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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 [...]

joan treppa alumni
August 6, 2019

Award-winning author Joan Treppa (’83) talks true crime on Leading the Pride

Leading the Pride is back for a second season this month and kicking things off with author Joan Treppa (’83). Treppa, who studied Human Services and is originally from Laurium, is an award-winning author of the true crime book Reclaiming Lives: Pursuing Justice for Six Innocent Men, which details the Monfils 6 case and six men who were wrongfully convicted of murdering their coworker at a Wisconsin paper mill in the 1990s. [...]

Brigitte LaPointe Leading the Pride
July 3, 2019

PTA alumna, Brigitte LaPointe (’07), talks career success, sports on Leading the Pride

Leading the Pride is back and talking with Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Brigitte LaPointe (’07). LaPointe is originally from Baraga where she grew up in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. She ultimately came to Finlandia to study in the Physical Therapist Assistant program and play for the women’s basketball team.

Following her passion for health and wellness, LaPointe also serves on the

June 5, 2019

Digital Artist Ashlee Kranz (’16) talks freelancing as a career on Leading the Pride

Leading the Pride continues in the month of June by talking with Digital Arts and Animation major, Ashlee Kranz (’16). Kranz is a freelance digital and graphic artist at her own company, Dream Chaser Studios in Goodman, WI. She has recently been involved with the movie series, Northbound, which is filmed in the UP.

Listen as host Olivia Myers and Kranz talk about freelancing as a career choice, the lessons she’s learned from martial arts, and the offers artists [...]

Lukas 2
May 1, 2019

Leading the Pride talks hockey, career success with Alumnus Lukas Alberer (’08)

Leading the Pride continues this month by talking with Austrian Lukas Alberer (’08). Alberer, a Sports Management major and former hockey player for the Lions, currently works at Johnson & Johnson-Ethicon in Austria as a Business Development Manager.

Listen as host Olivia Myers and Alberer talk about his decision to move to the United States to play hockey, the struggle of losing one’s identity as an athlete after college [...]

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 [...]

April 3, 2019

Owner of This is Folklore Hat Co. John Fish (’10) featured on Leading the Pride

Leading the Pride continues this month by talking with International School of Art and Design alumnus, John Fish (’10). Fish, originally from Iron River, MI, came to Finlandia as a graphic design major to learn how to apply graphics to skateboards. During his time at Finlandia, he spent a large amount of time in the fiber studio and wood shop because he enjoyed building and working with his hands. Having graduated in the midst of a recession, Fish [...]

March 7, 2019

Leading the Pride features Darlene King (’90), Executive Director for the Michigan Diversity Council

Finlandia’s alumni podcast Leading the Pride is back this month with the Executive Director of the Michigan Diversity Council, Darlene King (’90). Having grown up downstate in a predominately black community with ambitions of attending a historically black college, King’s parents insisted she attend Suomi College in an effort to expose her to a different culture. King recalls begging to come home in the first few weeks of class, but ultimately dove into the [...]

Clem Papineau
February 5, 2019

Leading the Pride Episode 5 Part 2 – Clem Papineau

Leading the Pride is back with Part 2 of Clem Papineau’s story. In Part 1, Papineau discussed his career in the military and law enforcement and his current job as a Cold Case Homicide Detective with Little Rock, Arkansas Police. Papineau attended Suomi College in the mid-70’s but transferred after his first year; a choice he says he’s always regretted.

Papineau continues talking about how the next generation of detectives are being trained, what it’s like working with families [...]

Leading the Pride
February 1, 2019

Alumni & Friends Newsletter features Four New Year’s Resolutions for Alumni, new Leading the Pride

On Friday the latest Alumni and Friends Email Newsletter was sent out to those subscribed to the monthly newsletter. You can view the entire newsletter here. If you’re interested in subscribing to the newsletter, visit finlandia.edu/alumni.

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Feature Stories

These stories were featured in the Feb. 1, 2019 Alumni and Friends Newsletter.

4 New Year’s Resolutions Alumni should make in 2019 Leading the Pride Solves Crimes with Detective Clem Papineau Alumni Spotlight Yana Dee [Video] Kathleen [...]