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Football Check-in 2022
August 23, 2022

Everything you need to know about First Year Experience 2022

Finlandia is excited to welcome its new incoming students to the Finlandia First Year Experience!

The Finlandia First Year Experience is designed to introduce incoming students to Finlandia and provide the academic and social tools they need to succeed in their undergraduate education.

The First Year Experience program is delivered in three sections:

Pre-Arrival Orientation is provided remotely prior to student arrival on campus. This session introduces students to Finlandia’s academic, registration, communications, and career support systems. Students will also complete their CliftonStrengths [...]

Hoover Center
July 28, 2022

Preserving History: Old Main and Hoover Center

In 1899, more than 2,000 people gathered at the site of Suomi College’s first building to witness and take part in the laying of the cornerstone. 123 years later, Finlandia University once again welcomes its community from near and far to be a part of history.

Join us on Saturday, July 30 as we paint the Hoover Center and restore a handful of Old Main’s most timeworn sandstones. Stop by for a little while, or the whole day, but don’t miss [...]

President Tim Pinnow & Riku the Lion
July 21, 2022

Canal Run 2022 | Photo Gallery

On July 16, President Tim Pinnow joined Finlandia University faculty, staff, and even Riku the Lion, for a day of volunteering at the 47th Annual Canal Run. FinnU volunteers helped out by assisting at the various water stops, handing out awards at the finish line and guiding participants.

We hope you enjoy a few of our favorite moments from the 2022 Canal Run and we can’t wait to see you again next year!

Deb Paver Headshot Photo
July 20, 2022

Paver joins FinnU as new Social Media Specialist

Deb Paver has joined Finlandia’s Marketing & Communications Department as the University’s new Social Media Specialist. While higher education is a fresh industry for her, marketing and social media have been her realm of work for the past five years. Along with previous photo, design and marketing freelance work, Paver most recently served as marketing manager for a brewery near her hometown of Grand Rapids.

She lived alongside the Flying Dutchmen at Hope College while studying for her undergrad, receiving a [...]

Michael Weathers Board of Trustees
July 18, 2022

Weathers (‘83) joins Board of Trustees

Michael Weathers (‘83) of Jacksonville, Fla. has joined Finlandia University’s Board of Trustees after being sworn in at the Board’s May 2022 meeting.

Weathers is the finance & legal manager of the firm Bankruptcy Auto Advisors, LLC in Jacksonville. According to a company press release, “His vast experience, success and unique leadership with over 20+ years experience in the Credit, Finance and Legal arena, along with his partnerships with Lenders and Attorneys allows for unmatched opportunities for our clients. He believes [...]

Parade of Nations 2022 Logo
July 12, 2022

Foreign exchange student designs winning Parade of Nations logo

Chiara Rapacci, a 17-year-old junior at Baraga High School, won this year’s Parade of Nations logo contest. Her design will be the official logo of the 2022 Parade of Nations, printed on T-shirts, flyers and other materials.

Rapacci is an exchange student from Italy, sponsored by International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES), a nonprofit international high school student exchange program. Her logo illustrates this year’s theme: The World is One.

The Parade of Nations will [...]

Philip Johnson
June 30, 2022

Johnson wraps up 15 years as Finlandia president

As 15 years in the president’s office at Finlandia University draw to a close, Dr. Philip Johnson will remember most the times his job took him elsewhere on campus.

“The most rewarding aspects of my work are those that take me away from my desk,” he said, “(such as) having lunch with students and asking them to give me ‘the good, the bad, and the ugly’; sitting with parents and grandparents to cheer on their student … mingling with students, community [...]

Philip Johnson 125th Anniversary Banquet
June 28, 2022

‘Semper Reformanda’: Johnson makes final address at 125th Anniversary celebration

After 15 years in office, Dr. Philip Johnson made his final address as President of Finlandia University on June 23, 2022. In the celebratory conclusion of Finlandia’s 125th Anniversary, patrons gathered in Martha Wiljanen Hall to reflect on FinnU’s past while boldly imagining its future.

“Semper reformanda; always reforming,” Johnson said. “As I think about our 125 years, if there is a single thread that weaves its way through our story here at Suomi College, Finlandia University, it’s this idea of [...]

Parade of Nations 2021
June 22, 2022

Parade of Nations announced for September 17

The Parade of Nations has chosen a theme for its 2022 event that is extremely appropriate for the times we live in: The World is One

This year’s Parade of Nations will take place on September 17. International food returns this year, with international student organizations offering the cuisine of their countries. Food will be available for take-out only, at the Dee Stadium in Houghton.

The Parade of Nations is an annual celebration of the multiculturalism of our community.

Student and community organizations [...]