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    Des Moines Area Community College
   
 
  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Student Handbook

Student Life



Student Activities

Much of students’ growth is the result of participation in activities and student organizations. It is the philosophy of the College that extracurricular activities complement the academic program. The activities are financed by a portion of the service fee that is charged each semester in addition to regular tuition. Student representatives elected to the Student Activities Council (SAC) are responsible for the assessment and disbursement of these funds with approval from the SAC Advisor.

Student Activities Council

As the primary student governing body, the Student Activities Council (SAC) promotes college spirit, provides a focal point for discussions between students and college staff, and gives students a voice in college affairs. This body is responsible for the assessment and disbursement of student activity fees. With these funds, the Council plans a variety of activities and offers a wide range of services designed to enhance campus life. Through its work, students are provided an opportunity to participate in the democratic process. Meetings are held on a regular basis. Any student, administrator or faculty member may attend meetings of the Student Activities Council and take part in discussion, but only members may vote.

Student Organizations & Clubs

Students are encouraged to participate in student clubs and organizations. The Student Activities Council Advisor on each campus has a listing of all student organizations available and provides a Student Organization Handbook that contains instructions and information regarding official recognition, funding, membership requirements and College rules and regulations. Students interested in forming an organization may contact the Student Activities Council Advisor for guidelines on the process. Most recognized organizations fall into one of the following classifications:

  • Preprofessional and departmental clubs for students wishing to pursue interests that contribute to the development of career fields.
  • Service organizations that will contribute positively to the College and the community.
  • Scholastic honorary organizations that offer membership on the basis of academic excellence and performance.
  • Special-interest organizations planned by students who wish to develop or broaden their interest in some particular aspect of their lives.

Voter Registration

Students wishing to become registered voters can visit the Iowa Voter Registration website sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/voterregistration.html for a registration form. Those wishing to vote may also visit the following locations: County Clerk’s office, city and community offices, military recruitment offices and the Iowa Drivers’ License facilities.

Ticket Sales

Discount tickets to various activities and attractions are available at the Student Activities office at Ankeny, the Advising Office at Carroll or the Student Services Office at Boone, Newton, and Urban. Discount tickets may include amusement parks, Civic Center events, movie theaters, sporting events and discounted bus passes for DART. Cash, credit cards and personal checks are accepted at all campuses.

Intramurals

Intramural activities provide an opportunity for students to participate in a wide variety of recreational sports, on an individual or team basis. Online registration is available for intramural activities on the Ankeny Campus. For more information, visit www.dmacc.edu/campusrecreation.

Intercollegiate Athletics

The DMACC Athletic Department, located at the Boone Campus, provides opportunities for student-athletes to compete on a national level. DMACC is a member of the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The College offers women’s intercollegiate athletics in basketball, cross country, volleyball, softball and golf. The men compete in basketball, golf and baseball. DMACC intercollegiate athletics have received national recognition. For more information, visit www.dmacc.edu/athletics.

DMACC Music & Drama

DMACC offers Concert Choir (MUS 143), a three-credit, elective course on the Ankeny and Boone Campuses. See the current Credit Schedule for times. Also, Ankeny Campus offers, three credits for Chamber Ensemble (Choir) (MUS 275). This choir is open to any DMACC student who passes the audition. There is no limit to the number of times students may enroll in the choirs, but only four semesters of credit for each may be used toward a DMACC degree. Volunteer/noncredit choral ensembles, open to all DMACC students, are organized on the Ankeny Campus when student interest allows. For more information, call 515-964-6633 or visit www.dmacc.edu/music.

DMACC also offers the opportunity for musicians to participate at the Boone Campus in the DMACC Bears Pep Band. For more information, call 515-432-7203.

The DMACC drama program offers opportunities for students to gain practical experience in theatre production. Students can earn college credit in a variety of areas, including acting, lighting, costume designing, promoting, directing and scenery work. In addition, annual student playwriting contests at the Ankeny Campus allow students to see their work produced. Course offerings include Introduction to Theatre (DRA101), Acting I (DRA130), Playwriting (ENG235) and practicums.