In this issue
Oct. 26, 2004

Upcoming Events
Oct. 27
College Transfer Fair, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bldg. 5, Ankeny Campus.

Oct. 29-30
DMACC Boone Campus hosts Regional Volleyball Tournament.

Oct. 29
DMACC Boone Campus Fund-raiser, 5 p.m., Boone Country Club.

Stigma Busters, 11:15 a.m., Bldg. #6 Auditorium.

Nov. 1-5
21st DMACC Annual Food Drive.  Bring non-perishable food items to Bldg. #5 gym.

Nov. 8-11
Brazil Year presentations by James Reid, all campuses. (See related story for dates and times).

Nov. 12-13
DMACC Boone Campus Play, "Perfect Wedding," 7:30 p.m., Boone Campus Auditorium.





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Judy Shepard, mother of the late Matthew Shepard, spoke about her son's brutal death at the DMACC Pride Celebration event Oct. 21.  Matthew Shepard was 21-year old when he was brutally attacked six years ago because he was gay.  He died a few days later from injuries suffered in the brutal attack in Laramie, Wyoming.  For the past five years, Judy Shepard has given presentations on behalf of the Matthew Shepard Foundation to help carry on Matthew's legacy by embracing the just causes their her son had championed.  She encourages school officials nationwide to make schools safer for gay students by promoting tolerance and reprimanding students who harass gay students.  A reception for Judy Shepard was held at the Betts Bldg. on the DMACC Urban Campus prior to her presentation on the Ankeny Campus.   More than 250 people attended the Ankeny Campus event.

The DMACC Volleyball team, currently ranked tenth in the nation according to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II poll, is seeded third in the 2004 Regional Tournament to be held Oct. 29 and 30 at the DMACC Boone Campus.  DMACC, which has a 28-12 record under Coach Lisa Mathes, plays Ellsworth at 11:30 a.m., Fri., Oct. 29 and takes on NIACC at 5:30 p.m.  DMACC is in Pool B.  The winner of Pool A takes on the Runner-Up of Pool B Saturday morning with the winner of Pool B playing the Runner-Up of Pool A on Saturday afternoon.  The championship will be played Tues., Nov. 2 with the highest seed remaining hosting the championship.

The DMACC men's and women's basketball teams are ranked in the pre-season National Junior College Athletic Association Division II polls.  The women are ranked ninth in the nation and the men are ranked 12th in the country.

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

11/2 1:30-2:15 p.m. Running Banner Reports *
11/2 2:30-3:15 Downloading Banner Reports *
11/9 10:30-11:15 a.m. Tips on Banner Queries *
11/9 1:30-2:15 p.m. Entering Timesheets and Leaves on the Web
11/9 2:15-2:45 p.m. Approving Banner Timesheets and Leaves
11/16 10:15-11 a.m. Downloading Banner to EXCEL *
11/16 1:30-3 p.m. Creating a Requisition in Banner

* 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


Iowa Democratic Congressman Leonard Boswell (right) and California Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps spoke on the DMACC Ankeny Campus on the need to recruit more nurses as Iowa deals with a nursing shortage.  Capps had a 20-year career as a practicing nurse prior to her service in Congress.  In Congress, Boswell and Capps were able to pass the Nurse Reinvestment Act, which aims at bringing more people into the nursing profession. Now that Congress has enacted a plan, Boswell and Capps are working to fund that initiative. Surveys show that by 2009, the projected number of current registered nurses over the age of 65 years of age will reach 65-percent and that by the year 2010, almost half of Iowa's nursing teaching faculty plan to retire.   

The Stigma Busters, who performed on the DMACC West Campus earlier in the week, will perform at 11:15 a.m., Fri., Oct. 29 in the Bldg. #6 Auditorium on the Ankeny Campus.  They are a volunteer group, educating people about the truth of mental health problems/illness and reducing misunderstanding and prejudice by using improvisational theater to tell their stories.


DMACC student Mallory VanderLinden of Indianola sings a solo during DMACC's Fall 2004 concert, which featured the Concert Choir (shown in background), Chamber Choir and two volunteer ensembles.  The next DMACC Concert is at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 11 in the Bldg. #6 Auditorium.

