Cornerstone University is an independent, non-denominational Christian university in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Cornerstone University has undergraduate and graduate programs, two seminaries, a radio division called Cornerstone University Radio, it is a liberal arts university. In the 1990s and early 2000s Cornerstone University expanded and transformed, changing its name, becoming a university, increasing enrollment, adding facilities and improving the campus, introducing an adult program including the MBA and a leadership development experience, adding an Honors Program and "Civitas" Core Curriculum, changing its mascot and logo, winning a men's national basketball championship in 1999, 2011 and 2015. Students are required to abide by a "Lifestyle Statement" intended to reflect trinitarianism; the university offers 60 academic programs in the arts, humanities, teacher education and business and journalism. Cornerstone University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and the National Association of Schools of Music.
In sports, it is a member of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Cornerstone's social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education; as of 2011 Cornerstone had an enrollment of 3,000 students, including professional and graduate studies and both seminaries. Cornerstone was founded in 1941 as the Baptist Bible Institute, it was accredited in 1972 as Grand Rapids Baptist College. In 1993, it absorbed the Grand Rapids School of Music. On July 1, 1999, following approval by the State of Michigan, Cornerstone College and Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary became Cornerstone University. In June 2003, the graduate theological school became Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, it was affiliated with the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches. David Otis Fuller Norman F. Douty Paul Jackson Gerard Knol Leon J. Wood J. Edward Hakes Howard A. Keithley W. Wilbert Welch Charles U. Wagner W. Wilbert Welch Rex M. Rogers Joseph M. Stowell, III On Saturday, October 7, 2006, the W. Wilbert and Meryl Welch Tower was dedicated during Cornerstone's 2006 Homecoming.
The clock tower has a four faced clock near its top. The tower stands 110 feet tall, has a WOOD-TV traffic camera on the southeast side of the tower; the clock tower is located between the Gainey Conference Bolthouse Hall on campus. Cornerstone University teams are known as the Golden Eagles; the university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, competing in the Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference. Men's sports include baseball, cross country, soccer and track & field; the official mascot is Rocky the Golden Eagle. The baseball team's honorary mascot is Buster the bulldog. National Championships: 1999 - Men's Basketball - NAIA Division II 2007 - Stephanie Allers - Women's Outdoor Track and Field - 200 meters 2007 - Derek Scott - Men's Outdoor Track & Field - 1500 meters 2010 - Zach Ripley - Men's Outdoor Track & Field - Steeplechase 2010 - Joel Leong - Men's Indoor Track & Field - 35 lb. Weight Throw 2011 - Men's Basketball - NAIA Division II 2014 - Cody Risch - Men's Indoor Track & Field - 3,000m Racewalk 2014 - Louis Falland - Men's Indoor Track & Field - Mile 2014 - Brittany Green - Women's Outdoor Track & Field - Heptathlon 2015 - Brittany Murray- Women's Indoor Track & Field - Pentathlon 2015 - Men's Basketball - NAIA Division II 2018 - Collin DeYoung - Men's Cross Country - 8,000 metersNational Runners-up: 2002 - Women's Basketball - NAIA Division II 2004 - Derek Scott - Men's Outdoor Track & Field - 3,000m steeplechase 2005 - Shannon Burmaster - Women's Indoor Track & Field - High Jump 2005 - Cathi Velzen - Women's Outdoor Track & Field - Heptathlon 2006 - Derek Scott - Men's Indoor Track & Field - Mile 2006 - Stephanie Allers - Women's Outdoor Track & Field - 200 meters 2008 - Danielle Rowe - Women's Indoor Track & Field - High Jump 2009 - Brandi Hagan - Women's Indoor Track & Field - Pole Vault 2011 - Kris Shear - Men's Indoor Track & Field - 3,000 meter Racewalk 2012 - Cody Risch - Men's Indoor Track & Field - 3,000 meter Racewalk 2012 - Anita Souza - Women's Indoor Track & Field - 60 meter hurdles 2012 - Cody Risch - Men's Outdoor Track & Field - 5,000 meter Racewalk 2012 - Janelle Brown- Women's Outdoor Track & Field- 5,000 meter Racewalk 2013 - Ryan Versen - Men's Indoor Track & Field - 400 meters 