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Finlandia Fridays is an entirely new way for students, faculty and the community to find out exciting happenings around campus and in the Upper Peninsula. Hosted by Michael H. Babcock and directed by Brad Beaudette, Finlandia Fridays is a new and entertaining way to stay up to date with school events, stimulating discussion and student stories. These 5-10 minute excerpts will surely brighten your day and keep you in the FinnU loop.

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Brad BeaudetteCreative DirectorFinlandia UniversityCommunicationsbrad.beaudette@finlandia.edu906-487-7289
Briana Gorman
Briana GormanDigital Media SpecialistFinlandia Universitybriana.gorman@finlandia.edu(906) 487-7498
Devin O'NeillMarketing CoordinatorFinlandia Universitydevin.oneill@finlandia.edu(906) 487-7349
Michael Babcock
Michael BabcockDirector of Marketing & CommunicationsFinlandia Universitymichael.babcock@finlandia.edu906-487-7348

Finlandia Fridays Archive

Episodes of Finlandia Friday


  • Viral artist Libby VanderPloeg GIFs Finlandia Fridays with artistic knowledge

    Libby VanderPloeg Finlandia Fridays

    Visiting artist Libby VanderPloeg dropped by Finlandia Fridays to share her artistic wisdom, and to settle the debate, is it GIF with the “g” sound or GIF with the “j” sound, like the peanut butter. VanderPloeg is nationally known and has work appear in the New York Times, Netflix, Huffington Post, Penguin Random House, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and


  • Jordan Siegler talks alumni board and career preparation in the arts

    To celebrate homecoming this weekend, Finlandia University welcomed one of its most highly regarded graduates to campus with Jordan Siegler (’09) visiting the set of Finlandia Fridays. Siegler is an alum of FinnU’s International School of Art & Design, has served as Finlandia Alumni Board President since 2016 and works in fundraising for Wisconsin Public Television.

    Siegler spent last weekend in town to take part in the Alumni Board’s annual fall meeting. [...]


  • Learning about healthy gender identity with Filmmaker Byron Hurt

    Byron Hurt at Finlandia University

    This week Finlandia Fridays was visited by documentary filmmaker Byron Hurt. Hurt’s film Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes was shown last week to kick off the Month of Action, a month-long campaign put on by Finlandia to raise awareness against sexual violence and encourage healthy gender identity. Hurt was also on campus to give a talk “Locker Room Talk or Toxic Masculinity?”, which took place earlier this week.

    Despite being tired from travel before the talk, Hurt said [...]


  • The love of wisdom discussed with Dr. Patricia Grosse on Finlandia Fridays

    This week Finlandia Fridays turns into Faculty Fridays as Assistant Professor in Philosophy Dr. Patricia Grosse was on set to answer the question – what is philosophy? Dr. Grosse talked about that and a lot more in this week’s episode, starting with what the word literally means. Philosophy is the love of wisdom.

    “If you love wisdom, you love philosophy, you should take my classes,” she said to start the episode.

    In a world where working in the trades or focusing [...]


  • Juliet Kitale of Tanzania talks about trip to U.S. on Finlandia Fridays

    For more than a week now the Copper Country has been blessed with a dozen visitors coming all the way from Tanzania, and this week on Finlandia Fridays we got to meet one of them, Juliet Kitale.

    Kitale and 11 others were brought overseas by Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock to explore the area, live with the families of the church and be reunited with many Finlandia faculty and staff members who have traveled to Tanzania over [...]


  • What’s brewing in Art and Design with Gini Brewer

    Gini Brewer Finlandia Fridays

    This week Finlandia Fridays was joined by Gini Brewer the International School of Art and Design (ISAD) coordinator. Stepping into the role this year, Brewer is in charge of helping students with admissions processes as well as doing administrative assistant tasks within the Art and Design department.

    Brewer, who studied fiber and fashion design at Finlandia, said that being able to study and work at FinnU has been like “coming home.” Initially starting her studies when Finlandia was still [...]


  • Finlandia rolls out podcast network with Digital Media Specialist Briana Gorman

    Briana Gorman and Michael Babcock

    Finlandia Fridays officially kicks off season three this week with guest Briana Gorman. With some new set pieces, equipment and move to 99.3 The Lift, the official station of Finlandia University athletics, the staff is anticipating this to be the best season yet.

