Now you have a great opportunity to help put together the story of the University of Lapland.
We are shaping and improving communications at the University using storytelling. We have created a core story to describe how our University – and ours in particular – has become the institution it is today.
We would like to make the story part of how we work, day in and day out. Please take a look at the attached story and help us tell it and help it grow. Let us know what ideas you have about the many parts the story might play, where it can make itself seen on our campus and in the work we do.
Here is how you can contribute:
1) Read the core story.
2) Choose the group you belong on the rotating banner.
3) Move on and start contributing to the open story. Don’t be afraid to add what you hope to get from your experiences and/or what experiences you have had at the University. Let your imagination soar.
Thank you for your ideas in advance.
- Everyone who contributes to the story and sends their contact details becomes eligible for a drawing where the prizes are a round Mustikka (Bilberry) tray made of birch plywood, and a copy of the book Tarninallistaminen signed by the author, Anne Kalliomäki.
- All rights to use the stories belong to the University of Lapland.
A snowflake’s journey – clarity of thought and insight!
The snowflake that symbolizes the University of Lapland is born of a wealth of stories, each a crystal with a dazzle of its own. What does it mean to students, researchers, teachers, staff, visitors and partners that collectively they form the University’s snowflake? This is a story of what it is like to shine as a part of the University.
One day a water drop that wanted to learn and understand things decided to head north. It felt very small among the other drops but also had a feeling it was somehow special. As it was carried north on the winds, the water drop started hoping it would find a new home, one where it could grow, follow its own path and learn something new about itself and the world.
The spring rains came, and the water drop with them. It landed in Rovaniemi, the gateway to the Arctic, and there found its way to the University of Lapland.
The place seemed incredible. The air was invigorating and there was ample room for even the grandest of ideas. To get to know itself better, the water drop went to play on venerable Ounasvaara, watched and listened to the stir of the world around it under the Midnight Sun and in the colourful splash of the autumn forests.
On one crisp autumn morning everything changed.
The little water
drop froze, becoming ice then snow, crystal then flake. It knew that no
two snowflakes in the world are identical. Its looks and size fit it
perfectly; it was unique. It projected a wisdom that it had gathered
along the way. The Arctic surroundings had left their mark, and it now
dazzled the world around it with its beauty.
Snowflakes are being constantly reborn – innumerable paths of learning and knowledge.
snowflakes go off to other climes and change their shape yet again. The
life and learning they have partaken of do not disappear; each has been
transformed. Some snowflakes stay, continue their journey and are
constantly reborn, changed. Together, the snowflakes endlessly create
new forms, networks and structures.
If you have even a drop of Arctic
adventurer in you, make the University of Lapland your choice. This was
a story of change, learning something new and experiencing the beauty
of the Arctic world.
Everyone who contributes to the stories and provides their contact details becomes eligible for a drawing. The prizes are a
- Mustikka tray (35 cm in diameter, made of birch plywood) from Arctic Design Shop (http://arcticdesignshop.com)
- copy of the book Tarninallistaminen signed by the author, Anne Kalliomäki.
please remember to fill in your contact details at the end of the
questionnaire. At no point will this information be linked to the
The drawing will be held on 4 November.