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Rebecca Morgenstern Recipient of the Veritas Cup

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/10/2014 9:30 AM

As a junior in high school, Rebecca Morgenstern first discovered the four ideals of Dominican; study, reflection, community and service, and immediately identified with them.“I thought, ‘That’s me!’ If I were to create four ideals of my own, they would be Dominican’s four ideals,” Morgenstern said.

Her devotion to Dominican’s ideals resulted in a special reward. On May 17, at commencement ceremonies, she was named the recipient of the Veritas Cup, given to a graduating senior who has been a “friend of the class,” or especially supportive of the Class of 2014.

Morgenstern majored in nursing, minored in psychology and leadership studies and, inspired by Lianni Castro, Dominican’s campus minister, immersed herself in everything Dominican joining campus ministry and the liturgical choir. She attended a leadership institute in Philadelphia, a Dominican preaching-in-action conference in Chicago, took part in a cultural immersion trip to El Salvador and participated in alternative Spring break service trips to Tijuana, Mexico, and for Habitat for Humanity in Yakima, Wash.

In addition, Morgenstern became a resident advisor on campus, was a founding member of the Siena Leadership Team at Dominican, involved herself in fundraising events, such as the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life,” and completed her senior nursing preceptorship in the intensive care unit at Kaiser, in Santa Rosa.

“My preceptorship helped me to become a confident, independent soon-to-be nurse,” she said. “My preceptor, Vincent Umscheid, was an incredible example of everything nursing stands for, and I hope to follow in his footsteps as a nurse, leader and mentor. In addition, my time in the ICU further inspired me to seek out nursing opportunities that focus on health promotion and disease prevention.”

In August, Morgenstern moves to New York City to do a year’s service with Dominican Volunteers USA as a Registered Nurse before returning to California to find a public health or community health nursing position. Eventually, she would like to go to graduate school to study either public health or nursing education.

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