    Along with season three, Finlandia Fridays is excited to announce the inception of the Finlandia Podcast Network (FPN), where fans will be able to find Finlandia Fridays as well as three new podcasts.

    “We made [...]


  • Finnish student teacher visits from Hei Suomi Program in South Range

    To top off season two, Finlandia Fridays was visited by Nikki Lishinski and Tuuli Savelainen. Savelainen is participating in the Hei Suomi program. The program brings Finnish teachers into the schools in South Range so the students are able to experience a different culture.

    Savelainen is a Finnish student studying to be a teacher, originally from southern Finland. She studies at the University of Lapland, located five miles away from the Arctic Circle. When asked about the Copper [...]


  • Globetrotting hockey player Rebecca Lilly of New Zealand talks about her times abroad and at Finlandia

    Rebecca Lilly Finlandia Fridays

    Native New Zealander Rebecca Lilly joined Finlandia Fridays this week. Hailing from the small town of Gore, Lilly is studying biology, while also playing for the women’s hockey team at FinnU. Lilly has been in North America since the age of 15 to play hockey, playing in multiple places in Canada. Being able to continue playing hockey was a primary reason Lilly choose Finlandia. Lilly also mentioned that she enjoys the smaller size of the school [...]


  • Student representative Melissa Helppi talks about her time in the nursing program

    Melissa Helppi Finlandia Fridays

    As the school year winds down, Melissa Helppi dropped by to share some of her experiences during her time at Finlandia. Helppi is graduating Summa Cum Laude from the nursing program, is giving a speech during commencement as this year’s student representative and will also be speaking at the nursing pinning ceremony. Helppi mentioned that both her speeches are finished, she just needs to make a few last minute tweaks.

    Called to a Career in Nursing

    When asked about the nursing [...]


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

    Levi Grannis and Hannah Scott-Moore Finlandia Fridays

    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 [...]


  • Geri Hawley explains why Physical Therapist Assistant is a great degree option

    Geri Hawley, an instructor in the Physical Therapists Assistant (PTA) program, stopped by Finlandia Fridays this week to discuss the PTA degree offered at Finlandia. “We are designed to prepare students to go out into the clinical field and work with patients under a physical therapist to be able to treat patients and get them better in any pathology they have,” stated Hawley. The program is a two-year program, with students receiving more intensive training in their second year.  [...]


  • Abigail Tembreull and Elle Rowe discuss Young Women’s Caucus for Art

    Elle Rowe and Abigail Tembreull Finlandia Fridays

    Current President of the Young Women’s Caucus for Art Abigail Tembreull and soon-to-be President Elle Rowe stopped by Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about the future of the club. The Young Women’s Caucus for Art is a club that primarily works towards promoting women in the art world, but don’t let the name fool you, the club is open to all genders.

    Elle Rowe is a sophomore in the Marketing and Graphic Design program. She is [...]


  • Campus Pastor Soren Schmidt talks eventful April and Campus Ministry

    Soren Schmidt Finlandia Fridays

    With Easter right around the corner, campus pastor Soren Schmidt visited Finlandia Fridays this week to promote the multitude of events taking place within the next month. To kick of the episode, Schmidt made an announcement about the Good Friday service that will take place tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Saint Matthew. The service will be an “all-in-one” service to celebrate the sacred holiday of Easter. Doors will be open to all students and any [...]


  • Studying the Biology Degree with Assistant Professor Dr. Emily Geiger

    Dr. Emily Geiger Finlandia Fridays

    Assistant Professor of Biochemistry Dr. Emily Geiger stopped by Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about the biology degree offered at FinnU. This is Dr. Geiger’s second year of teaching at Finlandia. Upon her arrival, both science labs had been newly renovated, thanks to Portage Health System. With the renovations, Dr. Geiger mentioned that students now have their own individual work spaces, and more classes can be offered, like organic chemistry, due to the upgraded equipment.

    Dr. [...]


  • The nursing job search with Alison Patchel

    Alison Patchel Finlandia Fridays

    Soon-to-be nursing graduate Alison Patchel visited Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about her experience at Finlandia, as well as her plans for the future. Patchel is originally from Marysville, a town in the Southeastern part of Michigan. She loves living in the Copper Country because of her love for the outdoors, and said the best time to be in the Copper Country is the summer, when so many students unfortunately decide to go home.

    Patchel started at a different university, [...]


