Finlandia University

HANCOCK, MI--   A member of the Finlandia University campus has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Officials say that means a member of either the faculty or staff or a student has contracted the coronavirus.

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is actively conducting contact tracing. Anyone who has had close contact with the infected person will be notified and be advised of the appropriate response.

The individual is off-campus and following the required protocol.

HANCOCK, MI--   Finlandia University is holding a virtual graduation ceremony next month.

May 21 at 6 p.m. university President Philip Johnson, Vice President of Academic Affairs Fredi deYampert, student representative Richard Tobey, and commencement speaker Darlene King will hold commencement on Facebook Live. Students will be able to create watch parties with their friends and family.

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HANCOCK, MI--   Finlandia University has been named a Top 30 Liberal Arts College in the Midwest.

That’s according to the Great Value Colleges website. It created its list by identifying every liberal arts college located in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. Officials narrowed the list by focusing on core curriculum, national and international rankings, student retention rates, notable faculty and alumni, historical significance, and PayScale’s 20-year Return on Investment.

HANCOCK, MI--   Finlandia University is adopting a test-optional admissions policy.

Students will be able to opt out of providing scores from standardized tests like the SAT and ACT. Instead, they can be evaluated on their high school or college grade point average and rigor of previous coursework.

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HANCOCK, MI (AP)--   Big Louie was, indeed, a big man.

The archive at Finlandia University in Hancock has been given a document that appears to settle the height of a legendary man, Louis Moilanen.

Moilanen, known as "Big Louie," died in 1913. The grandson of the founder of Crawford Funeral Home discovered a telegram that says Moilanen's casket was 8 feet 3 inches long.

Don Crawford tells The Mining Gazette it was the measurement of the inside of the casket. He says it means that Moilanen was 8 feet 3 inches tall. Moilanen's height led to a job with a circus.

HANCOCK, MI--   Three energy providers are scheduled to give presentations at the U.P. Energy Task Force meeting in Hancock Friday. 

The task force was established by an executive order to explore ways to improve energy reliability and affordability in the U.P. It will first focus on methods of providing propane to residents besides Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac.

Plains Midstream Canada will give its presentation at 10:30 a.m.; Enbridge will present at 11 a.m.; and SEMCO Energy Gas Company will give its talk at noon.

HANCOCK, MI--   The U.P. Energy Task Force has scheduled a listening session at its meeting in Hancock Friday. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer created the task force to assess the U.P.’s overall energy needs and how they are currently being met; formulate alternative solutions for meeting those needs, with a focus on security, reliability, affordability, and environmental soundness; and identify and evaluate potential changes that could occur to energy supply and distribution in the U.P.

HANCOCK, MI (AP)--   A workshop to demonstrate a popular form of Finnish culture has been postponed in the Upper Peninsula, apparently because of government red tape. 

The Finnish American Folk School at Finlandia University had planned to hold a September workshop on making log saunas. But the school says presenters coming from Europe have experienced delays in getting visas approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

HANCOCK, MI--   Finlandia University’s first-ever Giving Day resulted in nearly $9,000 in donations for student textbooks. 

The Finlandia Alumni Board established the event as a way to give back to current students. It kicked off Friday, sending out social media posts every 90 minutes. After waiting a brief amount of time for any donations in the mail, officials said $8,945 was raised by 67 gifts in 28 hours. Almost half the gifts came through Facebook and the other half predominantly through the university website.

HANCOCK, MI--   Finlandia University has been named one of the Top 10 Best Institutes for a Career in Sports and Athletics in 2018.

The designation comes from The Knowledge Review, an international education magazine for universities, students, teachers, and parents. The magazine cites Finlandia’s major offerings in sports management, marketing and graphic design, physical therapist assistant, and biology for the ranking.