Articles by: Kennedy Ballinger

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AI poses new challenges and opportunities at DMACC

February 12, 2024 at 12:03 pm 0 comments

Over the past year AI, or artificial intelligence, has taken the world and classroom by storm. In higher education, AI could be seen as a beneficial resource or a means of cheating. Different professors have different policies regarding AI, which complicates the matter. One popular AI tool is ChatGPT, whichRead More


Don’t let your failures define you

January 24, 2024 at 12:39 pm 0 comments

When I was in high school I struggled with anxiety and depression. This took most of the energy out of me and it was hard to focus on my education. This lasted from my sophomore year of high school to my freshman year of college, and it made learning incrediblyRead More

DMACC President Rob Denson

Denson marks 20 years as DMACC president

January 16, 2024 at 12:59 pm 0 comments

This past November, President Rob Denson made DMACC history by becoming the longest-serving person in his position in the college’s 57-year history.  During the 20 years that President Denson has been at DMACC, the college has grown by more than 50 percent by focusing on faculty and staff instruction, keepingRead More

The new DMACC logo

DMACC introduces new logo, website design

November 29, 2023 at 9:20 am 0 comments

DMACC officially unveiled its new website design and branding to the public on Monday, Oct. 23. The website’s design had not been updated since 1988, and it features a brand-new three-dimensional brand logo with a modernized look.   The website displays new photographs and videos of students, staff, and campuses,Read More

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

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

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