In this issue
Aug. 31, 2004

Upcoming Events
Sept. 6
Holiday--Campuses Closed.

Sept. 12
DMACC Kite Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., outside Bldg. #7.

Hawgeyes BBQ Fund-raiser for Ankeny Campus Bike Trails, 12 noon to 4 p.m., outside Bldg. #7.

Sept. 13
DMACC Board of Directors meeting, 4 p.m., West Campus.

Sept. 14
DMACC's Educational Equipment Levy.






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Six DMACC employees and one department received special awards from the DMACC Foundation during the College's annual President's Day activities held Aug. 26.  DMACC Ankeny Campus Training Consultant Sue Gibbons (center) of Ankeny receives congratulations upon being named a DMACC 2004 Community Service Award recipient from DMACC Foundation President and DMACC Board member Lloyd Hill (left) and DMACC President Rob Denson.

DMACC Continuing Education Instructor Barb Harrington (center) receives congratulations upon being named DMACC's 2004 Distinguished Continuing Education Teacher Award recipient.

DMACC Ankeny Campus Admission Records Specialist Sandra Van Overbeke (center) of Ankeny receives congratulations upon being named DMACC's 2004 Outstanding Support Staff Service Award recipient.

DMACC Carroll Campus Instructor Anne Schulte (center) of Carroll receives congratulations upon being named DMACC's 2004 Distinguished Teacher Award recipient.

DMACC Urban Campus Accounting Instructor Shea Mears (center) of Des Moines receives congratulations upon being named a DMACC 2004 Community Service Award recipient.

DMACC Ankeny Campus Learning Resources Director Lisa Stock (center) of Urbandale receives congratulations upon being named DMACC's 2004 Distinguished Service Award recipient.

Arnie Egeland (second from left) and Dean Hatch (third from left) of the DMACC Boone Campus Building and Grounds Department receive congratulations upon being named DMACC's 2004 Outstanding Departmental Service Award recipients.  Other Boone Campus Building and Grounds Department employees not shown include:  Caryl Fackle, Phil Ford, Patrice Harson, Harold Hagaman, Aaron Hemstreet and Derrell Olofson.


DMACC Boone Campus employee Sandi Johnson (center) receives congratulations and a hug from DMACC Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Kim Linduska as DMACC President Rob Denson encourages applause.  Johnson received a service award for completing her 35th year at DMACC. 

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

9/1 1:30-2:15 p.m. Faculty: Using the Web for Info on Your Students *
9/1 2:30-3:15 p.m. Faculty: Using/Downloading the WebFOCUS Class List *
9/7 10:15-11 a.m. Entering Leave Forms & Timesheets on the Web
9/7 11-11:30 a.m. Approving Electronic Leaves & Timesheets
9/7 1:30-3 p.m. Creating a Requisition in Banner
9/8 1:30-2:15 p.m. Faculty: Using/Downloading the WebFOCUS Class List *
9/8 2:30-3:15 p.m. Faculty: Using the Web for Info on Your Students *
9/14 10-10:45 a.m. Banner Basics *
9/14 11-11:30 a.m.. myBanner - Creating a Personal Menu *
9/14 1:30-2:15 p.m. Downloading for Banner to EXCEL *
9/14 2:30-3 p.m. Entering NA grades on the Web *

* Faculty:  These sessions are pre-approved for Teaching Improvement Units. 

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Central Iowa voters can vote their support for a six cent instructional equipment levy for DMACC on Sept. 14.  The levy is limited to a very specific purpose:  to fund educational equipment for career, technical, scientific and educational programs in such areas as health care, manufacturing, automotive technology and biotechnology.  For a typical $150,000 central Iowa property owner, the levy amounts of only $4.50 per year or 1.2 cents per day.

The DMACC Pioneers picnic will be held on Thur., Sept. 9th at 6 p.m. in the Bldg. #7 Lakeview Inn.  Please call Hedy at 964-6357 by Wed., Sept. 8th if you plan on attending.  There will be no reservations taken after the 8th.  The next Pioneer meeting will be on Thur., Oct. 14. 

The DMACC Pioneers annual garage sale will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thur., Sept. 2 and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat., Sept. 3.  The sale will be in Bldg. #13.      


Sherry Gupta, a consultant with Performance Matters, conducts a half-day workshop on diversity for new DMACC employees, including Automotive Technology Instructor Keith Wersinger (left) and Sign Language Instructor Steve Young.

Timothy Bascom
is the new English Instructor on the Ankeny Campus.  Tim earned a B.A. in English from Wheaton College, an M.A. in English from the University of Kansas and an M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa.

Tim has been a teaching assistant at the University of Iowa for the past four years.  Prior to that, he was an English Instructor at Kansas State University, a free lance writer in Manhattan, KS and an editor and writing trainer at the David C. Cook Foundation.

Tim and his wife, Cathy, have two sons, 11-year old Conner and seven-year old Luke.  Tim enjoys soccer, sculpting and playing the tin whistle.   

Jerry Burns is the new Automotive Technology Instructor.  He was a DMACC General Motors Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP) student who graduated in 1996 with an A.A.S. degree. 

