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PHOTOS: DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts Welcomes Author Sarah Thankam Mathews

Posted April 23, 2024

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Author Sarah Thankam Mathews (above) shares a smile with audience members while reading from her critically acclaimed debut novel, "All This Could Be Different," on Mon., April 22nd, during a DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts event at the College's Ankeny Campus.

Published in 2022, "All This Could Be Different" was shortlisted for the the Discover Prize, the Aspen Words Literary Prize and the 2022 National Book Award in Fiction, and was also named a New York Times Editor's Choice and "Best Book of the Year" by NPR.

Mathews, who grew up between Oman and India, and immigrated to the United States at age 17, now makes her home in New York City. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop​ at the University of Iowa, where she is also serving as a visiting professor this semester. ​​

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Author Sarah Thankam Mathews (seated, above) signs a copy of her first novel, "All This Could Be Different," for DMACC student Olivia Cook (standing) of Des Moines. Cook, who graduated from Des Moines Roosevelt High School, is currently pursuing an Associate in Science (AS) degree (Pre-Vet) at DMACC.

Now in its 21st year, the DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts spotlights a variety of local, regional and nationally known authors during the fall and spring semesters. All events are free to attend and open to the public.

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Sarah Thanka​m Mathews (above, at podium) enjoys hearing from an audience member during a DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts event on Mon., April 22, at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. During the hour-long event, Mathews read from her work, participated in a Q&A and signed free copies of her debut novel, "All This Could Be Different," for attendees. The novel follows follows the story of a young Indian immigrant who moves to Milwaukee, and reckons with her first job, her first love and her first real friends.

To learn more about "All This Could Be Different," click here​.

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Dashae Engler (above, right), a DMACC Communications student from Clive looks on as award-winning author Sarah Thanka​m Mathews (seated) signs a copy of her novel, "All This Could Be Different," for Engler. Everyone who attended the DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts event on Mon., April 22nd, received a complimentary copy of Mathews' debut novel.

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Sarah Thankam Mathews (above) listens to a question during a free DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts event on Mon., April 22, at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. In addition to her work as an author, Mathews is also an organizer. In 2020, she founded an online community and mutual aid network called Bed-Stuy Strong​ in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Author Sarah Thankam Mathews​ (above, left) and DMACC English Professor Marc Dickinson (right), coordinator of the DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts, take a photo together at the conclusion of this week's event.

For more information about the DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts, visit cla.dmacc.edu.

PHOTOS: DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts Welcomes Acclaimed Poets Danez Smith & Kwame Dawes

Posted April 22, 2024

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DMACC English Professor Marc Dickinson (above) welcomes attendees to a DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts​ event featuring award-winning poets Danez Smith and Kwame Dawes​ on Mon., April 15th, at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Now in its 21st year, the DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts brings a variety of prominent authors to campus throughout the academic year. All events are free and open to the public.

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Poet Danez Smith (above) reads a poem from their critically acclaimed "Homie: Poems" collection (Graywolf Press, 2020) during a DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts event on Mon., April 15th, at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. "Homie: Poems​" explores the saving grace of friendship and was a 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry finalist. Smith is also the author of "Don't Call Us Dead​" (Graywolf Press, 2017), which circles their Black, queer and HIV-positive status, and was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award. Smith lives in Minneapolis.

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Dashae Engler (left), a DMACC Communications student from Clive, takes a photo with poet Danez Smith on Mon., April 15th, at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Smith signed free copies of their "Homie: Poems" poetry collection for all attendees after reading from their work and participating in a Q&A with audiences members. 

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Chris Morales (standing), a DMACC Theatre-Transfer student from Perry, talks with poet Danez Smith on Mon., April 15th, following a DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts event at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Morales said he was excited to meet Smith in person after recently their poetry in one of his DMACC courses.

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Kwame Dawes​ (above), the author of 20 books of poetry and numerous other books of fiction, criticism and essays, reads from his work during a DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts event on Mon., April 15th, at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. 

