Archive for October, 2023

The President's Advisory Council speaks to DMACC students and faculty. Photo courtesy Robert Denson

President’s Advisory Council speaks to students and faculty

October 25, 2023 at 12:19 pm 0 comments

Prominent Iowa business leaders comprising the DMACC President’s Advisory Council spoke to a room of about 70 students and faculty on Tuesday, Oct. 17 in the Building 5 Black Box Theater.  The council was formed two years ago by the president of DMACC, Robert Denson, and the president of theRead More

Photo illustration by Kennedy Ballinger

DMACC rolls out Canvas for Fall 2023

October 20, 2023 at 2:11 pm 0 comments

A new school year has started at DMACC and Fall 2023 has proven to be eventful as DMACC has said goodbye to Blackboard and turned to Canvas.  For more than 10 years, DMACC Community College has used Blackboard as its primary software for online learning.  In 2020, DMACC’s contract withRead More

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So… how do you make friends again?

October 20, 2023 at 1:22 pm 0 comments

Childhood was the gateway to friendship; it was lined with paved roads that led you to people who had similar surface-level interests to you. You didn’t need to have the same political views or even the same tastes in style, all you needed were vaguely similar interests and you wouldRead More

One of Professor Byrd's comics, which he wrote and lettered.

Professor Byrd talks mosh pits and comic books

October 20, 2023 at 12:20 pm 0 comments

You may have seen Professor Paul Byrd walking the halls of DMACC listening to heavy metal, teaching a variety of political science classes at the Ankeny Campus, or on the news occasionally giving his opinions on recent national affairs. Paul Byrd has been a professor at Des Moines Area CommunityRead More

Alek Jok

Opinion: Invest in your future self

October 11, 2023 at 12:39 pm 0 comments

I graduated from a Blue Ribbon private high school with a GPA above 3.5. I went on to a four-year university, under the guidance that it was my only option for a chance towards a successful future. My family and I immigrated to the United States when I was fourRead More

Cafe X Review

Cafe X Review

October 9, 2023 at 12:58 pm 0 comments

Kennedy, Alek, and Lara talk to Mike from Cafe X in Building 5 about their most popular drinks. Then they sit down to try the iced pumpkin spice latte and a blue raspberry and strawberry lotus energy drink. Play in new window | Download

Former NYC firefighter Joe Torrillo (image courtesy

Former NYC firefighter speaks about his experience on 9/11

October 9, 2023 at 11:19 am Comments are Disabled

On Sept. 26, Des Moines Area Community College hosted Joe Torrillo, a former New York City firefighter who was buried alive twice on September 11, 2001. Torrillo spoke to an overflowing room in Building 2, and many audience members were brought to tears during his story.    Torrillo opened his speechRead More

Cup plant is one option for native wildflower landscaping. Photo by Sarah Outterson-Murphy

Native prairie landscaping offers a range of ecological benefits

October 6, 2023 at 4:33 pm 0 comments

By Sarah Outterson-Murphy, special to the Chronicle Fluffy seeds wave along little bluestem stalks. Tiny purple aster petals pour down shrubby branches that flop on the dry soil. End-of-summer sun beats down as bees dangle from flowers in every direction, readying food in dried flower stems and soil burrows forRead More