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Travis Cornwell talks communication degree, radio internship and study abroad

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 has been critical to his success this past...

Duration: 00:09:05

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

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. Show notes available at

Duration: 00:09:11

The Finlandia gridiron with football coach Rob Boss

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. Full show notes available at

Duration: 00:11:15

Transfer friendly focus discussed with Registrar Jason Sullivan

This week Finlandia Fridays was visited Registrar Jason Sullivan to talk about an important feature 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...

Duration: 00:11:10

Phyllis Fredendall talks fiber, fashion, and Brule Scholarship

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 juried exhibit in...

Duration: 00:10:51

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

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 the home land...

Duration: 00:11:40

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. Show notes available at

Duration: 00:09:02

Celebrating the Finnish Centennial with Jim Kurtti

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. Show notes available at

Duration: 00:09:24

Christopher Dennis talks senior capstone and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Internship

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 for three months in Chicago. Show...

Duration: 00:11:36

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

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. Show notes...

Duration: 00:09:59

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

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 of self-education...

Duration: 00:09:26

Logan Moore talks leadership, community and sisu on 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 just...

Duration: 00:09:15

Stepping into Studio Days with Denise Vandeville

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.

Duration: 00:08:31

Aubrey Havilchek talks Finlandia volleyball on Finlandia Fridays

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

Duration: 00:08:36

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 several events that will promote the campaign on...

Duration: 00:10:09

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. See full show notes at

Duration: 00:11:07

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 of Art and Design, before being...

Duration: 00:08:16

Episode 29: Charles Patch kicks off Season 2

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 campus and encourages students...

Duration: 00:08:47

Episode 27: Featuring Augustine Brutus

Augustine Brutus discusses the Summer Bridge program for incoming freshmen has to offer in 2017. This is a special summer edition of Finlandia Fridays. Finlandia University Summer Bridge Program: Finlandia University: Finlandia Fridays:

Duration: 00:10:44

Episode 26: Featuring Matt McLaughlin

Student Rep, ROTC, and summa cum laude Matt McLaughlin does it all! Catch his wonderful Finlandia University here on this seasons final installment of Finlandia Fridays! Finlandia University: Finlandia Fridays:

Duration: 00:10:34

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