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).
Renovated Academic Success Center
A critical goal of Mercy High School, as articulated in our strategic plan, is ensuring educational excellence through integrated support for our students. As part of that vision, Mercy’s Academic Success Center was created in 2014. In the summer of 2020, the area received a comprehensive renovation. This student-centered and caring, physical environment focuses on academic assistance and outcomes, college advising, and provides emotional support and services to meet students’ needs while fostering personal attention and support.
Student service staff who support these functions are now housed in one area to accommodate integrated and collaborative efforts. Personnel includes counseling staff, the ESL specialist and the Academic Success Coordinator. Completely paid for by generous donations from the Lozier Corporation and the Heider Family Foundation, the area features flexible configurations, break-out work zones, writeable wall placements, conversational areas, a conference room, movable furniture and an open concept plan. Light and airy, large glass windows offer a welcoming environment for dialogue and discussion.
Here is a photo album of the center.