Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) West Campus student Liz Sherman (left) of Dallas Center poses with seventeen-time Academy Award nominated sound engineer Greg Russell at the DMACC West Campus Celebrate! Innovation (ci) week event. Fellow DMACC West Campus student Kristen Conway uses a cell phone to take a photo of Sherman and Russell. Russell said he has spent 40 years as a sound engineer, working on films such as Pearl Harbor, the Transformers series, Spider-Man, National Treasure and The DaVinci Code. He said he still loves what he does. Russell told the capacity crowd audience that he mixes sounds so that you feel like you are right in the middle of the scene.


Other ciWeek speakers included Apollo astronauts Ken Mattingly and Al Worden, beatbox world champion Kaila Mullady, New York Times best-selling author and “zombie expert” Max Brooks, world-renowned rock climber Kevin Jorgeson and Former University of Iowa Wrestling Coach and Gold Medalist Dan Gable.