2013 - Louis Falland - Men's Indoor Track & Field - Mile 2013 - Cody Risch - Men's Outdoor Track & Field - 5,000m Racewalk 2014 - Brittany Green - Women's Indoor Track & Field - Pentathlon 2014 - Julie Oosterhouse- Women's Indoor Track & Field - 800m 2014 - Tess Odegard - Women's Indoor Track & Field - High Jump 2015 - Brittany Murray - Women's Indoor Track & Field - High Jump 2015 - Brittany Murray - Women's Outdoor Track & Field - Heptathlon 2016 - Kayla Ovokaitys - Women's Indoor Track & Field - 3,000m Racewalk 2016 - Tess Odegard - Women's Indoor Track & Field - High Jump 2016 - Nate VanderWal - Men's Outdoor Track & Field - 5,000m Racewalk 2017 - Colin DeYoung - Men's Indoor Track & Field - Mile 2017 - Joey Deboer, Jake Brink
University of Detroit Mercy
The University of Detroit Mercy is a private, Roman Catholic co-educational university in Detroit, United States, sponsored by both the Society of Jesus and the Religious Sisters of Mercy. Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph. D. is the president. Founded in 1877, it is the largest Roman Catholic university in Michigan, it has three campuses, where it offers more than a hundred academic degrees and programs of study in liberal arts, clinical psychology, dentistry, law, architecture and allied health professions. University of Detroit Mercy was ranked in the top tier of Midwestern regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U. S. News & World Report "Best Colleges" has been for over a decade. In athletics, the University sponsors 19 NCAA Division I level varsity sports for men and women, is a member of the Horizon League; the University of Detroit Mercy is one of the 28 members of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, which represents Jesuit institutions in the United States. University of Detroit Mercy's origin dates back to 1877 with the founding of "Detroit College," near Detroit's downtown, by the Society of Jesus, under the leadership of John Baptist Miège, S.
J. The college became the University of Detroit in 1911, in 1927 Fr. John P. McNichols, S. J. the president of the University of Detroit, established a second campus that ended up being known by its Spanish architecture and large elm trees. In 1941, the Sisters of Mercy opened Mercy College of Detroit. Both schools saw a great deal of developed many distinguished alumni. Notable alumni include political and business leaders such as U. S. senator Gary Peters and former Ford CEO Jim Padilla, both from the University of Detroit. In 1990, despite some opposition, these two institutions consolidated to become "University of Detroit Mercy." Since the merger, the University has produced the likes of actor Keegan-Michael Key and news anchor Allison Payne. The University has a long history of being active in the community and continues to play a major role in the minds and lives of Detroiters; the University of Detroit Mercy comprises seven colleges and schools: School of Architecture College of Business Administration School of Dentistry College of Engineering & Science College of Health Professions/McAuley School of Nursing School of Law College of Liberal Arts & EducationThe University has three campuses in the city of Detroit: The McNichols Campus is at 4001 W. McNichols Road, on the southeast corner of McNichols Road and Livernois Avenue, in northwest Detroit.
The majority of the University's undergraduate and graduate programs are offered on this campus, as well as the University's main administration and athletic facilities like Calihan Hall. It is the location of all six student residence halls; the Riverfront Campus is home to the School of Law in downtown Detroit at 651 East Jefferson. The Corktown Campus, at 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, has housed the School of Dentistry and Dental Clinic since 2008. Aside from Detroit Mercy's own campuses, the University offers undergraduate and certificate programs at Macomb University Center in Clinton Township, Mich. and at the Wayne County Community College District University Center in Harper Woods, Mich. Detroit Mercy has partnered with Aquinas College and St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. to offer a Nursing prelicensure program. A former campus at 8200 West Outer Drive in Detroit was home to Mercy College of Detroit from 1941 until consolidation in 1990; as part of University of Detroit Mercy, the Outer Drive Campus hosted Detroit Mercy's Dentistry Clinic starting in 1997.