The DMACC Boone Campus Drama Department will present the comedy "Perfect Wedding" at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 12 and 13 in the DMACC Boone Campus Auditorium. "In this play, a man wakes up in the bridal suite on his wedding morning to find an attractive naked girl beside him.  In the depths of a stag-night hangover, he can't remember meeting her.  Before he can get her out, his bride-to-be arrives to dress for the wedding, and in the ensuing panic, the girl is locked in the bathroom.  The best man is persuaded to claim her, but he gets confused and introduces the chamber maid to the bride as his date.  The crisis escalates when the mother of the bride and the best man's actual girlfriend arrive." The play, under the direction of Kay Mueller, costs $5 with DMACC students admitted free of charge.    

Scholar, author and artist James Reid will deliver Brazil Year presentations on all six DMACC campuses Nov. 8-11.  Reid served 20-years as a U.S. Army officer.  He speaks seven languages and is the author of ten books.  He has lectured at locations all across the globe and he exhibits his art work internationally.  Reid has traveled extensively throughout Brazil for the past 30 years meeting intellectuals, artists, military leaders and government officials alike.  Reid's Brazil Year presentations are as follows:

  • Boone Campus, Mon., Nov. 8  10:10 to 11:05 a.m., Boone Campus Auditorium.
  • Carroll Campus, Mon., Nov. 8, 1:25-2:20 p.m., Room 148.
  • Newton Campus, Tues,. Nov. 9, 9:40-11:05 a.m., Room TBA.
  • Urban Campus, Wed. Nov. 10, 10:10-11:10 a.m., Room 124-126.
  • West Campus, Wed., Nov. 10, 12:20-1:15 p.m., West Campus Auditorium.
  • Ankeny Campus, Thur., Nov. 11, 9:40-10:40 a.m., Bldg. #6 Auditorium.  


Six DMACC Ankeny Campus Auto Collision Repair students helped restore a Jeep owned by the late Rhett Gelo of Ankeny.  The 24-year old Gelo, who was also a DMACC Auto Collision Repair student, was restoring his Jeep, "Sally," during his spare time.  Gelo and 21-year old Rhiannon Lutts of Slater, were on a motorcycle that crashed into a guardrail on the Saylorville Dam on July 22.  Both died in the accident.  The DMACC students, standing in front of Gelo's restored jeep, include: Curtis Davey (left to right) of Indianola; Lane Richtsmeier of Iowa Falls; Nancy Corona of East Moline, IL; Matt Berens of Johnston; Matt Forgy of Ankeny and Zachary Reed of Des Moines.  Gelo was the son of Gordon and Jennifer Gelo of Lake Kabetogama, MN.    

Management Support Systems Instructor,
Ankeny Campus, (9 months/year).
Salary:  Per Faculty Salary Schedule
Review Date:  Oct. 29, 2004

Lead Custodian, Ankeny Campus, Mon-Fri: 4 pm-12:30 am (Internal Posting).
Salary:  $10 per hour plus $.60 per hour shift differential for eligible hours.
Review Date:  Nov. 2, 2004

Custodian, Ankeny Campus, Mon-Thur: 4 pm to 12:30 am, Fri: 2 to 10:30 pm
Salary:  $9.58 per hour plus $.60 per hour shift differential for eligible hours.
Review Date:  Nov. 2, 2004 

Educational Advisor, Urban Campus, Mon-Thur:  11 am to 8 pm, Fri: 8 am to 5 pm, Occasional Saturday hours:  8 am to 12 noon.
Salary:  $34,396-$51,594
Review Date:  Nov. 5, 2004

Financial Aid Advisor, Ankeny Campus
Salary:  $30,678-$46,018
Review Date:  Nov. 5, 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.

At this time of the year, after all new faculty and staff have settled in to their new surroundings, we would like to take this opportunity to review our DMACC Emergency procedures.

In the event of an emergency, you should contact Security or the Physical Plant on the Ankeny Campus, or on non-Ankeny Campuses, contact the Building & Grounds supervisor or Campus Provost. 

These people will also alert the DMACC Crisis Management Team, if needed.  If you are pretty sure the police, EMT or Fire Department should be called, then call 911 first (or 9-911 if 9 is required for an outside line).

Every DMACC building has a Building Captain who is trained to handle most emergency situations, such as fire, tornado, power outages, medical problems, chemical spills, irate persons, threatening phone calls, bomb threats, and weapons on campus.  For the complete list of all current building captains, click on http://www/main/2004buildingcaptains.pdf.  

