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October 15, 2021

Dean of Enrollment talks 60 in 60 on Finlandia Fridays

Dean of Enrollment Anthony Schwass joins Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about the admissions team’s new campaign, 60 in 60.

“There are roughly 60 high schools and career technical education centers, or CTE’s, in the U.P. and we’re planning on visiting them all in 60 days,” Schwass said. “We aren’t just popping in once and not coming back until the next year. Our plan is really to build the relationships we have with these local schools into true partnerships.”

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October 1, 2021

Fulbright Scholar Samuli Korkalainen joins Finlandia Fridays

Visiting from Finland and hosted by Finlandia’s Finnish & Nordic Studies program, Doctor of Music Samuli Korkalainen joins Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about his experience in the Keweenaw and the reason for his visit to the Upper Peninsula. Known by most as Samppa, Korkalainen was visiting the university as a post-doctoral Fulbright Scholar while conducting research at the Finnish American Archives. What brings Korkalainen all the way to Finlandia? Spiritual music in Finnish American communities from the 1860’s [...]

September 17, 2021

Finlandia Fridays hosts Nick Kwiek to talk Parade of Nations and TRIO SSS

Nick Kwiek, Career Coach with TRIO Student Support Services at Finlandia University, joined Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about the Parade of Nations, a multicultural festival celebrated in the cities of Hancock and Houghton. Kwiek talks about the change in programming and route of this year’s parade and shares information on how students, employees and community members can get involved. The conversation opens with Kwiek discussing the role of TRIO Student Support Services at Finlandia University and then dives [...]

September 10, 2021

President Johnson introduces 125th Anniversary on Finlandia Fridays

President Philip Johnson joins Finlandia Fridays this week to introduce the institution’s upcoming 125th Anniversary celebrations planned for December 3, 4 and 5. Johnson also details the significance of the ceremonial event held this week on September 8 in front of Old Main. For our new listeners, Johnson shares the history of Old Main as well. Don’t wait to listen to the full episode below!

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September 3, 2021

Finlandia Fridays with Pastor Sarah Semmler Smith

This week on Finlandia Fridays, campus Pastor Sarah Semmler Smith joins Season 6 host, Jordan Shawhan, to speak about all that is happening this fall at the Chapel of St. Matthew. Semmler Smith talks about the resources, both spiritual and tangible, that she and St. Matt’s can provide as well as the ways for students to get involved or reach out to her anytime they are in need.

“In some ways, you can think of me as the spiritual support animal of [...]

August 27, 2021

Finlandia Fridays welcomes senior Nursing student Malone Hiebert for Fall 2021 Welcome Week

Finlandia Fridays starts Season 6 by interviewing highly involved senior nursing student Malone Hiebert. She is an RA, orientation leader, student ambassador, Sisu leader, volleyball player, softball player, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society senior advisor and a member of the Academic Families for Nursing program. Listen to the episode to learn more about Malone and Welcome Week at Finlandia for Fall 2021.

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April 23, 2021

Finlandia Fridays finds a new host

Season 5 of Finlandia Fridays came to a close with a major announcement: Finlandia’s new Director of Marketing and Communications, Jordan Shawhan, will take over the role of host for next season.

Shawhan steps into host Olivia Myers’ role for Season 6, which will premier in August 2021. In the episode, Shawhan talks about his ties to the area, the career move he made from insurance to higher ed, and what he’s looking forward to in his new role.

“Higher education, I’ve [...]

April 9, 2021

Ceramics Major, Ramona Kuhn, named 2021 Student Representative

With graduation less than a month away, the Class of 2021 Student Representative, Ramona Kuhn, caught up with host Olivia Myers to talk about her time at Finlandia.

Kuhn, originally from St. Cloud, Minn. will be earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics. Kuhn can remember the exact moment she realized she wanted to pursue a career in art.

“I remember the first time when I touched clay and took a clay workshop as a kid was when I was [...]

March 26, 2021

Finlandia Fridays Welcomes FinnU Overview to Finlandia Podcast Network

This week on Finlandia Fridays, International School of Business students Jakob Vettori (Marketing) and Joseph Watson (Accounting) talk about their new student-run podcast, FinnU Overview.

Vettori and Watson talk about how a business class project led to this exciting opportunity to be featured on the official Finlandia University Podcast Network after being discovered by Finlandia Fridays host, Olivia Myers. The pair, who are both originally from Hancock, hope the new student-run podcast will provide insight into [...]

March 19, 2021

Reflecting on one year with COVID-19

Finlandia’s Dean of Students, Erin Barnett, joined Finlandia Fridays host Olivia Myers this week to reflect on Finlandia’s year with COVID-19 and what the future has in store for the university.

“One thing I’ve learned is that we’re all so much more resilient than maybe we thought when all this started,” said Barnett. “We learned a lot during the fall semester about communication about masking, social distancing, how to set up our classrooms, teach online and learn online. Going into [...]

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