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August 20, 2019

Finnish ties grow stronger with Administrative Assistant Natalia Borgen

Finlandia University is pleased to welcome Natalia Borgen to the FinnU family. Borgen is serving as the Administrative Assistant for Suomi College of Arts & Sciences (SCAS) and International School of Business (ISB).

Originally from Helsinki, Finland, Borgen came to Finlandia as an exchange student in 2013. As a student from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences she studied in an international degree program for multilingual administrative assistants. After getting [...]

May 25, 2019

Dr. Hilary-Joy Virtanen Named 2019 Recipient of Board of Trustees Distinguished Faculty Award

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,” [...]

April 22, 2019

Suomi College of Arts & Sciences Invites All to Senior Capstone Presentations

The time of year has come for Finlandia University seniors to begin wrapping up their studies, and begin to think about the future. Suomi College of Arts & Sciences (SCAS) seniors will be presenting on their capstones Thursday, May 2 in Wargelin Hall in Classroom 303.

SCAS Capstones are projects theorized, researched, completed and presented upon by senior students here at FinnU. For the last few years, Finlandia has opened its doors and welcomed anyone to come for the presentations.

The college [...]

Dan Weldon, Sociology ('17)
February 6, 2019

J.P. Morgan Manager and Recent Grad, Dan Weldon (’17), Makes a Case for Liberal Arts

Dan Weldon (‘17) is an ambitious man. As a Regulatory Controls Manager at J.P. Morgan in Chicago, he is showing that a degree in sociology can be beneficial in the business world.

Weldon, originally from northern Chicago, transferred to Finlandia University after spending two years majoring in business at the University of Pittsburgh.

“I started off my undergrad feeling influenced to major in business, but I didn’t like it,” said [...]

January 7, 2019

Finlandia University announces Beihai University of Art & Design as first sister school in Asia

Finlandia University is proud to announce further growth to an already fruitful relationship with Beihai College of Arts and Design in Beihai China.

“It began with a phone call,” said Denise Vandeville, Dean of the International School of Art & Design. “A professor from Beihai was interested in coming to Finlandia, we showed him our studios and our culture.”

Over the last year Beihai and Finlandia faculty have met three times. Twice in China and that one visit in the [...]

Chapel of Saint Matthew
October 5, 2018

Dean’s Update for Alumni

Finlandia alumni and friends are invited to hear from the Dean’s of our four schools. They will share updates on what is happening in their programs this upcoming year and successes from the past year. They will also have the opportunity to hear from Dean of Students, Erin Barnett, and campus minister, Soren Schmidt.

This event is free and open to all Finlandia/Suomi alumni and friends. It will take place at the Chapel of Saint Matthew on Finlandia’s campus at 2pm [...]

September 11, 2018

Introducing Dr. Michael Reay, Professor of Sociology

Finlandia University is pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Reay as the new Assistant Professor of Sociology.

Reay comes to Finlandia with over 20 years of higher educational teaching experience. He earned his BA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and his Master’s and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. He began his teaching career at the University of Chicago and has taught at a number of other universities including [...]

Ashok Khanal
August 22, 2018

Finlandia welcomes new Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Ashok Khanal

Finlandia University is pleased to welcome new Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Ashok Khanal.

Khanal brings a wealth of experience in teaching and chemistry to the position. Originally from Nepal, Khanal earned his Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Science in Organic Chemistry from Tribhuvan University

Although Khanal loves chemistry now, he said it wasn’t always that way.

“Up until my undergraduate experience, I wasn’t passionate about it,” said Khanal. “But after I [...]

August 2, 2018

Introducing Dr. Patricia Grosse, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Finlandia University is happy to welcome new philosophy professor Dr. Patricia Grosse to its family.

Grosse, who moved to Hancock from Philadelphia will be teaching Intro to Philosophy, Ethics, and Philosophy of Sex and Love this coming semester.

“I was excited when I saw the position at Finlandia because it’s a small school in a small town and it seems like the university is incredibly dedicated to educating their students,” said Grosse.

Grosse grew up in Tybee Island, GA [...]

Tenure Finlandia Professor
May 21, 2018

The Jury is Back: Dr. Richard Gee Earns Tenure

Following the spring Finlandia University Board of Trustees meeting, Dr. Richard Gee was awarded Tenure Status. How does he feel about getting tenure? It’s a simple, but impactful answer, “Relaxed.” He continued, “It’s the pinnacle of academic achievement.” Gee is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Finlandia who has been with the university since 2012.

Both an advisor and a professor, he sees his students in different lights with the roles, but he pushes them to be [...]