Sunday, February 05, 2012

Finlandia to host wilderness survival presentation by Brian Rajdl Feb. 7

HANCOCK -- Brian Rajdl will give a hands-on wilderness survival presentation at 4:15 pm. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Finlandia University Chapel of St. Matthew, Hancock.

The presentation is one of several free public activities to be presented by Finlandia University in association with its Campus Read 2012, Into the Wild, by John Krakauer.

Brian Rajdl is a science teacher at Hancock Central High School. He developed the high school’s PEAK (Partnering the Environment and Academics on the Keweenaw) class, which focuses on place-based education, service learning, writing across the curriculum, and holistic grading.

Rajdl is also a master’s degree candidate at Michigan Tech, studying wildlife ecology and the wolves and moose of Isle Royale.

Additional Campus Read 2012 public activities in February include the construction of a "quinzhee" -- an igloo-like structure built of snow -- on the Finlandia campus. The date and time will be announced.

At 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, Jeff Foltz, author of Birkenbeiner, will talk about his book and his writing techniques in Finlandia’s Mannerheim Hall. Learn more about Foltz at

For additional information about Finlandia’s Campus Read 2012, please contact Terri Martin, assistant to EVP for academic and student affairs, at 906-487-7512 or

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