In each building, usually located near the main entrances or on a public bulletin board, there is a sign showing who the building captains are for that building. 

Every Building Captain has a manual that explains what should be done in each of the above situations.  Any DMACC faculty or staff can obtain a copy of the Building Captain's Manual by requesting one from the physical plant.

Securitas Security officers are also trained in First Aid, CPR and the use of AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators).  Campuses that have AEDs are as follows:  Ankeny (2--Security and Campus Nurse in Bldg. #5), Boone (1) and West Campus (1).

Emergency phone numbers for the campuses are as follows:

Ankeny Campus:  DMACC Security at 964-6500 or the Physical Plant (at 964-6253 or at 964-6259) or 9-911.

Boone Campus:  Campus Provost at 433-5020 or Supervisor of Bldgs. & Grounds at 433-5052 or cell phone (515) 290-0553 or 9-911.

Carroll Campus:  9-911 and notify the Campus Provost at 792-8308 or Supervisor of Bldgs. & Grounds cell phone (712) 830-3072.

Newton Campus:  9-911 and notify the Campus Provost at 791-1721 or Supervisor of Bldgs & Grounds cell phone (641) 831-7037.

Urban Campus:  DMACC Urban Security at 7200 or 248-7200 or the Campus Provost at 248-7533 or Building & Grounds Supervisor at cell phone 249-8269.

West Campus:  Campus Provost at 633-2439 or Building & Grounds Supervisor at cell phone 249-0545 or 633-2401.

Call or e-mail me if you have questions.  Rod Clark, x6612 or


DMACC Biology Instructor Gary Nelson (left) and DMACC first-year student Paul McDermott admire the 40-acre Carney Marsh located on the south side of  Ankeny.  The Polk County Conservation Board acquired the wetland and prairie area five years ago. 

A new recreational trail is planned for Carney Marsh that will run around the nesting patterns of the birds that live in the area.  Nelson and his students volunteer to help the county maintain the wildlife sanctuary and use the area as an outdoor classroom.

The DMACC Pioneers programs for 2004 and 2005 are as follows:

Nov. 11  Donna Mueller, CEO @ IPERS
Dec. 9 Christmas Joy, we will be doing a Christmas Service Project for the Nursery at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines.  Details to follow. Program:  Brian Block from Ames Adventure Outfitters with slides of his climbs of Mt. Denali.
Jan. No meeting.
Feb. 10 Senior Investments
Mar. 10 "Coffee" to help DMACC celebrate the "Year of Brazil."
Apr. 14 "Antiques--How do you Know?"
May 12 "Iowa Tourism--Vacation Iowa"
June 9 Gardening Tips
July 14 Iowa State Fair
Aug. 11 "50+ Nutrition Tips"
Sept. 8 Annual Pioneers Picnic

The Pioneers will again be selling Younkers Community Day tickets for $5, which includes a $5 couple and six 20 percent off coupons to be used on Nov. 20.  The $5 goes to the DMACC Pioneers Foundation.  Tickets are available from Chris Schreurs at 964-7731 or Shirley Jorgensen on Tues. & Wed. at x6527.


Des Moines Longfellow Elementary School students Roy Patterson (left) and Nestor Zarata gets a up close look at a nearly 500 pound cow at the Dallas County Farm while some students kept their distance.  The trip was sponsored by the Northwest Des Moines Rotary Club.  DMACC Agri-Business students, who take classes receiving hands-on experience in several disciplines, answered numerous ag-related questions from the elementary school students.  The students viewed trumpeter swans, sat in a John Deere combine, learned about global positioning satellites and learned that cows do not bite.

A College Transfer Fair will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wed., Oct. 27 in Bldg. #5 on the Ankeny Campus.

It's that time of year again to let you know how DMACC will make college closing information available to students, staff and faculty. The College will disseminate closing information via the internet, campus phone numbers, radio, television and voice mail.  For the complete listing of all closing information, please access the following website:  This link is also now posted on the DMACC homepage at

The Annual Benefit Dance for Hospice of Central Iowa, sponsored by Central Iowa Educators and Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, will be held from 7 to 10 p.m., Fri., Nov. 12 at the Izaac Walton League Hall at 4343 Valley Drive.  For more information, contact Ed Kelley at (515) 242-7729.

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