  • Investigating the criminal justice program with Dr. Richard Gee

    Dr.Richard Gee Finlandia Fridays

    Finlandia Fridays dove into the criminal justice program this week with Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Richard Gee. “The criminal justice program at Finlandia is unique in that we we don’t do any of the stuff that you would get at a police academy or a corrections academy. Instead, what we do is focus on a skill set that is useful for a broad range of careers after graduation.”

    Students in the criminal justice program will take [...]


  • Marketing major Kyle Niemi and his internship with Mesensei mobile mentoring

    Senior marketing major Kyle Niemi stopped by Finlandia Fridays this week to discuss his internship with Finnish mobile mentoring company Mesensei. Tuukka Ylälahti, the creator of Mesensei, was in an earlier episode this season, where he previewed the app and his inspiration behind it.

    Tuukka Ylälahti on Finlandia Fridays Mesensei at Finlandia

    Niemi has been granted a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with Mesensei and create a mentoring app specifically for FinnU. Niemi is the project coordinator for this endeavor. [...]


  • 50th episode celebration with leaders of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes

    Tyler Browner and Jean Pimentel Finlandia Fridays

    This week Finlandia Fridays celebrated the airing of its 50th episode with leaders of a new group on campus, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Tyler Browner and Jean Pimentel are both active members in the group and came to share their stories of how they ended up at Finlandia and what FCA has done for them. 

    Tyler Browner is a transfer student from Detroit, Michigan.  Originally planning to study in FinnU’s Physical Therapist Assistant [...]


  • Service Learning in Tanzania with Christina Krider and René Johnson

    Christina Krider and Rene Johnson Finlandia Fridays

    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 [...]


  • Finnish intern Mika Tompuri talks about experience in United States

    Mika Tompuri Finlandia Fridays

    Finlandia Fridays was visited this week by the Finnish American Heritage Center’s intern Mika Tompuri. Tompuri hails from Finland, and just recently graduated with his master’s degree in English, German and teacher’s education. “After graduating I was thinking about what to do, and I noticed the National Board of Education in Finland was advertising for these internships, so I figured I might as well apply,” said Tompuri when asked how he wound up at [...]


  • Musician Jonathan Rundman discusses artist in residency for Heikinpäivä

    Jonathan Rundman Finlandia Fridays

    Finlandia Fridays was visited this week by musician Jonathan Rundman. Rundman is the musician in residence this year for Heikinpäivä. Originally from Ishpeming, Rundman currently lives in the Twin Cities and makes a living off being a singer-songwriter. Rundman stated that he always wanted to be a musician, even when he was little, and was glad his career kick started in the 90’s, before streaming was around. Heikinpäivä, and other small festivals, are great for independent artists [...]


  • Travis Cornwell talks communication degree, radio internship and study abroad

    Travis Cornwell Finlandia Fridays

    This week Finlandia Fridays was visited be senior communication major Travis Cornwell. Originally from Minnesota, Cornwell stated “Finlandia kind of found me. I was in Vegas at a showcase for hockey, and they were one of the last schools to look at me, so I decided to give them a chance. I came up here and just absolutely liked it.” Outside of hockey, Cornwell mentioned that he enjoys studying communication, and his advisor Dr. Monique Bourdage [...]


  • Joe Burcar highlights bright future of Finlandia men’s hockey program

    Joe Burcar Finlandia Fridays

    Men’s hockey coach Joe Burcar stopped by Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about home games, new recruits and upgrades to Houghton County Arena. Burcar is excited to be back on home ice, mentioning that the team has not been at home since the second weekend in November. “Any time it’s game day, especially when it’s at home, it’s a great day,” stated Burcar.

    The Lions have three home games within the next five days, playing two conference [...]


  • The Finlandia gridiron with football coach Rob Boss

    Rob Boss Finlandia Fridays

    New head football coach Rob Boss came to chat about the future of Finlandia University football this week on Finlandia Fridays. Boss stated “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here,” when asked about his Finlandia experience thus far. Boss joined Finlandia’s staff last fall as an assistant, and was promoted to head coach on November 6.

    When asked about his first season at Finlandia, Boss said that the “tremendous group of kids” is what really set it apart for him. The [...]


