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June 29, 2021

Michigan TRIO Professional Organization Celebrates 50 years

Finlandia University TRIO Pre-College and Student Support Services staff recently participated in the Michigan College Access Programs and Personnel Annual Professional Conference spanning two full days and delivered in a virtual format on May 17 and 18, 2021. The 50th anniversary of the state TRIO organization makes it one of the first state TRIO chapters in the country to charter a formal chapter. 

Ten professionals from Finlandia’s TRIO programs attended the MI-CAPP Annual Spring Conference and participated in the 50th Anniversary [...]

Gina Gelichi
November 25, 2020

Giving Tuesday: Staff reflect on how scholarships help students succeed

Perhaps no one sees how important scholarships are for students more than university staff members. For Giving Tuesday, several Finlandia University staff members shared some of their favorite experiences and success stories regarding student scholarships.

Gina Geliche (’19, Fiber & Fashion Design) – Enrollment Officer

Geliche during her time as a student at FinnU.

I work with various types of students, but transfer students are some of my favorites because I was a transfer student myself. The Finnish [...]

Jen Fry Talks
November 24, 2020

Social Justice Taskforce hosting training for employees Dec. 1

The President’s Social Justice Taskforce will be hosting a webinar training for all employees by nationally renowned social justice educator Jen Fry. Fry will present “Invisible Playbook: How to Create a Culture of Inclusive Excellence” via Zoom for all FinnU employees on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 10:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. A zoom link will be sent closer to the day.

“A key expression of the task force’s leadership is to engage the campus in collective [...]

September 16, 2020

US News & World Report Ranks FinnU #12 for Social Mobility

Finlandia Resident Assistants outside of FinnHall | August 2020

Finlandia University has been ranked by US News & World Report as a top university for Social Mobility. Finlandia came in at #12 on the list of universities in the Midwest region.

According to the US News & World Report, economically disadvantaged students are less likely than others to finish college, even when controlling for other characteristics. But some colleges are more successful [...]

social justice task force, cindy cowell, trio
September 4, 2020

The President’s Social Justice Task Force is a Force for Change, Unity

On this week’s episode of Finlandia Fridays, host Olivia Myers is joined by Cindy Cowell and Ronnie Keener, members of the President’s Social Justice Task Force. Cowell is the chair of the task force and director of Finlandia’s TRIO Student Support Services while Keener, a senior studying Sports Management, is a student member.

“The President’s Social Justice Task Force came about after the murder of George Floyd by law enforcement officers this summer,” said Cowell. “President Johnson [...]

August 17, 2020

FinnU TRIO SSS Grant Renewed for $1.7M Over 5 Years

 The U.S. Department of Education announced that Finlandia University’s TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) grant program will be renewed for $1,705,835 over five years to help more students succeed in and graduate from college. FinnU’s TRIO SSS program has been providing services on campus for almost 30 years and assists 180 students annually.

TRIO SSS helps college students who are low income, first generation (those whose parents do not have a four-year [...]

TRiO SSS Helping Students Online
April 3, 2020

TRiO Student Support Services Helping Students Online

This week on Finlandia Fridays, host Anastazia Hartman gave Director of TRiO Student Support Services, Cindy Cowell a call to discuss what TRiO SSS is doing for FinnU students while they are no longer on campus. The pair spoke about what TRiO is, how they assist students and what the transition from face-to-face to online learning has been like. 

“All of the tutoring we did face-to-face, now has a canvas page so there is a great tool to [...]

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 [...]

December 10, 2018

TRIO SSS has proven track record

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) has three goals: help students persist from one grade level to the next, remain in satisfactory academic progress and graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

TRIO SSS, a federal Department of Education grant-program, created out of the Civil Rights Act of 1965, considers family income level, education level of the parents and the possession of a physical or learning disability to determine eligibility to become a TRIO SSS student. The project is funded [...]

August 24, 2017

Lincoln now serving as Academic Coach/Personal Counselor at Finlandia University

With the new school year comes a new face in Finlandia’s Nikander Hall as Zoe Lincoln has been introduced as an Academic Coach/Personal Counselor in TRIO Student Support Services.

“Our students will love Zoe,” Director of TRIO SSS Cindy Cowell said. “With a degree in counseling, plus a love of leading co-curricular trips with students, she will be a great resource for our students. We will rely on both her positive energy and expertise in supporting students as [...]

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