The vibrant, dynamic performances at the Harvard for Haiti concert on Feb. 12 made for a stark contrast with the reality of the Jan. 12 earthquake disaster in Haiti. But Harvard College students raised almost $37,000 at their sold-out benefit show at Sanders Theatre.The production was wholly underwritten by Harvard University, meaning all of the money raised will go to Partners In Health, a Harvard-affiliated nongovernmental organization that has been working in Haiti for more than 20 years.The concert, produced and performed by the students, featured performances that were varied in style but uniformly moving. Violinist Ryu Goto ’10 played with such passion that he frayed his bow.The Pan-African Dance and Music Ensemble got the audience moving and clapping along in their seats during a performance of “Drum Call.” Following a reflection by Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds, the Kuumba Singers ended the evening with modern and traditional gospel songs about community and resilience.Sanders was filled to the rafters, as President Drew Faust noted in her welcoming remarks. But the audience extended far beyond the theater, as almost 3,500 watched live via Webcast. The online audience donated to the cause via the Harvard for Haiti Web site.After the concert, the Student Alliance for Global Health hosted a reception at the Queen’s Head Pub in Harvard Yard to help concertgoers learn more about the health implications of the disaster and what else they can do get involved. HHI, iPhone connection Michael VanRooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, addressed the audience … also mentioning a special iPhone app that was used in the rescue effort. Magic in motion The Caribbean Club Dance Team performs “Simplement Danse,” choreographed by Akilah Crichlow ’10. Photos by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Classic moment The Harvard for Haiti Benefit Concert at Sanders Theatre included student performers from across campus. Ryu Goto ’11 performs Paganiniana Variations for Solo Violin. Harvard for Haiti Benefit Concert Moore’s dance Merritt Moore ’10 performs a dance titled “A Day Without Rain” to the capacity crowd at Sanders Theatre. Piano man Charlie Albright ’11 performs two pieces during the benefit concert. Kuumba contribution The Harvard for Haiti Benefit Concert at Sanders Theatre included the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College. The University has established a relief fund for Harvard faculty and staff directly affected by the earthquake in Haiti. Donations can be made online, in person, or by mail through the Harvard Credit Union.
Vermont’s State Historic Preservation Officer has announced she is retiring from her post after 33 years of serving state government.Jane Lendway, who has led the Division for Historic Preservation since 2003, will step down on December 31.Jane has been a dedicated public servant and the results of her efforts can be seen in preserved barns in our fields and historic buildings in our downtowns and villages, said Governor Jim Douglas. On behalf of the people of Vermont, I extend my gratitude for more than three decades of excellent work.Lendway, 57, of Montpelier, joined the Division for Historic Preservation, part of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, in 1975.She served as a National Register and survey programs supervisor; federal and state preservation grants administrator; tax credit project reviewer; Certified Local Government coordinator, and preservation planner.Lendway helped develop the Certified Local Government, state grants and Vermont Downtown programs, and served as coordinator of the Downtown Program, which designates downtowns and village centers and administers benefits to them, from 1995 to 2003.In 2003 she became Acting State Historic Preservation Officer and was formally appointed to the office several months later.Prior to serving the State of Vermont, Lendway was with the Michigan History Division of the Department of State and National Park Service as a member of Michigans first historic resource survey team in 1974 and 1975.She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art and a master’s in art history from Michigan State University.She currently serves on the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission as chairman of its Infrastructure Committee as well as on the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s Cultural Heritage Recreation Advisory Committee.In addition, Lendway is a Master Gardener who is co-chair of the Washington-Orange County Chapter. In this role, she has contributed countless hours to the historic gardens at the Justin Morrill Homestead State Historic Site in Strafford.Historic preservation is a development strategy that has stood the test of time, Lendway said. Reusing historic buildings saves energy, keeps debris out of our landfills, and maintains walkable neighborhoods and downtowns where people meet and greet one another. Vermont has a world class sense of place and we will continue to distinguish ourselves by taking care of it.The Division for Historic Preservation, part of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, includes programs devoted to the restoration and continued use of historic resources; protection of archaeological resources; education; the State and National Registers of Historic Places; and administration of the 10 state-owned historic sites.More at: www.historicvermont.org(link is external)