Detroit Mercy agreed to sell the Outer Drive Campus to WCCCD in 2003, the Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and Clinic moved to the Corktown Campus in January 2008. The University is home to a variety of institutes and centers, clinics providing services to the public, archives. Examples include: In 1965 University of Detroit's Urban Law Clinic was one of the first in the country, it is one of the few law schools in the country requiring a practicum course for all students. It has received numerous awards, most the ABA Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access with Meritorious Recognition in 2012 and the ABA Law Student Division’s Judy M. Weightman Memorial Public Interest Award in 2006. Courses selected for the clinic component bring students in contact with the disadvantaged and disenfranchised, giving all law students at Detroit Mercy first-hand experience of social problems relevant to their specialization. In 2003 the clinic acquired a 28-foot long mobile law office the first such facility in the country.
In 2012 a downtown building was purchased and renovated for the clinic, bringing the clinic closer to the court buildings. At that time the clinic courses served over 1000 clients a year. Detroit Mercy Law students must take one regular, semester-long "clinic" course that places them in contact with the underrepresented in an area of their choice, with options covering most specializations; the courses provide them with the skills and knowledge requisite for their clinical work, together with guided reflection and individual contact with the professor, including a comprehensive final interview. Following are the clinic courses offered at Detroit Mercy, all of which fulfill the student requirement. Immigration Law Clinic; this serves immigrants seeking family sponsorship or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, or advancing Violence against Women Act Petitions. Students represent clients in U. S. Immigration Court. S. Department of Homeland Security, the Board of Immigration Appeals
Saginaw Valley State University
Saginaw Valley State University is a public university located in University Center, Michigan. It was founded in 1963 as Saginaw Valley College, it is located on 748 acres 6 miles from downtown Saginaw in Kochville Township, Saginaw County. It is only 8.5 miles from Bay City and 20 miles from Midland. It is the youngest of Michigan's 15 public universities. SVSU offers over 100 academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels with 10,000 students at its main campus in University Center. SVSU offers strong programs of study in its five colleges. Among the more popular are teaching, engineering, the health professions, traditional liberal arts programs like the performing and visual arts, as well as degree programs like criminal justice and professional technical writing. Higher education in the Saginaw Valley region dates back to the founding of Bay City Junior College in 1922. Though the junior college was replaced by Delta College in 1961, the area still lacked a four-year baccalaureate institution.
Saginaw Valley College was founded as a private institution in November 1963, became a state-supported institution in 1965. The name changed to Saginaw Valley State College in 1974 and again to Saginaw Valley State University in 1987. In 1955, civic leaders in the Saginaw Valley region met to discuss prospects for a local institution of higher education; the next year, a committee of 300 recommended a two-year community college which would expand to a four-year college. The two-year college, was approved by voters in 1958 and opened in 1961. Articles of incorporation for what would become Saginaw Valley College were drawn up in 1963, the state granted a charter to SVC as a private, four-year liberal arts institution. Dr. Samuel D. Marble, the president of Delta College, was appointed president of SVC in 1964. After holding both presidencies for four months, he resigned from Delta; the first class of 119 students completed two years at Delta and transferred to SVC. The first commencement ceremony was held in 1966 at a Midland church for a graduating class of ten.
A site for a permanent SVC campus was chosen in Kochville Township in 1966 and classes were moved to a building on that site the next year. Ground was broken for. Saginaw Valley College received full accreditation by the North Central Association in April 1970; the college's athletic teams were named the Redbirds, shortly thereafter changed to Cardinals after two coaches spotted a kitchen decoration with a cardinal on it at a golf tournament in Kentucky. In 1972, the Cardinals became a charter member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, in 1974 Frank "Muddy" Waters was hired as the college's first football coach; the name changed to Saginaw Valley State College in 1974. That same year, Samuel D. Marble, the college's president who had served in that role at Delta College, submitted his resignation. Marble had served as president of Wilmington College in Ohio, he would be named president emeritus and is honored with a lecture hall named in his honor in Wickes Hall. In November 1974, Jack M. Ryder became president of the college.
A report by the Michigan Efficiency Task Force in 1977 recommended to then-Governor William G. Milliken that SVSC and Delta could be run more efficiently if they were combined, an idea which gained no traction. In 1980 the Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association continued this accreditation and granted accreditation at the master's degree level. Both accreditations have been retained continuously since the original accreditation. In 1980, two Japanese students attended SVSC for two weeks, beginning what is now a flourishing international student enrollment. A fire in 1985 destroyed financial records, registration files, other important records; the college became home to the works of the noted sculptor Marshall M. Fredericks in June 1987. On November 5, 1987, SVSC became Saginaw Valley State University. Dr. Jack Ryder resigned as president in Eric R. Gilbertson succeeded him. An off-campus location was opened in Cass City in 1991. In 2000, George W. Bush visited the Ryder Center days before the election where he would be elected President of the United States.
