In this issue
Sept. 14, 2004

Upcoming Events
Sept. 14
DMACC's Educational Equipment Levy.

Sept. 15
Plant Sale, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bldg. #5.

Brazil Year Kickoff, outside Bldg. #5 Ankeny Campus, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sept. 21
Dr. Carl Degler's Brazil Year presentation, 9:40 to 11:05 a.m., Ankeny Campus, Bldg. #6 Auditorium.

Dr. Degler's Brazil Year presentation, 7 to 9 p.m.,
Urban Campus.

Sept. 23
Dr. Degler's Brazil Year presentation, 10:10 to 11:05 a.m., Boone Campus Auditorium.

Dr. Degler's Brazil Year presentation, 1:25 to 2:25 p.m., Carroll Campus.

Sept. 23
DMACC Urban Campus New Building Dedication, 4 p.m., Urban Campus.

Sept. 23-24
"Failure Analyst," performed in Bldg. #6 Auditorium.  (See story for times).

Sept. 26
Walk-as-One walk at Gray's Lake, 2:30 p.m.  






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Thousands of central Iowa kite enthusiasts enjoyed watching the big colorful kites, like those shown above, soaring over the cloudless blue sky on the DMACC Ankeny Campus Sunday during the third annual DMACC Kite Festival.  Many brought their own kites, others bought kite kits and made their own kites, and still others just brought their lawn chairs to watch others fly their kites.  After working up a hunger, the crowd enjoyed BBQ pork sandwiches, chips, a cookie and soda or water, as part of the Ankeny Campus Bike Trails Committee fund-raiser.


Nine-year old Shade Saunders (left) of Altoona and 10-year old C.J. Lane of Pleasant Hill demonstrate unique ways to fly a kite during the third annual DMACC Kite Festival.


Assua Phongsavanh, an eight year old third grader from Ankeny, works on coloring her kite prior to taking it outside and launching it. Assua spent $3 on her kite.  Some of the big kites (below) on the other side of the lake, cost more than a thousand dollars a piece.

Faculty Grant Applications are now available for the first-half of the 2004-05 academic year.  Funding categories include the following:

  • Background Skills
  • Cooperative Projects
  • Enrichment
  • International/Intercultural Education
  • Learning Packages/Manuals
  • Technology Multimedia (Does not include PowerPoint presentations)
  • Online Course Development

Please contact Connie Metten at x6852 for an application.  Remember, all projects must be completed by June 1, 2005 in order to receive funding.  The deadline for grant applications is Oct. 29, 2004.

Accounts Payable/Fixed Asset Specialist,
Ankeny Campus
Salary:  $11.76 per hour
Review Date:  Sept. 15, 2004

Bookstore Clerk, Ankeny Campus
Salary:  $10.00 per hour
Review Date:  Sept. 15, 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.

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

9/28 10-10:45 a.m. Running Banner Reports *
9/28 11-11:45 a.m. Downloading Banner Reports *
9/28 1:30-3 p.m. Using Banner to Manage Your Budget
10/5 10:15-11 a.m. Entering Timesheets and Leaves on the Web
10/5 11-11:30 a.m. Approving Banner Timesheets and Leaves
10/5 1:30-2:15 p.m. Banner Basics *
10/5 2:30-3 p.m. myBanner - Creating a Personal Menu *
10/5 3:15-3:45 p.m. Entering Midterm Grades on the Web *

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

View a schedule and brief description of Banner training sessions at

View the training materials at

DMACC's Recreation and Wellness department will be offering a Pilates Fusion fitness class Sept. 14 through Oct. 14 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. in the Bldg. #5 gym.  Pilates Fusion blends traditional forms of yoga and pilates into an easy-to-follow, muscle strengthening and lengthening training workout.  This blend of training challenges strength, balance and flexibility as well as increasing stamina. 

Other fitness classes offered on the Ankeny Campus include Body Sculpting on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. and Cardio Quick on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. 

All fitness classes are free to DMACC students, staff and alumni.

Heather Crabbs
is the new cook in the Bldg. #5 Cafe.  She and her husband, Ricky, have three kids, 12-year old Brian, 10-year old Jessicah and four-year old Michael.

Heather enjoys reading and cooking.


Frank Dyer is the new Mechanical/Electrical Technician on the Ankeny Campus.  His phone number is 964-6257.   He has an HVAC and Electricians, as well as Electronics Automation Education.

Frank worked for the U.S. Marine Corps, the state of Iowa, the Woodward State Hospital and school and at Simens Bldg. Tec. Frank and his wife, Becky, have a son, Kyle, a daughter, Joanne and two grandsons.  Frank enjoys woodworking and motorcycling.

Dan Jespersen is the Diesel Instructor for Career Advantage.  His phone number is 965-7169.

Dan graduated from Grand View College and has worked at Lincoln Technical Institute and Jerry's Bug Shoppe.

He and his wife, Diane, have an 11-year old daughter, Kelsey.  Dan enjoys toy collecting, old VW's, golfing and spending time with his family.

Irene McCormick is the new Recreation and Fitness and Wellness Coordinator on the Ankeny Campus.  Irene earned an A.A. degree from Moorpark Community College in 1987 in Athletic Training.  She went on to earn a B.A. degree in Child Development from Cal State University Northridge in 1990 and an M.A. in Exercise and Sport Sciences in 1998 from Iowa State University.

She previously worked for the city of Ames Recreation Services as a personal trainer and consultant/continuing education provider and educator.  She was also an Athletic Director at Northwest Athletic Club in Eden Prairie, MN and St. Louis Park, MN.  She has also provided cutting edge flexibility programming for members of the Minnesota Vikings football team.

