek earned his bachelor’s degree in History from Kenyon College and is working on his Masters of Education in Online Innovation and Design from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  

Before coming to Finlandia, Kwiek lived for seven years in Bethel, Alaska. There he taught developmental math as an adjunct instructor for the UAF Kuskokwim Campus. He also worked as [...]

September 13, 2019

Kicking the Season Off with Grace Sokolow

Finlandia Fridays is back and kicks off season 4 with new Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Grace Sokolow. Hired this past July, Sokolow talks about her move to Finlandia, her coaching background, as well as her expectations for the rest of the season.

Sokolow played Divison III soccer at Vassar College. Upon graduating and doing some soul searching she realized the soccer field was the place she wanted to be. She took a job as an assistant soccer [...]

Kurt Hilden
September 9, 2019

Kurt Hilden (’71) Grateful for Liberal Arts Education; LGBTQ Allies at FinnU

Kurt Hilden’s (’71) journey through life has been anything but boring.

A native of the Copper Country, Hilden graduated from Lake Linden high school in 1969. Despite moving west, a moment of Hilden’s family history is forever captured at the Houghton County Museum in Lake Linden in the form of a painting of his paternal grandfather’s family by the Finnish artist, Toyra. Hilden described the painting at “primitive” but it is registered with the Smithsonian.

It made sense for Hilden to attend [...]

Homecoming
September 5, 2019

2019 FinnU Homecoming Schedule of Events

The official schedule of events for the 2019 Finlandia Homecoming Week on Sept. 30-Oct. 5 has been set. The official theme of the week will be Welcome to the Jungle. Events will include a spirit week, Riku’s Royalty voting, various sporting events and the annual parade which will go from Quincy Green to McAfee field on Saturday morning.

Full Homecoming Schedule Monday, Sept. 30

Spirit Day: Pajama Day

All Day: Poster Decorating at Finlandia Hall, Blue Warrior Challenge, Riku’s Royalty Voting

Tuesday, [...]

August 29, 2019

Professional Portrait Session Scheduled for Tuesday, September 10

All faculty, staff and students are invited to have a professional portrait taken on Tuesday, September 10 at Finlandia Hall’s Dinning Room. New employees are highly encouraged to attend. This session will run from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Students are invited attend as the photos are great to use on LinkedIn as they prepare to enter the workforce. An email will be sent to them in the weeks following the photo shoot. Employees who attend will have the photo used [...]

Robert & Stephanie Lake
August 27, 2019

Art & Design Alumni, Robert & Stephanie Lake (’07), Provide Unique Freelancing Opportunity for Students

For Robert Lake (BFA, ’07), design has always been an important part of his life.

“I grew up liking art and drawing, and when I got to high school, I was unsure of what direction to go,” said Lake. “I began looking into Finlandia’s Industrial and Product Design program and decided to come here because I liked to draw vehicles.”

For Lake, the small class sizes and opportunities to work on projects enhanced his learning experience.

“I was [...]

August 27, 2019

Finnish bluegrass-rockers and international sensation Steve ‘n’ Seagulls returning to the Keweenaw on September 4th

Finnish bluegrass-rockers Steve ‘n’ Seagulls will be returning to the Rozsa Center to kick off Finlandia’s Festival Ruska on September 4 at 7pm.  Their unique blend of bluegrass and hard rock classics by AC/DC, Guns and Roses, Metallica and others has made them a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. The band’s version of “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC has been especially popular, clocking in over 87 million views on YouTube. Their [...]

August 26, 2019

Anastazia Hartman to lead social media efforts

Anastazia Hartman is the newest member to join Finlandia’s marketing and communications department as a social and digital media specialist.

“I am extremely excited to be here and become part of the community at Finlandia.” Hartman said. “I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and building relationships on campus and in the community.”

Hartman, earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism: public relations with a minor in advertising from Central Michigan University. Before making the move north, she was a [...]

August 26, 2019

Sarah Semmler Smith Named New Campus Pastor

Finlandia University is excited to introduce its new pastor, Sarah Semmler Smith. Semmler Smith is moving to the area after spending the past six years as an associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, WI. 

“I am so pleased that Pastor Sarah is joining our community as Finlandia’s next campus pastor,” said FinnU’s President, Dr. Philip Johnson. “Sarah is theological astute, pastorally wise and fun. It’s a great blend for our campus community.”  

Growing up, [...]