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 Writes for Elections
Elizabeth Walters ’20 developed her love of writing during her years at Mercy. Now a freshman at the University of Kansas at Lawrence, she recently had the opportunity to report on November elections in the state. She attended an election watch party in Topeka and had several stories printed in the university’s paper, “The University Daily Kansan. “
“Mrs. Coyle was instrumental in my development as a writer. Her constructive criticism helped me develop my skills and when I graduated, I had moved from first-level English to Advanced Placement English. I also had great experiences in my Convergence of Media in the Digital Age class.”
During her high school years, Elizabeth was in Mock Trial for three years, was Editor-and-Chief of “Tea Time,” Mercy’s online newspaper, her senior year and was a member of the National Honor Society. During her free time, she taught religious education at Mary Our Queen Parish and volunteered at Nebraska Medicine.
She received an academic scholarship to the University of Kansas where she is majoring in Journalism, in the News and Information track. Not only has she written for the college’s paper, she has also been writing for the school’s magazine, “Chalk.”
Although there are many good writers at the university, she feels very comfortable because Mercy prepared her both academically and personally.
“Mercy also taught me to be kind and compassionate in my view towards the world.”
Elizabeth hopes after graduation to pursue a career in writing for magazines.