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The DMACC cybersecurity response team prepares for a call with the FBI around 9:30 a.m., June 5, to discuss the ransomware attack. 
Photo courtesy Mark Clark

How DMACC fought back: The ransomware attack explained

December 8, 2021 at 4:42 pm 0 comments

Note: Names have been changed to protect the identity of the cyberattack response team. Summer classes were only one week underway when Robert Schmidt, a senior member of the DMACC technology team, received a notification on his phone indicating suspicious activity within DMACC’s database.  Several accounts were found to beRead More

Students work in Building 5 at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Photo by Alyssa Monroe.

Faculty petition for mask authority in classroom

October 28, 2021 at 12:38 pm 0 comments

A petition has been circulating among faculty members requesting the authority to mandate masks in the classroom. The petition states: “DMACC should mandate that students wear masks during classroom time per the discretion of the instructor.” Ankeny Speech Professor Julie Simanski created the petition, which has 100 signatures. “It’s notRead More

The pop-up shop outside Building 6 supporting the fashion trip to NYC. Photo by Alyssa Monroe.

Fashion students to visit NYC

October 8, 2021 at 10:28 am 0 comments

It’s every fashion major’s dream to go to New York City and experience city life, and this year their dreams come true.  Fashion major Jamie Moreno, from Des Moines, said, “I’ve always wanted to go to New York City, the city is so beautiful and I’ve always wanted to getRead More

“I think that everyone should wear a mask just out of respect for everyone else because it’s protecting others from your germs. 
I think that, out of respect for everyone, we don’t know what’s going on in their lives or what they have to deal with, or what medical things they have going on so I think it’s just a respect thing.” -Josie Sawhill, Human Service Major

Students react to being back on campus

October 1, 2021 at 11:01 am 0 comments
First lady Jill Biden speaks at the FFA Building on the Ankeny DMACC Campus Wednesday, Sept. 15. Photo courtesy Dan Ivis.

First lady advocates child tax credits at DMACC

September 17, 2021 at 3:28 pm 0 comments

First lady Jill Biden appeared on DMACC’s Ankeny campus at the FFA Enrichment Center on Wednesday, Sept. 15, to endorse a new Child Tax Credit, which appeared for a third time in the bank accounts of Iowans this week.  A limited audience of roughly 30 people consisting of Des MoinesRead More

The 2020 Study Abroad group holds a DMACC banner in front of Tower Bridge.

London Study Abroad set to return in 2022

April 24, 2021 at 3:49 pm 0 comments

With more and more people getting vaccinated in the United States and United Kingdom, the DMACC Study Abroad program is back on track and will travel to London in February 2022.  Bethany Sweeney, English and history professor at the DMACC Carroll campus and coordinator for the Study Abroad program, talkedRead More

DMACC looks to a “new normal” in the fall

DMACC looks to a “new normal” in the fall

April 2, 2021 at 11:19 am 0 comments

DMACC aims to bring back a “full and robust” schedule of face-to-face classes this fall, according to President Rob Denson in an email to faculty and staff earlier this month. Many pandemic policies will still be in place. Masks will still be required when everyone is inside and social distancingRead More

2020 Bingo ensamble, from left to right: Faruk Garibovic, Adam Horton, Kaylynn Bousman, Jessica Katzung, JaKharri McKinney

Students share their pandemic stories in “2020 Bingo”

March 26, 2021 at 1:34 pm 0 comments

This spring, the DMACC Ankeny Theatre program performed “2020 Bingo,” a devised theater piece, a form of creative collaborative theater that is developed entirely by the cast and crew. The performance featured stories inspired by the lives of the diverse 10-person cast and crew during the pandemic the past year.  Read More