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 Named for Spring Musical
Mercy High School has announced its cast list for its spring musical,“The World Goes ‘Round.“ The play is a revue featuring songs from across the career of John Kander and Fred Ebb, who wrote and composed for such musicals as “Chicago—the High School Edition” which the school was producing last spring until it was cancelled due to COVID-19. Dates for the spring production are April 16-18.
“This show is great for the present moment to somewhat cap off unfinished business from last year by including some of Chicago’s greatest hits. It is also innately flexible in allowing for reassignment of songs without needing to be tied to particular characters, allowing us to expand the cast to feature a variety of student performers from across all grade levels,” said Joshua von Kampen, Theatre Director.
Cast members and stage managers include: