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Aug 08
Adjunct instructors honored for service to MPCC

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Michael Harris, of Indianola, receives a certificate from Dr. Jody Tomanek, MPCC area vice president of academic affairs, for 30-plus years of service as an adjunct instructor.

Thirteen adjunct instructors have been recognized for their dedication and service to Mid-Plains Community College. They are: 

Five-plus years: Lori Barta, Broken Bow; Robin Dimmitt, Stapleton; HaLea Messersmith, Cozad; Melissa Pilakowski and Carrie Reinders, Valentine; Michael Schlake, Ogallala and Kally Vogl, Lemoyne 


Michael Schlake

10-plus years: Denise Bales, McCook; Jack Ramos-Needham, Arthur; Kristi Salestrom, North Platte; Tiffany Stoller, Palisade 


Kristi Salestrom

15-plus years: Shari Schlichtemeier, Ogallala 

30-plus years: Michael Harris, Indianola 


Jack Ramos-Needham

"The college appreciates the work of our adjunct faculty," said Dr. Jody Tomanek, MPCC area vice-president of academic affairs. "They give up their time after work or during the day to help us educate students, and many of our adjuncts are located in our local high schools to teach dual credit. We couldn't offer some of the classes we do without them. Being able to recognize their years of service is a small token of our appreciation." 


Carrie Reinders

About 190 adjunct instructors teach for MPCC each academic year. Of those, 20 are employed by the college in an additional role.


Melissa Pilakowski

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​