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September 30, 2021

Dowling joins as PTA Instructor for College of Health Sciences

Alumna Sami Dowling (‘10)  joined Finlandia’s Hirvonen College of Health Sciences this fall as an instructor for the university’s Physical Therapist Assistant program. Dowling has 11 years of licensed clinical experience and many more years of observation.

“Being able to come back and work at the institute that gave me so much as a student is such a powerful feeling. I feel like I now get to give back to the University and new students. I bring knowledge and [...]

August 19, 2021

Meet your Fall 2021 Orientation Leaders

Finlandia is excited to introduce its Fall 2021 Orientation Leaders. On-Campus Orientation is a series of in-person events and activities that will introduce students to the Finlandia campus and community. Each new student will be assigned to an orientation group or “flock”, named after a bird species that is present in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Each flock will have a different orientation schedule, which will be provided to students after they arrive on campus. We encourage students to ask questions and [...]

July 30, 2021

Finlandia hires new PTA Program Director

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 [...]

March 12, 2021

Finlandia Fridays dishes on Diversity Dinner Week

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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June 23, 2020

New College of Health Sciences building renovations to be completed for Fall 2020

The former Hancock High School (featured pre-renovation) will be the new location for FinnU’s College of Health Sciences beginning in Fall 2020.

Finlandia’s College of Health Sciences will have a new home in time for the Fall 2020 semester. After nearly a decade, renovations on the old Hancock High School building on Quincy Street finally commenced at the beginning of the year. After a slight delay due to the Covid-19 outbreak, construction has resumed this summer and the [...]

April 1, 2020

College of Health Sciences Donates PPE to Local Organization for Covid-19 Efforts

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 [...]

Justin Woolever Builds Home
July 12, 2019

From Motorhome to Tiny Home

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.”

Woolever, a transfer student from [...]

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

October 28, 2016

Finlandia Fridays dives into PTA program

This week on Finlandia Fridays host Michael H. Babcock discusses the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program offered at Finlandia University with soon-to-be graduate Devin Smith. In this installment of Finlandia Fridays, Smith outlines his personal experiences here at Finlandia University and during his time in the PTA program. Smith touches on topics including his first experiences at Finlandia, his personal involvement in the PTA program and the PTA Club – including Saturday’s Soup for Sneakers event at the Finnish American [...]

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