|In this issue
Mar. 23, 2004
"Geisterhaft" performed in the Bldg. #6 Auditorium.
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.
Curt Stahr's slide show on Canada, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Bldg. #2 Room
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.
Intercultural Communication &
Diversity Training Workshop for staff, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bldg. #18 Room
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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.
||1:30 to 3 p.m.
||Using Banner to Manage
||10:15 to 11 a.m.
||Tips for Banner Queries *
||1:30 to 2:15 p.m.
||Banner Basics *
||2:30 to 3 p.m.
||Banner Personal Menu *
* These sessions are pre-approved for
Teaching Improvement Units. Attendance will be taken at the
View a schedule and brief description of
Banner training at
View the training materials at
DMACC ANKENY CAMPUS PLAY
"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 SUMMER SHOWCASE PRODUCTION
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.
EARTH WEEK PRESENTATION
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
PIONEERS BOOK SALE
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.
Review Date: Apr. 2, 2004
Vice President, Business Services,
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.
JOB SEARCH ASSISTANCE
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
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.
CANADA YEAR EVENT
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.
EDUCATOR APPRECIATION DAYS
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.
UPDATES FROM ALAN
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.