Building 5, DMACC Ankeny Campus. Photo by Andy Langager

DMACC professors adapt to all online classes

April 27, 2020 at 11:58 am 1 comment

By Chronicle Staff Since the widespread outbreak of coronavirus, COVID-19, DMACC faculty have been working to find a solution to continue classes in an online setting.  Many classes are fairly straight-forward to transition online, but other programs can be a bit more difficult, especially those that require a more hands-onRead More

DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts Festival postponed

DMACC Celebration of Literary Arts Festival postponed

April 12, 2020 at 8:27 pm 0 comments

This will be the 19th year that DMACC will be holding its annual Celebration of Literary Arts Festival. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizers to reorchestrate their plans. Originally slated to have begun on April 6, the event has been postponed until sometime in the Fall 2020 semester. EmailsRead More

The Dueling Pianos of Andy Anderson and Mike Leeds backed up by Party Party at Ragbrai in 2018. (Photo by Justin Miller)

Local music scene adapts to pandemic

April 11, 2020 at 11:10 pm 0 comments

  Editor’s note: The author of this story, Justin Miller, toured with The Dueling Pianos as a stage manager for six years. During that time he traveled all over the Midwest setting up shows for a wide variety of musicians and bands.  The world is quickly becoming more like theRead More

DMACC English Professor Lauren Rice

Remembering DMACC Professor Lauren Rice

April 9, 2020 at 4:40 pm 0 comments

On Sunday April 5, DMACC Professor Lauren Rice was killed in a hit-and-run incident near her home in the Beaverdale neighborhood of Des Moines.  Around 8 a.m., Rice was walking her dog when a driver struck her with a truck at a high rate of speed; police said they believeRead More

DMACC introduces new pass/fail policy for Spring term, drop deadline extended

DMACC introduces new pass/fail policy for Spring term, drop deadline extended

April 1, 2020 at 6:17 pm 0 comments

DMACC is introducing a new opt-in system for pass/fail grading. Along with including a designation on all student transcripts that shows that the Spring 2020 semester was affected by the pandemic, students can also submit a request for a pass/fail designation on the transcript instead of the usual letter grade.Read More

Discussion: DMACC adds pass/fail option

Discussion: DMACC adds pass/fail option

March 27, 2020 at 2:09 pm 0 comments

The Chronicle staff (and adviser Andy) sit down via video chat to discuss the new pass/fail option at DMACC in light of the COVID-19 disruptions. Did we get anything wrong? Reach us at and follow us on Twitter, @dmaccChronicle

Photo by: Bailey Perkins

Iowa colleges respond to COVID-19

March 11, 2020 at 5:41 pm 0 comments

DMACC has announced that face-to-face classes will be postponed after spring break until further notice, although they will continue online. An email to students stated that between March 23 and 28 there will be no face-to-face classes, and beginning March 30 all classes will be strictly online. However, select lab-basedRead More

Philosophies differ on the use of tech in the classroom

Philosophies differ on the use of tech in the classroom

March 4, 2020 at 11:44 am 0 comments

In a modern classroom setting, one may find two kinds of students: some who use their laptop to take notes and organize materials, and others who use traditional paper and pencil. Professors today are forced to adapt to this change, which causes a divide in expectations between themselves and theirRead More