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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). 



Kaleidoscope Takes Flight

March 22, 2019
By Deb Daley

Mercy High School is committed to providing our students with the knowledge and confidence to help them succeed which is why our school is introducing Kaleidoscope.  This unique four-year leadership and empowerment program encourages each student to maximize individual strengths while providing a series of progressive opportunities to help each student reach her greatest potential.  The program’s name was chosen because a group of butterflies, the school’s mascot is the monarch butterfly, is a kaleidoscope.  

Working with the school’s Counseling Department, the Kaleidoscope program maps out a leadership curriculum that builds on the OnTo College with John Baylor, ACT preparation program that is provided free to every student. Using other community-based support including local businesses, influential community leaders, mental health and financial literacy experts, as well as alumnae and school resources, students have access to the tools and materials needed to help develop a plan of personal development. 

One of the featured events, a female leadership symposium, set for April 1 at 7:40 a.m. at Mercy. Marquee participants include leaders from the Nebraska Unicameral, Creighton University, College of St. Mary, CHI Health, Methodist Hospital, Mutual of Omaha, The Lozier Corporation, Nebraska Families Collaborative, the Heider Foundation, the Archdiocese of Omaha, and Wells Fargo.

“Kaleidoscope is intended to complement our already rigorous academic programs by providing our students with the life-skills to assist them outside of the classroom.  And much like a Kaleidoscope of butterflies evolves in their ever-changing environment, so too does this program!” said Mercy’s President, Sr. Delores Hannon, RSM.

Elements of the program include:
•    Freshman introduction into Gallup’s Builder Profile 10, an assessment geared toward entrepreneurship and innovation.   
•    Sophomore introduction to CliftonStrengths, Gallup’s strengths assessment.
•    Leadership Symposium for sophomores that provides dialogue and connections with female community and business leaders. 
•    Social and mental health awareness - A presentation from a mental health expert from CHI Health to discuss societal pressures, mental health, and strategies for coping with these issues.
•    Career exploration - Sophomores and seniors were matched with alumnae specifically pertaining to the careers they are interested in so they can learn more about employment possibilities.
•    OnTo College with John Baylor provides standardized test strategy and preparation for juniors.
•    Financial literacy for seniors - A seminar provided by our community partner, American National Bank, in which students learn about loans, credit cards, bank accounts, and other relevant financial information.

Fliers are available in English and Spanish. 

For more information contact Mercy’s College Access Assistant Josah Driml-Powers ’98 at or 402.553.9424. 

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