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July 5, 2019

A Tradition Rooted In Service

On a snowy Monday in early January you’ll find students and staff of Finlandia University forgoing the traditional classroom in favor of community outreach and service to honor a man who had a dream.

As a Baptist minister who saw no separation between faith and social activism, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the trajectory of civil rights in the United States. To honor his legacy, classes are suspended for the day so that Finlandia students, staff, alumni and friends of [...]

June 5, 2019

Finlandia University Awarded Grant to Launch Center for Vocation and Career Development

Finlandia University students are set to see an upgrade to their job-seeking skills as the university has received the $25,000 NetVUE Vocation across the Academy Grant from the Council of Independent Colleges to launch a Center for Vocation and Career Development.

“The Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) has a membership of over 200 universities and colleges, and the membership is growing each year,” said Dr. Rene Johnson, Director of Servant Leadership and Assistant Professor [...]

February 20, 2019

Soup and Salad fundraiser for Service and Learning in Tanzania returns March 2

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock is set to host the annual Soup and Salad Lunch as well as the silent auction fundraiser for this year’s Service and Learning in Tanzania experience for Finlandia University students.

“While a three-week experience of serving and learning in Tanzania is priceless, the actual cost of $3,000 is not always affordable for students,” said Dr. René Johnson, Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy and Director of Servant Leadership. “Students are responsible for $2,000 [...]

February 19, 2019

Servant Leadership House applications are now open for 2019-20

Female students with at least a 3.0 GPA are invited to apply to live in the Servant Leadership House next school year. The Servant Leadership House is a unique living and learning community for female students who are committed to personal growth and servant leadership as a means of building a vibrant and caring community. Hear from two of the current leadership house occupants as they discuss the benefits and experience living in the house here.

Applications are due [...]

Levi Grannis and Hannah Scott-Moore Finlandia Fridays
April 20, 2018

Senior art students Levi Grannis and Hannah Scott-Moore discuss upcoming Diploma Works Exhibition

Levi Grannis and Hannah Scott-Moore dropped by Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about the annual Diploma Works Exhibition. Both students are graduating from the International School for Art + Design (ISAD). The exhibition highlights work from the graduating class. This year 10 seniors will have work on display. 

Grannis will be graduating with a degree in intermedia, allowing Grannis “to not strictly use just one type of media, I get to use all of them for further creative [...]

February 13, 2018

Students seeking community support for trip to Tanzania

Soup, Salad and Silent Auction to take place Saturday

Studying abroad is an amazing experience for most students, but for those FinnU students lucky enough to participate in the Service & Learning in Tanzania Experience, it’s a whole different animal. Many of these students spend years planning out how they can make it happen, and on Saturday, February 17 those students are seeking your support as they host a Soup & Salad Lunch and Silent Auction from 11 a.m. to [...]

Christina Krider and Rene Johnson Finlandia Fridays
February 9, 2018

Service Learning in Tanzania with Christina Krider and René Johnson

Finlandia Fridays received a taste of Africa this week when René Johnson and Christina Krider came to talk about Service and Learning in Tanzania.

Krider is originally from North Carolina and is a senior in the nursing program. Hearing about Finlandia through softball, Krider played for two years and decided to focus on her demanding studies in the nursing program.  With her countdown set and only four months until graduation, Krider stated that she “can see the light,” and is [...]

Gina Geliche and Monica Freeman
November 3, 2017

Gina Geliche and Monica Freeman talk Servant Leadership House and It’s On Us events

Finlandia Fridays had its first interview with two guests this season when students Gina Geliche and Monica Freeman stopped by to talk about the Servant Leadership House. The Servant Leadership House is a unique living opportunity for young women on campus. Geliche is in her fourth year in the house, being a member since the inception. Geliche said the experience has been “wonderful, there’s been a lot of involvement with the campus and the community. There’s been a lot [...]

August 3, 2017

Finlandia expanding community enrichment offerings

This fall Finlandia University is introducing two new community enrichment courses, “The Gospel of Luke: Then and Now” and “Spiritual Information in Everyday Living.” The courses will begin September 11 and will last eight weeks. Registration is currently open.

“We hope these classes attract adult learners who are open to new ways of thinking, curious about life’s bigger questions and thrive on conversation and dialogue,” President Philip Johnson said. “These classes will be highly interactive, intellectually stimulating and just plain [...]

August 1, 2017

Finlandia Success: Lynnette Hokenson ‘15

This month’s Finlandia University alumni success story is focusing on Lynnette Hokenson – a graduate of Finlandia University’s nursing program. Hokenson is now working at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Arizona. She serves in the Oncology and Renal Unit there. In this question-and-answer session, she talks about her experience as a nursing student and NCAA Division III athlete at Finlandia, and what life is like as a nurse in an area where most of her patients speak a language [...]