Finlandia University has recently hired Melanie Thurmond as its College of Health Sciences Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program Director and Assistant Instructor.
Thurmond (’06) attained an associate’s degree from Finlandia’s PTA program and a bachelor’s degree from DeVry University in Finance. In addition, Thurmond holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Findlay, an opportunity provided by Finlandia’s graduate pathway toward the DPT program. Practicing as a PTA for nine years and as a DPT for six, Thurmond also [...]
Applications are now being accepted for the Portage Health Foundation Scholarship opportunity to Finlandia University students studying healthcare and coming from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga or Ontonagon counties. The scholarship can be awarded to the same person for up to four years.
The application deadline is July 16, 2021. This scholarship is open to returning and incoming FinnU students.
Diversity Dinner is a long-standing tradition at Finlandia that students, employees and community members alike enjoy annually. It’s a logistical feat that puts students in the kitchen, cooking up dishes from their heritage and culture that they can share with others. For the creator of the event, Leann Fogle, the challenge this year was how to continue the tradition while also mitigating the potential risk of COVID-19.
“This year, instead of preparing the meal themselves, we will ask Dining [...]
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“I just wanted to do more, and do it now.”
This was the sentiment shared by Ray Hirvonen in spring of 2018 when he pledged to support Finlandia’s health science programs with a gift of $1,000,000 to the Finlandia Fund. Together with other [...]
The Finlandia University College of Health Sciences is assisting in the fight against Covid-19 by donating supplies, usually reserved for class instruction, to local organizations. The CHS donated over 2800 gloves and 170 masks in addition to caps, gowns and hand sanitizer to Gardenview Assisted Living & Memory in Calumet as they work to protect their residents and staff.
“These supplies are so appreciative,” said Executive Director of Gardenview Adam Gill. “They will help us tremendously in continuing to [...]
It’s often said that less is more, and when it comes to homes one Finlandia University student found no exception. Justin Woolever, senior physical therapist assistant (PTA) major, took his future into his own hands and chose to build himself a home while attending Finlandia.
“My house is originally a 1973 Dodge Sportsman motorhome,” said Woolever. “A buddy of mine actually had the idea to turn it into a tiny house, instead of just a motorhome.”
The annual Portage Health Foundation Scholarship opportunity for Finlandia University students studying healthcare and coming from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga or Ontonagon counties is now accepting applications.
“Partnerships like this are part of what makes the Copper Country such an incredible place to live, learn and grow up in,” said Sandra Turnquist, Director of Student Financial Services, and herself a graduate of Calumet High School. “We will have at least two open scholarships in this program, which is unique in that [...]
Finlandia Fridays is feeling the love this week. Dubbed “Fin-LOVE-dia” Fridays for the Valentine’s Day special, students Tyler Kangas and Zuleiki Wight visited to share their “Fin-LOVE-dia” story.
Kangas is a senior nursing student from Manistique. Captain of the football team, Kangas is also a resident assistant (RA). Originally starting his college career at Northern Michigan, Kangas heard of FinnU’s nursing program and the new football team, which led to his transfer. Being a part of the [...]
Much like previously updated academic program pages, the physical therapist assistant program page is geared more toward incoming and prospective students. The updated page features videos highlighting the program from the perspective of faculty and alumni. There is also an emphasis placed on visuals throughout the page, showing visitors what to expect from the PTA program.
The completion of the physical therapist assistant [...]