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Kalevalathon
November 20, 2020

An “Epic” Deal to Explore the Kalevala with Dr. Virtanen

We know you won’t want to miss out on this “epic” deal to read and analyze the Kalevala, with Assistant Professor, Dr. Hilary-Joy Virtanen.

For the first time ever, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Virtanen will offer her spring 2021 Kalevala class online, opening the door to anyone in the world who is interested in taking the course, either as an audit student or for-credit. Dr. Virtanen joined Finlandia Fridays host, Olivia Myers, this week to discuss the [...]

voting, election, vote
October 16, 2020

Exploring the History of American Presidential Elections with Dr. Knoblauch

Dr. William Knoblauch, History Professor

Finlandia Fridays is back this week with a special election edition. Host Olivia Myers talks with Finlandia History Professor Dr. William Knoblauch about the history of American presidential elections. Listeners submitted questions for Knoblauch to answer including ‘how important is the electoral college?’, ‘what happens if there’s a tie?’, and what other election seasons this one can be compared to. 

“History is the act of asking why something happened and constructing an argument [...]

October 9, 2020

Don’t Throw Away Your Shot! Finlandia Fridays Talks About the Flu Shot Clinic

“I’m not throwing away my shot,” sang Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton in the hit musical “Hamilton.” While Miranda wasn’t referring to a flu shot per-say, it is important not to forgo your flu shot this year. To make it easier to obtain, Finlandia University’s Wellness Committee will have influenza vaccines available for the Finlandia community on Monday, Oct. 12 from 3-5p.m in Nikander 14A.

Talking about the Flu Shot Clinic on Finlandia Fridays this week was Assistant Professor [...]

October 2, 2020

Filing Your FAFSA with Marie Bonenfant

The FAFSA is officially open!

This week, Finlandia Fridays host Olivia Myers talks with Financial Aid Counselor Marie Bonenfant about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which opened on Oct. 1. The pair talked about why it’s important for all students to complete and how submitting it allows FinnU’s financial aid office to see what scholarships, grants and federal loans a student is eligible for.

“It’s one of the most important [...]

September 18, 2020

A Match Made in Research Heaven: The Sociologist and the Census

It’s a tale as old as time. Or rather, just as old as the United States Census. No, it’s not Beauty and the Beast, but it is a match made in research heaven: the sociologist and the census.

To talk about this perfect pair, Finlandia Fridays host Olivia Myers talks with Finlandia’s Sociology Professor, Dr. Michael Reay. Dr. Reay goes into detail about the difference between sociology and psychology (the collective versus the individual) and how the

August 28, 2020

Erin Barnett Discusses Safe Open, Giving Day on Finlandia Fridays Season 5 Opener

A student checks-in at Finlandia Hall during new student move-in.

Finlandia Fridays is back for Season 5! To kick the season off, host Olivia Myers talked with Dean of Students Erin Barnett about Finlandia’s Safe Open Plan for the Fall 2020 semester.

Barnett discussed Finlandia’s baseline testing and the planning that went into opening the campus safely for face-to-face instruction. Results are still pending for a handful of students, but as of Friday morning, only one student [...]

Fall 2020
May 22, 2020

President Johnson Shares Exciting News about the Fall 2020 Semester

On this episode of Finlandia Fridays, Finlandia University President, Philip Johnson joins host, Anastazia Hartman to share the exciting news about classes this fall (2020). The pair talks about the plan for the safe open, the new health center, and more!

“I know the entire campus, which is now virtual, is very excited, we think this is exactly what we need to be doing for fall 2020. This is exactly what parents, families, and students expect. We are [...]

Student Representative
May 15, 2020

2020 Student Representative, Nicholas Tobey Shares His FinnU Experiences

With virtual graduation a week away, the Class of 2020 Student Representative, Nicholas Tobey, caught up with host Anastazia Hartman to talk about his time here at Finlandia.

“It’s definitely an honor, it’s something I thought about since my freshman year, and my roommate actually did it. It was kind of a challenge for me,” said Tobey. “Since I have been here it became less of a personal thing and much more of me being happy I get to [...]

NCAA Mental Health Week
May 8, 2020

Breaking the Stigma with the NCAA Mental Health Awareness Week

May is Mental Health Awareness month, an opportunity to speak up and help “Break the Stigma” surrounding the topic. On this week’s episode of Finlandia Fridays, host Anastazia Hartman is joined by Sports Information Director, Mike Bond to discuss the NCAA Mental Health Awareness Week. 

“The goal was to Break the Stigma surrounding mental health because it has such a negative connotation surrounding it when you ask for help,” said Bond.  “Through the campaign, members of the athletic administration [...]

Virtual Baccalaureate
May 1, 2020

Pastor Sarah Shares Baccalaureate Info and Words of Encouragement

On this week’s Finlandia Fridays host Anastazia Hartman speaks with Campus Pastor, Sarah Semmler Smith to discuss this year’s virtual baccalaureate service, student care packages, and words of encouragement during times of social distancing.

The virtual baccalaureate service offers graduates and families the opportunity to gather for a time of worship centered on prayers, blessings, and homily. From the Chapel of St. Matthew, Pastor Sarah Semmler Smith will preside over this special virtual edition.

“Typically baccalaureate would be the [...]

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