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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). 



Practical STEAM Education

February 13, 2020
By Deb Daley

At Mercy High School, the STEAM curriculum emphasizes innovative thinking, experimentation, and the application of interdisciplinary knowledge to enhance problem solving skills. In this semester’s Fundamentals of STEAM, course students are solving real problems for people using 3-D technology.  The problem—where to store a hair crimper when not in use so it doesn’t burn a hole in the counter or burn young children’s hands.

According to Paul Tschudin, Information Technology Director and teacher with this project, the teacher acts as facilitator and the students are the thinkers and doers. To increase class engagement, the problem focuses on something the girls can relate to in their own life.  Over several weeks, the students need to define the problem, do research including conducting interviews and asking relevant questions, collect data, brainstorm potential solutions with their team, develop a prototype and refine that prototype based on feedback.  At the end of the project, teams give a five-minute presentation highlighting the steps taken to create the 3-D design.

“I really enjoyed the entire process.  You work on everything from interviewing, to brainstorming, to designing, to calculations, to computer fabrication.  The design process was fascinating because each team developed a different, unique design,’ said sophomore, Lilee Surdell.

STEAM education is crucial to educate and prepare the next generation as a global workforce.  Research shows the job opportunities in these fields continues to grow and is critical to our country’s economy. 

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