Irene and her husband, Sean, have an eight-year old daughter, Madeleine and a four-year old daughter, Delaney.  Irene lists nutrition and exercise as her hobbies.  She is a 5K competitive runner who loves any sport that offers the potential for enhanced performance training.  She is also a frequent contributing writer to various national fitness publications.   

Kay Schweers is the new Payroll Assistant on the Ankeny Campus.  Her phone number is 964-6336.

Kay was previously employed as an executive secretary/business accountant for Great River Area Education Agency 16.  She was there for 26-years.

Kay and her husband have two sons, Rob, and Eric and four grandchildren.  Kay enjoys traveling, spending time with her grandchildren and attending musical events and plays.

Shari Seymour is the new Campus Nurse on the Ankeny Campus.  Her phone number is 964-6352.Shari graduated from the Mercy School of Nursing, two-years at the DMACC Urban Campus and went on to earn a B.S. in Health from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL with a 4.0 grade point average while working full-time.

Shari spent the past 20-plus years working at Mercy Medical Center in acute/critical care and the emergency room.  For the past three years, she has been RN manager of Emergicare.

Shari and her husband, Don, have four children--Jessica, Blake, Catherine and D.J. Shari enjoys reading, needlework and spending time with her family and friends.  She says her hobbies and interests are all "pre-empted by her role as an SUV-driving, cleat-buying, cooler-toting, soccer mom, who can be found shouting, 'Go Urbandale Premier' every weekend in a five-state area."


DMACC Newton Polytechnic Campus History Instructor Doug Frazer (standing) was the moderator of a 9/11 Symposium held on the Newton Campus.  Panelists who discussed the war on terrorism included, Law and Business Instructor Michael Mulford (left to right), Political Science Instructor John Harlan, Sociology Instructor Bev Clark, Anthropology Instructor Melanie Lahart and Humanities Instructor Jim Kastner. 

There will be a Brazil Year kickoff on the DMACC Ankeny Campus on Wed., Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside Bldg. #5.  The Latin American duet Calle Sur will entertain while students, faculty and staff enjoy free Brazilian food.  Brazil Year T-shirts will be sold and free posters will be handed out.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Carl Degler will be speaking at four DMACC campuses as part of the College's Brazil Year activities.  Dr. Degler, who won the Pulitzer Prize in History in 1972 for his book, Neither Black Nor White:  Slavery and Race Relations in Brazil and the United States, will speak on the DMACC on the Ankeny Campus from 9:40 to 11:05 a.m., Tues., Sept. 21 in the Bldg. #6 Auditorium and later that evening from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 124-126 on the Urban Campus Bldg. #1.  His topic is "Brazil and the United States:  Different, But Surprisingly Alike."  He will also speak on the same topic from 10:10 to 11:05 a.m., Wed., Sept. 22 in the Boone Campus Auditorium and from 1:25 to 2:25 p.m. in room 148 on the DMACC Carroll Campus.

Mike Delaney is taking reservations for lunch at 11:30 a.m., Tues., Sept. 21 in the Bistro with  Dr. Degler and his wife, Tessa, who is a sociologist specializing in Divorce and Remarriage.  Contact Mike at x6522 if you are interested in lunch.

The Horticulture Club will be having a green plant sale from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wed., Sept. 15 in Bldg. #5 on the Ankeny Campus.


LaDonna Westphal of Saylor Township looks over items for sale at the DMACC Pioneers garage sale.  The annual DMACC Pioneers garage sale was a tremendous success again this year.  The sale netted a record $4,188.33.  The Pioneers would like to thank everyone who donated items for the sale, everyone who made purchases, everyone who worked the sale and a special thank you to DMACC's System Integration Department for donating surplus computers to the Pioneers, who then sold them to the public.  Thanks also to DMACC's Physical Plant staff for all of their hard work in helping make the sale a huge success and DMACC's Automotive department for letting us take over Building 13 for the Garage Sale.

The farewell performance of the DMACC Theatre production of "Failure Analyst" will be held Thur., Sept. 23 and Fri., Sept. 24 in the Bldg. #6 Auditorium.  It will be held at 11:15 a.m., 12:50 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 and at 10:10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24. The cost is $1.

DMACC students performed "Failure Analysis" at the Des Moines Civic Center's Stoner Theatre earlier this summer.

This philosophical comedy is about failure and the people who do it to perfection.  A young woman, Isabel, works for a company called Failure Analysis, doing studies of airplane crashes, car accidents, etc.  She eventually becomes sensitized to the potential failure in all things, including love relationships and humanity. 

Auditions for "Laramie Project," to be performed Oct. 12, and "Songe de l' Enfant," to be performed Dec. 1-2, will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Fri., Sept. 17 in the Bldg. #6 Auditorium.  The "Laramie Project" calls for 68 available roles (no kidding) and "Songe de l'Enfant" calls for seven female and three male roles.


DMACC first-year nursing student Kelly Gordon of Des Moines signs up for a drawing at the Student Financial Aid table as part of the Dive Into DMACC activities held Sept. 8 and 9 outside Bldg. #5 on the DMACC Ankeny Campus.  There were more than a dozen tables with information on various organizations and activities on the Ankeny Campus. 

The 2004 Central Iowa Walk As One Celebration will be held on Sun., Sept. 26 at Gray's Lake in Des Moines.  DMACC is an educational partner in this third annual event.  Registration and check-in begins at 1 p.m. with walk starting at 2:30 p.m. rain or shine.

The Aug. 31 issue of the Bulletin incorrectly listed the campuses from which three DMACC employees work.  Automotive Instructor Keith Wersinger is on the Urban Campus. Math Instructor Daria Huang is on the Urban Campus.  English Instructor Tim Bascom is on the Newton Campus.

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