Birthday bonanza, round 1

November 19 was Elizabeth Campbell’s birthday and boy did we have a good time. She is one of my classmates and bestest buds. As I have mentioned previously, I love parties…but more than that, love planning surprises. So Lauren (another great friend/classmate) and I got busy scheming away! Elizabeth’s day started off with coffee from […]

— Daley Dodd

Take a break from cooking

I figure since it’s the day after Thanksgiving most of us are probably too stuffed to think about cooking anything–even if it’s healthy. So instead of offering a recipe today, my recommendation is that you take a break from the kitchen and enjoy spending time with your family and friends this weekend! How are you […]

— Andrea Cooley

Happy thanksgiving!!

Today is a very special day indeed. Not only is it a day off school/work but it’s also a great reminder to truly take time to appreciate all we have and give thanks. At DMU we are thankful for all our amazing students and graduates. We are thankful for active alumni and supporters. We are […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Festival of Trees & Lights!

Today begins the annual Festival of Trees & Lights for Blank Children’s Hospital. Held at the Polk County Convention Complex, this could be a really fun thing to do after you stuff yourself with turkey or go shopping. Maybe a good thing to share with relatives in from another town? If you buy tickets yet […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Celebration station!

I have a crazy obsession with parties/birthdays/celebrations…pretty much anything that includes loads of sugar and free reign to be loud and crazy. So you can only imagine how much I freak when they are surprise parties….and that’s exactly what we got. Our wonderful faculty threw us a surprise celebration last week for our entire class […]

— Daley Dodd

Public health thank you!

Today is Public Health Thank You Day. If you’ve never thought about what public health officials do for you, consider the fact that they are the people who make sure our drinking water is safe, the air we breath is clean and provide vaccines for seasonal flu and other illnesses. Next time you see someone […]

— Andrea Cooley

DMU collects cash for United Way, food for DMARC pantries, mentors for kids

Des Moines University’s Community Service Committee is celebrating a bountiful autumn, a giving staff and several successful campaigns. This year’s annual United Way campaign recently concluded with a grand total of $20,438 collected for United Way of Central Iowa. An increased push for ongoing monthly food drives has totaled 12,062 food items donated, thus far […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Do some good today!

This is heart-warming, use it for inspiration today: see what this lil 4-year-old Iowa boy wants for Christmas. So now I know you’re wondering how you can do good too… here’s some options: Go to LetsSayThanks.com to send a free postcard to the troops overseas! Buy tickets for The Nada’s annual Silent Night concert Dec. 4, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Intramurals

I may be 5’3″ (on a good day) but I like volleyball and DMU has an intramural league—PERFECT! Why anyone ever thought to have a bunch of type-A personalities play sports against each other competitively, I am not sure…but at least we have fun! Seriously, it’s like perfection at its max. Everyone wants to win […]

— Daley Dodd

It’s my job to brag!

Seriously, when you have such adorable nephews/nieces as I do, you have to show them off. So let me brag for one hot second. I know you may be rolling your eyes and thinking, “oh, these kids aren’t even gonna be cute!” I agree…sometimes relatives are blinded by the “cuteness” or “adorableness” of their child/nephew/niece […]

— Daley Dodd

Winter is comin’

Do you like to skate? I know I do. I use to pretend I was a professional ice skater in my rollerblades circling my garage until it made me hurl. And yet, I still have not figured out how to use the brake pads (so glad for walls to break my fall!) I’m excited to […]

— Tea Nguyen

Friday recipe: heart-healthy cheesy potatoes

I am of the opinion that you can’t go wrong with cheesy potatoes, so when I found this recipe for a “heart-healthy” version I had to share it! Reduced-fat and low-sodium ingredients keep this recipe healthy without sacrificing flavor. Check out Heart Healthy Living for more great recipes. Ingredients 1 10 3/4-ounce can reduced-fat and […]

— Andrea Cooley

Rent

So, I don’t have a life most of the time but when I do…boy do I have a good time! Last Friday I got to see the musical RENT at the Des Moines Civic Center and it was AWESOME. I am not obsessed or anything…I mean this is only just my fourth time seeing it […]

— Daley Dodd

Des Moines makes my job too easy

See, it’s my job to tell you how much Iowa  rocks an sometimes that job includes merely collecting news articles from others about how much Des Moines rocks. So, enjoy this: MSN says Des Moines is the NUMBER ONE most-livable bargain market! That is based on average house cost, culture, outdoor rec options, commute, unemployment, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Holiday fun begins…

It’s rare in Iowa to be this far into the winter season without seeing the white stuff or being completely bundled up. Still, you wouldn’t expect to be able to enjoy a farmers’ market in November! But you can! Friday & Saturday is the first winter market-version of the popular downtown Saturday event. Held indoors […]

— Courtney Tompkins

They want your blood!

No, no, this isn’t some crazy post to coincide with society’s obsession with vampires… The Women’s Medical Alliance is sponsoring a blood drive @ DMU this Friday, Nov. 20, 11-4, in Ryan Hall #178. Sign up today to make a difference by donating blood! To schedule an appointment please click here, then click on ‘Search […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Fourth-year rotations… check!

Well, for me anyway. I’ve always enjoyed going wherever the wind blows and making the most of new experiences. But the month of October was really tense when my applications were sent to various programs and the only thing I could do from then on is wait idly by my email waiting for a response. […]

— Tea Nguyen

Halloween or paw-lloween

I think Halloween is mostly to entertain the adults. I tried dressing up my guinea pig as a mummy, but I don’t think she appreciated the holiday as much as I did. (hehehe)

— Tea Nguyen

Friday recipe: crockpot maple dijon chicken

I recently discovered the blog A Year of Slow Cooking. It’s written by a woman who made a New Year’s resolution to use her crock pot every day for a year. I’m always looking for new crock pot recipes. Usually I make pot roast or soup, but I know there’s more I could by cooking […]

— Andrea Cooley

Helping at the health fair

This past Saturday I was a part of the free senior health fair at DMU. There were nineteen DMU student groups helping put on this health fair. The health fair was open to anyone above the age of 50 and offered numerous stations that they could visit to assess their health. With supervision from clinicians, […]

— Daley Dodd