  • Transfer friendly focus discussed with Registrar Jason Sullivan

    Jason Sullivan Finlandia Fridays

    This week Finlandia Fridays was visited by Registrar Jason Sullivan to talk about important moves that will help put Finlandia in a leadership role when it comes to transfer students. President Philip Johnson had this to say about the topic, “Finlandia values the passion, drive and maturity that transfer students offer our campus. In addition to our transfer tuition reset, we are launching a friendlier application process and streamlining our credit transfer process. Blended with up close and [...]


  • Phyllis Fredendall talks fiber, fashion and Brule Scholarship

    Phyllis Fredendall Finlandia Fridays

    Phyllis Fredendall, who is in charge of the fiber and fashion design program at Finlandia, stopped by this week to represent the International School of Art and Design on Finlandia Fridays. The degree, as stated by Fredendall, “encompasses surface design, which is dying and printing on textiles, weaving and off-loom structures, so the foundation of cloth, and garment design.” One of the perks of the program is the annual fashion show that is held along with the student [...]


  • To the Library of Congress and back with Finnish Professor Dr. Hilary Virtanen

    Dr.Hilary Virtanen Finlandia Fridays

    Assistant professor of Finnish and Nordic studies, Dr. Hilary Virtanen dropped by Finlandia Fridays this past week to talk about her busy semester. Dr. Virtanen kicked off the academic year by attending FinnFest USA, which was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. One of the highlights of the festival this year included an appearance by the Finnish president and his wife.  Dr. Virtanen gave a talk about Finnish-Americans traveling and the experience of going to and connecting to [...]


  • NCHA Offensive Player of the Week Sierra Meiners skates by to talk women’s hockey and nursing

    Senior nursing student and women’s hockey captain, Sierra Meiners visited Finlandia Fridays this week to discuss the women’s hockey team and her final year in the nursing program. Meiners was named the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association’s (NCHA) Offensive Player of the Week this past week. Meiners was honored with the title but more so with the early season success, especially “with two wins under the belt and there are still plenty games to go.” Women’s hockey has [...]


  • Celebrating the Finnish Centennial with Jim Kurtti

    Jim Kurtti Finlandia Fridays

    Finlandia Fridays was visited by another familiar face this week with guest star Jim Kurtti, the director of the Finnish American Heritage Center. Kurtti stopped by to talk about the 100th anniversary celebration of Finnish Independence.

    “It has been a whole year of centennial celebrations, both here in the Copper Country and around the country,” stated Kurtti. The final event will be hosted in the Keewenaw at the Rozsa Center, located on Michigan Tech’s [...]


  • Criminal justice major, Christopher Dennis talks senior capstone and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau internship

    Christopher Dennis Finlandia Fridays

    Finlandia Fridays was visited by an old friend this week, soon to be alumnus, Christopher Dennis to talk about the internship he took this past summer with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Chris first discussed the internship in an episode last spring. Dennis will be graduating at the end of this semester with a degree in criminal justice and sociology. The internship was an opportunity for him to experience the job of a financial examiner [...]


  • Tuukka Ylälahti and his mobile mentoring startup Mesensei come from Finland to Finlandia

    Tuukka Ylalahti Finlanida Fridays

    Tuukka Ylälahti stopped by Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about his revolutionary new app Mesensei. Ylälahti is the co-founder of Mesensei, a startup company working on “mentorship programs in support of learning, entrepreneurship and social inclusion.” The program and Ylälahti have visited various universities in America to see how the program would do in the American market. With close ties to Finland, Finlandia seemed like the obvious choice to lay some ground work.

    Ylälahti started by talking [...]


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

    Gina Geliche and Monica Freeman

    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 [...]


  • Logan Moore talks leadership, community and sisu on Finlandia Fridays

    Logan Moore Finlandia Fridays

    This week Finlandia Fridays is visited by the Student Senate Campus Community Representative Logan Moore. Moore is originally from Traverse City, Michigan, and is in his junior year working towards a degree in business and management. Informing listeners of how he ended up at FinnU, Moore said “I originally went to a much larger college and it didn’t work out there. I decided to move to Finlandia University and immediately right when I got there, the small class sizes were [...]


  • Dr. Virtanen to speak at symposium at Library of Congress

    Finlandia University Assistant Professor of Finnish and Nordic Studies Dr. Hilary Virtanen is going to be one of three panelists Thursday at the Library of Congress for a symposium celebrating the history and future of the Finnish language.

    Dr. Hilary Virtanen

    “It is an honor to take part in this symposium and to use research and experiences with Upper Midwestern Finnish in celebration of Finland’s centennial,” Dr. Virtanen said. “While it is true that many aspects of [...]


