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September 17, 2021

Finlandia Fridays hosts Nick Kwiek to talk Parade of Nations and TRIO SSS

Nick Kwiek, Career Coach with TRIO Student Support Services at Finlandia University, joined Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about the Parade of Nations, a multicultural festival celebrated in the cities of Hancock and Houghton. Kwiek talks about the change in programming and route of this year’s parade and shares information on how students, employees and community members can get involved. The conversation opens with Kwiek discussing the role of TRIO Student Support Services at Finlandia University and then dives [...]

September 17, 2021

Free on-campus vaccine clinic Thursday, September 23

Sponsored by Upper Great Lakes Health, Finlandia University will be hosting a FREE on-campus vaccine clinic in Nikander Room 14A (Health Center) on Thursday, September 23. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., FinnU students and employees are able to receive either the Moderna (first or second dose) or the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine.

As part of the FinnU Vacc to School Challenge, students are receiving $100 for reporting their vaccines through the FinnU Vacc to School Challenge vaccine reporter. [...]

September 15, 2021

Parade of Nations updates route for 2021

The annual Parade of Nations will take place this Saturday, September 18, starting at 11 a.m. at the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, across from the miner’s statue in Houghton. The Parade will head down the hill to Lakeshore Drive, past Dee Stadium and follow Lakeshore Drive past Bridgeview Park, ending at Kestner Park. It will not go through downtown Houghton this year.

Nearly 30 countries will be represented by marchers with flags or floats. Richard Koubek, president of Michigan Tech; Philip Johnson, [...]

September 14, 2021

Growth at Finlandia, largest incoming class in five years

This fall, Finlandia University’s overall enrollment grew by six percent with the on-campus student population increasing by nine percent. This full-time-equivalent growth brought 25 more students to campus than in fall 2020, giving Finlandia an enrollment of 430. The fall 2021 incoming class is the largest since 2016 with Finlandia’s International School of Business realizing an all-time high of 137 degree-seeking majors. Nearly 70 percent of Finlandia’s fall 2021 student body is from Michigan and the Upper Great Lakes region [...]

September 7, 2021

With Shared Voices: Finlandia joins UArctic network

Finlandia University has joined the University of the Arctic (UArctic), a cooperative network of higher education institutions, research institutes and other organizations across northern regions. The network focuses on research and education, building and strengthening collective resources and infrastructures that enable member institutions to better serve their constituents and their regions. 

Through cooperation in education, research, and outreach, UArctic enhances human capacity in the North, promotes viable communities and sustainable economies while forging global partnerships. Created through the Arctic Council, UArctic [...]

August 26, 2021

Finnish American Folk School Features Fiber Arts at Festival Ruska 2021

Readers may already be familiar with the Finnish American Heritage Center at Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan as the home of this newspaper, but for some it may come as a surprise to know that the Heritage Center is also home to the Finnish American Folk School. Since 2017 the folk school – the first of its kind in the United States – has offered unique opportunities for education and exploration of traditional Finnish folkways including arts, crafts, food, and [...]

August 13, 2021

TRIO Talent Search Program at Finlandia University awarded grant to help low income, potential first generation students access higher education

TRIO Talent Search will be provided five years of funding to help a minimum of 729 students from 15 schools in the Western Upper Peninsula find their path to college.

HANCOCK, MI. (AUGUST 12, 2021) – The U.S. Department of Education announced that Finlandia University will receive a federal TRIO Talent Search grant to help more low income students who would be the first members of their families to earn degrees to prepare for and enroll in college. The TRIO [...]

August 10, 2021

Finlandia announces FinnFlex

New to Fall 2021, Finlandia University announces FinnFlex. A new meal plan program scheduled for rollout by October 1, FinnFlex provides students ‘flex’ in their diets with funds that can be used at off-campus restaurants through newly formed partnerships. The pilot program, led by Finlandia Dean of Students Erin Barnett, will also feature the new service through on-campus vending machines. All meal plans, except Block Plans, will include varying amounts of FinnFlex to spend.

“Our students have expressed an interest in [...]

July 12, 2021

Finlandia community invited to volunteer at 2021 Canal Run

The 2021 Canal Run, set for July 17, is under a week away! Volunteers are still needed and Finlandia students, employees and alumni are all invited to lend a helping hand. Whether you are looking to patrol the finish line, guide participants or even assist at the various water stops, your help is appreciated. Bring a group of friends or coworkers because a fun time is promised!

If you are interested in volunteering for the Canal Run, please complete a Volunteer [...]

June 21, 2021

Ken Seaton completes pledge to Finlandia University

Accompanying students as they uncover their vocation, or calling, is at the core of Finlandia University’s vision: to advance expansive learning that best prepares students for the 21st-century workplace and world. As an institution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Finlandia focuses on helping students discern their purpose by asking big questions like, “who am I going to be?” along with “what am I going to do?”. The Seaton Center for Vocation & Career guides students in uncovering [...]

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