For President Faust, a festive farewell

first_imgIt was a festive farewell.Drew Faust said goodbye as Harvard’s president Thursday as members of the University community celebrated her 11 years as leader with humorous and heartfelt tributes and moving musical performances in Sanders Theatre, and dancing that stretched into the evening at Annenberg Hall.Faust became the University’s 28th president in 2007, the first woman to hold that job. Yet the Virginia native, historian, professor, and founding dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study was quick to tell those gathered at her opening press conference that she was “not the woman president of Harvard; I’m the president of Harvard.”Thursday’s party bookended the celebration of her inauguration on Oct. 11, 2007, which also was in Sanders Theatre, and which included musical tributes from students, alumni, and professors, as well as a humorous video introduced by actor John Lithgow ’67 titled “A Primer for a President.” On Thursday, several guests looked back to rate Faust on her years in Massachusetts Hall, offering grades in a number of “presidential” lessons. Unsurprisingly, she aced them all.Lithgow, the afternoon’s master of ceremonies, kicked off the tribute with archival photos of Faust, and asked the faculty present to stand as he called for a voice vote to “celebrate and commend Drew Faust for a job well done.” The faculty gave a resounding “aye.”“Achieving faculty consensus is an art,” quipped Lithgow, who gave Faust an A for “Lesson One: Take control of faculty meetings.”,Actor Courtney B. Vance ’82 and his two children awarded Faust an A-plus for her ability to honor traditions while being unafraid to question and challenge ones “that may have outlived their usefulness,” including the term “House master,” which Faust worked to replace with “faculty dean.”Harvard’s 31st treasurer, Paul Finnegan ’75, praised Faust, who took office on the eve of the 2008 financial crisis, for staying strong during adversity. “When the going got tough, you got tougher. You acted swiftly but with care,” Finnegan said, offering her an AAA credit rating in lieu of a grade.Faust also got high marks for taking chances during her presidency from someone who knows about taking public risks for a living. “You just have to be willing to screw up and not freak out when you do screw up, because you will screw up. I mean, you are really going to screw up,” joked comedian Conan O’Brien ’85 in a video clip.Faust was also praised for using her position to fight for what she thought was right, for her devotion to athletics, and for her commitment to the sciences, which earned for her from Lithgow a new element on the periodic table: Drewdium. “The project that is higher education, that is opening minds and changing lives and discovering truths, it’s just an exhilarating privilege to be part of it.” — Drew Faust,When it came to picking advisers, Jack Reardon ’60, a former admissions officer, athletic director, and head of the Harvard Alumni Association, said Faust deserved high marks for having the most important expert always in her corner, Charles Rosenberg, Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus — her husband.Top marks for “Don’t Forget the Arts” were never in doubt. Faust made incorporating the arts into campus life a hallmark of her presidency. She helped introduce the Theater, Dance & Media concentration and added art to Harvard Yard. Diane Paulus ’87, artistic director of the American Repertory Theater, said she was “continually inspired by President Faust’s profound understanding that the arts have the unique ability to engage our hearts as well as our minds.” She then introduced a segment by jazz great Wynton Marsalis, who helmed a two-year performance and lectures series at Harvard, ushered in through Faust. Family, history, and the 1960s all helped to shape Drew Faust, but it was illness that urged her forward ‘What the hell — why don’t I just go to Harvard and turn my life upside down?’ Related Drew Faust and Larry Bacow on learning from each other, the value of humility in decision-making, and the biggest challenges facing higher education center_img Two leaders, one Harvard The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.,“The project that is higher education, that is opening minds and changing lives and discovering truths, it’s just an exhilarating privilege to be part of it and to have been in this institution and to have watched so many talented people ­— and you saw a lot of them onstage tonight — commit themselves to this project,” said Faust, offering her thanks to the crowd.“You have done the work that I was being praised for tonight,” Faust said. “This has been a collective enterprise, and it’s a collective enterprise that I know is going to continue in support of my successor, Larry Bacow.”,Mandolinist Forrest O’Connor ’10 and guitarist Jim Shirey ’11, members of the Grammy-winning bluegrass ensemble the Mark O’Connor Band, took the stage as part of a group called the Drew Crew. Aditya Raguram ’18, pianist and research fellow in genetics at Harvard Medical School, also performed, as did singer Joshuah Campbell ’16, who concluded the ceremony with a lively rendition of The Temptations’ “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.” That got Faust up on her feet to bust a move center stage with Lithgow. Attendees were then treated to a dance party in Annenberg Hall, which was transformed into a disco with neon lights, a D.J., a black-and-white checked dance floor, and some of Faust’s favorite foods, including shrimp dumplings, beef sliders, falafel wraps, bacon, and chocolate.Jeffrey Douyon, a staff assistant at the Harvard Alumni Association, said that while he had never met Faust he felt as if he knew her after attending the celebration. Hearing “so many kind and beautiful words about her work over the last 11 years and to just be a part of the spirit of this room tonight was beautiful,” said Douyon.“It’s bittersweet,” he added. “It’s sad to see her go. On the other hand, I am excited to see how her legacy lasts here at Harvard.”last_img read more

