Capital University's staffers and students are rolling up their sleeves and pitching in with hurricane relief efforts.
The university's Conservatory of Music turned its annual faculty showcase performance, held Sept. 6 in Huntington Recital Hall, into a benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
"It was a mutual idea" among faculty, said Lynn Roseberry, interim dean of the Conservatory of Music.
"This concert was already planned. As Hurricane Harvey hit, the faculty kept commenting on how dreadful the flooding would be for the schools in Houston, and for people in general. Can you imagine losing everything?," Roseberry said.
After receiving an enthusiastic endorsement from Capital President Elizabeth Paul, the Conservatory of Music faculty proceeded with organizing details of the benefit concert, Roseberry said.
Attendees had the option of donating directly to one of three organizations: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Disaster Response, the Houston Food Bank or Donorschoose.org.
The response was overwhelmingly positive, Roseberry said, with faculty playing to a standing-room-only audience. For those who couldn't attend the concert in person, the event was streamed online, with more than 1,700 people watching.
"It was a mutual decision to reach out to the Capital campus and the alumni through streaming it," Roseberry said. "That was the first time we streamed a concert. We wanted to expand it to the larger Bexley community."
Attendees donated directly to the charitable organizations, so Capital does not have figures for how much money the event raised, Roseberry said.
But the benefit had an immediate effect with faculty and students saying how much they appreciated being a part of the relief effort, she said.
Roseberry said one student from the region affected by Hurricane Harvey approached her after the concert to express his gratitude.
"He said, 'Remember I'm from Texas. It means a lot to me,' " she said. "The Capital family is being very supportive and letting that spill over to the community and our fellow Americans."
In other hurricane relief efforts:
* Capital's Student Athlete Advisory Committee organized a collection site in the lobby of Bernlohr Stadium during Capital Football's Sept. 2 season home opener. Including collections from the athletic department, the team donated several large boxes of clothing, household items and $200 to relief efforts.
* Paige Shalter Bruening, education professor, began efforts with the Capital University Education Society to adopt a classroom in Texas. Working through the organization, Teacher to Teacher, the department will connect with teachers in Houston and other affected areas to provide school supplies and teaching materials, as well as clothes and personal care items for students.
* Student and Community Engagement started providing guidance to students who are interested in organizing service trips to Houston, said Deanna Wagner, Capital's dean of engagement of success.
"They are at the very early stages of planning and we are thinking of organizing a post-finals trip in December," Wagner said in a statement. "It's too soon to know the details and logistics, so I'll continue to meet with these student leaders throughout the next several weeks to make some decisions, and to help them plan to have the most impact with their efforts."
* The student organization Activities Management and Planning will raise money for hurricane relief support at its annual Dine and Do Good event from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 26 on Schaaf Lawn. Funds raised will support a relief organization to be determined, according to the university's website.
For more information, visit Capital.edu.