campusreadendThe 2014 Campus Read has come to a close and we, the Campus Read Committee, want to offer a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s joint read a success.  We had amazing involvement across all campus departments and event turnout was fantastic.  Our open mic was a packed house and the support offered for Relay for Life allowed us, as a university community, to make a cash donation to the cause.  The committee will be meeting soon to start brainstorming the 2015 Campus Read.  In the meantime, keep reading, writing, and exploring!

Reader Spotlight – Alana Nolan

This Star Won't Go Out is available for purchase at the North Wind Books shop.

This Star Won’t Go Out is a collection of the writings and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16.  Essays by family and friends tell her story along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green, who dedicated The Fault in Our Stars to her.  It is available at North Wind Books.

Hyvää Päiva – Good Day!

I’m Alana Nolan, one member of the Campus Read Committee, and I would like to share one of my connections with this year’s Campus Read book, The Fault in Our Stars. As a mother of two, I can relate to the character of Hazel’s mother. Hazel implies that her mother knew more about her condition than any doctor and that her full time job was taking care of her. I agree that kids are a full time job and that their health is the priority. My children are fairly young and since their births I have learned about minor illnesses I didn’t even know existed, for example last week I learned about Fifth Disease. I can only imagine the amount of learning/understanding required of a serious disease. At the end of the book, I also liked how Hazel found out that her mother was working on her Master’s in Social Work. I would imagine it was a struggle, at least at first, for Hazel’s mother to find the common ground of taking care of and being there for her daughter, but to still continue to live her life. It is hard to do that with healthy kids!

I am the manager at North Wind Books, the university’s bookstore. I started at the university as a student, where my work-study position just happened to be at the bookstore as a sales associate. It just so happens I never left. I feel so blessed to love my work. When not working, I spend my time with my family. We enjoy the outdoors, sports, and reading together.

Näkemiin – Till we meet again!

Bookstore Plug – if you are interested we do carry other works by John Green. A new arrival is This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life & Words of Esther Grace Earl.

Ice Cream Fundraiser Starts Today!

ice creamThe first Relay for Life Fundraiser, a lunchtime Ice Cream Sale, starts today at 11:30 a.m. in the Finlandia Cafe.  The sale will be held today through Friday from 11:30 – 1:00, so stop by and get some dessert after lunch.  You can have your choice of Cookies and Cream, Mackinaw Island Fudge, Moose Tracks, or Mint Chocolate Chip for $2.  All proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life on behalf of Finlandia’s walking team.  If you are interested in walking in Relay for Life, purchasing luminaries, or donating additional funds, please contact the Campus Read Committee or inquire during the Ice Cream Sale.  We hope to see you there!

Relay for Life Fundraisers


Campus Read committee member Leann getting “pied” at a pie smash fundraiser last year.

Finlandia University has a Relay for Life team that will be walking at Michigan Tech’s April relay. Although the relay team was initially suggested by the Campus Read committee, due to The Fault in Our Stars tackling the subject of cancer, the Relay for Life team is open to the entire campus community, whether you read the book or not.  In addition to joining the walking team we also encourage all faculty, staff, and students to help us raise funds to donate to the cause.

On Wednesday, March 26 – Friday, March 28 there will be an Ice Cream Sale, with all proceeds going to Relay for Life.  Ice cream will be available for purchase from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm in Finlandia’s Cafe.  $2 will get you your choice of Cookies and Cream, Mackinaw Island Fudge, Moose Tracks, or Mint Chocolate Chip.

On Friday, March 28, in addition to the ice cream sale, there will be a Pie in the Face fundraiser in Finlandia’s Cafe.  For $1 you can smash a whip-cream pie in the face of one of Finlandia’s faculty, staff, or students.  There is also a special $2 Presidential Pie, which will allow you to smash a pie on university President, Philip Johnson.

Please join us in raising funds and stop by one of these events to find out more about how to join our Relay for Life team.  We will be walking from 11 am to 11 pm on Saturday, April 5th at the SDC.

Photos from Open Mic

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported our Open Mic and Writing Contest Wrap Up.  We heard some great original writing as well as some nice renditions of classic quotes and interesting poems.  Here are some photos from the event.  Also, if you are interested in learning more about our next event, Relay for Life, please contact the Campus Read committee.

Writing Contest Wrap Up Today!

fault in stars2Today is the day!  The Campus Read Writing Contest Wrap Up is today at 4:15 pm in the campus chapel.  We will have an open mic for you to share poetry, prose, or off-the-cuff musings.  In addition we will announce the winners of the writing contest, share information about the university’s Relay for Life team (which will walk in MTU’s April relay at the SDC), and have a raffle.  The raffle prize is a $25 gift certificate to North Wind Books.  We hope to see you there!

Event Reminder – Writing Contest Wrap Up


This is a friendly reminder that the Campus Read Writing Contest Wrap Up will be tomorrow, March 18, at 4:15 pm in the campus chapel.  We will announce the winners of the writing contest, host an open mic, and have a prize raffle.  Although we will be honoring the campus read writers, we also want to encourage all students, faculty, and staff to attend the event. The open mic is not only for contest submissions but also for open reading by anyone.  Bring a poem or short piece to share, either original or something else.  We hope to see you there!