  • Stepping into Studio Days with Denise Vandeville

    Denise Vandeville Finlandia Fridays

    Finlandia Fridays was visited this week by Denise Vandeville, Dean of the International School of Art and Design (ISAD), to discuss a new opportunity being offered to high school students called Studio Days. Studio Days allows high school students to come in and “try out” the various art programs offered at Finlandia.

    Studio Days will coincide with ISAD’s Studio Fridays. “Studio Fridays is based on parts of the Finnish Design Education System,” said Vandeville. “(The goal is) to set [...]


  • Swinging away with Aubrey Havlichek and Finlandia volleyball

    This week Finlandia Fridays is joined by its first guest from the Finlandia University athletics department, head volleyball coach Aubrey Havlichek. Havlichek is in her first season as head coach for the women’s volleyball team here at Finlandia after taking over as interim coach early during the 2016 season. Initially brought in as an assistant coach, Havlichek was promoted to head coach this past spring, stating that being a head coach for a college team “still hasn’t registered,” but “it’s [...]


  • It’s On Us Week of Action with Erin Barnett on Finlandia Fridays

    This week Finlandia Fridays was visited by Dean of Students Erin Barnett to promote the campus wide It’s On Us campaign. It’s On Us is a national campaign that was started by former Vice President Joe Biden that raises awareness for sexual assault. Finlandia was awarded a grant from the Michigan State Police to advocate the campaign. The grant has allowed Finlandia to hire intern Abigail Tembreull to organize the campaign, and to schedule [...]


  • Falling into Festival Ruska with David Maki

    This week Finlandia Fridays is joined by guest David Maki, who works at the Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC). Also, based in the Heritage Center is the Finnish American Reporter, where Maki is an editor. The FAHC and the Reporter actively incorporate Finnish culture on campus, in the local area, and to Finnish Americans nationwide. One of the ways Finnish culture is honored in the fall is with Festival Ruska.


  • Collin Saint-Onge previews Finlandia Preview Day

    This week on Finlandia Fridays, Finlandia alumnus and admissions officer Collin Saint-Onge talks about Finlandia Preview Day. Starting at 10 a.m. on October 7, Finlandia Preview Day will take prospective students around the campus to see what life is like at Finlandia. The day will start in the Jutila Center, where students will have the chance to talk to financial aid and admissions. Students will have the opportunity to view the International School [...]


  • Student Senate President Charles Patch kicks off second season of Finlandia Fridays

    This week Finlandia Fridays is joined by Student Senate President Charles Patch. The university was introduced to Patch at opening convocation, which took place on August 27, the Sunday before classes started. As president, Patch explained that senate is a club that is a voice for students on campus, saying that senate is “here for you.” Highly encouraged to take on the mantle of president by previous senate members, Charles is excited to make a difference on [...]


  • Juhannus taken to a whole new level in 2017 discussed on Finlandia Fridays

     

    Since the very beginning of the Finns arriving in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula the summer celebration of Juhannus has been a big part the experience, and this year the Keweenaw is taking that experience to a whole different level thanks to the effort of the staff at the Finnish American Heritage Center. A full dive into this year’s event is the feature of this week’s Finlandia Fridays featuring Director of the Finnish American Heritage Center Jim [...]


  • Student representative Matt McLaughlin on Finlandia Fridays

    On this season’s final episode of Finlandia Fridays, the weekly interview series features student representative Matt McLaughlin. Each year one outstanding senior is chosen as the student rep. To be eligible, a student must maintain a 3.9 GPA and be actively involved with the FinnU campus. 

    It will be a busy weekend for McLaughin, not only will he be graduating with highest honors at Finlandia University he will also be commissioning as an officer in the U.S. Army through [...]


  • Claudia Youakim and Hailee Johnson outline SCAS Capstone Presentations

    This week on Finlandia Fridays, professor Dr. Claudia Youakim and senior sociology major Hailee Johnson join the program to touch on a very compelling capstone project through the Suomi College of Arts & Sciences (SCAS). SCAS Capstones are projects completed and presented upon by students here at Finlandia University. Until now these have been closed to the public, but Finlandia is opening its doors and welcoming anyone to come for the presentations.

    Johnson’s sociology capstone focuses on attitudes [...]


