In this issue
Mar. 23, 2004

Upcoming Events

Mar. 25-27
"Geisterhaft" performed in the Bldg. #6 Auditorium. 

March 31
Testing of Tornado alarms

John Corcoran, the teacher who couldn't read, speaks at 9:05 & 10:10 a.m., Bldg. #6 Auditorium.

DMACC Pioneers Book Sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Boone Campus.

April 1
Curt Stahr's slide show on Canada, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Bldg. #2 Room 25.

April 5
TIAA-CREF presentation on 457(b) deferred compensation plans, 11 a.m. to 12 noon, Bldg. #18, Room 35 and 3 to 4 p.m., Bldg. #2, Room 25B.

April 6 & 7
Intercultural Communication & Diversity Training Workshop for faculty, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bldg. #18 Room 35.

April 15
Intercultural Communication & Diversity Training Workshop for staff, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bldg. #18 Room 35.






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DMACC Continuing Education Coordinator Janet Drake (center) receives an Iowa Communications Network (ICN) 10th Anniversary Recognition Award from ICN Business Support Services Manager Ron Koontz (left) and ICN Deputy Director Mike Bacino.  Drake received the award in honor of her continuous support of the ICN.  Drake is also one of ten Iowans featured by the ICN in their publications and web site.

DMACC has signed a contract with TIAA-CREF to offer a 457(b) Deferred Compensation plan.  This is a tax shelter that is very similar to the 403(b) that we currently offer.  This savings plan is for employees who will be retiring, employees considering retirement in the next few years, or employees who want to maximize their retirement savings. 

The maximum salary contribution that can be made to a 403(b) or a 457(b) plan is $13,000 ($3,000) additional if you are 50 or older) for tax year 2004.  If an employee participates in both plans, then they could shelter up to $26,000 ($6,000 additional if you are 50 or older) from federal and state taxes for 2004.

Julie Kalvelge, a representative from TIAA-CREF, will be here on the Ankeny Campus to make a presentation and to meet with employees on an individual basis.  The group presentation will be given twice at the following times:

April 5th  11 a.m. to 12 noon, Bldg. #18 Room 35 or
               3 to 4 p.m., Bldg. #2, Room 25B

There will be 17 one-half hour time slots for individual appointments on April 5th and April 6th.  They will be held in Bldg. #1 Room 3.  Please call Burgess Shriver at x6258 if you want to set up an individual appointment.

For more information or to register for any of the Banner classes listed below, e-mail Art Phares or call x6012.

3/31 1:30 to 3 p.m. Using Banner to Manage Your Budget
4/13 10:15 to 11 a.m. Tips for Banner Queries *
4/13 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Banner Basics *
4/13 2:30 to 3 p.m. Banner Personal Menu *

* These sessions are pre-approved for Teaching Improvement Units.  Attendance will be taken at the sessions.

View a schedule and brief description of Banner training at

View the training materials at

"Geisterhaft," a play about ghosts and people who believe in them, will be performed Mar. 25-27 in the Ankeny Campus Bldg. #6 Auditorium.  The performance times are as follows:  Thur., Mar. 25:  11:15 a.m., 12:50 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Mar. 26:  9:05 a.m., 10:10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sat., Mar. 27:  7:30 p.m.  The cost is $1 and features Katie Frank, Amy Lamm, Justin Bauer, Ruth Ross, Emily Gibbens, Kim Sloan, Lindsay Edwards, Erica Spiller and Joel Schwendinger.

Auditions for the play, "Wire Tap" will be from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Fri., Apr. 2 in the Bldg. #6 Auditorium. Rehearsals will be in June and July on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. with performances in July, mid-August and early September.  The play will also be shown at the Des Moines Civic Center's Stoner Theatre.

Shari Schut
is the new Custodian at the Urban Campus. She previously worked in child care. Shari's sister, Margaret Schut, also works at DMACC.

Schut enjoys trivia and sports.


An Intercultural Communications & Diversity Training 'Workshop will be held for faculty from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues., Apr. 6 or 7and for staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thur., Apr. 15.  The workshops will be held in Bldg. #18 room 35.  This is an innovation grant workshop and there is no cost to attend, however pre-registration is required.  For additional information, contact Lois Kiester at x6685.