Dawes, who was born in Ghana and moved to Jamaica at age nine when his father, Neville Dawes, became the Deputy Director of the Institute of Jamaica, was recently named the new Poet Laureate of Jamaica (read more here). Dawes is also a Chancellor's Professor of English and Editor-in-Chief of Prairie Schooner at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a faculty member of Cave Canem Foundation, and a teacher in the Pacific MFA program in Ore​gon.​

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Keonna DenAdel (left, foreground), a DMACC English-Transfer major from Ames, chats with poet Kwame Dawes (seated) after receiving a signed copy of Dawes' "Nebraska​" poetry collection during a DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts event on Mon., April 15th, at the College's Ankeny Campus. DenAdel plans to study journalism at Iowa State University after graduating from DMACC.

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DMACC English Professor Marc Dickinson (left), who coordinates the DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts, joins visiting poets Danez Smith (center) and Kwame Dawes (right) for a photo on Mon., April 15th, at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Smith and Dawes read from their work, participated in a Q&A with audience members and signed free copies of their books during an hour-long event on campus. Both poets also participated in a second DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts event at Beaverdale Books in Des Moines.

To learn more about the DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts, visit cla.dmacc.edu​.

PHOTOS: DMACC Fashion Institute Holds 10th Annual Fashion Show

Posted April 22, 2024

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Former DMACC student Alexander Solla (seated) of Johnston has her hair curled by former DMACC student Jessie Smith of Ankeny prior to the start of the DMACC Fashion Institute's 10th Annual Fashion Show on Thur., April 18th, at the Black Box Theatre on the DMACC Ankeny Campus. The celebration featured a total of three runway shows, held April 18th-19th, and a "Midnight Metro" theme that was inspired by New York City's subway system. 

Students presented their design creations across four categories: Cut and Sew, Styled, ​Reworked and Avant-Garde.​ 

  • ​​Cut and Sew: In this category, the art of cutting and sewing fashion is highlighted. Each ensemble is a testament to the skills and precision of the sewist from pattern drafting to final construction details.   

  • Styled: This category places emphasis on the skill and creativity of fashion styling. Each ensemble is a testament to the art of pairing garments, accessories and make-up to create cohesive and captivating looks.     

  • Reworked: This category celebrates the ingenuity of upcycled fashion. Each ensemble tells a story of transformation, breathing new life into forgotten garments and materials.

  • Avant-Garde​: In this category, students put their imagination and creativity on display. From daring silhouettes to unconventional materials, each ensemble pushes the boundaries of traditional fashion.

Photos courtesy of Andrea Montes Melendez

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​Former DMACC student Caitlynn Bell (seated) of Pleasant Hill has her hair curled by Elizabeth Dealba of Des Moines.

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​Diggi Smith of Coralville poses for a photo prior to the start of the fashion show.

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Set designers Joanna Rangel-Bello (left) of Des Moines and Rosio Lugo of Des Moines add a coat of paint to the set in the Black Box Theatre. Both are second-year Fashion Design students.

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Adison Lipova (left) from Aveda Institute Des Moines applies make-up to Ayla Esperanza of Des Moines.

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First-year DMACC Fashion Career Academy student Caeden DeBruin (right) of Ankeny adjusts the outfit of his model, Ankeny High School student Caden Bahe of Ankeny.  

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A group of five models listen to instructions prior to the start of the 10th Annual DFI Fashion Show The models include (left to right) Hannah Ryan of Waukee, Courtney Dunn of Urbandale, Grace Carlson of Urbandale, Amana Fay of Ankeny and Stacia Hammes of Des Moines.

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Hope Johnson, a first-year DMACC Fashion student from Ankeny, poses in a “Strawberry Shortcake" outfit. Sal Ludwig is the designer for this outfit, which is under the styled category. 

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Designer Joanna Rangel-Bello (left) of Des Moines adjusts the “water bottle dress" worn by model Abby Davis, a second-year DMACC Associate General Studies student, while Rangel-Bello's mom Maria looks on. (Joanna's mom is wearing another one of Joanna's designs. 

