News Briefs: 2015 Winter Career Fair – Feb. 24

Faculty member passes away

Grand Valley State University faculty member David Gabrielse passed away on Feb. 7 at the age of 69.

Gabrielse, who lost his life to cancer, began his career at GVSU in 1997. He was the director of the Bachelor of Social Work Program and taught at various locations through the School of Social Work.

He was also known for his efforts surrounding Hurricane Katrina and Sandy through his service-learning social work experiential courses which he taught after retiring.

Gabrielse’s memorial service took place on Feb. 14. It is suggested that gifts be donated to the World Renew Disaster Relief or South Christian High School.

Artists Quoting Artists

A special exhibit titled “Artists Quoting Artists” will focus on how artists’ work is often directly influenced by other artists. The event will occur from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24 inside the Art Gallery in the Performing Arts Center.

The exhibit is presented alongside “Veracity, Distortion, Reduction: Visual Explorations by Ed Wong-Ligda,” and will be hosted by GVSU faculty.

Faculty members include Ellen Adams, assistant professor in the Frederik Meijer Honors College; Ed Wong-Liga, professor of art and design; and Virginia Jenkins, Art and Design Department chair.

For more information about the exhibit, go to

2015 Winter Career Fair

Students looking to get a head start on the competition should plan ahead to attend the 2015 Winter Career Fair on Feb. 24.

The career fair is free to students and is expected to host more than 200 different employers. Students are encouraged to attend and seek new opportunities in either professional employment or internships.

The fair will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids.

For more about the event, go to

Automotive Suppliers Symposium

The 16th West Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium will focus on the theme of manufacturing fueling growth in North America. The event will occur from 8 a.m. to noon on March 5 inside the Loosemore Auditorium at Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus.

Hosted by the Van Andel Global Trade Center, the event will include keynote speakers discussing new trends and forecast predictions for the future.

Keynote speakers include Roberto Soto Montes, director of Powertrain Purchasing for Renault-Nissan of North America; Ed Wulbrecht, vice president of Quality Control for Subaru of Indiana Automotive; Mike Wall, director of Automotive Analysis for IHS Automotive; and Michael Dorney, director of Global Business Development for Lacks Enterprise, Inc.

For more details, go to or call (616) 331-6811.

Community Reading Project

The latest Community Reading Project will focus on Sheri Fink’s bestseller “Five Days at Memorial,” a story centering on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in a New Orleans hospital. The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23 inside the L. William Seidman Center.

Joseph J. Fins, professor of medical ethics and chief of the division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, will present “Health Care Delivery: Whither Professionalism When Disaster Strikes?”

Fins is known as the author of “A Palliative Ethic of Care: Clinical Wisdom at Life’s End” along with more than 250 other published works.

For more information about the Community Reading Project, go to