DMACC Democrats Meeting - Mon., Feb. 26th

Posted February 21, 2018

The DMACC Democrats will meet from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., Mon., Feb. 26th in Bldg. #5, room 1215 on the Ankeny Campus. We will be writing postcards and discussing upcoming events for the semester. All are welcome to join our meeting. If you have questions or want to get more involved, please contact club advisors Stacy Amling (slamling@dmacc.edu) or Julie Simanski (jasimanski@dmacc.edu).



DMACC's Avery Guy Named Player of the Week by Fastpitch News and the ICCAC

Posted February 21, 2018

Fastpitch News and the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) have named DMACC softball player Avery Guy the Division II Player of the Week.

Guy, a freshman from Cedar Rapids, was named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 20th by Fastpitch News and for the week of Feb. 12th to 18th by the ICCAC.softballaveryguyfeb2018.jpeg

Avery, who plays shortstop for the Bears, had a .727 on-base percentage and a 1.20 slugging percentage in helping DMACC to three victories in the Cowtown Classic Feb. 16th at Fort Worth, Texas.

Guy had a base hit and also walked as the Bears defeated Seminole (Okla.) State College (SCC), 1-0, in their season and tournament opener. She had three hits, drove in five runs and scored twice in DMACC’s 8-6 win over Navarro (Texas) Community College (NCC) and had three more hits, drove in three runs and scored three as DMACC defeated Ranger (Texas) Community College, 9-8. Guy had a hand in 13 of the 18 runs the Bears scored in the three games, driving in eight runs and scoring five. She is hitting .700 for the season.

The DMACC softball team, ranked fourth in the NJCAA Division II poll, plays a doubleheader against Allen County Community College (ACCC) Feb. 25th at Iola, Kan.

DMACC's Molly Jacobsen Named ICCAC Pitcher of the Week

Posted February 21, 2018

The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) has named DMACC softball player Molly Jacobsen the ICCAC Division II Softball Pitcher of the Week for the week of Feb. 12th to 18th.softballmollyjacobsenfeb2018.jpeg

Jacobsen, a sophomore from Adel and a returning National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II All-American, pitched a seven-inning shutout and struck out 10 batters as the Bears defeated Seminole (Okla.) State College, 1-0 in the first round of the Cowtown Classic Feb. 16th at Fort Worth, Texas.  Jacobsen scattered four hits and did not walk a batter in winning DMACC’s season opener.

DMACC came into the game ranked fourth in NJCAA Division II. SSC is ranked 10th in NJCAA Division I.

The DMACC softball team will face Allen County Community College (ACCC) in a doubleheader Feb. 25th at Iola, Kan.

Mars Experts/Explorers Part of this Year's ciWeek Lineup

Posted February 21, 2018

​         Earlier this month, SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy into orbit. Twenty-seven Merlin engines blasted the huge rocket into orbit, enough thrust to propel a fully loaded 737 jetliner into space and perhaps human-kind back to the Moon and on to Mars by the middle of the century.

          Two ciWeek 9 speakers know a lot about traveling to Mars and will share their knowledge and insights during their upcoming presentations at DMACC’s West Des Moines Campus next month.

          Rob Manning is NASA’s Chief Engineer for the Mars Pathfinder, Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity Rovers. He has been designing, testing and managing robotic spacecraft for more than 35 years.

          Rod Pyle is a History Channel filmmaker and has also written 13 books on space history, exploration and development, including Destination Mars.

          While no one has stepped foot on Mars, Rob Manning, through his rovers, has visited the planet many times and is as familiar with the Red planet as anyone on earth. His robotic spacecraft, Mars Pathfinder, launched in 1997 and Curiosity, launched in 2011, have spent years sampling, testing and exploring the Red Planet that’s nearly 34 million miles from earth.

           “Traveling to Mars represents the very leading edge of the technology we have available today, much like the moon landings of the 1960s and 70s,” said Dr. Anthony Paustian, Provost of the West Des Moines Campus and founder of ciWeek 9. “These speakers (Pyle and Manning) will offer a fascinating look at this space adventure and talk about the challenges and new opportunities this voyage will offer all of humankind.”

            Manning and Pyle will give a presentation at DMACC’s West Des Moines campus on Thur., March 8 at 1 p.m. as part of Celebrate! Innovation Week 9 (ciWeek 9)  March 5 – 8. All presentations are free and open to the public.

