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Two New Hires for the Advancement Team

Sammie Emsick Becker ’05 has accepted the Director of Events position at Mercy High School and began her new role on June 13, 2022.

Since graduating from Mercy, Sammie earned a bachelor in elementary education, a certificate in Catholic School leadership, and most recently, a Master of Science in educational leadership. Outside classroom teaching, she has served as the athletic director for St. James for the past three years where, in conjunction with supervising all things athletics, annually planned the “Spring Fling” fundraiser where dollars raised went straight to the athletic program. Her most recent “Spring Fling” event set a record for money raised for St. James. She further has event planning experience by way of her time at Dundee Bank, where she was the community involvement coordinator and worked closely with various Omaha businesses to promote and grow relationships with key stakeholders of the bank via special events.

She’s married to Tyler Becker and has two boys Ty (12) and Drew (10). 
Welcome back to Mercy Sammie!

Brian Altenhofen began his new position as Director of Marketing and Communications on July 5th.

He comes to Mercy with a wealth of knowledge having earned a doctorate degree in communication and technology studies from Texas A&M University and teaching at Truman State University for the past five years. He also served as the Director of the Truman Leadership Scholars, mentoring and programming leadership experiences for Truman Scholars. Prior to his academic career he spent five years as a Jesuit Scholastic.

He is married to Michaela Cullan Altenhofen who will return to Mary Our Queen Catholic School teaching 3rd grade. They have four children Dylan (16), Lily (9), Dominic (7), and Clara (3). 



Alumna Studies STEM

January 02, 2019
By Deb Daley

Sarah Austin ’18 is putting her Mercy education to good use.  The first-year Biological Systems Engineering student at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln built a night train bobsled for a class project and the efforts were captured on Facebook. The objective was to make an autonomous vehicle that was programmed to stop when the photo sensor saw a bright light. 

While at Mercy, Sarah was involved in the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and the Golden Girls.  
“Mercy prepared me to work on these projects because of the experience I had in Chemistry and Physics. I think research and projects in STEM-related fields are important because they are hands on and give you real life experience if you plan to go into a STEM field,” she said. 

Sarah’s long-term career goals are to graduate with a degree in Biological Systems Engineering with an emphasis in BioMedical Engineering.  She is hoping to do something with that degree in the field of prosthetics. 

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