Claire Pollard, from Norwalk

Finding a new path: mortuary science

February 17, 2024 at 10:46 am 0 comments

Like many people after high school, Claire Pollard found a job working in retail. For three years the 19-year-old Norwalk native worked at Old Navy but late last year she made the switch and began working for a very different type of business: a funeral home.  (For the sake ofRead More

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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

Lexi Mattiussi

Norwalk native takes photography from passion to business

January 29, 2024 at 2:29 pm 0 comments

Since graduating high school in 2023, Lexi Mattiussi, from Norwalk, has focused on starting her photography business. She first found a love for photography at 13 but didn’t realize it was something so important to her until 16. Now 18, she has started her own business and already served moreRead More

Spanish instructor Andrea Mendoza-Estling poses in Building 2. Photo by Riley Dickerson

Spanish instructor says American dream is alive and well

January 29, 2024 at 1:27 pm 0 comments

Andrea Mendoza-Estling teaches Spanish I and Spanish II at DMACC. She has resided in the U.S. for 20 years, eight of those in Iowa, and has been teaching for 13 years, something she said she finds passion in. “I’m from the capital of Colombia, Bogota. When I was living inRead 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

Learn to fence with the DMACC Blades

Learn to fence with the DMACC Blades

April 28, 2023 at 4:54 pm 0 comments

By Lucy Hernandez The DMACC Blades Fencing Club brings members together to learn about fencing and for some, even compete. Students will learn about fencing, how a tournament is run, the rules, and the weapons. They meet every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m., in Building 5, Room 1240.  TheRead More

Abdelrahman Abdelbaky

Welcome to FUNHAUS

April 27, 2023 at 1:45 pm 0 comments

Photos by Alyssa Monroe The DMACC Fashion Institute held their ninth gala, entitled “FUNHAUS,” on April 21 and 22 in the Black Box Theater in Building 5. The gala is planned by students in a class called Events and PR, in which they start planning the event at the beginningRead More

English Professor Marc Dickinson in his office in Building 2.
He advises the Creative Writing Club. It meets Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. in 2-7

Prof. Dickinson shares his love of film

November 4, 2022 at 10:57 am 0 comments

Even though English Professor Marc Dickinson specializes in film and literature, he said that he was not great at playwrights and acting in college. Because of this experience, it gave him a greater appreciation for film.  “Playwrights were a requirement for one of my classes. We had to do aRead More