Some cool awards for our faculty

August 5, 2009 —

Glenna Ewing, in traditional Ho Chunk dress, at the seminar.

Glenna Ewing, in traditional Ho Chunk dress, at the seminar.

The American Indian Scouting Association (AISA) recently honored Glenna Ewing, Ed.D., associate dean for academic quality and educational research at Des Moines University, with the Francis X. Guardipee Grey Wolf Award.

Presented at the at the 52nd Annual Seminar Banquet held at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, on July 14, the award recognizes adults for distinguished service to American Indian youth.

Dr. Ewing is an advisor for the Health Careers Explorer Post 141, a Scout troop sponsored by Des Moines University for teens interested in healthcare. She has been active in scouting since 1965 when she began working with Ho Chunk (formerly called Winnebago) girls as a camp staffer. She has also been a senior troop leader for pre-delinquent girls (first offenders assigned to the troop by a judge) to foster cultural understanding between the Indian and non-Indian worlds. She has served a variety of roles with the Boy Scouts since 1983.

delaney's guv awardLaura Delaney, PA-C, clinical coordinator for the DMU physician assistant program, recently was honored with the Governor’s Volunteer Award. She was nominated for the individual award by the American Lung Association (ALA).

She has been an ALA volunteer for about 20 years, currently sits on their leadership board and is the director of the ALA asthma camp.

The Governor’s Volunteer Award program was established in 1982 to honor and recognize volunteers for the commitment, service and time they contribute to Iowa’s government agencies and nonprofit organizations. More than 680 volunteers were selected for awards in 2009. Volunteers are nominated in three categories: Individual, Group or Length of Service.

The most recent “Volunteering in America” study shows that volunteers in Iowa collectively contribute 89.3 million hours of service and have an estimated economic impact of $1.7 billion annually.


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.
  • Mark G. Thiel

    Congratulations Glenna! The Guardipee Grey Wolf award is a rare honor and well-deserved. Best wishes on the road ahead.