Nature photographer Ty Smedes will speak on "The Wildlife of East Africa and Conservation Issues" as part of DMACC's Earth Week celebration on Wed., Apr. 21.  Smedes will give two presentations--from 9:05 to 10 a.m. and again from 11:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.--in the Bldg. #6 Auditorium. Smedes, who grew up in Granger and now resides in Urbandale, began taking landscape, wildlife and prairie wildflower photos in 1980.  His photographs have been published in more than 25 major magazines.  Besides teaching nature photography, Smedes has led nature photography tours to the Yellowstone/Teton region and to Brazil.  Smedes' presentation is sponsored by the Ankeny Campus Student Activities Council.

The next DMACC Pioneers meeting will be Apr. 8 at the DMACC West Campus, 5959 Grand Ave. in West Des Moines.  You will be responsible for your own transportation to the West Campus.  Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.  To register, please call Hedy by 12 noon on Apr. 6 at 964-6357.

The annual DMACC Pioneers book sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wed., Mar. 31 in the L.W. Courter Center on the Boone Campus. All proceeds go to scholarships for DMACC students.  A similar book sale will be held Apr. 13 and 14 on the DMACC Ankeny Campus. 

Biology Instructor,
Urban Campus (9 months per year position)
Salary:  Per Faculty Salary Schedule
Review Date:  Mar. 26, 2004   

Math Instructor, Urban Campus (9 months per year position)
Salary:  Per Faculty Salary Schedule
Review Date:  Mar. 26, 2004

Custodian, Ankeny Campus, Mon.-Thurs.: 4 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Fri.: 2-10:30 p.m.
Salary:  $9.29 per hour plus .50 per hour evening shift differential for eligible hours.
Review Date:  Mar. 30, 2004 

Child Development Specialist, Ankeny Campus, Fall and Spring terms Mon. through Fri. position, faculty contact days plus three additional days.  May also include summer hours.
Salary:  $21,451-$32,176
Review Date:  Apr. 2, 2004

Vice President, Business Services, Ankeny Campus
Salary:  $88,516-$132,774
Review Date:  Apr. 26, 2004

If interested in the above positions, please contact DMACC's Human Resources Office at (515) 964-6889.  A review of completed application materials will begin on the review date listed.

DMACC's Career Resource Center and Student Employment Assistance Office in Bldg. #1 on the Ankeny Campus will be helping students practice their interviewing skills or have their resume reviewed from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Wed., Mar. 31.  Several rooms in Bldg. #1 are reserved for the mock interviews.  A DMACC Training Consultant will be giving a one-hour seminar from 11 a.m. to 12 noon on "People and Job Keeping" skills.  Students can sign up for the assistance with Dave in the Student Employment Assistance Office by calling 964-6463.  Signing up ahead of time is recommended, but not required.

The teacher who couldn't read will be speaking on the DMACC Ankeny Campus twice on Wed., Mar. 31.  John Corcoran, who learned to read when he was 48 years old and taught school before he learned to read, will speak at 9:05 and 10:10 a.m. in the Bldg. #6 Auditorium.  

DMACC Photography Instructor Curt Stahr has rescheduled his Canada slide show from Mar. 25 to Apr. 1.  It will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Bldg. #2 Room 25 on the Ankeny Campus.

Borders Books & Music is having an Educator Appreciation Days Mar. 26-28 at the Borders locations in West Des Moines and Ames.  All DMACC employees are eligible to receive 25 percent off nearly all purchases.  In addition, there will be a reception with music, food and drawings at the Ames location from 4 to 7 p.m., Fri., Mar. 26 and at the West Des Moines location from 1 to 4 p.m., Sat., Mar. 27.  The West Des Moines store will also have music by DMACC's own Sam Miller, as well as chair massages by the students of Body Wisdom Massage School.