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Fashion show models Béla Brookes (left to right) of Polk City, Samantha Huynh of Ames and Lily Inthalangsy of Ankeny pose for a photo. All are wearing designs by Addy Kaster.​

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Second-year DMACC Liberal Arts student Kathy Dang of Des Moines models the outfit designed by Sal Ludwig, not photographed.​

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​Grand View University student Molly Trumblee of Hazelton models an outfit entered in the reworked category.

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Kyla Hammond (left to right), Taryn Hill and Mirabella Oldenburger pose prior to walking down the runway on Thur., April 18th, at the Black Box Theatre on the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Hammond is not a DMACC student; however, Hill is a first-year DMACC Business student and Oldenburger is enrolled in DMACC's Fashion Styling program.

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Some of the male models pose for a photo. They are Bernard Farley, a second-year DMACC Fashion Styling student from Ankeny; Zeke Wolee, a first-year DMACC Cybersecurity student originally from Sioux Falls and now living in Ankeny; Ankeny High School student Caden Bahe of Ankeny; Ankeny Centennial High School student Oscar Anderson of Ankeny; first-year DMACC Career Advantage Fashion Academy student Caeden DeBruin of Ankeny; and Kelly Burch, a volunteer model from Des Moines.

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First-year DMACC Fashion Design student Nyiel Mayen (left) and Steven Paye (right) of Waukee help model Chol Chuol of Waukee with her outfit. 

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First-year DMACC Fashion student Quinn Matzen of Des Moines models the outfit she calls “Capitalist Couture" and designed for the Fashion Gala.

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Model Joe Kimball of Ankeny poses in his avant-garde outfit.

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Aiyanna Mitchell of Des Moines poses in the outfit designed by Addison Kaster. 

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First-year DMACC Career Advantage Fashion Academy ​student Emma Beeck (right) of Ankeny makes sure her design of “the picnic basket" modeled by Gillian Lunde of Ankeny, looks just right. The outfit is listed under the avant-garde category.

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Designer Sage Bissett, a first-year DMACC Psychology student from Altoona, makes an adjustment to the “Burrrrr" outfit worn by model Sidney Hall, a DMACC Liberal Arts & Animal Science student from Altoona. The outfit is listed in the cut and sew category.

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Adrian Dre of Ankeny poses in an outfit listed under the avant-garde category.

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​First-year DMACC Culinary Arts student Saaliyah Singleton smiles as she poses in an outfit titled “Mari-Po" designed by Alex Vargas, not photographed.

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Model Serena Nelson (left), a first-year DMACC Graphic Design student from Ankeny, poses with designer Sarah Russell, a first-year DMACC Mortuary Science student from Ankeny. 

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Jaya Daley (left), a second-year DMACC Psychology Transfer student from West Des Moines, gets a final look from designed Lacie Reitsma, a first-year DMACC Career Advantage Fashion Academy student from Ankeny Christian Academy.  Reitsma lives in Ankeny.

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​Ella Neades, a former DMACC Fashion student from Des Moines, models an outfit under the cut and sew category. It was designed by Rosio Lugo, not photographed.

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Clarice Ward (left), a first-year DMACC Fashion Design student from Des Moines, adjusts the collar on the outfit worn by Makayla Heller of Johnston.

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Check out the safety pins in the hair of model Evie Armstrong of Pella! This outfit was one of eight designs by Hunter Wells of Hartford.  Dani Kasner designed nine outfits, all worn by models in the cut and sew category.   

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Jillian Hicks of Des Moines poses in an outfit designed by Clarice Ward.

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​Bailey Dorr, a first-year DMACC Marketing student, poses in an outfit designed by Nora Hernandez Landeros.  

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Hunter Wells (left), a DMACC Interior Design student from Hartford, helps Allie Harris of Des Moines put on her gloves prior to the start of the 10th Annual DFI Fashion Show.

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​Yamilet Rangel of Ames poses in an outfit listed under the styled category.

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​Faith Sardou (left) from Bondurant and Sara Digé of Ankeny pose for a photo. Both are second-year Liberal Arts students at DMACC.