            The Mars speakers join a ciWeek 9 line-up that includes Archaeologist and TV host Josh Gates, Director and Star Trek actor Jonathan Frakes, famed rock and roll drummer Kenny Aronoff among many others. For a complete list of speakers, click here.

DMACC Criminal Justice Career Fair

Posted February 20, 2018

​The DMACC Criminal Justice Career fair will be March 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Bldg. #5 on the Ankeny Campus.  We have about 40 agencies attending the Career Fair as well as door prizes available for the students to potentially win.

Interested in Being a NASA Scholar?

Posted February 20, 2018

My name is Alex Gladney-Lemon and I am recruiting on behalf of NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) at Johnson Space Center. Know of a community college student who dreams of having a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) career? NCAS gives community college STEM students an authentic NASA experience with encouragement to finish a 2-year degree or transfer to a 4-year university to pursue a NASA-related field or career.
Visit the NCAS website to learn more: http://ncas.aerospacescholars.org 
Who is eligible to participate?
To participate, a student must be:
• U.S. Citizen.
• At least 18 years of age and a high school graduate.
• Registered community college student for both Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters, during the application process and project.
• Have at least a cumulative of 9 hours in a STEM discipline.
• Able to commit to working with NASA starting with a 5-week online course, ending with a
• 4-day residential experience, and attending virtual meetings during the interim.
If you or your students have questions about the application process, please plan to attend one of our Online Info Sessions.
• Fri., Feb. 23rd from 2 to 3 p.m.
• Thur., March 1st from 5 to 6 p.m.

Link to Session: https://go.nasa.gov/2xaB2Dh
When prompted for your name please enter you first and last name and the college you attend.
For example: Luke Skywalker – Dagobah Community College
*Download the free Blackboard Collaborate Mobile App from your App store to attend via smartphone or tablet.
Don’t Delay! Applications are due March 5th at 2 p.m. CST.
Thank you in advance for sharing the NCAS opportunity with students interested in STEM and NASA!

Parenting Club--Ankeny Campus

Posted February 20, 2018

​The Parenting Club at DMACC Ankeny is holding another meeting on Mon., March 5th from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. in Bldg. #6, room 12.  Free pizza and drinks will be served, so please RSVP to Allison Pugh at afpugh@dmacc.edu if you would like to attend.  Our next topic will be "Ideas for Parent/Child Interaction".  Hope to see you there.

Plastic Bags for the Homeless

Posted February 20, 2018


The Ankeny PTK is still collecting plastic bags to make homeless mats. The donation box is now in Bldg. #5 on the Ankeny Campus.

Salt Company

Posted February 19, 2018

​Salt Company is a college ministry that meets Thursday nights at 8 p.m. at Keystone Church in Ankeny (849 S Ankeny Blvd Ankeny, Iowa.) We are in a teaching series over the book of James. We would love for you to join us Thursday. You can also check us out at www.saltankeny.com.


Equity-Oriented, Inclusive Teaching in STEM

Posted February 19, 2018

Feb. 22nd at 1 p.m.
Equity-Oriented, Inclusive Teaching in STEM.
Part of the series Topics in STEMinism: Strategies for Inclusive Undergraduate STEM Education. Questions to consider include: What is equity-oriented, inclusive teaching? What are some of the affordances and constraints with implementing inclusive practices (e.g. institutional, departmental, personal, etc.) What are some examples of inclusive teaching practices in undergraduate STEM courses?  https://www.cirtl.net/events/461.

Please RSVP first at https://www.dmacc.edu/tlc/Pages/Calendar.aspx. You then need to create a CIRTL account https://www.cirtl.net/users/sign_in select Iowa RC as your “institution” and then register for the event.


New Sports Management 2+2 Agreement to be Announced at Upcoming Iowa Wolves Game

Posted February 15, 2018

Beginning in the fall of 2018, DMACC will offer an Associate’s Degree in Sports and Recreation Management. Now, through a new 2+2 agreement with the University of Iowa, DMACC graduates can seamlessly transfer to the University of Iowa to earn their Bachelor of Science in Sports & Recreation Management.