Haiti Leader Calls For ‘Red Helmet’ UN Force

first_imgBy Dialogo April 02, 2010 Haitian President René Préval has given his backing to the creation of a UN “red helmet” humanitarian rapid reaction force which could swing into action within hours of natural disasters. In a speech before a donor’s conference at the UN headquarters on Wednesday to pledge help for his quake-hit nation, Préval argued there was a “need for creating a humanitarian intervention force under the auspices of the UN to coordinate response to disasters, which are bound to occur.” Along with the January 12 quake that left over 220,000 people dead, Préval said recent major natural disasters such as the December 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean and 2008’s Cyclone Nargis that struck Myanmar highlighted the need for rapid intervention to save the maximum numbers of lives. Préval was backed in his call by former French minister Nicole Guedj, who founded the “Red Helmet Foundation,” to lobby for the humanitarian force. UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called the goal “a good project that deserves study and reflection,” he added. Wednesday’s conference ended with some 50 international donors making 9.9-billion-dollars in pledges in a bid to help Haiti recover from the devastating earthquake.last_img read more

This week’s top five sales on the Gold Coast topped $8 million

first_imgPool with a view. 23 Fowler Ct, Bonogin.The third highest sale was the result of a family choosing to sell their island home after fifty decades.The traditional timber house on South Stradbroke Island, or ‘South Straddie’ if you’re a local, has changed hands for the first time in 55 years, selling for $1.23 million. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoThe water slide flows into the pool, which is built underneath the house. 74 River Links Bvd E, Helensvale 5 South Esplanade, Stradbroke Island just sold for the first time in 55 years. 45 Conifer Cr, Broadbeach Waters was the biggest sale on the Gold Coast this week. It changed hands for $3.125 millionFROM a waterfront mansion to a multi-generational island shack, the top five sales on the Gold Coast were varied but had one element in common with all hitting the million-dollar mark this week. According to CoreLogic data, the biggest sale was a Broadbeach Waters waterfront home that changed hands for $3.125 million. 45 Conifer Cr features stunning river views.The five-bedroom, five-bathroom house features resort-style living, a home cinema, upstairs retreat and expansive pool and deck setting overlooking a pontoon, outdoor shower and boat ramp. The sale was handled by Eddie Wardale and Josh Longhitano of Kollosche Prestige Agents.A modern residence tucked in bushland at Bonogin just pipped a Stradbroke Island abode, an apartment in Broadbeach and a designer home in Helensvale to the post for second place.Selling for $1.285 million, 23 Fowler Crt, Bonogin was marketed by Remax Regency agent Stuart Legg. It’s one of 61 tightly-held freehold properties in South Currigee.The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home on South Esplanade is one of 61 tightly-held freehold properties in South Currigee and faces east to overlook the Broadwater.The sale was handled by Stephen Cone of LJ Hooker Broadwater.A luxury Surfers Paradise apartment changed hands for $1.2 million.Ray White Surfers Paradise handled the sale of 101/1 Oracle Blvd — the Oracle tower apartment featured two bedrooms and two bathrooms.Rounding out the top five was the sale of a contemporary designer home at Riverlinks Estate in Helensvale for $1.175 million. You need to be a resident to drive a car on this island. 23 Fowler Ct, Bonogin sold for $1.285 million.The property was described as a “private resort in the bush” and was a design blend of polished concrete, wooden floorboards, and cedar framed glass doors and windows. The bushland residence’s pool was a standout with the unique design cutting under the house and flowing to a water slide on the other side. The interior features a mix of materials.A media room, generous master suite, central courtyard and private pontoon helped the listing change hands under the guidance of Evan Molloy and Dana Gotlieb of Hope Island Resort Realty.last_img read more