DMACC English Instructor Dr. Alan Hutchison is spending ten-weeks in London as part of the London Study Abroad program.  Read about Alan's "ripper walk", his trip to Madrid and what happens when you book a room on the internet without knowing the city, by clicking here


If severe weather occurs and the local Civil Defense Department issues a warning, a tornado alarm will sound inside and outside the College's buildings.

Warning Sound
Inside the buildings (@Ankeny, Urban and Newton), the tornado alarm "pulsates" the sirens on and off, as opposed to a fire alarm that is a steady siren.  Outside the buildings, you may hear your area's conventional city tornado alarm, which is a long steady siren.  At Boone, the tornado alarm is a conventional city tornado alarm located on the roof of the Boone Campus Theater and the alarm inside the building does not pulsate.

Some buildings are equipped with newer fire/tornado alarm panels (Ankeny Campus (Bldgs. 1 & 7), Carroll Campus, Urban Campus (Bldgs. UB1, UB2 & Outreach Facility) and West Campus), and in these buildings after the alarm sounds, instructions will be broadcast over speakers directing people to the tornado shelter for severe weather, or out of the building in case of a fire.   

Taking Shelter
When a tornado alarm sounds, go to the designated area or an INTERIOR hallway or restroom
away from exterior windows, glass doors or any potential flying glass.  These safer designated areas, as well as the tornado procedure, are described on the tornado drill instructions posted throughout the buildings and inside all classrooms near the main hallway entrance.  Please familiarize yourself and your students/employees on the designated safer areas to go to in case of a tornado.    

Power Outages
If we lose power, the National Weather Service WILL NOT be able to alert us of a tornado by sounding the DMACC tornado siren.  In the event weather conditions appear that may produce tornadoes and there is a power outage, remember that all buildings have at least one weather radio which can provide information on current tornadic activity.  Contact your Building Captain for the location of the weather radio in your building.

All Clear Signal
The tornado alarm, when activated, will stay on for about three minutes.  The tornado alert is still in effect after the alarm turns off and remains in effect until an ALL CLEAR determination has been made.  Security will make the rounds through the buildings to inform at least one person (Building captain, Dean or a Dean's secretary) that it is ALL CLEAR.  A Building Captain (with the aid of a weather radio) can also determine that it is ALL CLEAR.  When the ALL CLEAR determination has been made, the person Security informs or the Building Captain should then inform everyone in the building that all threat of tornadoes has passed.  If an additional alarm sounds, this will signify a second tornado and everyone should again go to the designated areas and wait for a second ALL CLEAR determination.

Fast Moving Tornadoes
If a tornado alarm sounds (at a time other than normal tornado alarm testing for your campus) and it appears to be sunny and nice outside, this may be an alert for a fast moving tornado that is 20-30 miles away.  Assume this is a tornado and that we are in its path.  Determine if a tornado is in the area with the aid of a weather radio.  Inform the people in the building if there is no tornado.  Do not assume a tornado alarm that has been activated is malfunctioning and ignore it.  In the past, there have been almost no false tornado alarms.

Stay in Your Building
Do not get in your car and leave; and Do not dismiss class to allow students to go home!  Cars offer no protection from tornadoes.  Your chances are much better in a building interior hallway away from windows and glass doors.  If you are in your car, get out and go to a building or lay down in a ditch or depression.

Do not go to another building that you feel may be safer.  Many tornado alarms do not allow more than a few minutes to get to a safer area.

If anyone refuses to go to the designated safer areas or they insist on leaving the building to go home, DMACC staff and faculty cannot force them to go to the shelter area.

Reporting a Tornado You See
If you see a tornado and the alarm has not sounded, call 9-911 from any campus phone, 911 from any pay phone (no coins needed), or Security at 6500 then proceed to a shelter area.

Tornado Alarm Testing
Tornado alarm testing will be conducted on the Ankeny, Urban, Boone and West Campus at noon on the first Saturday of the month, Newton at noon on the first Wednesday of the month and the Carroll Campus as announced.  Some tests are received at the campuses but are suppressed in the buildings to keep from disturbing classes.  Testing is NOT done on days that weather conditions are such that tornadoes may be produced and on these days, any alarms will be actual tornado alarms.   

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