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September 17, 2021

Finlandia Fridays hosts Nick Kwiek to talk Parade of Nations and TRIO SSS

Nick Kwiek, Career Coach with TRIO Student Support Services at Finlandia University, joined Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about the Parade of Nations, a multicultural festival celebrated in the cities of Hancock and Houghton. Kwiek talks about the change in programming and route of this year’s parade and shares information on how students, employees and community members can get involved. The conversation opens with Kwiek discussing the role of TRIO Student Support Services at Finlandia University and then dives [...]

August 13, 2021

TRIO Talent Search Program at Finlandia University awarded grant to help low income, potential first generation students access higher education

TRIO Talent Search will be provided five years of funding to help a minimum of 729 students from 15 schools in the Western Upper Peninsula find their path to college.

HANCOCK, MI. (AUGUST 12, 2021) – The U.S. Department of Education announced that Finlandia University will receive a federal TRIO Talent Search grant to help more low income students who would be the first members of their families to earn degrees to prepare for and enroll in college. The TRIO [...]

December 1, 2020

Scholarship Spotlight: Shane Voldarski, Criminal Justice Major

Shane Voldarski is a criminal justice major at from Ontonagon, Mich. and recipient of the UP Commitment and Finlandia Merit Scholarships. Below is an interview between Voldarski and Amanda Staege about how scholarships have impacted their experience. 

Tell me a little about yourself and your family. Where did you grow up- what was that experience like? 

I am a first generation college student, and grew up in Ontonagon, about 45 minutes away from Finlandia. My childhood wasn’t the easiest, I [...]

Gina Gelichi
November 25, 2020

Giving Tuesday: Staff reflect on how scholarships help students succeed

Perhaps no one sees how important scholarships are for students more than university staff members. For Giving Tuesday, several Finlandia University staff members shared some of their favorite experiences and success stories regarding student scholarships.

Gina Geliche (’19, Fiber & Fashion Design) – Enrollment Officer

Geliche during her time as a student at FinnU.

I work with various types of students, but transfer students are some of my favorites because I was a transfer student myself. The Finnish [...]

September 16, 2020

US News & World Report Ranks FinnU #12 for Social Mobility

Finlandia Resident Assistants outside of FinnHall | August 2020

Finlandia University has been ranked by US News & World Report as a top university for Social Mobility. Finlandia came in at #12 on the list of universities in the Midwest region.

According to the US News & World Report, economically disadvantaged students are less likely than others to finish college, even when controlling for other characteristics. But some colleges are more successful [...]

August 17, 2020

FinnU TRIO SSS Grant Renewed for $1.7M Over 5 Years

 The U.S. Department of Education announced that Finlandia University’s TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) grant program will be renewed for $1,705,835 over five years to help more students succeed in and graduate from college. FinnU’s TRIO SSS program has been providing services on campus for almost 30 years and assists 180 students annually.

TRIO SSS helps college students who are low income, first generation (those whose parents do not have a four-year [...]

TRiO SSS Helping Students Online
April 3, 2020

TRiO Student Support Services Helping Students Online

This week on Finlandia Fridays, host Anastazia Hartman gave Director of TRiO Student Support Services, Cindy Cowell a call to discuss what TRiO SSS is doing for FinnU students while they are no longer on campus. The pair spoke about what TRiO is, how they assist students and what the transition from face-to-face to online learning has been like. 

“All of the tutoring we did face-to-face, now has a canvas page so there is a great tool to [...]

September 16, 2019

Nicholas Kwiek new Academic Career Coach at TRIO Student Support Services

Finlandia University is excited to welcome Nicholas Kwiek as the new TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) academic career coach. Kwiek earned his bachelor’s degree in History from Kenyon College and is working on his Masters of Education in Online Innovation and Design from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  

Before coming to Finlandia, Kwiek lived for seven years in Bethel, Alaska. There he taught developmental math as an adjunct instructor for the UAF Kuskokwim Campus. He also worked as [...]

alumni mentor program
April 4, 2019

Alumni Mentor Program provides valuable opportunity for students and alumni

Finlandia TRIO students have the opportunity to learn from those who have graduated before them thanks to the new Alumni Mentor Program.

The Alumni Mentor Program is available for all TRIO students, regardless of year. Alumni and students are paired by TRIO advisors with the help of Olivia Myers, Coordinator of External Relations, based off shared interests.

“We launched this program quietly this semester with four pairs of participants and it has gone exceptionally well,” said Myers. [...]

March 26, 2019

Students and staff invited to participate in Bowl for Kids on March 30

The Finlandia University Bowl for Kids team is officially looking for members and baked good donations. Finlandia University Student Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Club and TRIO Student Support Services have teamed up to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Western Upper Peninsula at this great event.

The bake sale and 50/50 raffle will take place Thursday, March 28 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. in Nikander Hall by the TLC and [...]

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