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Internship fund established in memory of Feenstra

February 08, 2016

Internship fund established in memory of Feenstra

The Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies established an internship fund in memory of Dave Feenstra, who died in December following an accident at his family's greenhouse.

Feenstra retired from Grand Valley in 2012 as a maintenance supervisor, then returned in 2014 to serve as adjunct manager for the Sustainable Agriculture Project. 

Anne Hiskes, dean of Brooks College, said the college wanted to establish a fund to honor Feenstra's leadership at the farm and to enable his vision for the project to "take root and flourish."

“Dave provided wonderful mentorship to the student interns, unselfishly sharing his time and expertise with the students and faculty," Hiskes said. "Dave was not only an educator, but also a role model. He developed a strategic business plan for the Sustainable Agriculture Project that we will continue to implement over the years.”

The fund will provide financial support for one or more students to work on SAP projects in Feenstra's special areas of interest that benefit the SAP and meet learning goals of the student. Student awardees will be known as Dave Feenstra Sustainable Agriculture Interns.

Contributions to the internship fund can be made online by clicking here.

For More Information Contact: Michele Coffill in University Communications - 616-331-2221

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