Frontier’s excursion to Amcham Finland

On the sunny morning of April 6, a delegation of Frontierites visited Amcham to learn about what it’s like to work for an international business hub and what it takes to land a job there. We were happy to join forces with Macondo, the organization for students of Latin American studies, for our first working-life excursion of 2016.


Our group was warmly welcomed by Program Manager Ina Kauppila and Policy Director Matt Wood, who kindly told us about their individual backgrounds and their roles and responsibilities at Amcham over some coffee and pulla (delicious!). We also got to introduce ourselves and tell a little bit about what we do.



Not many of us had even heard of Amcham before the excursion, but by now we all know that Amcham is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that is funded by its members, representing various fields, industries, and cultural backgrounds.

Amcham aims at helping its members find new business opportunities

Amcham helps international businesses to land in Finland and assists Finnish businesses when they want to go abroad. One of Amcham’s goals is to influence policymakers in order to make the local business environment better for its members. This kind of work involves, firstly, lots of human contacts and, secondly, finding and processing information quickly.

What’s a humanist to do at a business hub?

amcham6Among the most important things we learned during our chat was the fact that the business lobbying world will appreciate a person with a good general knowledge, a curious mindset, and the right attitude towards learning new concepts and new skills, i.e. a multidisciplinarian. At Amcham, you’re not expected to already know everything about everything (because that is simply not possible), but you are expected to be ready to pick up the phone, to find a person who knows what you need to know, and then relate that information to someone else in a way that they can understand.

amcham7What’s more, we discovered that in a dynamic organization such as Amcham, the environment is constantly evolving, so it’s essential for an employee to be able to live with change. It is also an asset to be comfortable with small talk and to be able to build a bond and a mutual understanding with people from different fields and cultures. A successful business advocate will understand a member’s needs and be able to speak the language of their field. However, while it is useful to have a basic knowledge of economics and how business is done, a business degree is by no means necessary.

It’s the attitude that matters most.


To sum up, during the visit we gained some valuable information about a field that was new to us and some fresh perspectives of the potential roles of a multidisciplinary humanist in the world of international business.

We would like to thank Amcham for the time and effort of having us as guests, and especially Ina and Matt for a truly inspirational talk and for creating such a relaxed atmosphere. It was a pleasure to start the day with you (and pulla)!


Next board meeting

Hello everyone!

With signs of spring very slowly – but surely – appearing, it’s time for Frontier’s next board meeting!

We’ll meet on Wednesday, 23rd of March at 6 pm in Thirsty Scholar on Fabianinkatu 37. If you’d like to know more about who we are and what we do, or if you just happen to find yourself at a loose end, you’re most welcome to join us. We’re always interested in meeting new people!

WHAT: Frontier board meeting

WHEN: Wednesday 23.3, 6pm

WHERE: Thirsty Scholar, Fabianinkatu 37




Spring Meeting

Dear friends of Frontier ry, old and new!

Next week we will be holding our Spring meeting, and we’d like to warmly welcome You to take part. The meeting will be at 7 pm in room Illuusio in the New Student House, Mannerheimintie 5 A, 5th floor. Below you can see the proposed agenda for the meeting.

If you’re already a member of Frontier, you are allowed to cast your vote if we hold a voting. If you’re not yet a member, you are most warmly welcome to come and learn more about Frontier. We’re always open to anyone interested in our organization, and you can also easily join Frontier.

There will also be some snacks!

WHAT: Frontier Spring Meeting

WHEN: 23.2.2016, 7pm

WHERE: Illuusio, the New Student House

Proposed agenda for the meeting:

  1. Kokouksen avaus
  2. Valitaan kokouksen puheenjohtaja, sihteeri, kaksi (2) pöytäkirjantarkastajaa ja tarvittaessa kaksi (2) ääntenlaskijaa
  3. Todetaan kokouksen laillisuus ja päätösvaltaisuus
  4. Hyväksytään esityslista kokouksen työjärjestykseksi
  5. Esitetään tilinpäätös, vuosikertomus ja toiminnantarkastajien lausunto
  6. Päätetään tilinpäätöksen vahvistamisesta ja vastuuvapauden myöntämisestä
  7. Hyväksytään tuleva toimintasuunnitelma ja talousarvio
  8. Käsitellään sääntömuutosehdotuksia
  9. Käsitellään muut esille tulevat asiat
  10. Kokouksen päättäminen

If you have any questions, contact the board at frontier-hallitus(at)




Call for Submissions!

Ahoy all you funny and/or artistic members!

Frontier needs YOU to unleash your creative powers and design us a new overall patch! Submit your work(s) of art to frontier-hallitus(at) by February 29.

A hand-drawn design is ok – you can just scan the drawing into your email.

The creator of the best patch wins a yummy prize!


Questions? Contact the board at frontier-hallitus(at)

Welcome new students and spring semester 2016!

Frontier has now had its first board meeting of the year, and we have plenty of ideas for this spring! Check out our brand new Facebook page and remember to follow us on Twitter as well.

We will keep you posted about upcoming events on Facebook and on this page. Also, don’t hesitate to contact us at frontier-hallitus(at) if there’s anything on your mind.

Welcome_fair_2Frontier ry at HU Welcome Fair


Board elected for 2016



Not much left of the year now and Frontier is already preparing for the next one.

Next year, the people in charge will be:

  • President: Sonja Lehtinen
  • Vice President and Study Affairs: Noora Juvonen
  • Secretary and Communication (Webmaster): Anna Häkkinen
  • Treasurer and Working life: Anna Hiltunen
  • Facilities, Sports and Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference coordinator: Olli Siitonen
  • Environment and Equality: Elmo Rissanen
  • Cooperation and New members: Jenny Sandström
  • International Affairs: Tea Hardy

Happy holidays and see you next year! 😉

Fall meeting and Christmas party

Hello and happy almost-December!
It was nice to see so many of you at the Thanksgiving dinner. The year is coming to an end, and that means that the time has come for our last event of the year, the Fall Meeting and Christmas party! Yay! It will be on the 4th of December at the New Student House, in meeting room Illuusio (Mannerheimintie 5 A, 5th floor). The meeting starts at 6 pm, and when we are done (probably by 7 pm) the party starts!

In the meeting we will elect the chair and other board members for the 2016 term. If you cannot come to the meeting, but still wish to run for a position in the board you can send your application to frontier-hallitus (ät) (by the 2nd of December, 2015). Please mention in your application if you are running for a certain position. Check out our blog to see what positions we have in the current board:

Here’s the agenda for the meeting:
1. Opening the meeting.
2. Choosing the chair, secretary, two (2) examiners of the minutes and two (2) vote counters.
3. Declaring the quorum and legality of the meeting.
4. Approving the agenda for the meeting.
5. Confirming the action plan, estimates of revenue and expenditure and the membership fee.
6. Choosing the chair and other board members.
7. Choosing two (2) operations inspectors and two (2) deputy operations inspectors.
8. Any other business.
9. Closing the meeting.
Both new and old Frontier members and friends are welcome, just remember to bring your student card or ID with you!