Dr. Hilary-Joy Virtanen was honored as the Board of Trustees Distinguished Faculty Award recipient at the 2019 Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 5.
Dr. Virtanen, an assistant professor of Finnish & Nordic Studies, joined Finlandia’s Suomi College of Arts and Sciences in 2014. She teaches 12 courses including Cultural Anthropology, Finnish Language, Gender in Nordic Society and the Kalevala. She also chairs the Institutional Review Board.
“Being part of FinnU’s commencement is an annual source of joy to me,” [...]
Seniors Kaylor Holmstrom and Dana Pakulski recounted tales of their times as Paloheimo Fellows this week on Finlandia Fridays. The Paloheimo Fellowship is an opportunity for Finlandia students to study a topic in Finland for several weeks for little-to-no cost.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. You get to go and study in Finland with very minimal cost.” Dana Pakulski.
Unlike study abroad, the Paloheimo Fellowship requires students to choose an aspect of Finland to study and blog about. Pakulski, [...]
Paloheimo Fellows Class of 2018 from left: Gina Geliche, Dana Pakulski, Dr. Hilary-Joy Virtanen and Monica Freeman.
The Finnish & Nordic Studies Program at Finlandia University is pleased to announce the 2018 class of Paloheimo Fellows. The Paloheimo Fellows Program is a unique, competitive study-abroad program offered to students of any major at Finlandia University in which selected students follow a spring term course in anthropological field research methods combined with individualized research on aspects of Finnish [...]
Assistant professor of Finnish and Nordic studies, Dr. Hilary Virtanen dropped by Finlandia Fridays this past week to talk about her busy semester. Dr. Virtanen kicked off the academic year by attending FinnFest USA, which was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. One of the highlights of the festival this year included an appearance by the Finnish president and his wife. Dr. Virtanen gave a talk about Finnish-Americans traveling and the experience of going to and connecting to [...]
The Paloheimo Fellows Program, a competitive study abroad opportunity, is now taking applications for the Spring 2018 class. Paloheimo Fellows are a group of four Finlandia University students who travel to Finland with Assistant Professor of Finnish and Nordic Studies Dr. Hilary Virtanen to engage in field research on Finnish society and culture. Students are accepted from any and all majors, however students must be at least a junior in a four-year program or [...]
This week on Finlandia Fridays host Michael H. Babcock is taken on a reminiscent adventure as management and entrepreneurship student Schwartzen Jarmond looks back on international study opportunities presented through Finlandia University.
In May of 2015 Jarmond first traveled to Finland as a part of the Paloheimo Fellows Program and enjoyed it to the extent he had to go again. After working with Finlandia University he decided to study in Finland for an entire semester as an [...]
Schwartzen Jarmond (second from right) at the Näsinneula tower in Tampere, Finland with exchange students from the Czech Republic and France.
After visiting Finland in May of 2015 as part of the Paloheimo Fellows Program, Schwartzen Jarmond decided he enjoyed it so much he would like to return someday. That opportunity came when he decided to spend the fall 2016 semester as an exchange student at the JAMK University of Applied Sciences in Jyväskylä. The city of [...]
On this installment of Finlandia Fridays special guest Dr. Hilary Virtanen discusses the Paloheimo Fellows Program with host Michael H. Babcock. This program offers a unique and special experience that allows four lucky Finlandia students (of any major) the opportunity to study abroad in Tampere, Finland. This program runs for three weeks every May and is guided by Finnish expert Dr. Virtanen. In Finland students will gain knowledge on social scientific techniques to observe and analyze the [...]
The Paloheimo Fellows Program, a competitive study abroad opportunity, is now taking applications for the Spring 2017 class. Paloheimo Fellows are a group of four Finlandia University students who travel to Finland with Assistant Professor of Finnish and Nordic Studies Dr. Hilary Virtanen to engage in field research on Finnish society and culture. Students are accepted from any and all majors, however students must be at least a junior in a four-year program or in their final year of a [...]