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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

Zaire Swaby

DMACC Men’s Basketball draws from: Iowa, Delaware…England?

November 28, 2018 at 12:17 pm 0 comments

College is normally a place of great diversity, where  students can choose what they want to learn about in class as well as in experiences outside of class. Students come from many different high schools and backgrounds to learn together and meet people that have had different upbringings than whatRead More

Jared Jordison, come on down! DMACC student wins on Price is Right

Jared Jordison, come on down! DMACC student wins on Price is Right

November 28, 2018 at 12:14 pm 0 comments

  Q: How did this happen? We went on down to LA for spring break and one of the things we wanted to do, we are such big fans of “The Price is Right” and we always thought how cool would it be if I was on there. Once IRead More

Sarah Bogaards (editor)

Iowa Education: Community colleges falling behind in per-pupil state funding

November 28, 2018 at 12:08 pm 0 comments

The original legislation that founded community colleges in Iowa was introduced in 1965 by Senator Jack Kibbie, and tuition was a mere $25-30 per credit hour according to Jim Stick, dean of liberal arts at DMACC. Since then, Iowa’s community colleges have expanded and become invaluable assets to the healthRead More

Starting on a high note: DMACC’s new music director James Thompson

Starting on a high note: DMACC’s new music director James Thompson

November 28, 2018 at 11:51 am 0 comments

Interested in completing a music program here at DMACC? Don’t fret. DMACC’s new Music Department Chairman James Thompson plans to compose the now-minor music education program into a major transferring opportunity. After finishing his degree in Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Iowa in 2013, Thompson had theRead More

‘Ghost Bike’ is an emotional ride

‘Ghost Bike’ is an emotional ride

November 28, 2018 at 11:40 am 0 comments

In “Ghost Bike,” the underworld came to life; but it was reinvented, Chicago-style. This contemporary production was visibly influenced by Chicago bike culture as well as ancient mythologies. The play largely follows Ora after her best friend Eddie is hit by a car while riding his bicycle. Just before theRead More

New ICI program director looks to spice things up

New ICI program director looks to spice things up

September 19, 2018 at 12:33 pm 0 comments

Iowa Culinary Institute’s new program director, Chef John Andres, almost led a very different life.  At the age of 3 he started learning violin, and growing up in Waterloo, Iowa, participated in various chamber groups and orchestras. Later on he attended Drake on a music scholarship. Chef Andres said “[I]Read More