Self Perspective

Chronicles of an American professor in Finland

Don’t know Tallinn, Estonia?   Have you heard of Skype?  Started in Tallinn, Estonia.  In fact, Tallinn is one of the most wired cities in the world.  My wife, Deb, was amazed and found herself continuously checking for WiFi.  She always had a strong signal everywhere inside and outside.  (Interesting experiment, but got to be fairly annoying–reminded me of the …

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I am grateful for being at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences for my Fulbright.  The faculty and administration have been wonderful to me.  And just as important as having great colleagues, is the encouragement to make the most of my time in Finland.  As an example of that is they have made it possible to accept invitations …

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I have been very fortunate in having great colleagues here at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences.  I have been included in many events, big and small, important and trivial, but all very special to me. Just last Tuesday, I was invited to go with 4 others to a “treatment” of supercold.  Which in Finland is truly …

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Busy week.  From Monday through Wednesday, I had a conference in Dubai, one of the emirates in the UAE for EuroCHRIE, the European branch of International CHRIE, the association for hospitality educators in higher education.  Then, on Friday and Saturday, we had to be in Turku, Finland to speak at a Fulbright function. On Sunday, October 5, Deb and …

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Categories…nice and tidy… University Students seem to be more stylish in what they wear; they seem much more put together.  Thoughtful about how they look as compared to the students at home that seem to throw something on.  Maybe it is just the scarves and other accessories, but they do seem more stlish.  I mentioned this …

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Getting to Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences is great.  Walk to the Pasila train station, then take the train two stops to the Huapalahti station, then walk about 8 minutes to work.  Total time about 23 minutes.  Piece of cake.  Of course, the weather has been great, about 70 degrees and sunny.  I’ll report back when it is freezing, dark …

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  Wow.  What an intensive, interesting, informative week. Started on Tuesday evening with an informal get-together with all of the student and professor Fubright participants along with the staff of the Fulbright Center.  The director, Terhi Mölsä, is one of the most professional and talented executives of a non-profit that I have ever seen.  It is …

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Surprisingly, I am actually looking forward to writing this blog, which is my first.  My only reservation is that this blog will be perceived as one giant narcissistic, ego driven, bunch of nothing.  I am doing this blog for several reasons: to motivate professors to apply for the Fulbright Scholar; share observations of the differences …

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