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Kurt Hilden
September 9, 2019

Kurt Hilden (’71) Grateful for Liberal Arts Education; LGBTQ Allies at FinnU

Kurt Hilden’s (’71) journey through life has been anything but boring.

A native of the Copper Country, Hilden graduated from Lake Linden high school in 1969. Despite moving west, a moment of Hilden’s family history is forever captured at the Houghton County Museum in Lake Linden in the form of a painting of his paternal grandfather’s family by the Finnish artist, Toyra. Hilden described the painting at “primitive” but it is registered with the Smithsonian.

It made sense for Hilden to attend [...]

Taste of Success Samantha Schutz
September 4, 2019

Taste of Success Kicks Off New Year with Samantha Schutz (’07)

Alumna Samantha Schutz (’07) is set to present on the topic of the value of mentors at the next A Taste of Success on Tuesday, Sept. 10 in Mannerheim Central from 12 to 1 p.m.

Originally from Ewen, MI, Schutz graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design and currently works at OHM Advisors in Hancock as the Business Development Manager. She will be speaking on the value of mentors and how they have shaped her career.

The event is open to all [...]

Robert & Stephanie Lake
August 27, 2019

Art & Design Alumni, Robert & Stephanie Lake (’07), Provide Unique Freelancing Opportunity for Students

For Robert Lake (BFA, ’07), design has always been an important part of his life.

“I grew up liking art and drawing, and when I got to high school, I was unsure of what direction to go,” said Lake. “I began looking into Finlandia’s Industrial and Product Design program and decided to come here because I liked to draw vehicles.”

For Lake, the small class sizes and opportunities to work on projects enhanced his learning experience.

“I was [...]

joan treppa alumni
August 6, 2019

Award-winning author Joan Treppa (’83) talks true crime on Leading the Pride

Leading the Pride is back for a second season this month and kicking things off with author Joan Treppa (’83). Treppa, who studied Human Services and is originally from Laurium, is an award-winning author of the true crime book Reclaiming Lives: Pursuing Justice for Six Innocent Men, which details the Monfils 6 case and six men who were wrongfully convicted of murdering their coworker at a Wisconsin paper mill in the 1990s. [...]

Giving Day
July 9, 2019

Giving Day Brings in $8,945 for Student Textbooks

In February of 2019, the Finlandia Alumni Board (FAB) determined it wanted to give back to current students in a meaningful way. The FAB, led by president Monica Hill (’76), ultimately decided to raise funds to support a Textbook Award, to be given out in the form of a gift certificate to North Wind Books to help offset the rising cost of textbooks. The best way to do this? Set up Finlandia’s first Giving Day.

Giving Days have [...]

Brigitte LaPointe Leading the Pride
July 3, 2019

PTA alumna, Brigitte LaPointe (’07), talks career success, sports on Leading the Pride

Leading the Pride is back and talking with Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Brigitte LaPointe (’07). LaPointe is originally from Baraga where she grew up in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. She ultimately came to Finlandia to study in the Physical Therapist Assistant program and play for the women’s basketball team.

Following her passion for health and wellness, LaPointe also serves on the

Finlandia Giving Day Schedule of Events
June 19, 2019

Finlandia Giving Day

Giving Day is a day to celebrate all things Finlandia and show the world the opportunities afforded to alumni. Hosted by the Finlandia Alumni Board, it is a day to encourage alumni and students to become engaged in a number of different ways. From sharing Lion Pride on social media to completing the Giving Day crossword while enjoying morning coffee to helping students afford textbooks next semester, join us this June 19 at 8 a.m. until June 20 [...]

June 5, 2019

Digital Artist Ashlee Kranz (’16) talks freelancing as a career on Leading the Pride

Leading the Pride continues in the month of June by talking with Digital Arts and Animation major, Ashlee Kranz (’16). Kranz is a freelance digital and graphic artist at her own company, Dream Chaser Studios in Goodman, WI. She has recently been involved with the movie series, Northbound, which is filmed in the UP.

Listen as host Olivia Myers and Kranz talk about freelancing as a career choice, the lessons she’s learned from martial arts, and the offers artists [...]

Alumni Engagement Survey
June 3, 2019

2019 Alumni Engagement Survey Open to all Suomi/FinnU Alumni

Finlandia University and the Finlandia Alumni Board (FAB) are seeking responses for their annual Alumni Engagement Survey.

The survey is open to all Finlandia and Suomi alumni, takes approximately five minutes to complete and will be available until August 1. Those who do fill out the survey can be entered into a drawing for a $25 North Wind Books gift card with the winner chosen in August. Responses from the survey will help the university and [...]

May 31, 2019

Criminal Justice alumna, Louise Owens (’80), dedicated to helping others at work and home

Louise Owens ’80 with her two grandchildren.

Louise Owens (‘80) always wanted to be two things: a police officer and a mother. Although she had been interested in criminal justice since kindergarten, she never imagined herself going to college. She assumed she would enter the workforce as a secretary. Until the day she saw a sign for Suomi College.

“I never expected to go to college, except maybe a local community college,” said Owens, who is originally from Farmington, [...]

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