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​Sara Digé uses a portable dressing room to make an outfit adjustment.       

The entire Fashion Show was directed and produced by DMACC Fashion Design students. Jaelie Noglo was the fashion show director; Addy Kaster was the producer; Victoria Burrell was the marketing director; Dani Kasner served as the digital marketer; Nora Hernandez-Landeros was the graphic designer; Kaylie Coggins and Jena Wright served as community/vendor coordinators; Maki Bauza-Marinez was the model coordinator; and Rosio Lugo and Joanna Rangel-Bello were the set designers. 

To learn more about the DMACC Fashion Institute, visit fashion.dmacc.edu​.

Cafe X Now Offering Personal Pizzas at Ankeny Campus

Posted April 22, 2024

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Attention, DMACC Ankeny Campus: Cafe X is now offering personal pizzas from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Friday!​ 

Cost is $4.25 per pizza, with both cheese and pepperoni pizzas available.

Just stop by Cafe X in the Bldg. #5 Student Center to try one today!

With any questions, email Cafe X at cafex@dmacc.edu​.

April 22nd: DMACC Student Life Bear Essentials Newsletter

Posted April 22, 2024

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Happy Earth Day and Earth Week, DMACC Bears! 

This week's DMACC Student Life Bear Essentials Newsletter​ features some great events and opportunities for you to get involved across the DMACC District, including a variety of fun Earth Day activities! We hope you'll check it out.

Read all about it: Just clic​k ​her​e​ to read the April 22nd edition of the newsletter.​​​​

April 26th: DMACC Choirs Present Spring Masterworks Choral Concert at Ankeny Campus

Posted March 11, 2024

​The DMACC Choirs will present a Spring Masterworks Choral Concert featuring the music of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini​ at 6 p.m. at Fri., April 26th, in the Bldg. #6 Auditorium at the Ankeny Campus

There is no cost to attend, and all are welcome!​

With any questions, please email Dr. James Thompson at jlthompson25@dmacc.edu​.​​

April 26th: 'Vox in the Box' LIVE Table Reading of Student Scripts at Ankeny Campus

Posted March 11, 2024

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Students enrolled in DMACC's ENG 235 (Playwriting & Screenwriting) course will present a LIVE reading of their work during a FREE "Vox in the Box" event at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., April 26th, in the Black Box Theatre in the Bldg. #5 Student Center at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Come enjoy a delightful evening filled with fresh voices and readings of short-script works from the next generation of young writers in our DMACC English, Theatre and Video Production programs!

There is NO COST to attend and all are welcome

Doors will open at 7 p.m., and reservations can be made by emailing Lee Keeler at lakeeler@dmacc.edu​.

April 26th: DMACC Portfolio Day 2024 at Urban Campus

Posted March 11, 2024

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Graduating DMACC students will showcase their portfolios from 2-7 p.m. on Fri., April 26th, at the DMACC Urban Campus​

  • Graduating students from the DMACC Animation, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Video Production and Web Development programs will participate in Portfolio Day 2024.

  • The theme of this year's event is "Authentic Intelligence" and will explore the intersection of human authenticity and technology.

  • Members of the general public and creative industry professionals are invited to attend this FREE event.

  • DMACC has held Portfolio Day every year since 1972, with the exception of a year during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

DMACC is proud to announce DMACC Portfolio Day 2024, a unique opportunity for members of the public, as well as creative industry professionals, to see and explore the exceptional work of students who are graduating from various DMACC programs this Spring, including Animation, Graphic Design, Interio​r Design, Photography, Video Production​​ and Web Development.

The theme of DMACC Portfolio Day is ​"Authentic Intelligence" and will explore the intersection of human authenticity and technology. The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fr., April 26th, in the Student Life & STEM Center (Bldg. #7) at the DMACC Urban Campus, 1100 7th Street, Des Moines (view campus map). 

Admission to the event is FREE, and everyone is encouraged to attend and engage with the remarkable student portfolios on display.

“These students have excelled in the rigorous demands of the programs and are showcasing their creative talents for the general public, as well as potential employers," said Michael Blair, DMACC Graphic Design Professor.

