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).
Cast Chosen for Musical
Mercy High School’s spring musical production, “Chicago: High School Edition,” has announced its cast list. The show, whose characters embody the 20’s through singing, dancing and performance, features a variety of genres: vaudeville, jazz, crooner, ventriloquism, and more. The play has also been adapted for suitability on a high school stage. It still deals in the main themes of the story: the relationship between the justice system and women, what defines a valid ground for defense, the importance of fidelity in a relationship, the repercussions of wrongdoing and rash decisions, and what it means to be blinded by the flashing promise of fame.
“On a personal level, 'Chicago' was the first Broadway touring production I ever saw at the Orpheum in Omaha. I was enthralled that 'Chicago: High School Edition' preserves all of the excitement of the show while toning down the content that would be objectionable. It’s critical to understand that this production is a work of satire: it puts the behaviors of its characters on display and jazzes them up in order to expose and criticize the characters, from a chorus girl with aspirations toward fame, a manipulative lawyer, or a press that at the time was more concerned with getting attention than getting it right. These are all issues that still matter today,” said Josh von Kampen, Theatre Director.
Dates for the musical are April 17-19 with ticket information and other details coming soon.