Since 1998, the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation has partnered with Finlandia University in providing instrumental funding toward technology and equipment. The Foundation’s most recent expression came as a five-year $220,000 grant to provide a robust, state-of-the-art healthcare education for FinnU College of Health Sciences students at their new facility.
The project started with renovations made to the former Hancock Public Schools building, now named Hirvonen Hall in recognition of the lifetime legacy of leadership and generosity from Ray and Peg Hirvonen. Building on the support from the Hirvonen Family and many Finlandia friends and alumni, the first installment of the Towsley Foundation’s five-year commitment provided internal networking and infrastructure, all new classroom furniture and smart TVs. For PTA and nursing majors, the transition to the new facility has been life-changing.
“It allowed us to have our own space on campus. The transition helped us to focus more on lectures and skills as we did not have to share the same space with other majors,” nursing major and Student Senate President Arty Puntus said.
Thanks to a Towsley Foundation grant in 2018, the College of Health Sciences (CHS) program was able to purchase the latest HAL S3000 simulation mannequin for students to practice on. In addition to HAL, the grant also funded a Pyxis medication system trainer. For CHS faculty, upgrades to technology, equipment and a new facility provide the opportunity for the entire program to innovate and thrive.
“The nursing department is grateful for the support of the Towsley Foundation. The grant funding has contributed to upgraded technology and the ability to grow the simulation lab. With these, we are able to integrate innovative teaching strategies and enhance student learning,” Nursing Program Chair Lori Sullivan said.
Now entering year two of the grant, the next project aims to furnish the new College of Health Sciences computer lab with new computers, equipment and furniture, ultimately serving as a CHS community learning center.