Jerry has worked at McKenna Truck Center since 1994.  He has also been an adjunct instructor in DMACC's Automotive Technology program for the past three years.

Jerry is single and enjoys hunting, fishing and camping.

Phillip Carey is the new Hospitality Careers Instructor.  He earned an A.A.S. in Hospitality Business and Culinary Arts from DMACC and a B.S. in Business from Upper Iowa University.

He previously worked for Harker's Distributor.  Phillip and his wife, Janean, have an eight-year old son, P.J., and an eight-week old son, Jonathan.

Phillip enjoys spending time with his family, sports and the Hawkeyes and Cubs.

Tena Geis is the new Dental Hygiene Instructor located in Bldg. #9 on the Ankeny Campus.  Her phone number is 964-6582.

Tena earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Iowa and is completing her Master's degree at the University of Northern Iowa.  She has been doing clinical dental hygiene in a private practice since 1981.

Tena has a son, Vincent, and two daughters, Mallory and Alexis.  Tena enjoys bicycling, quilting and any outdoor activity.

Tony Goodrich is the new Biology Instructor at the Urban Campus.  He earned his B.A. in Biology from Wartburg College and an M.S. in Anatomy from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport.

Tony has taught at the Iowa Western Community College Clarinda campus.  He and his wife, Amanda, have an 18-month old son, Jackson.

Tony enjoys outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing and sports.

Stefanie Gatica is the new Nursing Instructor at the Boone Campus.  Her phone number is 433-5076.

Stefanie earned a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Northern Iowa, an Associate Degree in Nursing from DMACC and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Graceland.

She has worked at Broadlawns Medical Center for ten years, starting as a CNA and advancing to House Supervisor.  She has also been a Float Resource Nurse at Iowa Health in Des Moines. 

Stefanie and her husband, Armando, have tree children--11-year old Jayden, six-year old Devin and three and a half-year old Haley. 

Stefanie enjoys spending time with her family, attending sporting events of her children, as well as at Ankeny High School and UNI.  He also likes scrapbooking and church activities.     

Delora Jespersen Hade is the new Early Childhood Instructor in Bldg. #9.  She earned a B.S. and M.S in Child Development from Iowa State University and is working on her Ph.D.

She was the Assistant Director at Head Start Staff Development Center at Marshalltown Community College.  She has also worked as Iowa State University as a Practicum Placement Coordinator and at the Community Development Institute and Caliber Associates.

Delora and her husband, David Hade, have a 23-year old daughter, Abby, and an 18-year old son, Sawyer. 

Joe Hanson is the new Business Management Instructor at Urban.  He earned a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa and an M.B.A. from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. 

Joe has worked for InfoUSA, Inc., Wallace Computer Services and Southwestern Community College.

Joe and his wife, Stacey, have two children, Devin and Rachel.  Joe enjoys golfing, gardening and St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

Daria Huang is the new Math Instructor on the Ankeny Campus.  She earned an B.A. in Mathematics from Mount Mercy College and an M.A. in Math Education from the University of Iowa.

She previously taught at Des Moines East High School.  She and her husband, Wentzy, have a grown daughter, Kathy.

Daria enjoys swimming, reading and just doing nothing.

Douglas Johnson is the new Chemistry Instructor on the Ankeny Campus.  His phone number is 964-6229.

Doug earned a B.A. in Chemistry from Central College and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Iowa State University.  Doug has taught at Triton College in River Grove, IL; Upper Iowa University and Marshalltown Community College.  In addition, he has worked at Fisher Controls International in Marshalltown and for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in Des Moines.

Doug and his wife, Charlene, have two grown sons, Brian and Stephen; two grown daughters, Laurie and Katherine; and five grandchildren.

Doug enjoys reading the Bible, biographics, history, hiking, fishing, woodworking and golfing.

Dennis Kellogg joins DMACC as an Anthropology Instructor on the Ankeny Campus.  He has attended DMACC, Southeast Missouri State University and Iowa State University.

Dennis is a familiar face to many DMACC employees.  He has been an adjunct instructor for the past 14 years.  He has also taught at Grand View College and Mercy College.

Dennis and his wife, Deborah, have three adult sons. Dennis enjoys fly fishing and tying and anything outdoors. 

He is a member of the Izaak Walton League, Ducks Unlimited and Trout Unlimited.

Neil Kokemuller is the new Marketing Instructor in Bldg. #6 on the Ankeny Campus.  He earned a B.B.A. from the University of Dubuque and is working on an M.B.A. from Iowa State University.

Neil was a marketing specialist at Erlang Technology and a manager of Family Video.  He and his wife, Tracy, have an 11-year old son, Trenton, and a seven-month old son, Nolan.

Neil enjoys sports, writing, E-bay and family outings.

Darwin Pagnac is the new English Instructor on the Ankeny Campus.  He earned a B.A. in English and Philosophy from St. Cloud State University and an M.A. in English from Oklahoma State University.

He has been a tutor and assistant director of the Oklahoma State University Writing Center and later a teaching assistant and lecturer.  Most recently, Darwin was a high school teacher in Perry, OK.

