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Council of Presidents 

Council of Presidents is the official advisory body to the Office of Student Services for issues and matters affecting the university’s student body.  It is composed of the presidents and vice presidents of all classes and all Student Government Associations on the campus.  The Council meets monthly.  Examples of discussion topics include lecture capture, strategic planning for the University, social networking guidelines, community service activities, student satisfaction surveys, and Honor Code reporting procedures.  The Council also assists in the planning for Orientation and advises on policies for student health insurance, club operations, and other university policies and procedures that affect student welfare. 


Mary Ann Zug, Vice President for Student Services and Jerry Parker, Ph.D., Director of Student Life

Student Programming Board (SPB)

Student Programming Board is the official campus-wide student programming board composed of student delegates throughout Des Moines University. SPB is empowered to organize and implement campus-wide programming that is inclusive of our entire student population.  Their purpose is to work in coordination with the professional staff members within the Division of Student Services collaborating with other members throughout our institution on programming focusing on community service and outreach, multicultural and diversity affairs, social events, and leadership development initiatives.   SPB will meet monthly as a group with individual meetings occurring more regularly between directors and student delegates for the respective programming areas.  No matter what you are already involved in at DMU, we hope you will consider participating on this campus-wide SPB.  Our goal is to have a great cross-section of students throughout all programs!  In addition, SPB will select a liaison to report at the Council of Presidents beginning in January of 2013.

If interested in joining the SPB, please email Dr. Parker at by Friday, January 11th.  In your email, please provide your name, contact information, program and class year.  Drs. Salas and Parker will be working together over the next few weeks to coordinate efforts between Student Life and Multicultural Affairs in preparation for our first meeting shortly after winter break.  More information will be provided to those students wishing to join!

Note:  The SPB serves to enhance campus involvement and does not wish to take away from students’ experiences within their academic programs through individual clubs and SIGs, class councils, and other Multicultural groups advised by Drs. Salas and Parker.  In fact, on many instances SPB will work closely with a wide range of student clubs and constituents to positively enhance your overall experience at DMU.


Rich Salas, Ph.D., Director of Multicultural Affairs and  Jerry Parker, Ph.D., Director of Student Life

Student Technology Advisory Committee (STAC)

Student Technology Advisory Committee advises the Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Student Services on matters relating to student technology resources and use at Des Moines University and provides a forum for discussion of students’ technology issues and the development of recommendations.  The committee is composed of two representatives from each on-campus class in the DO, DPM, DPT and MSPA programs.  Administrative representatives, in addition to the CIO and VPSS, are the Provost, Director of Student Life and the Academic Technology Manager.  STAC will select a liaison to report at the Council of Presidents.


Carolyn Weaver, CIO and Mary Ann Zug, Vice President for Student Services

Conservation and Sustainability (CnS)

Conservation and Sustainability was initiated in 2008 through the energy and environmental consciousness of our students to research current recycling efforts, identify additional options to support a “green” campus, and promote sustainability in campus operations.  The areas through which DMU supports sustainability include solid waste reduction and recycling, energy conservation and efficiency, transportation, food service, campus grounds and campus planning. Students who are interested in developing a more effective and comprehensive on-campus recycling program are encouraged to join the Conservation and Sustainability Committee.  As a medical sciences institution dedicated to wellness, it is appropriate that we support and foster a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future for all of society.   CaS will select a liaison to report at the Council of Presidents.


Chris Mohr, Student Services Assistant

Student Professionalism Committee (SPC)

Student Professionalism Committee represents students on the Student Services Student Life Council and the Faculty Student Professionalism Committee to promote and strengthen DMU’s culture of integrity.  Following an application review process led by the Office of Student Services with the support of each academic Dean, one student representative from each class will be selected annually to review, assist and suggest enhancements and campus-wide programming to strengthen the PIC.  Responsibilities include promoting the values (Honesty, Accountability, Collaboration and Inclusiveness) of the Professional Integrity Code to all members of the DMU community and to assist students on the ways to address potential violations of the PIC.  The Student Committee will select a liaison to report at the Council of Presidents. 


Shannon Petersen, D.P.T., Associate Professor, Chair, Faculty Staff Professionalism Committee and  Jerry Parker, Ph.D., Director of Student Life