Music at DMACC
DMACC offers students the opportunity to participate in a variety of choral music and jazz ensembles. Concert Choir, MUS 143, is offered on the Ankeny and Boone campuses; Chamber Ensemble, MUS 275, is offered on the Ankeny Campus. No audition is required for Concert Choir, but it is expected that singers who register for it will be able to learn and sing well the vocal part to which they are assigned. Auditions for the Chamber Ensemble on the Ankeny Campus are held at the start of each semester; auditionees must confirm an audition time with the choral conductor in the music area of Building 5. On the Ankeny Campus there are two concerts each semester, which serve as midterm and final course grade evaluations. Please see the online DMACC Course Schedule for complete registration information.
Recent music ensemble additions on the Ankeny Campus include instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles; these ensembles are not offered for traditional credit. For more information about them and other music courses, please contact the DMACC Music Program Chairperson in Bldg. 5 on the Ankeny Campus, telephone number, 515-964-6633 or the Student Services Office on the Boone Campus. The music program maintains its Internet presence at www.dmacc.edu/music.
Much of a student’s growth is the result of participation in activities and student organizations. It is the philosophy of the College that cocurricular 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 are responsible for assessment and disbursement of these funds.
Student Activities Council
As the primary student body representative, the Student Activities Council is an integral part of the College. Through its work, students are provided an opportunity to participate in the democratic process. Meetings are held on a regular basis. The Council serves as a liaison among the administration, faculty, staff and student body in areas of mutual interest. The purpose of the organization is to promote college spirit, provide a focal point for discussions between students and the College staff and to give students a representative voice in College affairs. 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 lounge and recreation areas are provided for student use during nonclassroom hours. Various types of game equipment are available, and food and beverage facilities are located in or near each of these areas.
Students are encouraged to participate in student organizations. Students may form a new organization by contacting the Student Activities Coordinator on their respective campus for information. Most recognized organizations fall into one of the following classifications:
- Preprofessional and departmental organizations are joined by students wishing to pursue interests that contribute to the development of career fields.
- Service organizations have as their primary purpose activities that will contribute positively to the College and the community.
- Scholastic honorary organizations offer membership on the basis of academic excellence and performance.
- Special interest organizations are planned by students who desire to develop or broaden their interest in some particular aspect of their lives.
Working on a college news staff can benefit students in any program of study. The teamwork required to maintain a student-run news operation that publishes regularly in print and online throughout the semester provides an educational experience that greatly enhances the classroom experience. Students have the chance to build a portfolio with work published using professional newsroom standards. DMACC has three independent student news operations: The Banner News on the Boone Campus; The Campus Chronicle on the Ankeny Campus; and The Urban Vibe on the Urban Campus. These student news organizations emphasize news, features, entertainment, sports, opinion, photography, graphic design, advertising, online and social media in a digital environment. No experience is necessary. Training is provided. Opportunities to get involved include enrolling in JOU 122 Intro to News Production (3 credits) and/or four JOU practicums (2 credits each), freelancing, or internships. Work study positions also may be available. For more information, contact the faculty advisor at the Ankeny, Boone or Urban campuses.
Discount tickets to various activities and attractions are available at the Student Activities office at Ankeny, the Advising Office at Carroll, or the Business Offices at Boone, Newton, Urban and West campuses. The Ankeny Campus offers discount tickets to Civic Center events, Worlds/ Oceans of Fun, Adventureland Park, Ankeny Springwood Theater, Copper Creek Theater in Pleasant Hill, Woodland Hills Golf Course, Carmike Movie Theaters, Iowa Energy and Buccaneers hockey in Des Moines. The Carroll Campus offers Adventureland Park, Carroll Community Theatre, Worlds/Oceans of Fun, and Carroll Theater V discounted tickets.
Urban Campus offers discount tickets to Adventureland Park and Carmike Theaters, and discounted bus passes for DART. Ticket offerings vary at the Boone, Newton and West campuses. Check in the main offices for details. Cash and personal checks are accepted at all campuses. Credit cards are accepted at the Urban Campus.
The DMACC Drama program offers students the opportunity to gain practical experience in theatre production on the Ankeny and Boone campuses. Students can earn college credit in a variety of areas, including acting, lighting, costumes, directing, promotion and scenery work. Annual playwriting contests for students may allow them to see their work produced on campus.
Student athletes may compete on a national level at the Boone Campus. DMACC is a member of the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) and the National Junior College Athletic Association. The College currently offers women’s intercollegiate athletics in basketball, cross country, softball, volleyball and golf, as well as men’s intercollegiate athletics in basketball, baseball and golf on the Boone Campus.