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

November 23, 2009 —

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 in 2009, to the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) food pantries.
  • At least four new volunteers are being added to the on-going mentorship program to help Perkins Elementary students with reading and math.

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Des Moines University (DMU) is the only private medical school in Iowa, offering graduate-level, professional degree programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, biomedical sciences, anatomy, health care administration and public health. Founded in 1898, the institution offers superior academics in a collaborative environment. DMU students' pass rate on national examinations and board certifications is consistently higher than the national average and the rates at similar institutions.


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.

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