In this issue
Dec. 9, 2003
Upcoming Events
Dec. 9
Boone Campus Fall Graduation Reception, L.W. Courter Center, 4 p.m.

Dec. 11
Retirement Reception for Dick Silver, 1-3 p.m., Bldg. #3E conference room.

Dec. 12
Retirement Reception for Linda Miller, 2-4 p.m., Lakeview Inn, Bldg. #7.

Dec. 12  
Retirement Reception for Peggy Gaines, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Room 124, Urban Campus.

Dec. 16
Newton Campus Fall Graduation Reception, Conference Center, 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 18
Urban Campus Fall Graduation Reception, 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 24
All Campuses Close at
3 p.m. for the holidays.

Jan. 5, 2004
All Campuses Reopen.

Jan. 8
Welcome Back Reception, Lakeview Inn, Bldg. #7, 3-5 p.m.

Jan. 12
Board of Directors meeting, 4 p.m., Eldon Leonard Board Room, Ankeny Campus.





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DMACC Choral Director Jim Loos leads a group of DMACC students and staff, as well as DMACC President Rob Denson and his wife, Pat, in the singing of several Christmas songs during the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in between Bldg. 2 and 5 on the Ankeny Campus.


DMACC Choral Director Jim Loos leads the Concert Choir in a song during the annual DMACC Ankeny Campus Winter Concert.  DMACC's Chamber Choir, Ambassadors, Concert Choir and volunteer soloists performed Sat., Dec. 6 in the Bldg. #6 Auditorium.



One-year old Ashleigh Riley of Des Moines and her dad, Chris, attended the free reception held following the annual DMACC Ankeny Campus Winter Concert.  Chris Riley performed a solo and duet during the concert.

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

12/22 1:30-2:15 p.m. Completing Leave Forms & Timesheets on the Web
12/22 2:15-2:45 p.m. Approving Electronic Timesheets & Leave Requests
1/6 10-10:45 a.m. Banner Basics *
1/6 11-11:30 a.m. Personal Menus in Banner *
1/7 8:30-9:15 a.m. Completing Leave Forms & Timesheets on the Web
1/7 9:15-9:45 a.m. Approving Electronic Timesheets & Leave Requests
1/7 1:30-2:15 p.m. Faculty:  Using the Web to View Student Transcripts *
1/7 2:30-3:15 p.m. Faculty:  Using the WebFOCUS Class List *
1/13 2:30-3:15 p.m. Faculty:  Using the Web to View Student Transcripts *
1/14 2:30-3:15 p.m. Faculty:  Using the WebFOCUS Class List *

View the schedule of Banner training at  The schedule includes a brief description of each training session. View the training materials at

* These sessions are pre-approved for Teaching Improvement Units.  TIU logs for Banner training can be found at

Student Health will be closed for the holiday break starting at 4 p.m., Dec. 12, 2003 until 7:30 a.m., Jan. 12, 2004.

The December Lunch & Learn will be "A Holiday Celebration" with Curt Stahr.  It  will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 19 in the Bldg. #7 Oak/Maple Room.  Reservations are required.  To make reservations, call x6333.


DMACC President Rob Denson (right) hands keys to the house a 830 Summerbrooke Ct. in Ankeny to Darin Knowler and Amy Wardlow.  The house was the 50th built by DMACC's Building Trades students.  DMACC Building Trades students receive on-the-job training building a house every year.  Wardlow is a former graduate of DMACC's Medical Secretary program.



DMACC's Construction Prep Alliance students Donald Bissant (left to right), Adrian Nelson, Nick Smith, Scott Bendixen, Shane Genochio and Ileen Sickels designed and built this children's playhouse/garden shed at the Botanical Center in Des Moines.  Home Depot donated the building materials.  The DMACC students work on the playhouse every Friday as part of a community service project.  Raffle tickets are being sold with proceeds from the sale benefiting the Volunteer Garden of Appreciation.  The drawing takes place on Feb. 14.

A retirement reception will be held for Tool & Die Instructor Dick Silver from 1 to 3 p.m., Thur., Dec. 11 in the conference room in Bldg. 3E. 

A retirement reception will be held for Financial Aid Advisor Linda Miller from 2 to 4 p.m., Fri., Dec. 12 in the Lakeview Inn, Bldg. #7.

A retirement reception will be held for Urban Campus Academic Achievement Center Instructor Peggy Gaines from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 12 in Room 124 on the Urban Campus.  


The next "Unretired Minds" class for senior citizens will be held starting at
11 a.m., Fri., Dec. 12 in the Oak Room, Bldg. #7. 

Cindy Rehling from Michael's Arts and Crafts Store in Ankeny will give a "Holiday Craft" presentation.  She will show how to make a stained glass votive holder.  The cost is $6 per person payable at the door.  The class size is limited to the first 30 people.