  • Help Finlandia Fridays improve and you might win $20

    What can Finlandia Fridays do better? What did you like best? All questions that the crew at Finlandia Fridays needs answers to, and they’re looking for your help.

    Complete Finlandia Fridays Survey

    The staff of Finlandia Fridays kindly asks you to complete a short survey to help better the program. With participation, you will be entered to win a $20 gift certificate to North Wind Books, our on-campus bookstore. The winner will be announced following the [...]


  • Christopher Dennis talks criminal justice and his internship with government

    This week Finlandia Fridays sits down with criminal justice student and Houghton native Christopher Dennis. After his tenure with the Marines, Dennis was looking for a way to make an impact on the community and remain a leader. His decision was to attend Finlandia University and become heavily involved with campus clubs and other events such as local tutoring. Dennis has recently accepted a unique internship working with the Consumer Financial Protection Agency.

    Per requirement to the criminal justice program here [...]


  • Coach Mo talks basketball and life in the U.P. on Finlandia Fridays

    John Motherwell AKA Coach Mo or as his twitter followers know him @Coach_Mo joined Finlandia University’s ranks this spring as the head coach of the women’s basketball program. This week Finlandia Fridays was able to catch up and learn more about Coach Mo, including diving into his accomplished 18 years of coaching and how he found his way to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

    Coach Mo knew from the jump that he wanted to live and coach in the upper [...]


  • Women Playing Hamlet with DJ Skinner

    The stage is set. Come one come all to Finlandia University’s showing of Women Playing Hamlet. Finlandia Fridays sits down with lead actress DJ Skinner as she prepares for the exciting opportunity to headline a major production.

    The play, Women Playing Hamlet, is a spin of off a Shakespeare classic. The main character Jessica AKA DJ Skinner has recently been cast as the lead roll and continues to encompass all the trials and tribulations a lead actress goes through. “It’s really about [...]


  • Lights, camera, action with Finnish actor Antti Holma

    Finlandia Fridays kicks off the weekend with international superstar Antti Holma. Holma, a 34-year-old Helsinki native, gained popularity after appearing on the 2014 season of the Finnish sketch comedy show “Putous.” That same year, he released his debut novel, titled “Järjestäjä,” and followed that with a book of poetry, “Kauheimmat runot” in 2015. He has also appeared in four feature-length Finnish movies, and several television series. He is most notably recognized for his work on “Putous,” a Finnish show similar to [...]


  • Bridget Durocher runs through Finlandia fitness

    Finlandia Fridays gets fit this week with Bridget Durocher, Finlandia’s cross country coach, senior women administrator in athletics, and strength and conditioning center coordinator.

    Durocher joined Finlandia University nearly one year ago and has never looked back. “It’s phenomenal, it is a place of opportunity where if you put forth the effort, you are going to be given ample opportunities,” said Durocher. Starting off as Finlandia’s head cross country coach, she immediately found success and started to build her team. [...]


  • Swing for the fences with Kassandra Avila and Emily Nguyen

    Kassandra Avila and Emily Nguyen sit down with Finlandia Fridays and hit on everything softball. Avila and Nguyen are both freshmen at Finlandia University and come from the Southern California area.

    Finlandia University’s softball team starts its season every year with an indoor tournament played in Marquette, Michigan, where teams around the country battle it out in an entirely indoor competition. “Starting our season indoors was difficult,” said Nguyen. “We are both from California so [...]


  • Erin Barnett and the Summer Bridge Program

    Interested in experiencing college a bit earlier than the norm? The Finlandia Summer Bridge Program is for you.

    This week Finlandia Fridays speaks with Director of Academic Success and Student Life, Erin Barnett as they dive into the Summer Bridge Program offered here at Finlandia University. The Sumer Bridge Program allows you to earn up to six credits before the fall semester starts. “Taking these classes early gives you a strong foundation heading into the fall semester,” said Barnett.

    This program is focused [...]


  • Opportunity knocked and Keith Arnold answered

    Laying in his dorm room during the first week of school, this week’s Finlandia Fridays guest Keith Arnold could barely sleep. The relative quietness of his surrounding, compared to the freeways and hustle and bustle of his hometown of Detroit was almost all encompassing to the 18-year-old Finlandia University freshman. That didn’t last long though.

    Soon it was Student Senate (Vice President as a junior, President as a senior), NCAA Division III Basketball, Black Student Union, study abroad to Europe [...]


