Archive for October, 2019

Airbrush instructor Shawn Palek poses in Building 10 with some of his artwork.

DMACC airbrush instructor paints a portrait of his career

October 16, 2019 at 1:19 pm 0 comments

Shawn Palek is a local airbrush artist of 33 years who has taught at DMACC for over two decades.  He has completed around 42,000 paintings since the beginning of his career, including everything from public murals and vehicles to portraits and specialized series. “I’ve done almost 170 murals. I haveRead More

Photography instructor finds beauty in “Fatal” flowers

Photography instructor finds beauty in “Fatal” flowers

October 16, 2019 at 1:11 pm 1 comment

Molly Wood, 54, works for the Meredith Corporation where she manages photo shoots; she also teaches History of Photography at DMACC, and has held numerous solo exhibitions, but her path was anything but ordinary. Molly’s grandmother passed when her mother was very young. Her grandfather didn’t have many photos ofRead More

Opinion: Trump’s Syria policy is a serious misstep

October 15, 2019 at 12:13 pm 0 comments

Late on Sunday, Oct. 6, President Donald Trump took a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Almost immediately after the call ended, Trump announced that the United States would execute a complete “deliberate withdrawal” of the then-1,000 U.S. stationed troops from Northern Syria, where the U.S. conducted anti-terrorismRead More

"Joker" stars Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck,  a performance that's generated both controversy and awards-buzz. Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers Studios.

“Joker” is no laughing matter

October 9, 2019 at 12:35 pm 0 comments

“Joker” has no answers. The big screen has seen it before: the people of Gotham are growing angry, confused, and disillusioned with a city overwhelmed by crime, rat infestations, and corruption. The news pits a restless underclass against a complacent upperclass in an unfair polite society. And the Joker bringsRead More

DMACC Alumni Association 5k participants  Janti Tito, 21, Liberal Arts major, second place and Riley Heilskou, 19, Health and Fitness major, first place. Photo by Christy Halverson

5k raises money for scholarships

October 4, 2019 at 11:55 am 1 comment

On a cold Saturday morning Sept. 28 at the Ankeny DMACC Campus, a large crowd gathered to compete in the annual 5k Walk/Run race hosted by Des Moines Area Community College’s Alumni Association.  The race’s path first started started inside the DMACC campus parking lot, but it soon took participantsRead More

Retired 1st Lt. Gerald Berry stands in front of his presentation in Building 5 on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Photo by Kaleb Schlatter

Honored Vietnam War pilot speaks at DMACC

October 4, 2019 at 11:35 am 0 comments

“If anyone asks you who talked to you today, say that guy from Des Moines who ended the Vietnam War,” Gerald Berry began. Retired First Lieutenant Gerald “Gerry” Berry, recipient of three Distinguished Flying Crosses, spoke to a public audience in DMACC Ankeny Campus’ Building 5 about his experiences asRead More