Keith Knowles and Dale Wagner will give an "Introduction to Wood Carving" at
11 a.m., Fri., Dec. 12 in the Maple Room, Bldg. #7.  Keith and Dale will speak about wood carving tools, carving techniques and how to find patterns.  They will also display their personal holiday figures.

To register for either of the Dec. 12 classes, call 965-7085.



DMACC President Rob Denson reads the books, "The Little Engine Could" and "I Knew You Could" to DMACC's Day Care children.  The four-year olds listened closely to the stories and then had a snack with DMACC's new president.



Former Vermont Governor and Democratic Presidential hopeful Howard Dean (seated) reads to DMACC Day Care children as actor/producer/director and national children's advocate Rob Reiner watches.  Dean and Reiner received a tour of the DMACC Ankeny Campus Child Care area from instructor Judy Dally.



Democratic Presidential Candidate Dr. Howard Dean (left to right) and  Actor/Producer/Director Rob Reiner pose with Early Childhood Education Instructor Judy Dally and DMACC President Rob Denson during a visit to the DMACC Child Development Center.


Former Vermont Governor and Democratic Presidential candidate Howard Dean (third from left) and Actor/Producer/Director and national children's advocate Rob Reiner (right) speak in a roundtable discussion with DMACC Health and Public Services Dean Pam Van Ast and DMACC Early Childhood Education Instructor Judy Dally at the DMACC Ankeny Campus.  Dean outlined his "Invest for Success Early Childhood Initiative" in Bldg. #9 to nearly two dozen national media members representing Newsweek, the Boston Globe, C-Span, Fox News and Associated Press, among others.  Dean said his plan would double the current investment in early education.  He is committing $110 billion over ten years for community-based services to ensure that all children start school ready to succeed at age six.    

Long-time DMACC Physical Plant employee Quentin Preston has died.  Both Quentin and his wife, Maxine, worked at DMACC.  Maxine was an Administrative Assistant in the Business Office.  You can extend your sympathies to Maxine at Maxine Preston, 211 Maple St., Dayne, NE 68787


Seven DMACC West Campus students participated in the Chartering of the Beta Mu Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on the DMACC West Campus and the Induction Ceremony held Dec. 1 in the West Campus Auditorium.  The seven West Campus students who took part in the ceremony included:  Chapter Vice President Amanda McDanel (front row, left to right) of Urbandale, Vice President Laura Countryman and Oxana Lichinsky, both of West Des Moines, Chapter President Jonathon Ewing (back row, left to right) of Clive, Sam Zwiefel of Adel, Siana Djambazka of West Des Moines and Diana Lynn Smith Edwards of Adel. DMACC President Rob Denson congratulated the inductees and PTK Regional Coordinator and Boone Campus Physics Instructor Nancy Woods welcomed the West Campus students into the international honor society.  Sarah Waddle and Heidi Heilskov are the chapter co-advisors.

Business Management & Information Technology Instructor,
Ankeny Campus, 12 months per year position, (Internal Posting Only).
Salary:   Per Faculty Salary Schedule
Review Date:  Dec. 11, 2003

Evening/Weekend College Director, Ankeny Campus (Internal Posting Only)
Mon.-Thur.: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat.: 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Salary:  $54,604-$81,906
Review Date:  Dec. 17, 2003

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.

Here's a stocking-stuffer special:  All Canada Year shirts are now half-price.  You can have any color (as long as it's white) and any size ( S-XXL, while they last).  The shirts are now just $5 each.  See Rick Chapman, the shirt guy, in Bldg. #2 Room 5D before they're all gone.

What a fun way to end a 16-year career at DMACC with messages, gifts and a great party.  Thanks to all of you who contributed to this celebration.  And, thanks to each of you who have helped me throughout the years here at DMACC.  It really is all about the relationships.  Thanks, my friends.  Barbara Giese

Niagara Falls All Over Again by Elizabeth McCracken was selected by the All Iowa Reads Committee for 2004.  All Iowa Reads 2004 is a project of the Iowa Center for the Book.  The purpose of All Iowa Reads is to encourage Iowans statewide to read and talk about a single title in the same year.  Libraries and other local organizations will plan programs and book discussion groups throughout 2004 to talk about the selection.

The Ankeny Campus Library is working on setting up book clubs to cover McCracken's book.  These book clubs will be open to anyone.  Staff, faculty and students and their friends are encouraged to attend.  The Ankeny Campus Library will be receiving 10 copies of the book in the next few weeks.  They will be placed on one week reserve so book club members can use them.  These book clubs will start next semester.  If you are interested in being in a book club that reflects this statewide effort, please contact Lisa Stock by e-mail at or phone 964-6328.  Come read with us!

Ignoring her husband, Gaylord, for "the King," DMACC Human Resources Director Dr. Sandy Tryon, enjoys herself at the Nifty Fifties Fund-raiser sponsored by the DMACC Boone Campus Foundation and held at the Boone Golf and Country Club. Many of the women wore poodle skirts with their hair in ponytails while their husbands wore leather jackets and white t-shirts with their hair slicked down.  Dic Youngs of KIOA radio entertained the guests with 1950's music.  The event, which included a raffle, netted the Boone Campus Foundation $4,000 for scholarships.

