Dr. Carol Lomicky
Author Carol S. Lomicky is a professor emerita of journalism at the University of Nebraska at Kearney where she taught courses in reporting, writing, media law and communications research for some 30 years. From 2006 to 2012 she also served as the associate dean for Graduate Studies and Research and was the director of the university’s Institutional Review Board.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Kearney State College in 1978, a master’s degree from KSC in 1982, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1996.
Dr. Lomicky’s teaching honors include numerous student mentor awards at UNK. She was the national first place recipient of the Association for the Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) award for a teaching strategy involving the use of public records in historical storytelling. She was a journalism/mass communication guest lecturer at Shandong University in Weihai, China, as well as participated, by invitation, in a round table conference on freedom of the press at The University of Oxford, Oriel College, in Oxford, England.
Dr. Lomicky also co-authored a textbook for undergraduate research in media law, and has published articles in scholarly journals including the International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies, the Quarterly Review of Distance Education, Information, Communication and Society, the Web Journal of Mass Communication Research, Journalism History, Journal of Law & Education, and Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.
Charles "Chuck" Salestorm
Charles “Chuck” Salestrom was born the eldest of three boys in Omaha, Nebraska, to musical parents. He began playing the clarinet at age 8 but by age 11, switched to the bassoon. He quickly learned that girls were more interested in rock and roll players than bassoon players and thus began an almost 60-year career as a bass player.
Chuck completed his Bachelor of Science degree in broadcasting from Kearney State College in 1991 and was then hired as a lecturer to teach in the Broadcast Department. Three years later, he completed a Master of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It was during that time that he and Dr. Carol Lomicky shared office space and began researching/writing together. One project, their research on anti-abortion political television advertising and the subsequent paper, earned a national first-place award from the Broadcast Educators Association.
In 1997, Chuck became the director of public information at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte. The college is comprised of three campuses: two in North Platte and McCook Community College. The sole member of the department when he first arrived, all printing, all press releases, all print display advertising, all radio and television advertising, website design/maintenance, and all marketing materials were Chuck’s responsibility. During that time, he wrote numerous promotional media releases, made countless presentations to groups and organizations, created numerous radio spots and video promotional commercials for broadcast television.
In 2018, Chuck retired as the associate vice president of Public Information and Marketing. He had served under five college presidential administrations and grew his department staff to six while adding livestream sports video productions in two communities and a sports mascot program. This involved an additional five part-time production personnel. By this time, the college had increased its footprint by adding four additional extended campuses and over thirty linked classrooms across it’s service area.
Chuck’s involvement in service and various community projects throughout his years at MPCC ultimately piqued his interest in North Platte historical development. To that end, he conducted videotaped interviews with local leaders and public officials regarding the creation of Mid-Plains Technical College, the merger of the hospitals to form the regional medical center Great Plains Health, and a reunion interview with the remaining original Board of Directors of NEBRASKAland Days. Interviewees include former Mayors Wendell “Woody” Wood and Jim Whitaker; Jim Pappas, former state senator; retired Mid-Plains Community College Chancellor William Hasemeyer; Harold Kay, attorney and civic leader; and former North Platte Telegraph editor Keith Blackledge.