Finlandia University alumna, Jan Bigalke, recently accepted the role as Principal at Ludington Area Catholic School. She earned an associate degree in nursing from Suomi College and has more than 16 years of experience working as a registered nurse. After getting her associates from Suomi College, Bigalke earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Ferris State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Dayton.
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Kurt Hilden’s (’71) journey through life has been anything but boring.
A native of the Copper Country, Hilden graduated from Lake Linden high school in 1969. Despite moving west, a moment of Hilden’s family history is forever captured at the Houghton County Museum in Lake Linden in the form of a painting of his paternal grandfather’s family by the Finnish artist, Toyra. Hilden described the painting at “primitive” but it is registered with the Smithsonian.
It made sense for Hilden to attend [...]
Louise Owens (‘80) always wanted to be two things: a police officer and a mother. Although she had been interested in criminal justice since kindergarten, she never imagined herself going to college. She assumed she would enter the workforce as a secretary. Until the day she saw a sign for Suomi College.
“I never expected to go to college, except maybe a local community college,” said Owens, who is originally from Farmington, [...]
The Finlandia Alumni Board (FAB) is accepting nominations for new members. Interested Suomi or Finlandia alumni can self-nominate here. The board is looking to bring on 2-4 new members and nominations will be accepted until August 30, 2019.
As an advisory group to the university, the mission of the FAB is “the promotion of the vision, mission, goals and programs of Finlandia University.” The goals of the FAB include:Advising the President and Board of Trustees of the University with regard [...]
Finlandia’s alumni podcast Leading the Pride is back this month and solving crimes with Cold Case Homicide Detective Clem Papineau. Unlike past alumni featured on Leading the Pride, Papineau attended Suomi College from 1975-76 but transferred before completing his associates degree in Criminal Justice.
Originally from Ontonagon, Papineau has had an illustrious career in law enforcement in Little Rock, Arkansas which includes being an undercover detective and homicide detective. Papineau also boasts a 37 [...]
Finlandia’s Homecoming 2019 date has officially been set. Student activities will take place beginning the week of September 30, with specialized alumni events October 3-5.
“I am beyond excited to welcome back Finlandia and Suomi alumni this fall,” said Coordinator of External Relations Olivia Myers. “The students and alumni who attended the events last year had a great time at the Homecoming festivities, and we hope to build [...]
Finlandia University hosted a visit by a delegation from the Perho Culinary, Tourism, and Business College in Helsinki, Finland on Tuesday, June 6. The delegation of 32 faculty members had tours of both the Quincy Mine and the FinnU campus before lunch and presentations at the Finnish American Heritage Center. [...]