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Tag Archive: Finlandia Lions

Jesper Hagelberg
January 2, 2023

Exchange Student Spotlight: Jesper Hagelberg, Business College Helsinki

International partnership offers unique experience in return of study abroad programs

Taking advantage of a student-exchange program between Business College Helsinki and Finlandia University, Jesper Hagelberg set off to Hancock, MI, from Finland in the fall of 2022 with an opportunity to compete in NCAA DIII athletics while expanding the boundaries of his education.

An opportunity afforded by one of Finlandia University’s eight international partnerships with colleges and universities around the world, Hagelberg earned credit toward [...]

Tim Pinnow
July 19, 2022

Pinnow’s presidency begins

The 17th President of Finlandia University, Tim Pinnow, has spent his first two weeks in office focusing on the things that matter the most – community. 

On his first day, Pinnow welcomed University faculty and staff to a morning reception at the Hoover Center.

“One of the things that I would like to base this presidency on is a sense that all of us contribute to the success of Finlandia University,” Pinnow said. “I will be holding open office hours every week [...]

Finlandia Esports Valorant National Champions
June 6, 2022

Esports win 2022 Valorant National Championship

It was a dominating performance as the Finlandia University Esports team for Valorant (9-7) beat British Columbia Marine (14-1) 3-0 (13-3, 13-7, 13-2) for the NECC National Championship in the Navigators Division.

This is the first national championship for the Esports program, which finished their second season.  It’s the third national title for Lions athletics, the first in 18 years.

BRITISH COLUMBIA (MARINE) (14-1) – W, 2-0

Game 1 Dominic “MrGuy” Barrette led the way early on for Finlandia, taking the early rounds in [...]

esports
May 16, 2022

Finlandia Esports advance to quarterfinals in NECC Rocket League National Tournament

Finlandia University’s Esports Rocket League team has advanced to the quarterfinals of the NECC National Tournament after going 2-1 in the qualifying round of the double-elimination tournament. At 3 p.m. today, May 16, FinnU will open quarterfinal play against GFU Academy. The winning team will advance to the semifinals held tonight at 6 p.m.

“Yesterday, I think we really came together as a group and I think we did a great job as a team to qualify for today,” Rocket League [...]

Tony Skiles
April 19, 2022

Finlandia names head coach for revival of Lions Cross Country

Finlandia University will be adding to its slate of intercollegiate athletic programs this fall. Hired to lead the resurgence of Lions Cross Country in its first season since 2018 is Head Coach Tony Skiles. 

Announcing the return of Lions Cross Country and Skiles as head coach was Athletic Director Curtis Wittenberg:

We are excited to announce Tony as our new head cross country coach and we look forward to introducing him to our community. He brings immense passion and energy for [...]

Annette Sawadogo
February 16, 2022

Sawadogo joins Copper Country Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors

Finlandia University is pleased to announce Annette Sawadogo’s recent election to the Copper Country Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. Sawadogo, Finlandia’s Assistant Dean of Students for Residence Life & Campus Safety, started her six-year term in January.

“I am looking forward to working with a great group of people with a common goal to serve others in our community,” Sawadogo said. “I am happy that I will be able to be a part of something that gives people [...]

Esports Arena
January 17, 2022

Bridge Feature: Hirvonen Hall provides new Esports arena

Instructional renovations at Hirvonen Hall have provided Finlandia’s Esports program with a new state-of-the-art arena. With well over 20 active players, the new space includes 14 top-of-the-line personal computers, 4k TVs, numerous consoles, a VR machine and a green screen streaming studio. Opening their doors for Finlandia students, their family and friends to enjoy the new equipment, Esports hosts open houses on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to midnight and Sundays 1 to 7 p.m.

Head Coach Lincoln Sorensen is [...]

December 4, 2020

Goodman, Gonzalez talk fall esports success, announce new arena

ECAC Fall FIFA finalist, Chelan Gonzalez, and Esports Coach, Thomas Goodman, called into Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about the team’s success in their first season, how they managed to play through COVID restrictions and what they’re looking forward to in 2021 with their new arena.

Gonzalez, a sophomore Psychology major from Tecumseh, Mich. was recruited by Goodman through the men’s soccer program. As the fall sports teams weren’t allowed to compete due to COVID-19, [...]

Marko Luoma
September 5, 2019

Finnish Exchange Alum, Marko Luoma (’03), talks International Business on Leading the Pride

Leading the Pride is back this month with businessman, Marko Luoma (’03). Luoma was a Finnish exchange student at Finlandia in the early 2000s and played hockey for the Lions. After spending several years working in the business sector, Luoma and his siblings decided to start their own business called Xport, which focuses on helping businesses break into new international markets.

Listen as host Olivia Myers and Luoma talk about hockey, the business world and why Luoma was in Hancock, MI [...]

Pre Graduation List
April 30, 2019

Ten Things to do Before Graduation

The countdown to graduation is on at FinnU. For seniors looking to make some final memories before they receive their degree, check out the list that has been compiled below:

Visit Brockway Mountain

Located between Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor, Brockway is a prime photo destination with views of the Keweenaw and Lake Superior. For those willing to make the drive, plug “Brockway Mountain Drive” into your GPS and grab your camera.

Hit up a Lion’s softball game

Conference champs two years running, support [...]