Social Media Post of the Day

Posted May 10, 2021

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Sami Miller Walkoff Home Run Gives DMACC Softball Fourth Consecutive Regional Championship

Posted May 10, 2021


​Bears Advanced to North Plains District Tournament 

  • DMACC takes two games from Iowa Lakes CC to claim the title.

  • Freshman Abby Flanagan of Coggon wins both games for the Bears.

  • DMACC improves to 47-12 with the win.

Freshman Sami Miller (above) of Mason City belted a solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the DMACC softball team to a 4-3 win over Iowa Lakes Community College (ILCC) in the championship game of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XI-A 3-Team Double Elimination Tournament May 9th at the DMACC softball diamond. 

The championship was the fourth straight for the Bears, who have also won four consecutive Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) regular season titles. DMACC improved to 47-12 with the win. 

ILCC, which defeated Northeast (Neb.) Community College (NECC) twice during the tournament, led DMACC 1-0 after the first inning and 3-2 after three innings. The Bears tied it with a run in the bottom of the seventh before winning it in the 10th. 

Miller and freshmen Kaylie Reynolds of Muscatine, Jada Collins of Des Moines and Haley Forret of Van Meter had two hits apiece in the win, including a double and a home run from Reynolds and doubles by Forret, Miller and freshman Sophie Maras of Johnston. Reynolds, Collins, Forret and Miller drove in one run apiece.

Freshman Ellie Jacobson of Humboldt pitched the first two innings for DMACC, allowing three runs on four hits. She struck out two and walked one. Freshman Alexis Lander of Onawa allowed two hits over five innings, striking out three and walking one, and freshman Abby Flanagan of Coggon allowed one hit over three innings, struck out six and walked one to come away with her 18th win of the season against four losses. 

DMACC, ranked sixth in the NJCAA Division II poll, also recorded a 7-1 win over ILCC in a winner's bracket game on May 8th after the Lakers handed NECC a 7-6 loss in the tournament's first game. DMACC led 1-0 after the first inning and 2-1 after three innings. The Bears pulled away with a run in the fourth, two in the fifth and two in the sixth. 

Freshman Abby Husak of Polk City led the Bears with three hits, including a double, and Maras and Forret had two hits apiece, including a double by Forret. Husak, freshman Delaney Kelley of Rock Island, Ill., Collins and Forret drove in one run apiece. 

Flanagan went the distance to get her 17th win of the season on a one-hitter. She struck out 11 and walked two. 

ILCC advanced to the championship game with an 11-2 win over NECC in an elimination game on May 9th. 

The DMACC softball team will play the winner of NJCAA Region 13 tournament in the North Plains District Championship May 14th to 16th at the DMACC softball diamond. The North Plains District champion will advance to the NJCAA Division II Softball Championship May 25th to 29th at Oxford, Ala.

DMACC Baseball Team Takes 1-0 Lead in Best of Three Series Against SECC

Posted May 10, 2021

​Bears come away with 2-1 decision in series opener 

  • Freshmen Ben Nippolt of St. Paul, Minn., and Tre Mungin of Omaha, Neb., drove in runs to give the Bears the win.

  • Freshman Anthony Potthoff of Van Meter allows one hit over seven innings to get his fourth win of the season.

  • DMACC can take the series with a win on May 10th.

Freshmen Ben Nippolt of St. Paul, Minn., and Tre Mungin of Omaha, Neb., drove in one run apiece and freshmen Anthony Potthoff of Van Meter and Kaleb Krier of Altoona combined on a two-hitter as the DMACC baseball team defeated Southeastern Community College (SECC), 2-1 in the first game of a best-of-three series May 8th at Burlington. 

The series continues at 1 p.m. today and a second game, if necessary, will follow the first game. The series winner advances to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XI Four-Team Double Elimination Tournament May 14th to 16th at Cedar Rapids. 

DMACC, which improved to 22-35 with the win, took a 1-0 lead against SECC with a run in the top of the third. The Black Hawks, who won three of four games against the Bears during the regular season, tied it in the bottom of the seventh and the Bears answered with a run in the top of the eighth to come away with the win. 

Freshmen Ben Nippolt of St. Paul, Minn., and Tre Mungin of Omaha, Neb., drove in one run apiece to lead the DMACC offensively. Freshmen Brett Berg of West Des Moines and Jayden Singleton of Des Moines had two hits apiece and Singleton and freshman Jadyn Schwabe of Thompson, N.D., scored the DMACC runs. 