Because of the program’s business focus, the 2+2 degree prepares students for a career in fitness management, sports management, or wellness.

The University of Iowa’s program will offer local internships with sports teams, facilities, recreation departments and wellness institutes as well as the flexibility to take some classes online, in Iowa City or Des Moines at the Iowa Center for Higher Education.

 DMACC and the University of Iowa will host an information session on this exciting, new 2+2 agreement before the Iowa Wolves game, Fri. Feb. 23rd at 5 p.m. at the Iowa Events Center, room 320. In addition, Iowa Wolves players and sports management professionals from the team will also be on hand to visit with prospective students.

For the first 60 students and their friends and family who attend the information session they will receive FREE tickets to the Iowa Wolves vs Rio Grande Valley Vipers game that starts at 7 pm. (They’ll  pick up the tickets at the information session.)

During the game’s first time-out, Iowa’s mascot, Herky and the DMACC Bear will go to center court to sign the new agreement.

To attend the Sports and Recreation information session and to receive the game tickets please RSVP to Abbi Holmes at ajholmes@dmacc.edu or call 515-964-6853.


Iowa Court of Appeals Oral Arguments on DMACC Ankeny Campus-Correct Time

Posted February 15, 2018

​On Feb. 22nd at 10 a.m., the Iowa Court of Appeals will be hearing Oral Arguments on 3 cases in
the DMACC Bldg #5 Conference Center on the Ankeny Campus. This event is open to the public. 

Case Synopses
State v. Pace
Anthony Pace appeals from his conviction for domestic abuse assault while displaying a dangerous weapon, claiming violations of his right to confront witnesses. He also contends the court improperly assessed fees in an unknown amount to him at sentencing. Finally, Pace argues newly-discovered evidence warrants a new trial.

State v. King
Blake King appeals from his convictions for burglary and sexual abuse, which merged into a conviction for one count of first-degree burglary. He challenges the trial court’s denial of his motions to strike two jurors for cause, claims his trial counsel’s performance was deficient in failing to move for judgments of acquittal and in not raising an intoxication defense, and argues there was insufficient evidence to support the convictions.

State v. Hicks
Eddie Hicks appeals from his conviction of first-degree murder, claiming the court erred in denying his motion to suppress, there was insufficient evidence he acted with specific intent to kill, his motion for substitute counsel was improperly denied, prosecutorial misconduct deprived him of a fair trial, there was an intervening cause of death, the trial judge should have recused himself, and he was denied the effective representation of counsel.


About the Iowa Court of Appeals

The Iowa Court of Appeals was established as an intermediate appellate court by the legislature in
1976 to ease the growing backlog of cases in the Iowa Supreme Court. Under Iowa’s appellate system,
all appeals from trial court decisions go to the supreme court. The supreme court may retain an
appeal or transfer it to the court of appeals. As an appellate court, the Iowa Court of Appeals
does not preside over trials. Appeals proceedings do not involve witnesses, juries, new evidence,
or court reporters. Instead, the court reviews the written record of the trial court to determine
whether any significant legal errors occurred. Most cases are decided on the briefs filed by the
parties. Oral arguments are granted in about 20% of the cases to supplement the briefs. A decision
of the court of appeals is final unless reviewed by the Iowa Supreme Court on grant of further
review.  Less than 5% of its decisions are taken on further review by the supreme court.

16-1785 State v. Pace


In March 2016, Anthony Pace was in a relationship with a woman, S.C., with whom he had a nine-month-old child. The woman also had a four-year-old son. S.C. and the children left the apartment they shared with Pace after an incident that resulted in Pace calling the police and reporting S.C. had struck him.

On March 18, S.C. returned to Pace’s apartment. She was on a telephone call with her mother, who
overheard Pace threaten S.C. The mother called 911, informed the dispatcher she was in a different
state, and that her daughter was being threatened with a gun. Police went to Pace’s apartment,
knocked, and announced their presence. After some time, Pace answered the door and was ordered to
the ground. Pace was handcuffed and removed from the apartment. A gun was located lying in a pile
of clothes behind a closed door of a closet of the upstairs bedroom. Police questioned S.C. as to
what had happened. S.C. denied any assault had been committed, but her four-year-old son told
police that Pace had tried to shoot or kill his mother.

