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).
A Blast from the Past
Over Christmas break, new lockers were installed in the corridors of Mercy High. But in the crevices and cracks of the discarded lockers, memories and short notes from past Mercy Girls were discovered. Varying from 1981 fashion catalogs to absent slips dated back to August of 1978, these remnants of the past give us a sneak peak into the lives of Mercy girls decades ago.
Within these relics, two love notes were salvaged. Dated September of 1971, a young Mercy Girl received a letter from her college boyfriend. In his surprisingly beautiful handwriting, he wrote to the Mercy Girl about his early adventures in college and to check in on how his beloved was doing back home. After updating his girlfriend and inviting her to visit him at Blair College, he signed off with “Yours till next life”. The letter, now tattered and discolored, leaves us wondering where that couple is now.
Although Mercy Girls today may not have experienced receiving such a love letter, an old polio vaccination card proves that some things never change. In today’s world of COVID-19, many Mercy students are staying up-to-date with their vaccinations and booster shots. While it may feel like we will never overcome the effects the virus has caused on the modern world, a vaccination card for polio proves that there is still hope. Decades ago, Mercy girls were going through something similar to our current pandemic. They are proof that we will make it through this!