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Gina Gelichi
November 25, 2020

Giving Tuesday: Staff reflect on how scholarships help students succeed

Perhaps no one sees how important scholarships are for students more than university staff members. For Giving Tuesday, several Finlandia University staff members shared some of their favorite experiences and success stories regarding student scholarships.

Gina Geliche (’19, Fiber & Fashion Design) – Enrollment Officer

Geliche during her time as a student at FinnU.

I work with various types of students, but transfer students are some of my favorites because I was a transfer student myself. The Finnish [...]

November 24, 2020

Support Student Scholarships and Double Your Donation this Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1

Finlandia University will be raising money for student scholarships on Giving Tuesday which takes place on December 1. Finlandia donors can double their gifts this Giving Tuesday, as an anonymous donor has pledged to match the first $10,000 raised.

Last year, Finlandia’s Giving Tuesday campaign raised over $60,000 in 24 hours. All donations received last year went toward FinnU’s annual scholarship programs to help keep FinnU affordable for current and future students.

“Scholarships make a life-changing difference for our [...]

September 15, 2020

FAB Giving Day Raises $19,085 for Safe Open

On Sept. 1, 2020, the Finlandia Alumni Board (FAB) Giving Day raised $19,085 to support Finlandia’s Safe Open efforts. In total, 69 donors gave during the 24 hour Giving Day and in the days following in support of baseline testing, personal protective equipment and safety upgrades for the campus.

“A heartfelt thanks go out to all of our FinnU alumni and friends for supporting this year’s Giving Day,” said Vice President for Advancement Karin Van Dyke. [...]

August 25, 2020

Alumni Board Giving Day seeks to raise $30K for FinnU Safe Open

The Finlandia Alumni Board (FAB) is hosting its annual Giving Day on Sept. 1 in an effort to raise $30,000 to assist the university in it’s Safe Open. Funds raised will go toward the cost of baseline testing for all students and employees, as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) and other necessary equipment to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 on campus this fall.

“The opportunity to test the entire campus community is a meaningful way to position [...]

August 6, 2020

Learn all about Fall 2020 with FinnU’s New Fall 2020 Web Pages

Finlandia is excited to launch its new Fall 2020 web pages just in time for the new semester. Students, employees and community members can conveniently find information as it pertains to their group on the new pages. In addition, there is a new Covid FAQ page that includes information on FinnU’s Covid-19 case count, testing, quarantining procedures, contact tracing and prevention measures.

“This year is obviously a bit different than before, so we thought it crucial [...]

April 1, 2020

Gift a Finals Week Care Package to a FinnU Student

Finlandia’s Campus Ministry is asking for donations to send current students a Finals Week Care Package during their final exams at the end of the month. Campus Ministry has provided Finals Week Care Packages for students in the past, but, in an email to alumni and friends, Pastor Sarah Semmler-Smith highlights how meaningful they are this year in particular:

On Thursday March 12th, Finlandia University did something unprecedented in its history: we sent all our students home. The [...]

March 18, 2020

Giving Day Postponed

In respect to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the Finlandia Alumni Board has decided to postpone their Giving Day scheduled for March 18th, 2020.

In a message from Monica Hill, Finlandia University Alumni Board president, “It’s time to channel your Sisu! In this challenging time, while Finlandia students are adjusting to their new learning environment, we are more committed than ever to love and support students in their quest for an education. We hope to show our students that our [...]

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March 12, 2020

Finlandia University Coronavirus Response President’s Update March 12, 2020

Please see the message from President Philip Johnson below regarding recent updates on Finlandia’s Coronavirus Action Plan.

Finlandia Community,

The spread of COVID-19 is a serious concern for all of us. Earlier communication with the campus has provided information for how we, together, can do our part to limit its impact on our campus and in our community. Even though the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continue to advise that the probability of serious illness remains low for most people, we need [...]

January 2, 2020

By Faith: Paying Tribute to Suomi Seminary

Rev. Leslie Niemi returns Rev. Karl Aho’s nine iron after nearly 50 years.

“Karl, I always felt bad for taking such a nice piece of collateral for my notes,” said Reverend Leslie Niemi as he handed Reverend Karl Aho back his nine iron.

Aho had given Niemi his nine iron over 50 years ago in exchange for class notes that he didn’t return on time. On September 21 at Finlandia University’s By Faith event honoring the Suomi Seminary, Aho [...]

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 [...]

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