Lori Dunham
is the new Bookkeeper in the Business Office in Bldg. #1.  Her telephone number is 964-6326. 

Lori earned a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Upper Iowa University.  She previously worked as an accountant at Deere Community Credit Union in Ankeny.

Lori and her husband have two teenage boys.  This means her weekends are often spent watching her kids play sports.  She also enjoys yard work and exercising.

Joe Gentile is the new Credentials/Graduation Analyst in Student Services.  His phone number is 964-6647.

Joe earned a B.S. in Sociology and History from Excelsior College in Albany, NY and a B.A. in Business Administration and Political Science from Columbia College in Columbia, MO where he graduated cum laude.  He earned a J.D. from the Drake University School of Law in 1993. 

Joe previously worked for the U.S. Navy in the Nuclear Power Program, farmed on a family farm, served on the Academic staff at Columbia College and was an independent contractor doing legislative and policy research in Norman, OK.

Joe considers himself a big tennis nut who loves politics and computer research.  

Kristin Howard is the new Nursing Instructor in the Health and Public Services department.  She is located in Bldg. #17 and can be reached at 965-7161. 

She graduated from DMACC in 1995 with an Associate Degree in Nursing, a BSN from Grand View College in 2002 and is enrolled in the MSN program at Clarkson College in Omaha.

Kristin previously worked at Hospice of Central Iowa and Broadlawns Medical Center. She and her husband, Steve, have two children--Mallory and Trevor.

Kristin enjoys quilting.

Marcia Waugh is the new Administrative Secretary 2 in Human Resources.  She can be reached at 964-6439.  Marcia earned an A.S. from DMACC in Human Services. 

Marcia has been administrator of Arlington Place Assisted Living in Grundy Center; a program coordinator for adults with disabilities and a Trust Processor at Grundy National Bank. 

Her husband, Jerry, is a retired superintendent of schools.  They have seven children and two grandchildren.  Marcia and her husband just moved to West Des Moines from Grundy Center.  Marcia is an Iowa High School speech judge and has been active in community theatre.  She and her husband enjoying singing and are looking forward to getting involved again.

Crystal Weitz is the new Accounts Receivable Clerk in the Business Office.  She can be reached at 964-6251.  She attended the University of Northern Iowa.

Crystal has been a home schooling mom for the past 11-years.  She has also worked at Community State Bank and bookstore and library positions at Faith Baptist Bible College.

Crystal and her husband, Bruce, have an 11-year old daughter, Meridel, and a six-year old son, Jonathan.

Crystal enjoys reading, walking outdoors, puzzles and games, times with her family and friends and church involvement.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has selected DMACC as the recipient of the 2002 MSF Outstanding Community Training Sponsor Award.  Motorcycle Rider Education State Administrator Toni Kerkove (center) presented the award to Mike Aubrey (right), who heads up DMACC's Motorcycle Safety classes and to DMACC Board member Harold Belken.  The award recognizes outstanding support and commitment to rider safety and education.

Congratulations to the following employees who have received DMACC Employee Awards:
Dan Reeves, Temporary Physical Plant employee, Ankeny Campus.  For his input and help with the project of producing a Wellness Walking Map for the Ankeny Campus.

Karla Stokes, Admission Record Specialist, Ankeny Campus.  For providing extraordinary service to the Nursing program and interested students by the she handled numerous applications to the program.

Anne Howare, Counselor, Urban Campus.  For stepping up and teaching two classes her first semester as well as handling all of her other duties.

Peggy Goetzke, Office Assistant 2, Urban Campus.  For demonstrating superior scheduling and organizational skills and excellent skills with EXCEL.

Deb Yeager, Duplication Services Specialist, Ankeny Campus.  For all of the good work she does in a professional manner.

Janet LaVille English Instructor, Boone and Ankeny Campuses.  For serving simultaneously as the faculty advisor to both the Boone and Ankeny Campus student newspapers the previous two academic years.    

Nominations can be submitted at any time for employees who make exceptional contributions to DMACC.  Additional nomination forms are available in each department office, on-line at the following address:  or may be requested from Martha Henrichs at 964-6421.

Congratulations to DMACC Men's Basketball Coach Orv Salmon and the 2003-04 Bears.  They are off to a 12-1 record and are coming off of a 111 to 43 win over Upper Iowa J.V.  The Bears are currently ranked fourth in the nation according to the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division II poll. 

Congratulations also to the DMACC Women's Basketball team under second-year Coach Ben Conrad.  They are also off to an excellent start with an 8-2 record.   

Go-Kart Chassis.  Briel offset racing kart with fiberglass body.  $450 or best offer. Contact Bill George at (515) 201-6750.


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