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July 30, 2021

Finlandia hires new PTA Program Director

Finlandia University has recently hired Melanie Thurmond as its College of Health Sciences Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program Director and Assistant Instructor.

Thurmond (’06) attained an associate’s degree from Finlandia’s PTA program and a bachelor’s degree from DeVry University in Finance. In addition, Thurmond holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Findlay, an opportunity provided by Finlandia’s graduate pathway toward the DPT program. Practicing as a PTA for nine years and as a DPT for six, Thurmond also [...]

July 15, 2021

Alumni Spotlight: Shayla Cornish (’21) talks about life as a nurse

Alumna Shayla Cornish (’21), an afternoon shift nurse at Canal View nursing home in Hancock, Michigan, reflects on her experience as a nursing major in Finlandia’s Hirvonen College of Health Sciences.

“Right after I graduated I was set up to take my boards and hop on right to the job,” said Cornish. Her determination and hard work paid off as she was able to find a job right out of nursing school.  “This community is really great because [...]

June 8, 2021

Portage Health Foundation Scholarship application now open to 2021-22 Finlandia University students

Applications are now being accepted for the Portage Health Foundation Scholarship opportunity to Finlandia University students studying healthcare and coming from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga or Ontonagon counties. The scholarship can be awarded to the same person for up to four years.

The application deadline is July 16, 2021. This scholarship is open to returning and incoming FinnU students.

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If you would like to fill out a paper application instead, you can find that here:

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May 13, 2021

Irina Sergeyeva Named 2021 Board of Trustees Rising Star Faculty Award Recipient

The Board of Trustees honored Irina Sergeyeva with the 2021 Rising Star Faculty Award at Finlandia’s Spring Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, April 29. 

Sergeyeva serves as Finlandia’s RN to BSN Program Coordinator and now Associate Professor of Nursing. She joined the university in August 2015 with a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from the University of Phoenix. 

“It is an honor to receive the board of trustees Rising Star Teaching and Service Award. I consider this award as one of the [...]

FinnU Nursing Students posing in front of the Hirvonen College of Health Sciences
April 28, 2021

FinnU Announced as ‘Fight the Flu’ Competition Winner

FinnU Nursing students posing in front of the newly renovated Hirvonen College of Health Sciences

Finlandia University has been announced as the winner of the Yooper U’s Beat the Flu Competition. The inaugural “Fight the Flu” competition is hosted by the Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health to determine which of the four Upper Peninsula universities could get the highest percentage of its total population vaccinated against the flu. FinnU took the title for the 2020-21 academic year [...]

April 26, 2021

FinnU nursing students, faculty and alumni aid in fight against COVID

Nursing student David Carlson

While most people hunkered down in their homes last spring at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Finlandia nursing faculty began looking for opportunities to get students involved in the (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

“Everyone was excited to jump in and help, and that is just the role given and handed when we take this nursing career on,” said Professor of Nursing MarnieAnn Polkky

One of the bigger challenges to overcome was identifying a clinical opportunity [...]

February 16, 2021

Applications Open for 2021 Samuel L. Westerman Scholarship for Nursing

Update 2/25: The scholarship deadline has been extended to Wednesday, March 10. This article has been updated to reflect that change.

Nursing students heading into their junior or senior year with a GPA between 3.00 to 3.49 may be eligible for the Samuel L. Westerman Scholarship for Nursing. Application deadline for the scholarship is Thursday, March 10.

The amount of scholarships and money awarded will depend on the quantity and quality of applications. Students who want to be considered for renewal [...]

December 18, 2020

FinnU Nursing ranked a top program in Michigan by Nursing Schools Almanac for second straight year

Finlandia University’s nursing program was ranked a top program in Michigan for the second year in a row by Nursing Schools Almanac. Nursing Schools Almanac evaluated over 3,000 schools on the institution’s academic prestige and perceived value, the breadth and depth of nursing programs offered, and student success, particularly on the NCLEX licensure examination. From there, an overall score was applied and schools were ranked accordingly. FinnU came in at number 26 in the [...]

December 16, 2020

Finlandia University named a 2020 Best Online Christian College

Finlandia University is pleased to announce it has been ranked as a top 2020 Best Online Christian College by OnlineU. Finlandia ranks number eight out of the top 25 in the nation. FinnU’s only online bachelor’s degree option is the RN-BSN program, which has won numerous accolades over the years including being named a 2020 Top Online College in Michigan and 2019 Most Affordable College by SR Education, and Top Ranked Online RN-BSN Program by [...]

December 10, 2020

Melissa Helppi (’18, RN, BSN) Joins Finlandia’s Nursing Faculty

Melissa Helppi (’18, RN, BSN) recently joined Finlandia’s nursing faculty as an instructor. Helppi was the 2018 student representative for Finlandia and graduated Summa Laude from FinnU’s BSN program. She has been with the university since her graduation as a professional Nursing tutor, but has now joined the faculty. Her current duties include instructing the adult medical-surgical nursing course and clinical, and being a maternal-child clinical instructor.

“I am from all over,” said Helppi, about her childhood. “ [...]