To celebrate homecoming this weekend, Finlandia University welcomed one of its most highly regarded graduates to campus with Jordan Siegler (’09) visiting the set of Finlandia Fridays. Siegler is an alum of FinnU’s International School of Art & Design, has served as Finlandia Alumni Board President since 2016 and works in fundraising for Wisconsin Public Television.
Siegler spent last weekend in town to take part in the Alumni Board’s annual fall meeting. At the meeting they discussed many things, including their role with the institution.
“We are champions for the future of Finlandia,” he said. “We work with leadership here on campus, with Finlandia networks across the country to engage people, to build support for the university, and figure out what people need from the alumni board.”
The role has been exciting for Siegler, and he wants to make sure people are aware that they are always looking for new people to get involved. If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining the Finlandia Alumin Board, please get in touch with Olivia Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (906) 487-7499.
Jordan Siegler’s Education in arts drives career of service
While Siegler is excited about the alumni board, he’s more captivated when he thinks back to the experience he had at Finlandia University’s International School of Art & Design
“What I took away from my education at Finlandia is a process of critical analysis, thinking and problem solving, which is at the core of design,” he said. “Those lessons can be applied across the board in your life and career. My experience here absolutely led to the success I’m seeing in my career and my life now.”
The decision to come here was aided by being one of the early students to earn the Brule Scholarship, his first impressions of FinnU’s faculty and facilities, and his desire to study abroad. Before graduating he was able to make a trip to Finland.
“I learned a lot, traveled a lot, and made relationships that I still have today with exchange students that were there and Finnish students that were there,” he said. “It changed my life.”
Recently Siegler was promoted to manager at Wisconsin Public Television, a position he absolutely loves.
“When you believe in what you’re doing, and every day you meet with people who are as excited about what you represent as you are, it doesn’t get any better than that,” he said, while also adding that the idea of giving back is something that was instilled in him at FinnU. “The climate on campus, this idea of being an engaged student and giving back and doing things that positively impact your community, I carry that with me.”
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