Clubs and Organizations at Finlandia University

Finlandia University students participate in a wide variety of student-run clubs and organizations. Students wishing to form a club or organization should submit a proposal to the Student Senate (senate@finlandia.edu) using the guidelines below. Approved clubs/organization may request startup funding or funding for special events by submitting a proposal for funding to the Student Senate.


AIr Force ROTC

Students enrolled at Finlandia University may participate in the Air Force ROTC program offered through Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, in accordance with provisions of a collaborative agreement. For information, contact the Finlandia University Registrar’s Office at (906) 487-7272. More information can also be found at mtu.edu/afrotc.

Alpha lambda delta honor society

Advisors:  Hilary Virtanen, hilary.virtanen@finlandia.edu and Richard Gee, richard.gee@finlandia.edu


Students enrolled at Finlandia University may participate in the Army ROTC program offered through Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, in accordance with provisions of a collaborative agreement. For information, contact the Finlandia University Registrar’s Office at (906) 487-7272. More information can also be found at mtu.edu/arotc.

Army ROTC Flyer

Art Unity Organization

Faculty Advisor: Lindsey Heiden, lindsey.heiden@finlandia.edu
Mission: The Art Unity Organization provides an opportunity for students, regardless of major or career path, to express themselves and explore their creativity with fellow students through the arts.

Biology Club

Faculty Advisor: Jason Oyadomari, jason.oyadomari@finlandia.edu
Student President: Austin Keranen, ackerane@finlandia.edu
Mission: Explore and network within the field of Biology outside of the classroom for both Biology majors and non-majors. The club will go on tours of facilities, have guest speakers, provide campus outreach on current scientific issues, and work on various relevant projects. Additionally, the club aims to work with the community both on and off campus in terms of community service projects.

Campus Ministry

Advisor:  Sarah.semmlersmith@finlandia.edu

Finlandia Academic Families, Nursing Program

Advisor: Irina Sergeyeva 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/424158598214856/
Mission: The mission of the Finlandia Academic Families is to help the new coming nursing students to:

  • acclimate to the educational environment
  • develop positive habits and organizational skills
  • succeed academically in the nursing program by;
  • uniting students on all levels and providing peer support.

Finlandia Investment Laboratory

Faculty Advisor: Laura Sieders, laura.sieders@finlandia.edu
Community Advisor: Joe Dancy, jdancy7658@aol.com
Mission: Teach interested Finlandia students information they would need to be successful in investing, wealth management and decision making.

First-Year Honor Society

Advisors: Hilary Virtanen, hilary.virtanen@finlandia.edu

Helsinki Slang

Advisor: Mark Lounibos mark.lounibos@finlandia.edu
Mission: This student creative writing group hosts workshops, National Novel Writing Month write-ins, and other events. It publishes a campus literary magazine of the same name.

Leijona Martial Arts Club

Advisor: Carolyn Dekker Carolyn.dekker@finlandia.edu
Mission: Provide martial arts instruction, competition and travel opportunities for Soo Bahk Do students, and practice space and community for martial artists from other backgrounds.

Lion’s Pride

Advisor: Carolyn Dekker Carolyn.dekker@finlandia.edu
Mission: An organization for Queer people and allies in the Finlandia student, faculty, staff population and for local teens, Lion’s Pride seeks to be a safe haven, travel to local events of interest, host supportive social hangouts, open  discussion, coordinate resource gathering with the library, and disseminate information on local resources.

Physical Therapist Assistant

Advisor: Club advisor and PTA Instructor Sami Dowling (’10), sami.dowling@finlandia.edu

student-athlete advisory committee (Saac)

Advisor: Allen Dehority, allen.dehority@finlandia.edu
Student President: Maddy Waterman, mfwaterm@finlandia.edu
Mission: Enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity for all student-athletes; protecting student-athlete welfare; and fostering a positive student-athlete image, while maintaining the tenants of the Division III philosophy.
Instagram: @finnu_saac

Student Nurses Association

Advisor: Theresa Rajala-Halsey, theresa.rajalahalsey@finlandia.edu


Website: https://www.finlandia.edu/student-affairs/clubs-and-organizations/student-senate/

Past Clubs and Organizations

Black Student Union

Advisor: Nicholas Kwiek (he/him)
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FinnUBSU
Mission: The Black Student Union Club is a place for ALL students to gather and exchange culture, ideas and experiences. With the diversity of our student population, other students can use to gain a better understanding of how other cultures live in order to better serve the community in which they represent and come from.

Business Professionals of America Chapter

Advisor: Kevin Manninen, kevin.manninen@finlandia.edu
Website: https://www.finlandia.edu/bpa
Mission: The mission of Business Professionals of America is to contribute to the preparation of global professionals through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.

Criminal Justice and Sociology Club (CJSOC)

Advisors: Dr.Richard Gee

Finlandia Business Club

Advisor: Kevin Manninen, kevin.manninen@finlandia.edu
Mission: The Finlandia Business Club provides students with the opportunity to interact with business leaders, experts and entrepreneurs by inviting guest speakers to campus and hosting other activities that enhance the experiential learning of  Finlandia students. The FBC also takes a leading role in organizing the Keweenaw Job Fair every spring.

 Young Women’s Caucus

Advisor: Phyllis Fredendall, phyllis.fredendall@finlandia.edu

Clubs And Organizations News

News and Notes from Finlandia's clubs and organizations

  • Diversity Dinner is back!

    Diversity Dinner 2023 Poster

    Join us February 6-10 at Finlandia Hall Cafe as we celebrate the unique backgrounds of Finlandia’s community with Diversity Dinner!

    All are welcome to Diversity Dinner Week 2023! From 4:30 to 7:00 p.m., February 6-10, Finlandia’s Dining Services will be serving up traditional foods from around the world. Dinners are free for Finlandia University students with a meal plan and $10 for everyone else. Proceeds will be used by Finlandia’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee to continue efforts toward diversity [...]

  • Find your inner chi at Yoga by Donation on Saturday, Jan. 21

    Yoga By Donation - FinnU Student PTA Club - Omega House - 2023

    This Saturday, Finlandia University’s Student PTA Club is hosting Yoga by Donation, an annual event to benefit Omega House. Find your inner chi, challenge your focus, and enjoy meditative and stretching techniques taught by Danielle Foertsch Newman, an instructor from January 11

    Criminal Justice trip to Europe | 2022 Video Highlights

    Video Thumbnail - Comparative Criminal Justice Trip 2022

    Finlandia students interested in traveling and studying criminal justice have the opportunity to take a trip to Europe each summer. This year’s trip included 14 days of travel with students and faculty from Finlandia, Tampere University, Sheffield Hallam University in the UK, Marquette University, and Appalachia State University. The group traveled to Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, with a final stay in the Åland Islands, a beautifully scenic and frequently traveled archipelago between Finland and Sweden.

    Throughout the trip, students spent [...]

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