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Riku gets vaccinated
January 20, 2022

On-campus student, employee vaccine clinic Thursday, Jan. 27

Sponsored by Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD), Finlandia Nursing will be hosting a free on-campus COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Thursday, Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m located in the Hirvonen Hall gymnasium. FinnU students and employees will be able to receive a Moderna vaccine, which can be used as a Pfizer booster, or a one-shot J&J vaccine.

As part of the FinnU Vacc to School Challenge, students receive $100 cash for reporting their new vaccines through the

FAFS Premo Poster
January 20, 2022

Finnish American Folk School to host musician Laurel Premo

HANCOCK, MI — The Finnish American Folk School at Finlandia will host internationally-renowned roots musician Laurel Premo on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock. Premo, a UP-native, will teach and perform to kick off a new year of programming at the Folk School.

From 2-4PM EST, Premo will lead a group music workshop, teaching traditional Finnish instrumental tunes on the fiddle and sharing information about their roots. Through working up these melodies, students will [...]

Finlandia Logo White Background
January 11, 2022

Finlandia Board of Trustees names Presidential Search Committee, national executive search firm

The Finlandia University Board of Trustees has made significant advancements in the search for Finlandia’s next president, announcing the establishment of the Presidential Search Committee and selection of a national executive search firm. The search follows the October announcement of current Finlandia President Philip Johnson, who is to step down after the 2021-22 academic year.

The establishment of the Presidential Search Committee follows approval by the Finlandia University Board of Trustees after an extensive review and deliberation, consisting of members [...]

Natalie Salminen Rude Video
January 7, 2022

31st Annual Contemporary Finnish American Artist Series Exhibition Virtual Reception | Finlandia University Gallery

On Thursday, December 9, 2021, the Finlandia University Gallery held a virtual reception of the 31st Annual Contemporary Finnish American Artist Series Exhibition featuring the artwork of Natalie Salminen Rude. The exhibit is open to the public until Feb. 4.

At the reception, Finnish American artist Natalie Salminen Rude presented an exhibit titled “in·ter·stice: (noun) a small intervening space”. Contemplative, multidisciplinary and inquisitive, Salminen Rude aims to identify and uncover the dehumanizing forces found within technology and systemization. What is to [...]

Hirvonen College of Health Sciences in the winter with clue skies in the background.
January 4, 2022

Campus & Community: Together for Good

It is not taking long at all for the new name to catch on: Hirvonen Hall.

Named for Peg and Ray Hirvonen in recognition of the family’s legacy of extraordinary leadership and generosity, the iconic former Hancock Central High School building now delivers Finlandia’s gold-star accredited health sciences programs. Additional funding for the renovation of interior spaces and state-of-the-art technology was provided by many other friends and alumni whose support is recognized with named classrooms, labs and offices. Two foundations, the [...]

Gerald Matthew Immonen
December 30, 2021

Gerald Matthew Immonen Collection Virtual Tour | Finlandia University Gallery

Earlier this year, Finlandia University was the proud recipient of a collection of artwork by the preeminent Finnish American artist Gerald Matthew Immonen (1936-2011). Immonen’s ties to Finlandia go back decades as once a featured artist in the Finlandia University Annual Contemporary Finnish American Artist Series Exhibition, the longest-running exhibit series in the United States celebrating the accomplishments of Finnish American artists.

Immonen’s exhibit, Into Another World: Works by Finnish American artist Gerald Matthew Immonen (1936-2011), was on display at the [...]

Nathan Perreault
December 22, 2021

Perreault elected to CLK Foundation Board of Directors

Nathan Perreault, an Assistant Professor of Management with Finlandia’s International School of Business (ISB), was recently elected to the Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw (CLK) Foundation Board of Directors. The foundation is a local non-profit organization created to support students of the CLK school system by funding programs aimed at providing an extra edge in today’s competitive world.

“I am honored to be able to serve the CLK community,” Perreault said. “Being elected to the CLK Foundation Board allows me to volunteer in an [...]

Alumni Board Textbook Justice Library Donation
December 20, 2021

Finlandia Alumni Board donates to student support initiatives

Student support initiatives at Finlandia University provide opportunities for alumni, families and friends to remove barriers and promote academic and spiritual success for all students. These initiatives are characterized by selfless devotion, endless generosity and support.

Raising a record $15,000 for Giving Day 2021, a fundraiser established by the Finlandia Alumni Board (FAB) to raise money for student textbook awards, the FAB realized an opportunity to share this expression with other on-campus student support initiatives. In doing so, the FAB [...]

ISB business
December 3, 2021

International School of Business teams up with 1 Million Cups at entrepreneurial event

On Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 8:30 a.m., representatives from Finlandia’s International School of Business (ISB) are teaming up with businesses and organizations from around the community to share and discuss entrepreneurial ideas and opportunities in our local community. ISB Dean Kevin Manninen and Assistant Professor of Management Nathan Perreault will be representing Finlandia on the1 Million Cups committee while other committee members include those from MTEC SmartZone, Michigan Small Business Development Center, Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance and [...]

December 1, 2021

Voices on Vocation features alumni Dan Grille and Cameron Goude

Finlandia’s Seaton Center for Vocation & Career guides students through the discovery of self and meaning, bringing unison to both vocation and career. Voices on Vocation, produced by René Johnson and Emma Dorst of the Seaton Center, is a program that holds in-person discussions as well as podcast segments that share stories from Finlandia learning community members.

These stories are meant to inspire students to listen to their own yearnings for a life of purposeful work that honors [...]

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