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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 [...]

March 12, 2021

Finlandia Fridays dishes on Diversity Dinner Week

Diversity Dinner is a long-standing tradition at Finlandia that students, employees and community members alike enjoy annually. It’s a logistical feat that puts students in the kitchen, cooking up dishes from their heritage and culture that they can share with others. For the creator of the event, Leann Fogle, the challenge this year was how to continue the tradition while also mitigating the potential risk of COVID-19.

“This year, instead of preparing the meal themselves, we will ask Dining [...]

March 5, 2021

Maki Library offers more than books for students

It’s a place most students will visit more than once in their college career – the library. While Finlandia’s Maki Library houses thousands of books and provides a great space to study, there’s more than meets the eye. Assistant Librarian Dana Pakulski stopped by Finlandia Fridays this week to do a deeper dive into what the Maki Library has to offer students.

“A lot of public libraries have programming and build a community, and that has become a huge [...]

February 26, 2021

Finlandia Fridays Dives Into the Finlandia Gallery ISAD Faculty Exhibit

Mornings, 2021, Adobe Illustrator by Tom Adolphs

The International School of Art & Design 2021 Faculty Exhibit is on display now at the Finlandia University Gallery. Gallery Director Carrie Flaspohler joined Olivia Myers on Finlandia Fridays to talk about the exhibit and upcoming artist reception.

Retired professor Phyllis Fredendall showcasing her pieces that are in the exhibit

Recent works by full-time, adjunct and emeritus faculty representing a diverse range of media and concepts will be on display. [...]

February 19, 2021

The Seaton Center for Vocation & Career is officially open

It’s a moment campus has been waiting for since the news originally broke in 2019. The Seaton Center for Vocation & Career is officially open and housed in Nikander 15. While there are still some furniture pieces coming in and decorating to be completed, the CVC is now offering services and appointment to students.

Director of Career Services Emma Dorst stopped by Finlandia Fridays to talk about the official launch of the CVC, what services students can take [...]

February 12, 2021

TRIO STEAM Saturdays pilot program tackles social justice for high schoolers

TRIO Pre-College programs Online Advisor Kailee Laplander stopped by Finlandia Fridays to discuss a new pilot program that 10 lucky western UP high schoolers will be a part of this spring semester. The STEAM Saturdays program focuses on connecting students from across the country who are interested in social justice and careers and STEAM in a monthly e-meeting. The program will be piloted with 20 TRIO Pre-College programs from across the country and give students the [...]

February 5, 2021

Dr. Jason Oyadomari talks about new MSW pathway with NMU on Finlandia Fridays

This week on Finlandia Fridays, Dean of the Suomi College of Arts & Sciences Dr. Jason Oyadomari talked about the new articulation agreement between FinnU and Northern Michigan University that will provide a clear pathway for students interested in pursing a Master’s of Social Work degree.

“We developed this partnership so that any students in those Psychology, Sociology or Criminal Justice majors can then qualify for what we’re calling the Early Assurance Program into [...]