His colleagues describe him as a man of integrity, trustworthy, discreet, and honest. And while all these words definitely capture the spirit of Fred van Hartesveldt, we’re not quite sure there would ever be enough words to thank him for his fearless service.
Fred van Hartesveldt taught his first class in 1984 as an adjunct instructor. He has continued to be a wonderful asset to the English Department for more than 30 years. During this time, he has taught EN 101, EN 102, technical writing, journalism and political science. In addition to his teaching responsibilities and serving on other committees through throughout the college, Fred has served as the president of the Michigan College English Association and brought that annual conference to GRCC. More recently, he has served as the president for the GRCC Faculty Association from 2002 to 2016.
And while Fred complimented his department on their overall collegiality and the college for continuing to have an open door mandate, he says that the one thing that he likes best about his role as a faculty member is students. His passion for students has been evident as he continues to use best practices and innovative techniques in the classroom, such as focusing on questioning students rather than lecturing. “We put teaching first…” Fred stated as something that he values about the institution. We definitely see and honor that same value in Fred.
During the Faculty Association meeting on April 29, 2016, GRCC faculty surprised, Faculty Association president, Fred van Hartesveldt, with a thank you celebration for his 14 years of service. I reiterate that words cannot fully express how thankful we are for his continued leadership and direction.
If you missed the celebration or just want to watch it again, check out the following link: https://youtu.be/hjg_1VRLZkE .