  • Sandra Turnquist provides advice on how to best navigate Financial Aid

    On this installment of Finlandia Fridays Director of Student Financial Services Sandra Turnquist speaks all things financial aid. Turnquist outlines a two new financial aid opportunities to Finlandia students, the U.P. Commitment Grant and Service Scholarship. She also touches on Finlandia’s frozen tuition for the upcoming year. Outside of the announcement, Turnquist highlights that the priority deadline that is quickly approaching. Michigan recommends that all financial aid forms be submitted by March 1, so that all possible financial aid options are still [...]


  • The life of a nursing student explored in Finlandia Fridays

    This week Finlandia Fridays is joined by senior nursing student Laura Kent, who was featured in the fall 2016 edition of the Bridge. Finlandia University has long been known for its nursing program, and Kent found it to live up to the reputation. As a nursing student with a full-time job Kent has faced some difficulties, but will be graduating this May in excellent standings. The promise of a meaningful career after school motivated her to continue with the [...]


  • Finlandia Fridays studies abroad with Schwartzen Jarmond

    This week on Finlandia Fridays host Michael H. Babcock is taken on a reminiscent adventure as management and entrepreneurship student Schwartzen Jarmond looks back on international study opportunities presented through Finlandia University.

    In May of 2015 Jarmond first traveled to Finland as a part of the Paloheimo Fellows Program and enjoyed it to the extent he had to go again. After working with Finlandia University he decided to study in Finland for an entire semester as an [...]


  • Find Finlandia Fridays on Stitcher

    Finlandia Fridays has expanded to Stitcher.

    You read it correct, Finlandia Fridays, the university’s weekly web series and podcast, has expanded to yet another platform for you to enjoy its weekly episodes. What is Stitcher you might ask? Stitcher is a personalized smart radio that tailors shows to your liking by presenting you with similar content to your listening history.

    “Being on every platform for our audience is huge,” said Finlandia Fridays host Michael H. Babcock. “It allows for the [...]


  • Finlandia Fridays with Board of Trustees President

    This week Finlandia Fridays sits down with Board of Trustees President Julie Badel. Badel was in town, from Chicago, for the annual winter Board of Trustees meeting. She explains her joy of coming to the Upper Peninsula every year as it is where her mother grew up. It is a place she has grown to love and she “never complains about coming up here. It feels like home.”

    Badel became interested in Finlandia University while attending the


  • Abigail Tembreull highlights the Art and Design Program

    On this week’s episode of Finlandia Fridays we are joined by guest Abigail Tembreull. Tembreull discusses an upcoming event, an art competition scholarship she was awarded that included free tuition in Italy, the fact that she was awarded the Brule Scholarship to attend FinnU and other experiences she has encountered during her three years in Finlandia’s International School of Art and Design.

    One of many events that the Art and Design program facilitates throughout the year is the [...]


  • Finlandia Fridays discusses MLK Day of Service with René Johnson

    This week on Finlandia Fridays host Michael H. Babcock speaks with René Johnson highlighting Finlandia University’s community involvement on MLK Day of Service (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day). She briefly touches on the history of the holiday and how it came to be as well as Finlandia’s service throughout the day.

    Finlandia University offers numerous service activities during the day including a worship service, guest speakers, dining services, and a closing film. Finlandia [...]


  • Chef Mark highlights community and Winter Welcome

    Chef Mark Pittillo on Finlandia Fridays

    The small town charm and beautiful natural surroundings had Mark Pittillo smitten for Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, and now after living here for more than half a decade it’s the people that “Chef Mark” appreciates most. Especially the students he’s surrounded by at Finlandia University.

    Mark Pittillo, Food Service Director at Finlandia University.

    “Never did I imagine it would be as rewarding as it has been,” Pittillo said about his experience working at Finlandia. “The kids are incredible. I appreciate them on a [...]


  • Brule Art Scholarship announced on Finlandia Fridays

    Art Scholarship Discussed on Finlandia Fridays

    Today on the Finlandia Fridays we have some big news!

    Finlandia University announces six $20,000 scholarships for students interested in studying art and design. These art scholarships are made available because of the generous support Finlandia University has received from Elsa and David Brule. To help make this announcement, this week’s guest is Denise Vandeville. Vandeville is the Dean of FinnU’s International School of Art & Design.

    “The Brules have been huge supporters of the arts, and friends of the [...]