At trial, S.C. testified Pace had threatened her with a gun. Pace denied doing so or ever touching
the gun that was found. The child did not testify but responding officers testified about the
child’s statements made to police.

The jury convicted Pace of domestic abuse assault  while displaying a dangerous weapon. At
sentencing, the district court determined Pace had the reasonable ability to pay correctional fees
before knowing the total amount of fees owed.

About four months after sentencing, Pace filed a motion for new trial on the basis of
newly-discovered evidence—a February 2017 social media post alleged to have been made by S.C.
denying the events of March 18, 2016.  A hearing was held and the court denied the motion.

Issues raised on appeal:
1. Did the trial court err in overruling Pace’s Confrontation Clause objections to the introduction
of the four-year-old’s statements to police?
2. Did the court err in finding Pace had the ability to pay room and board reimbursement fees
without knowing the amount of the fees?
3. Did the court err in denying Pace a new trial based on his claim of newly-discovered evidence?


17-0063 State v. King


Blake King and the complainant, M.A., were acquaintances who had spent the night out bar-hopping in a party bus with a large group celebrating M.A.’s birthday. Towards the end of the evening King dropped M.A. off at the home of another party attendee.  King returned later and engaged in sexual activity with M.A.

King was charged with two counts of first degree burglary and one count of third-degree sexual
abuse. Among the disputes in the case were whether M.A. had invited King back to the residence and
whether the sex was consensual, including the degree of M.A.’s intoxication. The jury found
defendant guilty of all three counts. The court merged counts II and III into the conviction under
count I for first-degree burglary.

Prior to trial, in the juror questionnaire one of the prospective jurors disclosed that her 16-year
old daughter had recently been the victim of a “date rape,” having been given alcohol by a man who
subsequently sexually assaulted her. The district court declined to strike the juror for cause and
King used a peremptory strike to remove the juror from the panel. King moved to strike a second
juror for cause after trial was underway when the juror remember knowing M.A.’s mother. The
district court denied the motion.

Issues raised on appeal:
1. Did the trial court abuse its discretion in denying King’s motions to strike the jurors for
2. If the court did err, what is the proper remedy?
3. Was King denied the effective assistance of counsel by the failure to challenge essential
elements of the burglaries and sexual abuse?
4. Was King denied the effective assistance of counsel by the failure to raise an intoxication
defense or request jury instructions on intoxication?
5. Was there sufficient evidence to support the convictions?


17-0130 State v. Hicks


Dubuque police were dispatched in response to a 911 call.  Eddie Hicks had gone to a neighbor’s residence looking for help and stating he was stabbed. The neighbor said Hicks was acting like he was drunk and was not steady on his feet. Hicks was taken to the hospital for treatment. He was handcuffed to the gurney while in the ambulance because his behavior was erratic. Hicks had stab wounds and lacerations to his chest, neck, and hands. His blood tested positive for marijuana, benzodiazepines, phencyclidine (PCP), and alcohol.

Police officers found Hicks’ girlfriend, K.L., lying on the ground just outside her apartment.
There was blood throughout K.L.’s apartment, broken glass, and other signs of a struggle. She was
transported to the hospital at about 11:00 p.m. K.L. was found to have approximately 40 stab wounds
to her head and neck, and a total of 113 “sharp force injuries” on her entire body. She had
defensive wounds on her hands and forearms. Her two front teeth were knocked out. Despite being
given approximately 20 units of blood, she was pronounced dead at about 3:00 a.m.

Hicks was charged with first-degree murder. He moved to suppress statements he made while he was in
the emergency room and to police officers at the hospital the next day, claiming they were not
voluntarily made. The motion was denied.

After a bench trial, the trial court rejected Hicks’ affirmative defenses of intoxication and
diminished responsibility, and found Hicks guilty of first-degree murder.

Issues raised on appeal:
1. Was Hicks in custody when in the emergency room?
2. Were Hicks’ statements on June 17 made voluntarily?
3. Did Hicks voluntarily and intelligently waive his Miranda rights before giving statements on
June 18?
4. Was there sufficient evidence of a specific intent to kill to support the conviction?
5. Did the trial court err in denying Hicks’ request for a substitute counsel?
6. Was there prosecutorial misconduct?
7. Was a punctured lung an intervening cause of death?
8. Did the trial court err in not recusing?
9. Was Hicks denied the effective representation of counsel?



