News Briefs 02/23

| 2/22/17 9:47pm

Mental health fund to be named after former GV President Lubbers' son

Grand Valley State University President Emeritus Arend D. Lubbers announced in a press conference Tuesday, Feb. 21, that he would be starting a mental health fund called the “Andy Lubbers be nice. Memorial Fund” to promote awareness of mental health issues as well as bullying and suicide prevention in k-12 schools. Lubbers is creating the fund in honor of his son who committed suicide in September 2016 at the age of 43 after suffering from depression and mental illness for decades.

The fund will be operated by the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, which already supplies information and resources about mental health issues to schools in West Michigan. With the addition of the Andy Lubbers fund, the foundation’s reach will be able to grow.

To donate to the fund, visit

GV book club to hold Harry Potter screening with breakfast food

The Grand Valley State University Book Club will be holding a Harry Potter screening titled “Potter and Pancakes” Thursday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. in Area 51 in the Kirkhof Center. During this event, the club will be screening “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” as well as serving breakfast food to those who attend.

Interested individuals are encouraged to come and bring friends.

Outdoor Adventures to hold cooking class on how to eat cheaply while camping

Outdoor Adventures at Grand Valley State University will be holding a seminar on the basics of camping nutrition and kitchen safety Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Fieldhouse. The seminar is intended to show people how to eat on a budget while camping, and those who participate will have the opportunity to learn and share recipes and tips on different meals that cost less than $3 and how to plan and portion meals.

Those who participate will also be given a hands-on opportunity to make and try some of the recipes toward the end of the event, since Outdoor Adventures will be providing stoves to cook on. To RSVP for the event, visit

Collaborative concert to be held at Holland High School

A collaborative concert featuring the Grand Valley State University Symphony Orchestra, the University Arts Chorale, the Park Church Choir and the Holland Chorale will be held Sunday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Holland High School in Holland, Michigan. The concert is an encore of the concert taking place at the Park Church Saturday, Feb. 25.

The concert will feature several performances from the four groups separately and combined into groups of two and will end with a performance combining all four musical groups.

Tickets are $19 for adults and $5 for students at the door.

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