The annual Battle of the Valleys, a fundraising competition against rival Grand Valley State University, was established in 2003. In 2009, SVSU alumnus Tony Ceccacci was the lead flight director for STS-125, a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, an SVSU pennant was sent to space on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis; the pennant is on display in Pioneer Hall. On June 18, 2013, President Gilbertson announced his intention to retire when the university's board of control finds his replacement. Ming Chuan University, the first Asian university to be accredited in the United States, opened their Michigan Campus in Gilbertson Hall in 2014. SVSU was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification. To be selected, institutions provide descriptions and examples of institutionalized practices of community engagement that showed alignment among mission, leadership and practices; the designation is in effect for 10 years.
In 2013, SVSU celebrated its 50th anniversary with a gala banquet on November 9 and various events throughout the year, including an economic summit on October 25. The university launched a fundraising campaign entitled "Talent. Opportunity. Promise." With the goal of raising $25 million. Dr. Samuel Davey Marble served as president of SVC from March 23, 1964
Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University is a public university in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Ypsilanti is 35 miles west of Detroit and eight miles east of Ann Arbor; the university was founded in 1849 as Michigan State Normal School. Today, the university is governed by an eight-member Board of Regents whose members are appointed by the governor of Michigan for eight-year terms; the school belongs to the Mid-American Conference and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Since 1991 EMU athletes have been known as "Eagles" and the school mascot, was adopted by the university three years later. EMU comprises seven colleges and schools: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Health and Human Services, College of Technology, an Honors College, a Graduate School; the university's site is composed of an academic and athletic campus spread across 800 acres, with over 120 buildings. EMU has a total enrollment of more than 23,000 students; the university opened its doors in 1853 as Michigan State Normal School.
Michigan State Normal School was the first in Michigan and the first normal school created outside the original 13 colonies. One hundred and twenty-two students started classes March 29, 1853. Adonijah Welch served as Michigan State Normal School's first principal. Michigan created; the normal schools were to train teachers for common schools, which were being established in new towns in the state. In 1899, the school became the Michigan State Normal College when it developed the first four-year curriculum for a normal college in the nation. Normal began the 20th century as Michigan's premier teacher-preparatory school and had become the first teacher-training school in the United States to have a four-year degree program; the school continued through World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, expanded further. With the additions of departments and the large educational enrollment after WWII, the school became Eastern Michigan College in 1956. In 1959 the school became a university, gaining the title Eastern Michigan University after establishing the Graduate School.
Between 1959 through 1980 the College of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School, College of Business, College of Health and Human Services, College of Technology were established. In the early 1970s, international student exchange schemes were organized, including one with Coventry College of Education in Britain. In 2005, the Honors Program became the Eastern Michigan University Honors College. More extended programs were added, such as Continuing Education, the Centers for Corporate Training, the World College, numerous community-focused institutes. Today the university's total student population averages about 23,000, of whom 5,000 are graduate students. Most programs are undergraduate or master's level, although the university has doctoral programs in Educational Leadership and Psychology. EMU former-President Susan W. Martin, Ph. D. took office as EMU's twenty-second president on July 7, 2008, just after the university was fined a then-record $350,000 for not reporting to students the sexual assault and murder of a student in her residence hall room.
Under Michigan's 1964 state constitution, Eastern Michigan University is governed by an eight-member Board of Regents. The Regents are appointed by the governor, "with the advice and consent of the Senate", serve eight-year terms; the Regents, in turn, elect the president of the university Eastern Michigan University offers degrees and programs at the bachelor's, master's, specialist's and doctoral levels. There are more than 200 majors and minors at the undergraduate level, more than 170 graduate programs. EMU has six Academic Divisions and eight University Sites which include satellite campuses. Just like many other large universities EMU does offer online degrees; the University has seven Schools. Areas of study are divided by College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Health and Human Services and College of Technology. Beyond this there are two other colleges: an Honors College, which oversees honors courses, the Graduate School; the Honors College and Graduate school handles courses that are honors and graduate program within the various colleges.
