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Leading the Pride Episode 10: Brigitte LaPointe ('07) talks career success, sports

Leading the Pride is back and talking with Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Brigitte LaPointe ('07). LaPointe is originally from Baraga where she grew up in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. She ultimately came to Finlandia to study in the Physical Therapist Assistant program and play for the women's basketball team. Following her passion for health and wellness, LaPointe also serves on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board of Marquette County, the...


Olivia Myers joins Rick Allen on 99.3 The Lift for Giving Day

It's Giving Day here at Finlandia University, and we kicked the day off with a visit to 99.3 The Lift! During this interview, Coordinator of External Relations Olivia Myers discussed all of the happenings with The Official Voice of Finlandia Athletics Rick Allen. You can learn more about Giving Day by visiting


Leading the Pride Episode 9: Ashlee Kranz ('16), Freelance Artist at Dream Chaser Studios

Leading the Pride continues in the month of June by talking with Digital Arts and Animation major, Ashlee Kranz (’16). Kranz is a freelance digital and graphic artist at her own company, Dream Chaser Studios in Goodman, WI. She has recently been involved with the movie series, Northbound, which is filmed in the UP. Listen as host Olivia Myers and Kranz talk about freelancing as a career choice, the lessons she's learned from martial arts, and the offers artists should avoid. Connect with...


This Week in Finlandia Athletics with Mike Bond on May 14, 2019

This week Sports Information Director/Game Event Coordinator Mike Bond joined host Rick Allen for This Week in Finlandia Athletics. Bond discussed women’s softball team run to defend their ACAA Championship and 5 players that received 1st and 2nd All-ACAA team honors. Allen and Bond briefly discussed playoff runs by volleyball, both soccer teams, and cross country. Bond also revisited the football teams past season, player’s success and how the program looks to build going into next season....


Lion Around S1 E 13: Crying Around; Lion Around's Senior Send Off

Back from their hiatus, Lion Around hosts Gina Geliche and Monica Freeman are finishing off their year with the send-off episode. Recorded where graduation takes place, the Paavo Nurmi Center, Freeman and Geliche recall what they have learned throughout their collegiate career. Experience is the best teacherOne of the first points that Freeman and Geliche make, they knew prior to their time at FinnU. However, Freeman stated that through her experiences in college, the idea of “experience is...


S3 E30: She Shoots, She Scores with Student Representative Haley Makela

It’s graduation season at FinnU! Student representative, Haley Makela stopped by Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about her experiences as an active member on campus. Featuring guest host Monica Freeman, the two soon-to-be-graduates discussed their excitement to graduate. “I’m very thankful to be done,” remarked Makela, “it’s been a long four years.” For full show notes, visit


This Week in Finlandia Athletics with Mike Bond on April 30, 2019

This week Mike Bond the Sports Information Director/Game Event Coordinator joined host Rick Allen for This Week in Finlandia Athletics. Bond starts off discussing two recent home softball victories against Northland, leading up to the ACAA tournament game against Alfred State on Saturday, May 4 at 12 p.m. He also discusses the Women's Basketball program and their four recent U.P. recruits, talks about the busy upcoming fall schedule and wraps up talking about baseball's standout Joey Krug's...


Leading the Pride Episode 8: Lukas Alberer ('08)

Leading the Pride continues this month by talking with Austrian Lukas Alberer ('08). Alberer, a Sports Management major and former hockey player for the Lions, currently works at Johnson & Johnson-Ethicon in Austria as a Business Development Manager.Listen as host Olivia Myers and Alberer talk about his decision to move to the United States to play hockey, the struggle of losing one's identity as an athlete after college and finding a career that makes one happy.


