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Miranda Conroy showing off her Diploma Works project
April 26, 2019

Previewing Diploma Works with Senior Miranda Conroy

Finlandia Fridays was visited this week by senior intermedia student, Miranda Conroy. Hailing from Ishpeming, Conroy will have her final undergraduate work featured with the rest of the graduating art students in this year’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Diploma Works exhibition. The exhibition will take place on Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m. in the Finnish American Heritage Center.

The Diploma Works exhibition is the final event before graduation for the senior art students. The show features [...]

Dewan Keeling and Michael H Babcock
April 19, 2019

Digging into Diversity Dinner with Dewan Keeling

Black Student Union President Dewan Keeling dropped by Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about his experiences at FinnU and the upcoming Diversity Dinner.  Keeling is a junior from Detroit, who is majoring in healthcare management.

“The Diversity Dinner is where our students can come and get together to make dishes that replicate where they are from,” stated Keeling. “It’s a way to make them feel more at home.”

Boasting a broad variety of dishes, the event is not only [...]

Clem Papineau with Michael Babcock
April 12, 2019

Blast from the Past with Suomi College Alum, Detective Clem Papineau

Suomi College alum, Clem Papineau visited Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about his time in the Keweenaw.

Originally from Ontonagon, Papineau initially planned on going to Michigan State University. Papineau was approached by Suomi’s basketball coach at the time to play basketball. After looking into the school, Papineau said he was instantly hooked. Papineau ended up attending Suomi, but did not end up playing basketball.

Papineau chose to study Criminal Justice because from a young age, he knew he wanted [...]

Lindsey Johnson for Finlandia Fridays
April 5, 2019

Taste for Opportunity with Junior Business Student Lindsey Johnson

This week junior Lindsey Johnson dropped by Finlandia Fridays to talk about her active presence on campus. Coming from Atlantic Mine, Johnson is studying management and entrepreneurship.

Johnson will be starting an internship with FinnU alum, Marko Luoma, within the next several months. The internship will take place in the FinnZone, which is located on the third floor of the Jutila Center. Johnson will be helping Finnish and American businesses coordinate [...]

April 3, 2019

Owner of This is Folklore Hat Co. John Fish (’10) featured on Leading the Pride

Leading the Pride continues this month by talking with International School of Art and Design alumnus, John Fish (’10). Fish, originally from Iron River, MI, came to Finlandia as a graphic design major to learn how to apply graphics to skateboards. During his time at Finlandia, he spent a large amount of time in the fiber studio and wood shop because he enjoyed building and working with his hands. Having graduated in the midst of a recession, Fish [...]

Dr. Rauch showing Michael Babcock Finlandia's online programs
March 29, 2019

Exploring the Digital Classroom with Dr. Michelle Rauch

Dr. Michelle Rauch dropped by Finlandia University, as well as Finlandia Fridays, for this week’s episode. Dr. Rauch was hired as Director of Innovative and Online Learning in the fall, and will be moving to campus more this upcoming year.

Rauch stated that her goal is “to make sure that the online classrooms are consistent with the traditional classroom. The person should feel the experience of the in-person class and be part of a collaborative community.” FinnU has offered an [...]

Juha Vidgren of Ponsse presenting at Finlandia University
March 15, 2019

Going Global with Ponsse Chairman Juha Vidgrén

Guest host Briana Gorman was visited on Finlandia Fridays this week by Juha Vidgrén, chairman of the board for Ponsse. Ponsse is a Finnish-based company that builds logging equipment.

The company was started in 1970 by Vidgrén’s father, who started out as a farmer that did logging on the weekends. Moving full-time into logging, Vidgrén’s father started to buy old farm equipment to help with the job. Because the equipment consistently broke, [...]

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March 13, 2019

Six Tips for Crushing it on LinkedIn by Lion Around Podcast

Monica Freeman and Gina Geliche are back this week with a new episode of Lion Around. Recording on the Finlandia Fridays set, the co-hosts are joined by Haley Makela and Samantha Richards. Makela, a senior marketing major from Atlantic Mine, was featured on the “What Does Your Major Do” episode earlier this semester. Richards is a senior accounting major from Dollar Bay. Geliche, Freeman and Makela will all graduate in the spring, [...]

Denia Bent and Joey Krug pitching for Finlandia Fridays
March 8, 2019

Stepping Up to the Plate with Denia Bent and Joey Krug

With spring break around the corner, Finlandia Fridays was visited by softball player Denia Bent and baseball player Joey Krug. Heading to Florida for the annual spring break games, guest host Briana Gorman talked to Bent and Krug about their upcoming seasons.

From Cape Coral, Florida, Bent is a junior majoring in graphic design. Outside of softball, Bent is a member of student senate and is a work study in the communications department. Krug hails from San [...]

March 7, 2019

Leading the Pride features Darlene King (’90), Executive Director for the Michigan Diversity Council

Finlandia’s alumni podcast Leading the Pride is back this month with the Executive Director of the Michigan Diversity Council, Darlene King (’90). Having grown up downstate in a predominately black community with ambitions of attending a historically black college, King’s parents insisted she attend Suomi College in an effort to expose her to a different culture. King recalls begging to come home in the first few weeks of class, but ultimately dove into the [...]

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