Freshman Anthony Potthoff of Van Meter pitched the first seven innings, allowing one run on one hit. He struck out two and walked two. Freshman Kaleb Krier of Altoona pitched two scoreless innings and earned his first save of the season. He allowed one hit, struck out three and walked two.

Urban Campus Virtual Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Posted May 10, 2021


During National Nursing Week, the DMACC Urban Campus held a Virtual Nursing Pinning Ceremony.  Click on the image above to watch the ceremony.

Ankeny Campus Virtual Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Posted May 10, 2021


During National Nurses Week (May 6th-12th), the Ankeny Campus held a Virtual Nursing Pinning Ceremony on Fri., May 7th.  Click on the image above to watch the ceremony.

Boone Campus Virtual Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Posted May 10, 2021


During National Nurses Week (May 6th-12th), the Boone Campus Virtual Nursing Pinning Ceremony was held on Fri., May 7th.  Click on the image above to watch the ceremony.

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month & DMACC Offers FREE Services That Can Help

Posted May 7, 2021

​Did you know that May is National Mental Health Awareness Month?

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Talk to a friend, exercise and take care of your body. However, while all of these items are important, sometimes we need some extra support. DMACC offers a variety of FREE services that you can help, including confidential counseling services.

Use your mobile device to scan the QR code below or visit the following link to view the resources that are available to you:

Depression symptoms include inexplicable sadness, tiredness, anxiety, slowed thinking and body movement, sleep deprivation, unexplained pains, feelings of worthlessness and guilt, recurring thoughts of death or suicide, loss of interest/pleasure in activities, tearfulness, irritability and more.

With any questions, please don't hesitate to contact DMACC Counselor Rebekah Lauritzen at or (515) 635-1210.

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New FCC Program to Help DMACC Students Struggling to Pay for Internet Service

Posted May 6, 2021

FCC Emergency Broadband Program for Pell Grant Recipients to Launch on May 12th

  • The program allows Pell Grant recipients to receive substantially subsidized broadband service.

  • Eligible households could receive up to a $50 monthly discount on broadband service and associated equipment rentals.

  • ​Some could receive a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet or desktop computer.   

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Emergency Broadband Program has announced a May 12 start date to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.

DMACC students may benefit from this program. 

“It's very clear that reliable and affordable access to the internet became essential for our students during the COVID-19 pandemic," said DMACC Financial Aid Director Ean Freels. “We are grateful that this opportunity is available during a time when families and households need this help the most."  

The program will allow eligible households, which include those with a Pell Grant recipient or that have experienced a significant income loss since February 2020, to receive substantially subsidized broadband service.

If your household is eligible, you can receive: 

  • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals

  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands

  • ​A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

According to the FCC program, only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household.

Freels said the FCC is urging students to familiarize themselves with the registration process so that, come May 12, they'll be able to enroll and work through the FCC verification process as soon as the program is live.

Freels said if a student is utilizing their Pell eligibility in order to qualify for the benefit, Pell Grant eligibility is found on a student's Award Offer sent to them by the DMACC Financial Aid Office. The Award Offer is sent to their personal and DMACC e-mail addresses. To apply, go to

The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.

Fire Alarm Testing During May Break

Posted May 3, 2021

The DMACC Mechanical/Electrical Department will be conducting its annual fire alarm testing at the Ames, Boone and Carroll Campuses sometime during the May Break period. If you have any issues, contact Bob Frisk at

May 13th: 'Ask A Professional: Photographer' Virtual Career Discovery Event

Posted April 22, 2021


Are you interested in working as a professional photographer?

Do you know a high school student who's considering a career behind the camera?

Be sure to join (and invite others to attend!) our upcoming "Ask A Professional: Photographer" Virtual Event from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Thur., May 13th, via Zoom. This event is part of the ongoing DMACC Virtual Career Discovery Event Series.

During this 30-minute online session, attendees will hear from two professional photographers:

  • Reese Strickland, Director of Photography at Meredith Corporation

  • Jacob Fox, Photographer at Meredith Corporation

Strickland and Fox will share their educational background, experiences in the field and how they got where they are today, as well as the rewards and challenges of a career in professional photography, and their advice for young people.

Attendees will also be able to ask questions during this Q&A-style event.

How to attend:

There is no cost to attend this FREE event, but registration is required.

Click here to complete the online registration.

