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Tag Archive: New Hires

January 14, 2019

Meet Finlandia’s Online Education Leader, Dr. Michelle Rauch

Finlandia University is pleased to welcome Dr. Michelle Rauch as its new Director of Innovative and Online Learning.

“I am extremely happy Dr. Rauch is part of our academic team,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Fredi de Yampert. “As we move further into the world of online education, Dr. Rauch’s wealth of online teaching and instructional design experience will no doubt prove invaluable to the campus community. Her enthusiasm for working with faculty to ensure their success in [...]

November 18, 2018

Devin O’Neill joins marketing and communications staff at Finlandia University

The marketing and communications office at Finlandia University welcomed Devin O’Neill to its team this fall as the new Marketing Coordinator.

“We’re beyond excited about what Devin brings to the team,” Director of Marketing & Communications Michael H. Babcock said. “He brings in the kind of upbeat attitude and can-do work ethic that we need to continue progress in our marketing and communications efforts.”

O’Neill comes to Finlandia after completing internships at AFC Ann Arbor, USA Hockey and IHA [...]

November 9, 2018

Finlandia nursing welcomes back Assistant Professor Cindy Blake, NP

Finlandia University is pleased to welcome Cindy Blake, NP, to its nursing faculty as an assistant professor. Blake previously worked at Finlandia as an assistant professor of nursing from 2002 to 2005.

“It is wonderful to have Cindy back with our nursing program,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Fredi de Yampert. “I’ve known and worked with Cindy for years. The students will benefit greatly from her vast nursing experiences and caring personality. She will be an asset to [...]

September 26, 2018

Lisa Johnson joins Academic and Student Affairs staff

Finlandia University is pleased to welcome Lisa Johnson to the position of Administrative Assistant for Academic and Student Affairs. In her new role, Johnson will work closely with both the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the university’s Dean of Students & Enrollment.

“I am so excited that Lisa has joined our Academic and Student Affairs team this year,” said Dr. Fredi DeYampert, VP Academic Affairs. “Lisa brings an energy and positive spirit to everything she does and everyone [...]

September 21, 2018

Cat Fuller makes the move to the Copper Country to spearhead Global Initiatives at Finlandia

Finlandia University is excited to welcome Cathleen (Cat) Fuller to the newly established role of Director of Global Initiatives. The new role is an expansion upon Finlandia’s growing international presence.

“Cat embodies the expertise and leadership needed to successfully foster Finlandia’s emerging international strategic plan,” said Erin Barnett, Dean of Students & Enrollment. “Her global connections and relationships with colleagues in international higher education are invaluable.  With travel planned this fall to the Netherlands, China and Finland, her passport will be well [...]

Laura Sieders
August 17, 2018

Laura Sieders promoted to Instructor of Accounting

Laura Sieders never planned on becoming a college instructor. The Calumet native moved to Washington D.C. shortly after graduating from Michigan Tech with her bachelor’s in business administration and a focus in accounting. Starting this fall, she’s a full-time faculty member at Finlandia University in the role of Instructor of Accounting.

“One of the great things about accounting is you can work in any sector you want to because every business needs someone counting their money and analyzing the data,” said [...]

Briana Gorman
August 1, 2018

Briana Gorman makes move from Chicago startup to Finlandia University

Finlandia University welcomed Digital Media Specialist Briana Gorman to the family this spring as the southern Illinois native moved from a position at gift card startup Raise to the university’s recently expanded marketing and communications department.

“We’re incredibly excited about the experience, talent, drive and upbeat attitude she is bringing to our campus,” said Michael H. Babcock, Director of Marketing & Communications. “She’s been a great asset to us as we plan for the 2018-19 academic [...]

March 16, 2018

Rutkowski accepts Academic Career Coach position at Finlandia

Finlandia University has welcomed Marquette-native Sophie Rutkowski to the position of Academic/Career Coach in the TRIO Student Support Services office. Rutkowski has a Master’s Degree in Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, both earned with nearly a perfect grade point average from Michigan State University.

“I love to help people succeed when they might think they cannot,” Rutkowski said. “At times I struggled at Michigan State, and I know [...]

December 15, 2017

TRIO Pre-College Programs welcomes three key staffers

Emily Cibulka, Brian Irizarry and Catherine Jordan join college and career-access focused program at Finlandia University

The first six months on the job have been a busy one for TRIO Pre-College Programs Director Dave Kamrad. In addition to taking on his new role leading the annual TRIO Upward Bound summer program, Kamrad was charged with bringing in three new staff members to key roles. Late in summer he had completed the process, bringing in highly qualified [...]

October 20, 2017

Psychology program welcomes Kamara Taylor

Teaching Excellence Award winner making a difference at FinnU

Finlandia University’s psychology department welcomed award-winning professor Kamara Taylor to begin the 2017-18 academic year. Taylor arrived at Finlandia after three years at Illinois Central College, where she earned the Teaching Excellence Award and Faculty Fellowship.

“Coming to Finlandia from a community college has been a natural move, as I wanted to be at a college that was teaching and relationship focused,” Taylor said. “Being in this role [...]

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