For more information, visit dmaccportfolioday.com.​

With any questions, please email Heather Purdy at hvpurdy@dmacc.edu.

April 29th & 30th: Auditions for DMACC Theatre's Summer Production of Shakespeare's 'As You Like It'

Posted March 11, 2024

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The DMACC Ankeny Theatre​ will hold auditions for its Summer Short Shakespeare production of "As You Like It" from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mon., April 29th, and Tues., April 30th in the Black Box Theatre in Bldg. #5 on the Ankeny Campus.

Performances of the play, written by William Shakespeare and adapted by Carl Lindberg, will run July 18th-27th.

Everyone is encouraged to audition!

To sign up for an audition time, please fill out the Audition Form, which can be found on the DMACC Ankeny Theatre's Auditions webpage or via the Theatre's Linktree​Walk-ins are also welcome at auditions.

Audition sides will be available on the DMACC Ankeny Theatre's Auditions webpage.

With any questions, email theatre@dmacc.edu ​and ask away!

April 29th & 30th: DMACC Horticulture Club's 2024 Spring Plant Sale at Ankeny Campus

Posted March 11, 2024

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Mark your calendar! The DMACC Horticulture Club will hold its 2024 Spring Plant Sale from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Mon., April 29th, and Tues., April 30th, in Greenhouse #4 at the DMACC Ankeny Campus (located near the TrailPoint/West entrance to the Bldg. #5 Student Center). 

The sale will feature an exciting variety of mixed annual planters and baskets, as well as perennials, shrubs and trees (no veggies this year). Payment will be accepted via cash, check (made payable to the DMACC Horticulture Club) and/or credit card. All proceeds will help fund DMACC Horticulture Club student experienced, activities and a future Horticulture Club scholarship fund.

Be sure to like/follow the DMACC Horticulture Club on Facebook​ for on-going updates regarding the sale! ​

With any questions, please call (515) 965-7310 or email plants@dmacc.edu.​

The plant sale will include:

  • 4.5" (annuals and perennials)

    • ​Coleus, $5

    • Dahlia, $5

    • Columbine-Origami mix, $5

  • 1 gallon (agave, perennials and shrubs)

    • ​Agave, $10

    • Columbine-Origami mix, $10

    • Kobold Liatris, $10

    • Hosta "Royal Standard," $10

    • Amsonia, $10

    • Beautyberry shrub, $15

    • Wisteria vine, $15

    • Snowberry shrub, $15

  • Annual Hanging Baskets and Mixed Planters

    • Ivy geranium hanging basket, $25

    • Mixed annual hanging basket, $30

    • Ivy geranium 10" planter, $25

    • Mixed annual 10" planter, $30

    • Dahlia, 10" planter

    • Mixed annual watering can planter, $35

    • Ivy geranium/spike 14" planter, $45

    • Mixed annual 14" planter, $50

  • 2 gallon (perennials and shrubs)

    • ​Peony "Shirley Temple," $20

    • Peony, "Monsieur Julies Elie," $25

    • Beautyberry shrub, $25

  • ​​3+ gallon (shrubs and trees)

    • ​Sea Green juniper, $35

    • Hackberry, $35

    • Others as available

  • ​​​Miscellaneous

    • ​​Gladiolus "Bananarama" cormlets (6/bag). $5

    • Pansy 6-packs, $5

    • 10" and 14" agave, $25​

April 30th: Spring 2024 DMACC Retirement Farewell Reception

Posted March 11, 2024

​Please consider joining us for a fun celebration of our retiring DMACC staff and faculty members as we honor their accomplishments and contributions to the College! The Spring 2024 DMACC Retirement Farewell Reception will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tues., April 30th, at the Iowa Culinary Institute at DMACC (Bldg. #7, Lakeview Inn) on the Ankeny Campus.

We will be celebrating the following employees:

  • David Bettis

  • John Card

  • Nancy Frisk

  • Zerina Hobot

  • Cathy Spenceri

With any questions about the reception, please email Tiffany Marlow at tlmarlow@dmacc.edu. ​

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