On April 16, members from Queens Chamber Singers and Queens Womens Chorale met online to mark their final rehearsal of the year. During the meeting, they held posters that spelled out Queens University Choir 2019-2020.

Music therapy students and faculty worked together in virtual small groups to write new lyrics to the song Tank You for Being a Friend in regard to the pandemic. “Te song was created in response to our general feeling of wanting to do something for Queens folks on campus and virtually who worked so hard to support students and faculty during our transition to online learning,” said Meg Johnson, music therapy program and clinical coordinator. “As music therapists, our go-to response is to respond musically, and songwriting is a frequently used avenue of expression for us clinically.”

Te song was sent to the senior leadership team, student life,

campus services, dining services, faculty support services, IT and beyond. “We asked each group to pass it along to folks in their groups that were a part of the support team,” said Johnson.

Tough the 14th Annual Billy O. Wireman Memorial Golf Tournament originally scheduled for April 20 was cancelled, sponsors such as Ally Financial, Apex Systems, Carolina Premium Beverage, Donald E. Frieson, Mitchell Martin, SteelFab and Tito’s donated their sponsorship dollars to the McColl School Excellence Fund.

Jen Lawrence Grennan ’93, an instructor of accounting in the McColl School of Business, shared her online teaching expertise with colleagues who were adapting to the online teaching format. Grennan, who worked in corporate America for 25 years before joining Queens three years ago, helped her colleagues set up grading systems, assignments and exams online. “It was a great way to pay them back because they’ve been so helpful to me being new to academia,” said Grennan.


Conrad Ricamora ’01 knew that he wanted to be in Soft Power, a musical that enjoyed a two-month run last fall at Off Broadway’s Public Theater, as soon as he heard about it. The actor loved that the show spoke to the anxiety and divisiveness in America, and that his character, Xue Xing, is so completely his opposite—direct, forceful and a bit aggressive. Ricamora, who has a recurring role on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, splits

his time between New York City and Los Angeles. He recently wrapped an animated movie with Sandra Oh (currently untitled), created a TV series called No Rice and was slated to perform at The Kennedy Center this summer in the musical On the Town. “I’d love to play Hamlet and also do an Oscar Wilde character,” said Ricamora

when asked about his dream roles. “I love the classics.” Although he enjoys life in show business, he misses the tightknit community at Queens. “I secretly wish I could go back,” he says. “The friendships I had there were some of the closest of my life.”

Joey Haynes ’11, chaplain and director of the Davies Center for Faith and Outreach, and Suzanne Henderson, professor of interfaith studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and dean of the chapel, set up a mini grocery in the chapel for students staying on campus during the pandemic. Food was donated from Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Park Road Baptist Church, as well as faculty and staff. Haynes also collected and delivered food to immigrant

and refugee families in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools during the pandemic through ourBRIDGE for Kids, a Charlotte nonprofit. In addition, on Monday evenings, Haynes hosted an online book club comprised of students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community. Te Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams was the first book discussed. “It is a very appropriate read during these

times,” said Haynes. “A lot of the book is sort of this conversation about living in a world full of pain and suffering and finding joy. It’s been a really good way to connect.”


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