News Briefs: 8th Annual Recyclemania begins

Retired professor passes away

Grand Valley State University regrets to inform that Edward Jack Musch, retired professor, passed away on Feb. 1 at the age of 89.

The professor retired from GVSU in 1988. Before that, he was a faculty member in the Mathematics Department for 22 years.

Musch’s funeral will take place at 11 a.m. on Feb. 14 at the Ridgewood Christian Reformed Church in Jenison. Those wishing to attend a visitation can show up to the first hour of the funeral or go to the church from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 4.

Contributions to the memorial are encouraged to be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Rosalynn Bliss headlines upcoming Wheelhouse Talk

The next Wheelhouse Talk will feature Rosalynn Bliss, the current city commissioner and mayoral candidate in Grand Rapids.

Hosted by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, the Wheelhouse Talk will give Bliss a chance to talk about her role of leadership within the community.Bliss is known for her work involving the representation of the homeless youth.

The Wheelhouse Talk is a free event taking place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11 in Grand Rapids at the L. William Seidman Center inside the Forum Room.

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8th Annual Recyclemania begins

It’s that time of year again for the annual Recyclemania, a competition between universities across the country to see which institution can gather the most recyclables and diminish the greatest amount of trash intake.

Grand Valley State University will once again participate in the competition, which runs from Feb. 1 to March 28. GVSU previously ranked first in the state and 35th in the country.

Facilities Services will head the competition on campus. Other places on campus such as Campus Dining, Office of Sustainability Practices, Student Environmental Coalition, Office of Housing and Residence Life and Pew Campus Operations will help promote the event.

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Reasons to be Pretty

Higher-level theatre students at Grand Valley State University will perform “Reasons to be Pretty,” a show that aims to highlight the problems everyone faces when putting too much thought into physical appearance.

In the show, students will act out couples from different backgrounds as they face issues concerning each other’s appearances.

Performances will be held at the Louis Armstrong Theatre inside the Performing Arts Center on the Allendale campus.

Show times include 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 and 2 p.m. on Feb. 15. Tickets cost $6 at the Louis Armstrong Theatre Box Office.

Lakers offered free lecture series

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan is providing the newest lectures series for free to those who attend Grand Valley State University.

Titled “Great Decisions 2015,” the lecture series will cover a variety of topics every Monday at 6 p.m. at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center until March 30.

Lecture topics include human trafficking, the Syrian refugee crisis, religion and politics in the Middle East as well as the consequences from the crisis in Ukraine.

Speakers include GVSU professors, a retired assistant secretary of state for Africa and an NPR correspondent.

For more details, contact Michelle Coffill in University Communications at (616) 331-2221.