When registering, make sure to include your correct, active email address. A reminder email will be sent out two days before the event, and will include the link you'll need to join the Zoom call.

With any questions, please email

May 13th: Book Launch Event for 'Messages on the Moon' by DMACC Professor Dr. Jill Friestad-Tate

Posted April 22, 2021

A book launch event for DMACC Professor Dr. Jill Friestad-Tate's latest book, "Messages on the Moon," will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thur., May 13th, at the DMACC West Campus.

The book will available for purchase at the event, and Dr. Friestad-Tate will be on-site to sign copies purchased.

Cost is $19.25 per book, payable by cash or check only.

About the book:

"Messages on the Moon" is a non-fiction picture book by Dr. Jill Friestad-Tate that illuminates the true story behind a little-known object that united the world in peace and hope. As people around the world celebrated man's first steps on the moon, the astronauts of NASA's Apollo 11 mission placed a silicon disc containing messages of goodwill from 73 different countries near their landing site on the Sea of Tranquility. It was inscribed with the words “From Planet Earth – July 1969."


May 13th: DMACC Pioneers to Host Virtual 'High Trestle Bridge & Trail' Presentation with Lisa Hein

Posted April 22, 2021

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Greetings Pioneers! 

Please make plans to join us online via Zoom on Thur., May 13th at 11:30 a.m. for "The High Trestle Bridge and Trail" presentation by Lisa Hein, Senior Director for Conservation Programs at the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. Join us in learning about the shining star of Iowa's trail system. The High Trestle Trail runs for 25 miles through five towns and four counties. The trail includes an iconic, 1/2-mile, 13-story high bridge across the Des Moines River valley, one of the largest trail bridges in the world. 

No reservations are required for this meeting. Simply sign up for a Zoom account at on your PC or download the app and register for an account on your smart phone or device. On the day of the event, you will login and use the below link.

Join Zoom Meeting: 

Slate of Officers

President Dana Zeiser has been diligently working to fill those Leadership Council positions that are up for election/re-election for 2021-2022. The slate of officers is typically voted on at our June meeting, however we are asking that this vote take place electronically. If you are in favor of the slate, no response is needed. If there are any objections, please reply to this email by June 1. The slate is as follows: 

  • Judy Vogel, Vice President 

  • Barb Schmidt, Secretary

  • Lois Kiester, Volunteers

  • Sue Gibbons, Membership 

  • Tom Beck, History  

Save the Date

Please save the date for these upcoming Pioneers programs!

  • June 10th, 11:30 a.m. - Trees Forever" by Leslie Berches, via Zoom, 11:30 a.m.

  • July (no meeting)

  • Aug. 12th, 10:30 a.m. - Painting with a Twist Class (in person), reservations required

  • Sept. 8th, 3-5 p.m. - Pioneer Kick-off, Ankeny Bandshell Park, reservations required


Please don't forget to join us on Facebook at

And be sure to check out the newest additions to the Pioneers' history webpage at

May 27th: DMACC Study Abroad Program Virtual Info Session (Program to Resume in Feb. 2022)

Posted April 22, 2021


Students, are you interested in spending a semester abroad? It’s not too early to start planning!

DMACC currently plans to resume its Study Abroad Program in February 2022.

If you're interested in finding out more about the opportunity to spend eight weeks in the United Kingdom as a DMACC student, please attend an upcoming Virtual Information Session, which will be held via Zoom. You’ll learn about how the program is structured, how to pay for your trip, and what you can learn from studying in London, one of Europe’s most diverse, vibrant cities.

Upcoming info sessions will be held as follows:

  • Thur., May 27th, 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.

  • Wed., June 9th, 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.

  • Mon., June 21st, 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

  • Tues., July 13th, 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

  • Thur., July 29th, 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.

How to attend:

Please email DMACC Study Abroad Coordinator Bethany Sweeney at and include the following information:

  • Your full name

  • The email address you check most often

  • The date/time of the session you would like to attend

You will receive an official invitation with the session Zoom link after you've emailed Prof. Sweeney.

You can also find the DMACC London Study Abroad Program online at and

Part of Term B AT/NA Reporting

Posted April 22, 2021

Reminder to Faculty Part of Term B (May 8th – May 21st):

The web will open at 8 a.m. on Sat., May 8th, for AT/NA Reporting for Part of Term B.

The web will close at 11:59 p.m. on Tues., May 11th.

BE AWARE: You can make changes to your entries up until the reporting window closes.