Part of Term 8 AT/NA Reporting

Posted February 15, 2018

Reminder to faculty Part of Term 8 (Feb. 13th – May 3rd )
The web will open on Tues., Feb. 20th at 8 a.m. for AT/NA Reporting.
The web will close on Fri., Feb. 23rd  at 11:59 p.m.

Spring 2018 Career Fair Schedule

Posted February 5, 2018

All career fairs will be held in the Bldg. #5 Conference Center on the DMACC Ankeny Campus.
Wed., Feb., 14th from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Human Services & Early Childhood Education Career Fair
(Human Services and Early Childhood Education programs)
Mon., Feb. 19th from 1 p.m. - 4p.m.
Health Sciences Career Fair
(All Health programs, including Medical Office)
Tues., Feb. 20th from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
IT Career Fair
(BIS/MIS, ITNA, and Web Development programs)
Wed., Feb. 28th from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Business Career Fair
(Accounting, Administrative, Business, Entrepreneurship, Fashion Design, Human Resources, Management, and Marketing programs)

Health Information Technology Information Session

Posted February 1, 2018

To learn more about the growing field of Electronic Health Records and Information Technology in the health care field, an information session for the Health Information Technology Program’s AAS degree and NEW HIT/Healthcare Professional and HIT/Information Technology Professional certificates for fall 2018 enrollment is planned for Thurs., Feb. 22 at 12:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and Mon., Mar. 26 at 3:00 p.m. in Bldg.# 8, Room 1F on the Ankeny campus.  Only 24 students will be accepted for the fall 2018 program. More information about the program can be found at:


Please contact the Program Chair, Patty Origer at paoriger@dmacc.edu or (515) 964-6548 for more information.


Scholarship Opportunity

Posted January 29, 2018

Deadline: May 15, 2018
2018 Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize contests are open to students enrolled at high schools and colleges in the United States, including exchange students. View essay and poster contest details and suggested resources at www.abdelkaderproject.org.


The essay or poster will address:
• Why does Emir Abdelkader’s life story and legacy deserve remembering today?
• What lessons did you derive from reading about him?
• What is relevant for our global society? What is relevant to your own life?
• Reflect on Abdelkader’s education as compared to your own education.

High School Students (1st Place = $1,000; 2nd Place = $500)
College/University Students (1st Place = $1,500; 2nd Place = $1,000)

High School Students (1st Place = $1,000; 2nd Place = $500)

College/University Students (1st Place = $1,500; 2nd Place = $1,000)
FLYER: www.abdelkaderproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018-FINAL-Contest-Flyer.pdf



New Sports Management 2+2 Agreement between DMACC and the University of Iowa to be Announced at Upcoming Iowa Wolves Game

Posted January 26, 2018

Beginning in the fall of 2018, DMACC will offer an A.A. degree in Sports Management. Through a new 2+2 agreement with the University of Iowa, DMACC grads with the A.A.-Sports Management degree can seamlessly transfer and earn their B.S. degree in Sports & Recreation Management. This 2+2 program has a business focus and preps students for a career in sports business, fitness and recreation management, wellness, and other related careers.

The University of Iowa’s Sport Recreation program connects students with internships in Des Moines. Learn more about internships with sports teams, facilities, park/recreation departments, and fitness and wellness institutes and other organizations.  Students can take courses at the UI – Des Moines campus, Iowa City campus, or online.

Hear from Iowa Wolves front office executives during “The Business of Basketball” information session. Students will also meet advisors from both DMACC and the University of Iowa to learn more about the 2 + 2 program. This event is to be held at 5 p.m., Fri., Feb. 23rd at the Iowa Events Center in Room 320.

RSVP for “The Business of Basketball” information session for the opportunity to receive a complimentary ticket provided by the University of Iowa, 70 tickets available. Additional tickets can be purchased using this link https://groupmatics.events/event/BusinessOfBball2018

The Iowa Wolves vs Rio Grande Valley Vipers game starts at 7 p.m. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to celebrate this exciting new partnership, which will be announced at center court during the game.  Fans will have a chance to meet Herky, the DMACC Bear and Alpha during the Iowa Wolves Game.

Please call or email to Abbi Holmes to RSVP for the information session.

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