Alum Exemplifies Faith at Work
January 27, 2014 | 7 a.m.
By Nicole Finsaas ’13
Graduate School alum Marguerite Dummer received the Leading with Faith award. (Photo Credit: Dave Hrbacek/The Catholic Spirit)
Marguerite Dummer GS ’06 has been recognized for demonstrating faith in the workplace, receiving one of Catholic Spirit’s Leading with Faith awards. The nomination-based award is given to ten Minnesota professionals each year. According to the Catholic Spirit’s website, the award honors “men and women whose business practices reflect the teachings of Jesus Christ and the church.”
Dummer received her Master of Science in Nursing Education degree from Bethel and was the Graduate School’s student speaker at commencement. In her speech, she acknowledged the impact of Bethel professors on her faith and outlook on life. “The faculty are role models who have encouraged me to feel awakened with a desire to continue to seek wisdom through lifelong learning,” she said. “These Christian nurse educators have recognized that God is at work in and through them as they mentor graduate nursing students by building relationships with them.” Dummer says her degree program taught her about faith and reason, “the two wings that bear us aloft towards Christ, the truth about God, and the truth about man.”
Professor of Nursing Marjorie Schaffer remembers Dummer as fun, innovative, and dedicated to her faith. “(She) demonstrated her commitment to integrating faith perspectives in her work,” says Schaffer. “(She brought) a creative approach to teaching and learning.”
Currently, Dummer is the Dean of Health Careers at Hennepin Technical College (HTC), where she lives out her faith through her actions. “I believe it is important to treat employees as people first,” she says. “People are creations of God—deserving of dignity and respect.”