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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). 



Fall Plays Set

September 11, 2020
By Deb Daley

The “show must go on” is a familiar phrase to theatre goers and Mercy High School will do just that in their approach to the school’s traditional fall play.  The hybrid schedule of the school, and the need to minimize large groups in proximity, resulted in producing two one-act plays back-to-back, with each performed by groups who attend school on the same days. 
“If Sherlock Holmes Were a Woman” is a hilarious take on the great sleuth’s clever skills of deduction that his overzealous admirer, Shirley Holmes, employs to attempt to solve a mystery in her college housing. “The Wishin’ Tree” is a comedy set in the living room of a widow and her mother in the small Wild West town of Tarnation, Nebraska in 1873. When a strange, voiceless neighbor gifts them with a seed for a tree that grants wishes, it causes trouble among the women of the town.

“Not only does this approach meet the challenges presented by COVID-19, it opened the door to shorter comedies that will provide a much-needed laugh and escape,” said Joshua von Kampen, Theatre Director. 

The plays are set for October 23 and 24 at 7:00 p.m. and October 25 at 2:00 p.m. in Franey Hall. Because of audience size limitations, attendees will have to register online ahead of time here. Costs for tickets are $10 for adult, $7 for students and $5 for Mercy students.  

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