DMU literary journal to raise awareness for World Health Organization

October 14, 2009 —

abaton 09 coverThe third annual edition of Abaton, Des Moines University’s literary journal, will be available at World Food Prize (WFP) events this year.

This issue bears a global health focus with submissions from alumni, staff, faculty, students and the public. It also contains work by Ambassador Kenneth Quinn from the World Food Prize and Dr. Mario Merialdi, coordinator for maternal and child health at the WHO department of reproductive health and research.

The issue will be available at various World Food Prize events. Each issue also includes a CD by Iowan Simon Estes, internationally-renowned opera singer and adjunct professor of global health at DMU. The CD contains five songs and a few public health messages from Estes.

To learn more, preview this year’s issue or see past issues of Abaton, visit

If you are unable to attend the WFP events and would like a copy, call 515.271.1425.

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.