Eastern has offered graduate courses since 1939. The graduate school has close to 5,000 students enrolled in masters and doctoral programs and is house in Boone Hall; the two oldest colleges at the university are the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education. The largest college is the College of Sciences with 125 programs of study. Beyond this CAS oversees the most facilities such as Ford Gallery, Sherzer Hall, Kresge Environmental Education Center, the Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology Research Facility, Pease Auditorium. Eastern Michigan has had a long history of developing educators since its founding. EMU prides itself as the largest producer of educational personnel in the country since 1991. Eastern Michigan University's Department of Special Education is among the oldest special education program in the United States, started In 1923; the College of Business was established in 1964. The COB is the only college not on the main campus, it is housed in the Gary M. Owen building in downtown Ypsilanti.
The COB is known for having the First Ethos Ethos Honor Society in the country. Eastern Michigan University established the College of Human Services in 1975; the university changed the name to the College of He
The Ojibwe, Chippewa, or Saulteaux are an Anishinaabe people of Canada and the United States. They are one of the most numerous indigenous peoples north of the Rio Grande. In Canada, they are the second-largest First Nations population, surpassed only by the Cree. In the United States, they have the fifth-largest population among Native American peoples, surpassed in number only by the Navajo, Cherokee and Sioux; the Ojibwe people traditionally speak the Ojibwe language, a branch of the Algonquian language family. They are part of the Council of Three Fires and the Anishinaabeg, which include the Algonquin, Oji-Cree and the Potawatomi. Through the Saulteaux branch, they were a part of the Iron Confederacy, joining the Cree and Metis; the majority of the Ojibwe people live in Canada. There are 77,940 mainline Ojibwe, they live from western Quebec to eastern British Columbia. As of 2010, Ojibwe in the US census population is 170,742; the Ojibwe are known for their birch bark canoes, birch bark scrolls and trade in copper, as well as their cultivation of wild rice and Maple syrup.
Their Midewiwin Society is well respected as the keeper of detailed and complex scrolls of events, oral history, maps, stories and mathematics. The Ojibwe people underwent colonization by Settler-Canadians, they signed treaties with settler leaders, many European settlers soon inhabited the Ojibwe ancestral lands. The exonym for this Anishinaabe group is Ojibwe; this name is anglicized as "Ojibwa" or "Ojibway". The name "Chippewa" is an alternative anglicization. Although many variations exist in literature, "Chippewa" is more common in the United States, "Ojibway" predominates in Canada, but both terms are used in each country. In many Ojibwe communities throughout Canada and the U. S. since the late 20th century, more members have been using the generalized name Anishinaabe. The exact meaning of the name Ojibwe is not known; some 19th century sources say this name described a method of ritual torture that the Ojibwe applied to enemies. Ozhibii'iwe, meaning "those who keep records ", referring to their form of pictorial writing, pictographs used in Midewiwin sacred rites.
Because many Ojibwe were located around the outlet of Lake Superior, which the French colonists called Sault Ste. Marie for its rapids, the early Canadian settlers referred to the Ojibwe as Saulteurs. Ojibwe who subsequently moved to the prairie provinces of Canada have retained the name Saulteaux; this is disputed. Ojibwe who were located along the Mississagi River and made their way to southern Ontario are known as the Mississaugas; the Ojibwe language is known as Anishinaabemowin or Ojibwemowin, is still spoken, although the number of fluent speakers has declined sharply. Today, most of the language's fluent speakers are elders. Since the early 21st century, there is a growing movement to revitalize the language, restore its strength as a central part of Ojibwe culture; the language belongs to the Algonquian linguistic group, is descended from Proto-Algonquian. Its sister languages include Blackfoot, Cree, Menominee and Shawnee among the northern Plains tribes. Anishinaabemowin is referred to as a "Central Algonquian" language.
