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).
Big Sisters/Little Sisters Set
Big Sisters/ Little Sisters have been set for the 2020-2021 school year. This beloved tradition is designed to help freshmen with the transition to high school and to forge a network of support and friends. On May 1, Big Sisters introduced themselves to their freshmen Little Sisters by mailing a personal letter to each. This program is divided into 15 groups with 4-5 senior Big Sisters and 5-6 freshman Little Sisters in each.
They all have group names that are Mercy and this year’s group names are:
• Blue Crew
• Butterfly Bunch
• Catherine’s Cocoon
• Catherine’s Crew
• Golden Monarchs
• Kaleidoscope Krew
• Merciful Monarchs
• Mighty McAuley’s
• Monarch Madness
• Plaid Pack
• Pretty in Plaid
• Teacup Tribe
• The HERd
• The Monarchy
A group chat with each of the named groups is being planned for the middle of May. Mercy has hopes to schedule the Big & Little Sister picnic in late June or July. Big Sisters will decorate lockers in August, give Little Sisters their greenie on the first day of school and decorate it before the school-wide Welcome Picnic held in August.