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December 12, 2019

Finnish American Heritage Center to host Finnish fiddling workshops in January

The Community Pelimannit, a series of six Finnish fiddling workshops, will be held January 6–23, 2020, hosted by Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center.

The Community Pelimannit (“fiddlers” in Finnish) offers the opportunity to experience the rich Finnish musical heritage of the Upper Peninsula by providing quality fiddle instruction in a fun, supportive group learning environment.  Classes are open to the community, and to all levels of playing experience.  Participants will learn a variety of Finnish fiddle tunes, develop [...]

December 12, 2019

Giving Tuesday Brings in Over $62,000 for Student Scholarships

Finlandia University is excited to announce it’s 2019 Giving Tuesday. Over 115 donors helped raise $62,403.25 for student scholarships.

“We are beyond thrilled by the generosity of our donors and their continued support of Giving Tuesday,” Director of Marketing and Communications Olivia Myers said. “We set a lofty goal on the day and our donors stepped up to provide our students with scholarships for the next semester.”

The 2019 Giving Tuesday campaign is comparable to FinnU’s 2018 efforts, which raised [...]

November 27, 2019

Finnish Independence Day Program to Honor Women

It’s been nearly 100 years since women in the U.S. earned the right to vote, exactly 100 years since the U.S. began official diplomatic relations with Finland, and 175 years since Minna Canth, Finland’s most famed champion for women’s rights, was born. Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center invites everyone to a program on December 6 celebrating all of these milestones and Finland’s Independence Day.

Beginning at 6 p.m. at the Finnish American Heritage Center, the program honoring Finland’s [...]

October 3, 2019

Nordic Film Series kicks off new season with suspenseful Finnish movie

The new season of the Finnish American Heritage Center’s Nordic Film Series kicks off next week with a film that sets the mood as Halloween approaches.

The new season gets under way Thursday, October 10 with 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. screenings of the suspenseful Finnish film “Anselmi – nuori ihmissusi” (Anselm – the Young Werewolf) a 2014 film by directors Sami Palolampi and Matti Pekkanen.

The film features Anselm, who has lived his entire life on [...]

ryan street garden
September 9, 2019

Ryan Street Garden Offering Free Vegetable Soup Making Demonstration

Ryan Street Community Garden members and Rosian Catering will demonstrate how to make simple garden vegetable soups on Monday Sept. 16 from 5-7pm. Participants will learn how to make two different types of soup, roasted carrot-ginger and tomato basil, in the Chapel of St. Matthew basement on Finlandia’s campus.

The event is free and open to the public but space is limited and pre-registration is necessary. Interested participants should text or email Molly Cavaleri at 970-215-4817 or [...]

playground
August 20, 2019

Student Volunteers Needed to Help Build Hancock Playground

The City of Hancock is looking for student volunteers to help build a playground at the Little League Field located in the Driving Park behind the Houghton County Arena. Shifts last three hours, and the the City is hoping for six volunteers on Friday, August 23 from 8am-4:30pm and Saturday, August 24 from 8am to completion.

Interested students can contact Deborah Mann at (902) 285-4402.

Niska
December 7, 2018

Niska Named New Leader of Finnish Council of America

The Finnish Council of America elected John Niska as its new president this past May. Niksa was raised on a beef and horse farm in Green, MI, just west of Ontonagon. His parents were bilingual and often spoke Finnish in his home, shared in Finnish customs and were very proud of their Finnish heritage. Niska went to Michigan State University for his undergraduate degree and worked in the education realm until his retirement from

November 9, 2018

Finlandia donors can triple their gifts made on Giving Tuesday thanks to two matches

Finlandia donors can triple their gifts this Giving Tuesday, as the university will have two matching incentives:

A member of the Board of Trustees has agreed to match all donations dollar for dollar that are made on Giving Tuesday, up to $20,000.

Finlandia is also participating in Facebook’s Giving Tuesday program, in which they will match the first $7 million donated that day.

All donations received this Giving Tuesday will go toward FinnU’s annual scholarship programs to help [...]

September 19, 2018

Introducing The Sisu Bulletin, Finlandia’s event and news e-newsletter

Finlandia University is pleased to unveil its community-focused e-newsletter, The Sisu Bulletin. The twice-monthly e-mail newsletter will feature upcoming events and important news stories from FinnU.

“There are so many exciting things happening here at Finlandia University, and we hope The Sisu Bulletin will help people keep up to date on all of them,” Director of Marketing and Communications Michael H. Babcock said. “We started this newsletter over the summer, and so far the response has been great. People are excited to [...]

June 22, 2018

PHOTOS: Finlandia joins Houghton County Flood recovery efforts

27 Finlandia University faculty and staff along with the entire TRIO Upward Bound class volunteered on Thursday to help with Houghton County flood relief efforts. They were sent to various locations throughout Houghton County including Ripley, Hubbell and Agate street in Houghton. Jobs ranged from mucking basements to ripping up carpet to cleaning up rubble from the streets. A full album of photos can be viewed here.

About the Houghton County Flood

Six to eight inches of rain fell in a [...]