DMACC Pioneers

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Established in 1993, the DMACC Pioneers are a group of retired faculty and staff who provide continued service to the College. Reconnect with former employees and remain informed on developments at DMACC – join us for an upcoming program meeting!   

2018 Programs

March 8 - "The Iowa Baby Lady." Katie Nyberg is one of Iowa's leading experts on Doula. This informative program will give you some insight into one of the fastest growing businesses in today's health fields.

April 12 -"How To Glue Your Face to the Carpet & 365 Other Great Sketchbook Assignments." This is title of Bob Kling's new book. Bob has exhibited his paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs throughout America for more than forty years. He has been a life-long educator at both the secondary and college levels. Bob has served as board member of BRAVO Greater Des Moines, written a newspaper column for 25 years, done freelance writing for numerous newspapers and magazines, and served as a Iowa Department of Education consultant. You will not want to miss ​​this Pioneers' program!

May 10 - Pioneers Field Trip Day to Jefferson. Due to the positive response of our first Pioneers Field trip, a second field trip is being planned. Watch for details later as you will want to be a part of this unique Pioneers event.

June 14 - "Are Those Old Postcards Valuable?" Dave Brown has been collecting postcards for years. Bring your old postcards to this Pioneers meeting and learn if you have some valuable treasures!

July 12 - "Body Building at 79!" Dick Bloedow is a Des Moines native who excelled in body building and weight lifting throughout his entire life. At age 79 he still works out regularly and has many interesting stories to share. He was Mr. Iowa in 1963, won first place in the Mr. Hercules contest when he was just 21, was the power-lifting champion in two different classes, held the bench lifting record for the 165 lb. class for 13 years when he bench-pressed 355 pounds, was a manager for the Sorensen Gym and served 20 years as an A.A.U. official in Olympic Lifting and Power Lifting. Dick has worked out with some of the best, including Arnold Schwarzenegger. Dick displayed his talents at the 1962 Iowa State Fair by lifting a 2600 lb. car! Even if you are not familiar with body building, you will love hearing Dick's stories.

August 9 - "A Story Telling Picnic." Summer time means picnic time. Bring your lawn chair and join us in a good old-time Pioneers picnic. And the best part is that you will provide the program. Everyone has something they treasure and would like to share with others. Remember "show and tell" time in grade school? Well, this is your chance to bring something to show and share. Maybe it's a keepsake, picture, piece of jewelry, or a family heirloom. Whatever it is, bring it to the picnic to show others and have some fun sharing your story with us! Watch for details later!

September 4 - Fall Kick Off

October 11 - Love That Pork. October's meal will be catered by Steve Heaberlin, a retired farmer who owned and operated one of the larger hog confinement operations in Iowa. After years of raising pork, Steve decided to start a catering business. Of course, pork items often appear on his menu. Steve keeps very busy entering barbeque contests, teaching various cooking and barbequing classes, catering numerous social events including meals for a local winery.  Steve also caters meals for the ​​monthly meeting of the Iowa Community College Presidents. He is a regular at the Iowa State Fair Cook Out competition. Steve will discuss some of the issues related to the pork industry.

November 8 - "American Wars Significance On and Off the Field." As we honor those Pioneers who served in our military, we will be treated to a program by Pete Taggart. Pete is a Simpson College history professor who has a wealth of knowledge about American wars. He will present a program on the effects of our culture after various American wars as well as during the wars. Pete also works with the Drake University Ray Society. You won't want to miss this interesting and informative program.

December 10 - Holiday Party

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DMACC Pioneers
Phone: 515-964-6868 or 800-362-2127, option 5, ext. 6868
Address: DMACC Pioneers
2006 S. Ankeny Blvd. Bldg. 22
Ankeny, IA 50023


True Sherman 

DMACC in the '60s - This classroom was in DMACC's very first location. This space was a grocery store before we inhabited it, and today is home of the Iowa Christian Academy. The instructor of this class was True Sherman. True is 96-years-old today, and was recently in attendance as we unveiled a plaque at this location to commemorate our beginning.