Darwin and his wife, Susan, have a 10-year old son, Aaron. 

Darwin's hobbies right now are limited to home remodeling and repair.

Robert Perkins is a new Sociology Instructor at the Urban Campus.  Robert earned a B.A. and M.S. from Norfolk State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Iowa State University.

Robert has worked for the city of Norfolk Pretrial Release Program and the city of Norwalk Community Service Program.

Robert is single and enjoys reading, writing, biking and music.

Dan Petrak is the new Math Instructor at the West Campus.  He received a B.S. from Buena Vista College and an M.S.M. from Iowa State University.

He has spent four years as a high school math teacher at Baxter Community High School and six years at Johnston High School.

Dan and his wife, Sarah, have a three-year old son, Garin, and a six-month old daughter, Kaylin.  Dan likes spending time with his family, running, golfing and attending church activities.   

Gary Sanger is the new Auto Collision Instructor in Bldg. #10.  Gary attended Central Community College in Hastings, NE.  He has a General Motors Instructor certificate, is a qualified I-Car Instructor and is ASE Master Certified in Collision Repair/Refinish Technology.

Gary previously was the Auto Collision Technology Instructor/Coordinator at Iowa Lakes Community College.

He and his wife, Janet, have a daughter, Lynn, and a son, Jason.  Gary enjoys vehicle and vehicle manufacturing history.

Sherri Sciarrotta is the new Early Childhood Education Instructor.  Her phone number is 964-6588.  Sherri earned a two year degree from DMACC's Early Childhood Education program and a degree from Buena Vista University in Elementary Education, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Sherri previously worked as an adjunct Early Childhood Education Instructor at DMACC and at the State of Iowa. Sherri and her husband, Pete, have two daughters--Anna and Micaela.

Sherri enjoys cooking, gardening, church activities and attending her children's activities.

Rajendra (Reggie) Sinhaa is the new Business Administration Instructor on the Ankeny Campus.  He earned a B.S. in Marketing and is working on an M.S. in Transportation.

Reggie previously worked at the Kumon Math and Reading Center.  He and his wife, Kay, have as 12-year old daughter, Ashley, and a four-year old son, Ashwin.

Reggie enjoys traveling, politics, entrepreneurship and cooking.

Steve Udelhofen is the new Criminal Justice Instructor.  He can be reached at 964-6525. Steve earned a B.S. in Architecture from Iowa State University and a J.D. from the University of Iowa. 

Steve has been an attorney for the past 25-years as well as an Ankeny Fire Department Captain and paramedic.

He and his wife, Myrna, have four daughters and two sons.  Steve enjoys woodworking, hunting and fishing.

Marcia Walton is the new Biology Instructor at the DMACC Urban Campus.  She earned an A.A. degree from North Iowa Area Community College and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University.  She earned a Doctor of Optometry from the University of Missouri St. Louise in 1995 and a Master of Public Administration degree from Drake University in 2004. 

Marcia has been an optometrist in the Des Moines area for the past nine years.  She and her husband, Bill, have a son, Kevin.

Marcia is an animal lover with two cats and a dog. She enjoys flower gardening and volunteering for community service projects with the Ankeny Jaycees.   

Keith Wersinger is another new Automotive Technology Instructor on the Ankeny Campus.  He earned a diploma from DMACC's Auto Collision program and an A.A.S. degree from DMACC's Automotive Technology program.

Keith has worked as a technician at Karl Chevrolet and was self-employed at Bondurant Performance. 

Keith is married and has two stepdaughters--Jenny and Chelsey--and a daughter, Blaisze and a son, Joseph.  Keith enjoys drag racing.

A fund-raiser will be held from 12 noon to 4 p.m., Sun., Sept. 12 for the DMACC Ankeny Campus Bike Trails.  Hawgeyes BBQ in Ankeny will be selling a BBQ sandwich, chips, cookie and a pop or water for $5 in advance or $6 at the door.  This is being held in conjunction with DMACC's annual Kite Festival. Volunteers are needed to serve food, run cash registers and more. If you can help out, e-mail Cheryl Spencer at

In addition to the barbeque, Racine Danish Kringle will again be sold.  Orders are being taken now until Oct. 15th with the delivery date of Oct. 28th.  They are selling for $8 each and payment is due when you place your order. 

The DMACC Ankeny Campus Student Activities Council has generously offered to match the money donated by DMACC faculty and staff to the bike trails $2 to $1 for an amount up to $25,000.  This means that if $25,000 in employee donations can be raised, the SAC will match that with $50,000 for a grand total of $75,000 to the bike trails fund.

The DMACC Foundation has also started a donor brick program as a way to encourage people and organizations to donate to the bike trails.  The bricks sell for $100 for a 4" x 8" single brick and $1,000 for an 8" x 8" granite paver.  The single brick can be inscribed with up to 3 lines of 14 spaces each.  These bricks are an excellent way for DMACC employees to donate to because it gives them permanent recognition.  The SAC will also do a 2 for 1 match for the bricks program.

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