Veritas Cup winner forms friendships as RA, BFA in Dance student

As the recipient of the Veritas Cup, Erin McKay ’18 is appreciated and acknowledged to be a great friend of the senior class.

Erin’s friendships and leadership, however, extend beyond the Class of 2018. A four-year student in the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program minoring in Communications, Erin followed in the footsteps of her parents and became a resident advisor (RA) at the University.  As an RA, she split her time between Pennafort Hall and Edgehill Village.

“I feel very blessed to have served as an RA. The position gave me the opportunity to meet students outside of my class and develop close and lasting relationships,” Erin says. “Yes, I was gone for part of the day for dance training in San Francisco, but when I came back to campus I had a community, a hallway of people to come home to. I supported them, and they supported me.”

The Veritas Cup is awarded annually at Commencement to a graduating senior who has been “a friend of the class.” Veritas means “truth,” and the person chosen for this award is true to self and others. Frequently, those nominated are students who have worked hard for the class, have been inspirational, or have been leaders in their communities.

Erin had all these characteristics as an RA. She helped organize the “Red, White, and Blue Bash” to tie in with College Debate 2016 and a breast cancer awareness fair on campus. She also collaborated to create a winter door decorating competition that had all of Pennafort wrapped up in the holiday spirit.
Erin’s joy and dedication carried her through her Dance major and Communications minor.

“I love event planning and getting people excited, engaged, and encouraged.” Erin says.

Erin greatly benefited from the well-rounded liberal arts education through the School of Liberal Arts and Education. She entered Dominican as an honors student and became a student ambassador for Admissions, a delegate for College Debate 2016, and a member of Young Life. A Communications Minor improved her social media and marketing skills, inspired her to attend GenHERation Discovery Days, and influenced her to pursue and earn a digital strategist position with Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

In addition, Erin is pursuing her dream to dance professionally. She is auditioning for opportunities ranging from positions with cruise ships to contemporary ballet companies.

“I am ready for the next step and excited to go out into the world and find my niche,” Erin says. “The LINES Ballet BFA Program stresses the importance of uniqueness. I have learned that my ideas, experiences, and quirks can enrich a creative process. My faith, family, friends, and individuality keep me going. Dominican University has helped shape the woman I am today and has blessed me with relationships that I will treasure for the rest of my life.”


May 29, 2018