Finlandia University

Jim Kurtti, director of the Finnish American Heritage Center at Finlandia University, spoke on the phone with Kurt Hauswirth regarding this year's Juhannus 2018, the annual mid-summer festival to celebrate Finnish heritage and the communities in Hancock, Toivola and Jacobsville.

SHEBOYGAN, WI--   Finlandia University is mourning the loss of former President Robert Ubbelohde. 

Ubbelohde joined Finlandia—then Suomi College—as the Dean of Faculty in 1988. Shortly afterward he was named President and Professor of Philosophy until his retirement in 2004.

Ubbelohde was instrumental in converting Suomi College into Finlandia University—a baccalaureate degree-granting institution. The change happened in July of 2000.

Funeral arrangements are set for Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Ubbelohde was 75.  

New dean at Finlandia

Aug 11, 2017

HANCOCK, MI--   Erin Barnett has been named Dean of Students at Finlandia University. 

Barnett came to Finlandia in 2013 from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, where she worked with the first-year college experience. In her final position there she was the Director of First Year Learning Communities and Courses.

At Finlandia Barnett advanced from Coordinator of Academic Support Services to Director of Academic Success and Student Life in 2014.

Barnett accepted the dean position in July.  

Juhannus '17 - Finnish American Heritage Celebration

Jun 13, 2017

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Jim Kurtti, Director of the Finnish American Heritage Center at Finlandia University, about Juhannus '17, a celebration of Finnish American Heritage in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

HANCOCK, MI--   Finlandia University is one of 80 schools nationwide to be recognized by University Research & Review as a 2017 Best Value School.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Trial is set for two former Finlandia students accused of stealing guns and ammunition from a Hancock store in December. 

Alexander Santiago and Juan Pereyra are both facing federal charges of stealing a firearm from a licensed dealer and conspiracy to steal a firearm. A federal complaint states Santiago, Pereyra, and third defendant Jake Hugall agreed to carry out the theft at the Northwoods Trading Post December 10. Hugall apparently acted as lookout and the other two took three pistols. They were later found in a Finlandia dorm room.

HANCOCK, MI--   The Consul General of Finland to New York is giving the keynote address at Finlandia University’s spring commencement.

Manu Virtamo will speak at the April 30 ceremony, which is also celebrating Finland’s centennial anniversary of independence.

Virtamo has been with the Foreign Service of Finland for the past 36 years, spending time in Washington D.C., Japan, and Los Angeles. He also worked as International Secretary for the Student Union of Helsinki University and the Center Party of Finland.

HOUGHTON, MI--   A Finlandia Uuniversity student charged in connection with the theft of guns from a Hancock store in December has entered a plea in the case. 

Jake Hugall, 19, pleaded guilty this week to larceny of a firearm.  In exchange, a charge of breaking and entering with intent was dropped. 

Sentencing will be held within the next four weeks.  Hugall could be sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which means his record could be expunged if he completes probation successfully.

HANCOCK, MI--   Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the theft of guns and ammunition from the Northwoods Trading Post in Hancock Saturday.  

WLUC-TV reports the breaking and entering happened around 4:15 a.m.  That afternoon Hancock Police officers went to Finlandia Hall and discovered three firearms and .40 caliber ammunition in an open desk drawer in one of the rooms.  The guns’ serial numbers matched those of the firearms taken from the Northwoods Trading Post. 

HANCOCK, MI--   Finlandia University has upheld the suspension of five students and another student faces charges, following an alleged assault at an off-campus party December 2.  

The Daily Mining Gazette reports Tajuante Anderson, 20, of Milwaukee—a university football player—was arraigned last week on a misdemeanor charge of aggravated assault.  He’s accused of assaulting a university baseball player at the party.