Finlandia Fridays S3 E29: Previewing Diploma Works with Senior Miranda Conroy

Finlandia Fridays was visited this week by senior intermedia student, Miranda Conroy. Hailing from Ishpeming, Conroy will have her final undergraduate work featured with the rest of the graduating art students in this year’s diploma works exhibition. The exhibition will take place on Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m. in the Finnish American Heritage Center. For full show notes, visit


This Week in Finlandia Athletics with Evan Brandt on April 23, 2019

This week Baseball Coach Evan Brandt joined host Rick Allen for This Week in Finlandia Athletics. Brandt discussed key games to date including their first win in the WIAC against UW-Stevens Point and hard-fought losses against always tough opponent UW-Whitewater. Brandt dives into the individual play of Joey Krug and his record-breaking season and quality play of Ben Loya and Shawn Knutson. The episode finishes up by previewing road games this weekend in Platteville, Wis. against...


Finlandia Fridays S3 E28: Digging into Diversity Dinner with Dewan Keeling

Black Student Union President Dewan Keeling dropped by Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about his experiences at FinnU and the upcoming Diversity Dinner. Keeling is a junior from Detroit, who is majoring in healthcare management. For full notes check out


This Week in Finlandia Athletics with Rebecca Lilly on April 16, 2019

This week Rebecca “Kiwi” Lilly of the women’s hockey program joined host Rick Allen for This Week in Finlandia Athletics. Lilly discussed how she learned about and fell in love with Finlandia form New Zealand. Lilly also talked about next season and going to Romania to play in the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships.


Finlandia Fridays S3 E27: Blast from the Past with Suomi College Alum, Detective Clem Papineau

Suomi College alum, Clem Papineau visited Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about his time in the Keweenaw. For full show notes visit


This Week in Finlandia Athletics with Nick Tobey on April 9, 2019

This week Nick Tobey of the men’s hockey program joined host Rick Allen for This Week in Finlandia Athletics. Tobey discussed their season, a look ahead to next season and his involvement off the ice, including serving as the Student Senate President and a paid internship he just landed with a Finnish forestry company named Ponsse. He'll travel to Finland in may as part of his internship experience. This week Nick Tobey of the men's hockey program joined host Rick Allen for This Week in...


Finlandia Fridays S3 E26: Taste for Opportunity with Junior Business Student Lindsey Johnson

This week junior Lindsey Johnson dropped by Finlandia Fridays to talk about her active presence on campus. Coming from Atlantic Mine, Johnson is studying management and entrepreneurship. For full show notes, head to


Leading the Pride Episode 7: John Fish ('10) Owner of This is Folklore Hat Co.

Leading the Pride continues this month by talking with International School of Art & Design alumnus, John Fish ('10). Fish, originally from Iron River, MI, came to Finlandia as a graphic design major to learn how to apply graphics to skateboards. During his time at Finlandia, he spent a large amount of time in the fiber studio and wood shop because he enjoyed building and working with his hands. Having graduated in the midst of a recession, Fish opted to move to Portland, OR and dabbled in a...


Finlandia Fridays S3 E25: Exploring the Digital Classroom with Dr. Michelle Rauch

Dr. Michelle Rauch dropped by Finlandia University, as well as Finlandia Fridays, for this week’s episode. Dr. Rauch was hired as Director of Innovative and Online Learning in the fall, and will be moving to campus more this upcoming year. For full show notes


This Week in Finlandia Athletics w/ Softball Coach Matt Farrell on March 26, 2019

This week Softball Coach Matt Farrell joined host Rick Allen for This Week in Finlandia Athletics. Farrell discussed the Lions first 20 games of the season, including a pair of dome tournaments and the annual spring break trip to Florida. The episode finishes by previewing games this weekend in Ashland, Wis. against Northland College. Learn more about the lions at


TWIFA 2019 - 03 - 19 Evan Brandt

This week’s guest is Head Baseball Coach Evan Brandt. Brandt discusses his team, recent games in Fort Myers, Florida from March 9-13. He also talks about his upcoming league games.


S3 E24: Going Global with Ponsse Chairman Juha Vidgrén

Guest host Briana Gorman was visited on Finlandia Fridays this week by Juha Vidgrén, chairman of the board for Ponsse. Ponsse is a Finnish-based company that builds logging equipment. For full show notes visit finlandia,edu/fridays