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Philip Johnson
June 30, 2022

Johnson wraps up 15 years as Finlandia president

As 15 years in the president’s office at Finlandia University draw to a close, Dr. Philip Johnson will remember most the times his job took him elsewhere on campus.

“The most rewarding aspects of my work are those that take me away from my desk,” he said, “(such as) having lunch with students and asking them to give me ‘the good, the bad, and the ugly’; sitting with parents and grandparents to cheer on their student … mingling with students, community [...]

Philip Johnson 125th Anniversary Banquet
June 28, 2022

‘Semper Reformanda’: Johnson makes final address at 125th Anniversary celebration

After 15 years in office, Dr. Philip Johnson made his final address as President of Finlandia University on June 23, 2022. In the celebratory conclusion of Finlandia’s 125th Anniversary, patrons gathered in Martha Wiljanen Hall to reflect on FinnU’s past while boldly imagining its future.

“Semper reformanda; always reforming,” Johnson said. “As I think about our 125 years, if there is a single thread that weaves its way through our story here at Suomi College, Finlandia University, it’s this idea of [...]

Giving Day Logo June 14, 2022
June 23, 2022

Finlandia Alumni Board raises $10,000 for student textbooks

On June 14, alumni, friends and family of Finlandia University joined together in support of Giving Day 2022 in an effort to raise money for student textbooks. Determined to find a way to give back to students, Finlandia’s Alumni Board (FAB) started Giving Day in 2019 and has since raised more than $60,000 in its efforts.

“FinnU celebrates learning, a character trait inherited from our Finnish roots where literacy rates are consistently 99%. Finlandia Alumni Board started Giving Day to help [...]

Parade of Nations 2021
June 22, 2022

Parade of Nations announced for September 17

The Parade of Nations has chosen a theme for its 2022 event that is extremely appropriate for the times we live in: The World is One

This year’s Parade of Nations will take place on September 17. International food returns this year, with international student organizations offering the cuisine of their countries. Food will be available for take-out only, at the Dee Stadium in Houghton.

The Parade of Nations is an annual celebration of the multiculturalism of our community.

Student and community organizations [...]

125th Anniversary Video of Martti Nisonen Music
June 21, 2022

125th Anniversary Performance by Kent Washburn and Meri Siirala | Music of Martti Nisonen

In 1922, Martti Nisonen began his career at Suomi College, now Finlandia University, quickly gaining popularity as a profound teacher of music and prolific composer. Before his passing in 1946, Nisonen amassed more than 10 linear feet of compositions and arrangements now safely stored at Finlandia’s Finnish American Heritage Center and Historical Archive.

Kicking off its year of 125th Anniversary celebrations in December 2021, Finlandia held a Sunday worship service and its annual commemoration of Finnish Independence Day. The day was [...]

2022 Hancock Promise recipients
June 15, 2022

17 receive Hancock Promise for Fall 2022

At Hancock Central High School’s Senior Awards Night on May 17, Finlandia’s Education Partner Manager and Dual Enrollment Advisor Lauren Huested proudly presented 18 students with awards and scholarships to attend FinnU in Fall 2022. Jaidyn Laroe was the sole recipient of the free full tuition Rise Together Scholarship and 17 received the Hancock Promise.

In her roles with Finlandia Admissions, Huested hit the road last fall with the challenge of visiting 60 U.P. high schools in 60 days. Known [...]

Giving Day Logo June 14, 2022
June 14, 2022

Textbook Giving Day 2022 is today!

Giving Day 2022 starts now!

Join the Finlandia Alumni Board for a day dedicated to raising money to help students pay for textbooks. The Finlandia Alumni Board seeks to raise $10,000 and is looking to share this message to support their cause. To learn more about how to give back to Finlandia’s students, visit finlandia.edu/givingday. Every $250 awards another FinnU student a textbook scholarship!

Find more ways to follow along on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

If you would like to donate to [...]

Bridgefest
June 10, 2022

FinnU Community invited to participate in Bridgefest Parade

Get ready to celebrate the 62nd Anniversary of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge with Finlandia University’s friends, faculty, staff and students!

On Friday, June 17, Finlandia’s community is invited to participate and walk in the Bridgefest Parade with other colleagues and friends. Parade Line Up will be held on S. Lincoln Dr. in Hancock (US-41 north of M-203 intersection) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17. The parade will start at 7:05 p.m. Participants are encouraged to wear [...]

Giving Day Logo 2022 Bow
June 9, 2022

Student application now open for $250 textbook awards

Finlandia students who are enrolled for Fall 2022 are encouraged to apply for a $250 Alumni Board Textbook Award. The Award, given in the form of a North Wind Books gift certificate, is open to all students who meet the following the criteria:

Enrolled full-time for Fall 2022 In good academic standing Degree-seeking

The free application will be open until Friday, July 22 and recipients will be notified prior to the start of the semester.

The Alumni Board Textbook [...]

Maki Library Author Visit Library Poster
June 7, 2022

Maki Library to host author reading & reception June 9

The Maki Library is pleased to host the Finnish Language, Dialects & Finnish-American Experience Author Reading and Reception this Thursday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m. Three scholars will be presenting their most recent works:

Dr. Marlene Broemer is sharing her poetry “Notes from the Crystal Palace”, reflecting on her experiences as a doctoral student in Finland and her family’s Finnish history.

Dr. Elizabeth Peterson, from the Univ. of Helsinki, is reading from her new book “Making Sense of ‘Bad English’: an introduction [...]