Ojibwemowin is the fourth-most spoken Native language in North America after Navajo and Inuktitut. Many decades of fur trading with the French established the language as one of the key trade languages of the Great Lakes and the northern Great Plains; the popularity of the epic poem The Song of Hiawatha, written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1855, publicized the Ojibwe culture. The epic contains many toponyms. According to Ojibwe oral history and from recordings in birch bark scrolls, the Ojibwe originated from the mouth of the St. Lawrence River on the Atlantic coast of what is now Quebec, they traded across the continent for thousands of years as they migrated, knew of the canoe routes to move north, west to east, south in the Americas. The identification of the Ojibwe as a culture or people may have occurred in response to contact with Europeans; the Europeans tried to identify those they encountered. According to Ojibwe oral history, seven great miigis beings appeared to them in the Waabanakiing to teach them the mide way of life.
One of the seven great miigis beings was too spiritually powerful and killed the people in the Waabanakiing when they were in its presence. The six great miigis beings remained to teach; the six great miigis beings established doodem for people in the east, symbolized by animal, fish or bird species. The five original Anishinaabe doodem were the Wawaazisii, Aan'aawenh and Moozoonsii these six miigis beings returned into the ocean as well. If the seventh miigis being had stayed
Finlandia University is a private Lutheran university in Hancock, Michigan. It is the only private university in the Upper Peninsula. Founded in 1896 as The Suomi College and Theological Seminary, it is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Suomi College was founded on September 1896 by J. K. Nikander. During the 1880s, large numbers of Finns immigrated to Hancock, Michigan to labor in the copper and lumber industries; as a mission pastor of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America headquartered in Hancock, Nikander observed that Swedish and Finnish immigrants along the Delaware River did not train new ministers, he feared a loss of Finnish identity. The college's role was to train Lutheran ministers and teach English. During the 1920s, Suomi College became a liberal arts college and in 1958, the seminary separated from the college. On July 1, 2000, Suomi College changed its name to Finlandia University; the cornerstone of Old Main, the first building erected at Suomi College, was laid on May 30, 1898.
Jacobsville sandstone, quarried at the Portage Entry of the Keweenaw waterway, was brought by barge and used to construct the Old Main. Dedicated on January 21, 1900, it contained a dormitory, laundry, offices, library and lounge; the burgeoning college outgrew this building. In 1901 a frame structure, housing a gym, meeting hall, music center, was erected on an adjacent lot; the frame building was demolished when Nikander Hall, named for Suomi's founder, was constructed in 1939. The hall was designed by the architectural firm of J. Robert F. Swanson. In addition to Old Main, the present day main campus consists of Nikander Hall, Mannerheim Hall, Wargelin Hall, Finlandia Hall, the Paavo Nurmi Center for Physical Education, the Kivi House, Hoover Center, the Finnish American Heritage Center, the Chapel of St. Matthew, the Jutila Center. Finlandia University has been a university of the Lutheran church since its inception. In 1988, the University became affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
The curriculum, campus events, the community explore the value of faith and service. Finlandia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association for Colleges and Schools. In 1996, the university transitioned from a two-year college to a four-year university. Finlandia University is located in Michigan; the town is located on the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The Peninsula stretches north into Lake Superior. Part of Finlandia University, serving both the campus and the community, is the Finnish American Heritage Center which hosts numerous university and community events and houses a museum, art gallery, theater; the Finnish American Historical Archives are located here. The Lions Den of North Wind Books offers an extensive collection of quality adult and children's fiction and nonfiction publications, textbooks, it sells Finnish functional design items for the home, university logo merchandise. There are 14 varsity sports at Finlandia.
Women's athletics include: basketball, cross country running, ice hockey, soccer and volleyball. Men's athletics include baseball, cross country running, golf, ice hockey and soccer. Finlandia University is part of NCAA Division III athletics. Conference Affiliation: Baseball: American Collegiate Athletic Association Men's & Women's Basketball: American Collegiate Athletic Association Men's & Women's Cross Country: American Collegiate Athletic Association Football: Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Men's & Women's Hockey: Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Men's & Women's Soccer: American Collegiate Athletic Association Softball: American Collegiate Athletic Association Women's Volleyball: American Collegiate Athletic Association Notable alumni of Finlandia University include: Trent Daavettila, ice hockey player Ryan Donovan, ice hockey player Sanna Kannasto, labor activist and feminist John Raymond Ylitalo, 29th United States Ambassador to Paraguay Official website Official athletics website
Adrian College is a private liberal arts college in Adrian, Michigan. The college offers bachelor's degrees in programs; the 100 acre campus contains newly constructed facilities along with historic buildings. Adrian College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission; the fall 2013-14 enrollment was 1,649 students. The college has its origin as a theological institute founded by Wesleyan Methodists at Leoni, Michigan, in 1845; this institution merged with Leoni Seminary, another Methodist school, in 1855 to form Michigan Union College. In 1859, that institution closed and its assets were transferred to Adrian to establish Adrian College; the college was chartered by the Michigan Legislature on March 28, 1859, under the first president of the college, abolitionist Asa Mahan. In the early stages of the American Civil War the college volunteered itself as a base for the formation of Michigan regiments for the Union side; the current Valade Hall building sits on the site of the former base camp for these soldiers.