  • Online RN-BSN featured on Finlandia Fridays

    As a nursing school, it’s important for Finlandia to continue to evolve its offerings to make sure students are provided the opportunities they need. That was the thought when the university created a RN-BSN program in the early 2000s, and it’s the thought that keeps that program going strong today in its latest evolution: the university’s first fully accredited 100 percent online program.

    In this week’s edition of Finlandia Fridays, the RN-BSN program is explored with Program Director Mark [...]


  • Finlandia Fridays explores art therapy

    This week Finlandia Fridays speaks with  art therapy major Laurin LaBonte. Art therapy is a unique major offered at Finlandia that was first made available in 2013. This major has a wide range of uses as LaBonte outlines it can help immensely with Alzheimer patients, those suffering from PTSD, and even patients recovering from car accidents. Art has been found to carry numerous therapeutic properties that can aid in emotional behavior and even motor skills with Alzheimer patients.

    LaBonte will [...]


  • Finlandia Fridays speaks with local transfer student

    This installment of Finlandia Fridays features a local student by the name of Samantha Richards who transferred into Finlandia from a larger institution. Richards, a Dollar Bay alum who is majoring in accounting, was asked to be apart of this week’s episode because of one of her latest Instagram posts.  “This post was touching to some of the staff at Finlandia,” said Michael H. Babcock, host of Finlandia Fridays.

    Finlandia University strives to be the university you are looking for and [...]


  • Finlandia Fridays hits the ice with Joe Burcar

    This week on Finlandia Fridays we feature Finlandia’s men’s ice hockey coach Joe Burcar as he previews the future of the program and the ongoing season. The Houghton County Arena is a very familiar place for Burcar, winning the Harris Cup in 2007 and finishing his first stint with the team at a 104-96-11 record. Burcar remains the all-time winningest coach in program history, and plans to continue his legacy.

    Burcar says his choice to move back and [...]


  • Finlandia Fridays Explores the Paloheimo Fellows Program

    On this installment of Finlandia Fridays special guest Dr. Hilary Virtanen discusses the Paloheimo Fellows Program with host Michael H. Babcock. This program offers a unique and special experience that allows four lucky Finlandia students (of any major) the opportunity to study abroad in Tampere, Finland. This program runs for three weeks every May and is guided by Finnish expert Dr. Virtanen. In Finland students will gain knowledge on social scientific techniques to observe and analyze the [...]


  • Finlandia Fridays dives into PTA program

    This week on Finlandia Fridays host Michael H. Babcock discusses the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program offered at Finlandia University with soon-to-be graduate Devin Smith. In this installment of Finlandia Fridays, Smith outlines his personal experiences here at Finlandia University and during his time in the PTA program. Smith touches on topics including his first experiences at Finlandia, his personal involvement in the PTA program and the PTA Club – including Saturday’s Soup for Sneakers event at the Finnish American [...]


  • Campus Ministry covered in this week’s Finlandia Fridays

    This week on Finlandia Fridays we feature Campus Pastor Soren Schmidt about the ins and outs of Campus Ministry here at Finlandia. In this episode Schmidt outlines the various campus ministry happenings revolving around the organization here on Campus. He goes into depth on events hosted by the folks involved with the ministry on campus including Campus Ministry Soup & Meet, Sunday Night Open Mic & Worship, and of course chapel services.

    Campus Ministry aims to [...]


  • Preview Day highlighted in first episode of Finlandia Fridays

    Travis Hanson

    This week on Finlandia Fridays we speak with Director of Admissions Travis Hanson about the upcoming Finlandia Preview Day 2016. In this episode Hanson outlines what exactly Preview Day is, and what it means for recruitment within the university. Preview Day is aimed at incoming students by showing them around campus, including tours of the dorms, classrooms and extracurricular spaces while providing them with a fun and memorable experience.

    Those taking place in Preview Day can [...]


  • Finlandia Fridays rolls out the red carpet

    The stage is set and the cameras are rolling, Finlandia Fridays is prepped to air this upcoming Friday!

    Director of Marketing and Communications Michael H. Babcock and Media Intern Walker Enstad introduce this exciting new web series and discuss what Finlandia Fridays is and how it works.

    This unique platform introduces a vastly new way for students, staff and the community alike to receive information surrounding Finlandia University and the Upper Peninsula. In addition to being able to [...]