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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 when...

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

Christopher Dennis talks criminal justice and his internship with government

Chris Dennis brings you along as he details his exciting path to Finlandia University and what opportunities the criminal justice program has offered him. Dennis is a decorated student at Finlandia University working in tutoring, founding clubs and even a member of the Finlandia Honor Society. He recently accepted an internship position with the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. Finlandia Criminal Justice: Finlandia...

Duration: 00:10:13

Coach Mo talks basketball and U.P. life

Finlandia University is proud to have coach John Motherwell AKA Coach Mo join the Finlandia athletics team as he hops on board to coach women's basketball. Coach Mo's experience is astounding as he has seen time at nearly every level including division 1. We are looking forward to Coach Mo making a positive impact on the upcoming season. Good luck Coach Mo and let's go lions! Finlandia Athletics: Finlandia University: Finlandia Fridays:...

Duration: 00:10:15

Women Playing Hamlet with DJ Skinner

Grab your tickets now and join lead actress DJ Skinner and the rest of the Finlandia University cast as they put on a play entitled "Women Playing Hamlet." Seats are limited so be sure to get out to the Health and Sciences building at Finlandia to catch this unique spin on a Shakespeare classic. The first performance is Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m., and the second is Saturday, April 8 at 3 p.m. Women Playing Hamlet: Finlandia University:...

Duration: 00:07:43

Lights, camera, action with Finnish actor Antti Holma

On this episode of Finlandia Fridays we feature international superstar Antti Holma. Holma, a comedian, actor, and author, outlines why he is in the Keweenaw and what his experiences have been like. He can now add "Appeared on Finlandia Fridays" to his lengthy resume. Catch all the weekly action of Finlandia University here on Finlandia Fridays. Finlandia University: Finlandia Fridays:

Duration: 00:09:56

Swing for the fences with Kassandra Avila and Emily Nguyen

Kassandra Avila and Emily Nguyen sit down with Finlandia Friday’s host, Michael H. Babcock and hit on everything softball. Avila and Nguyen are both freshmen at Finlandia University and come from the Southern California area. Both Avila and Nguyen touch on their experience at Finlandia University as freshmen. Living in the dorms allowed them to get to know everyone better and find the campus to be a tight knit community. “If there is ever a need for something it is almost always just two...

Duration: 00:09:50

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