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Sharon Franklin-Rahkonen, Ph.D.
January 23, 2023

Franklin-Rahkonen named new chair of Finnish Council of America

Dr. Sharon Franklin-Rahkonen has been named the new leader of the Finnish Council of America at Finlandia University. Franklin-Rahkonen will serve as council chair, a position previously held by John Niska, who will now lead outreach on behalf of the organization.

After serving on the council’s board for many years and as secretary on its executive committee, Franklin-Rahkonen shared appreciation and insight into the council’s initiatives moving forward.

“I am very pleased to be asked to head the Finnish Council. We look [...]

THE BRIDGE 2022 Cover
December 8, 2022

Latest edition of the Bridge in mailboxes now!

Finlandia University’s annual donor magazine is in mailboxes now.

This year’s edition will introduce you to Finlandia President Tim Pinnow and his Executive Management Team. Inside, you’ll find a recap of the latest news from around campus, including stories from students and alumni. Don’t forget to check out our featured spotlight on the Price of Freedom Museum, the largest collection of Finnish War memorabilia in North America recently donated to the FAHC.

The Bridge is published periodically, and you can find a [...]

Finnish Independence Day Celebration 2021
November 29, 2022

Finland’s Independence to be celebrated at Finlandia University

One of the Copper Country’s longest-standing cultural traditions will continue at Finlandia University on the evening of Tuesday, December 6, when the Finnish-founded school hosts its annual celebration of Finland’s Independence Day. The university has commemorated the establishment of the Republic of Finland each year since Finland achieved independence in 1917.

The public is invited to the event, which gets under way at 6 p.m. at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center. The evening’s schedule includes performances by the Kivajat Dancers [...]

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 [...]