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First Annual Alumnae Shadow Day

October 12, 2017
By Deb Daley

In a new alumnae event, about 35 Mercy seniors had the opportunity to job shadow with alumnae throughout the Omaha area. Students indicated the jobs or careers they were interested in and then they were matched with alumnae in those fields. Interests included biomedical engineering, nursing, PT, health care, the legal field, law enforcement, teaching, marketing, dentistry and more.

The event was the brainchild of Katy Butts ’03, Alumnae Relations Director and Events Manager and Kristi Wessling ’88, Assistant Principal for Academics.

As one student put it, it was the chance to “test the water and find out about a career before college.” For alumnae it was “an opportunity to give back to Mercy which holds such a special place in their hearts.”

Two girls shadowed at Streck, Inc., an ISO-certified biotech company that delivers products to over 13,000 labs in 65 countries. The visit was arranged by Connie Ryan’70 and was featured on WOWT.

Gabbi Caito, who wants to be a biomedical engineer, reflected on her experience.

“My favorite part of the day was getting to see all of the labs and different projects the team is working on. I loved getting to experience what a day as an engineer is like! Everyone was so helpful and welcoming and answered any questions I had about the career,” she said.

Emily Herout was also at Streck.

“I enjoyed getting to be hands on and testing the blood samples in the machines/equipment. The results were so fascinating to examine and compare. I loved to be able to perform a task that they would do for their job. It was super cool and really helped me decide that this is the path I want to go further in,” she said.

Both girls want to pursue STEM careers because they love math, science and learning.

Audrey Huse shadowed at the Abrahams Legal Clinic at Creighton University’s School of Law with Katelyn Cherney ’04, a staff attorney there.

Cherney said, “I was grateful for the opportunity to participate and connect with a current Mercy girl. I really enjoyed the experience and I hope it was interesting for Audrey.”

Anne Proulx '03 hosted Bridget Schroll at Methodist Hospital in Physical Therapy.

She said, "  I think it is important to participate because it is nice to connect with current Mercy students.  I loved Mercy and the community that it provided.  I also think it is great they are having seniors shadow so that they can get an idea of what they might want to study in college as it can be overwhelming with all the choices.  I know a lot of people who went to college and got a degree they do not use and then had to go back once they found out what they really wanted to do."

Pictures from some of the shadow visits are here.