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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 [...]

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 [...]

Bill Knoblauch
May 3, 2018

Dr. William Knoblauch wins Board of Trustees Distinguished Faculty Award

Dr. William Knoblauch was honored as the Board of Trustees Distinguished Faculty Award recipient at the 2018 Commencement on Sunday, April 29.

Knoblauch, an assistant professor of history, joined Finlandia in 2012. He teaches 17 courses including History of Rock & Roll, Energy and World Power, and Rise of American Capitalism. He also chairs the History department.

“Winning this award is really nice because my peers nominated me and that feels good,” said Knoblauch.

Knoblauch said his peers told him they nominated [...]