News Briefs: Campus Life Night 2.0

Drew Howard

MLK Commemoration Week to include performances of L.A. riots testimonies

In honor of Grand Valley State University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week, students from the theater department will be performing testimonials taken from the show “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” on Monday, Jan. 18.

Testimonials from “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” were collected from real individuals who were each linked to the Los Angeles riots that took place following the Rodney King verdict in 1992. Each one is purposed with exposing the issue of race relations within the U.S.

GVSU theater students will perform from 10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 2263 of the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus.

For more information about the performances, go to or call the Louis Armstrong Box Office at (616) 331-2300.

Engineering faculty set to take over high-ranking positions

Chris Plouff, who formerly held high-ranking positions in school of engineering and the Engineering Cooperative Education and Educational Development, was replaced by two Grand Valley State University engineering faculty members this January.

Wael Mokhtar, associate professor of engineering at GVSU, has replaced Plouff as the new director of the school of engineering.

Diane LaFreniere, affiliate professor of engineering at GVSU, is now the new James R. Sebastian Endowed Chair in the Engineering Cooperative Education and Educational Development.

As for Plouff, he will continue working for GVSU as the assistant vice president for Academic Affairs in the Provost’s Office.

Campus Life Night 2.0

More than 400 student organizations will be on display together in one room at Campus Life Night 2.0 on Jan. 15.

Students looking to get involved on campus are encouraged to attend Campus Life Night 2.0 to learn more about each organization firsthand.

In addition to student organizations, attendees can expect free food, music, giveaways, and other entertainment.

Campus Life Night 2.0 will take place from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center.

For additional information about the event, contact Josh Lee at [email protected] or call (616) 331-2345.

Great Lakes art exhibition to open on campus

A new art exhibition highlighting the Great Lakes region will have its opening reception on Jan. 21.

“Great Lakes: Image and Word” will include work which explores the Great Lakes’ unique environment, landscape and weather, as well as the lives of people who inhabit its Midwest region.

The opening reception is set to take place from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Art Gallery, located in the Performing Arts Center on GVSU’s Allendale Campus.

The exhibition will be open for viewing through April 1 in the same location.

For more information about the exhibition, go to

GV alumni returns for violin performance

Grand Valley State University alumnus Andrew Uhe will be returning to the university for a free violin performance today.

Uhe is a both a violinist and teacher who has performed nationally and abroad. Today, he lives in Texas, where he’s a member of symphonies in the cities of Victoria and Corpus Christi.

The performance is set to take place at 7:30 p.m. inside the Sherman Van Solkema Recital Hall, located in the Performing Arts Center on GVSU’s Allendale Campus.

For more details about the performance, go to