Leann Fogle joins Finlandia Fridays to kick off the second half of season three. Fogle is the Director of Residence Life at Finlandia, and is apart of the planning committee for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
The spring semester is one of Fogle’s favorite times in Finn Hall, as she gets to see many familiar faces and some new ones, as students transfer into the University. Finn Hall also helps out the Hei Suomi participants with a place to live while they are in the United States.
As well as being in charge of the Residence Hall, Fogle is in charge of transportation for the MLK Day of Service. For the past four years, FinnU has participated in community service events on Martin Luther King Jr Day. “We are building a tradition for students to go out and help,” stated Fogle. “At first they don’t know or are unsure how to help, but once they get to the site, and are mentored, they come back feeling accomplished.”
Taking place on Monday, January 21, students will be out in the community volunteering from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students can sign up for a volunteer site online at finlandia.edu/mlkday. Many sites are still available for sign up, but they go quick, so sign up ASAP.
To kick of MLK Day the right way, a service will take place on Sunday, January 20 at 5 p.m. in the Chapel of St Matthew. Dinner will be held after the day of service in Finn Hall for students, staff and faculty to come together and discuss how they were able to be an active part of the community. The MLK Day festivities finish up on Thursday, January 24 with the film showing of When We Were Kings, a film discussing the perception of African-Americans and Africa in the Black Power era.
“When I was a student here, we never did anything out of the box for MLK Day. We discussed it and acknowledged the importance of the day, but we never did any service,” mentioned Fogle. “Service was important to Dr. King and it is an important part of our mission as a school,” affirmed Fogle, “It shows that we want to do as much good in the world that we possibly can.”
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