The original campus was built in the mid-19th century. It would be a century that President John Dawson began a major construction phase of the campus, including most of the residence halls, academic buildings, a student union and the administration building. More current President Jeff Docking has introduced many plans to revitalize Adrian College and its campus, including construction of new buildings, renovation of old ones, programs related to athletics. Many of these initiatives are grouped under his "Renaissance I and II Projects" and include the new facilities such as: Arrington Ice Arena, a Multi-Sport Performance Stadium, Ritchie Marketplace Expansion, Athletic Training Laboratory & Human Performance Lab, College View North Apartments, Indoor Baseball & Softball Practice Facility, Terrace at Caine Student Center, a new Grounds and Maintenance Facility; the college has undertaken extensive renovation projects which include: the renovation of Rush Hall into a state-of-the-art million dollar multimedia facility, Robinson Planetarium renovations, Peelle 207 Lecture Hall, Spencer Hall Center for Music, Downs Hall and the current renovation and upgrade of Jones Hall and Peelle Hall.
The details of Adrian College's growth since 2005 are chronicled in Dr. Docking's published book, Crisis in Education: A Plan to Save Small Liberal Arts Colleges in America; the college is making renovations and expansions to the Science, Visual Arts, Performing Arts departments. Adrian College offers over 40 majors and pre-professional programs:, it offers six graduate programs using a unique 4+1 structure for current students. Graduate programs exist in: Accounting, Athletic Training, Criminal Justice, Industrial Chemistry, Teacher Education, Sports Administration and Leadership. Over the past several years eight of the nine academic buildings were renovated, fundraising is being undertaken on the final building, Mahan Hall for Art and Interior Design; the following renovations have taken place since 2008: Rush Hall for Communication Arts, Goldsmith Hall for Modern Languages and Cultures, Spencer Hall for Music, Herrick Chapel, Jones Hall for Business and Humanities, Peelle Hall for Mathematics and Natural Science, Valade Hall for social sciences and humanities, a historic renovation of the oldest building on campus, Downs Hall for theatre, built in 1860.
Institutes are thematic centers focusing on areas of interest supporting the mission of Adrian College. As of 2015, there are eight institutes including Career Planning, Entrepreneurial Studies, Health Studies, Romney Institute for Law and Public Policy, Study Abroad, Sports Medicine, Teacher Education; each institute provides programming to students, faculty and wider community. Adrian College athletic teams, nicknamed the "Bulldogs," are part of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III; the men's NCAA Division III hockey team is a member of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. The men's lacrosse team is part of the Midwest Lacrosse Conference, once the men's volleyball team achieves full varsity status in 2015–16, that team will join the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League. Adrian College is the third college or university to offer women's hockey as a varsity sport in Michigan. In 2011, the College reached an agreement with the federal Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, resolving complaints that the College had violated Title IX.
The College was found guilty of eleven violations of the law that governs gender equality, agreed to make several changes to its athletic programs. Adrian College offers the following varsity sports: Baseball Basketball Bowling Cheerleading Cross Country Dance Squad Football Equestrian Golf Ice hockey Lacrosse Soccer Softball Synchronized skating Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Wrestling Rowing Adrian expanded its athletic programs in the 2007-2008 academic year to add NCAA Division III men's and women's ice hockey and men's Division I ACHA hockey along with synchronized skating and NCAA Division III men's and women's lacrosse; the Bulldog's lacrosse program is the first varsity program in MI since the induction of Title IX. Women's bowling was added for the 2008-2009 year; the men's Division III team received national attention on the eve of Selection Sunday of the 2007–08 season on ESPN's "The Sports Reporters" as Mitch Albom, columnist from the De