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It’s Fat Tuesday!

We’re a long way from New Orleans but that doesn’t mean you can celebrate today! I’m going to a pancake party tonight with gourmet treats by Melt Dessert Bar—I’m looking forward to the banana foster pancakes. There’s quite a few pancake suppers at local churches as well. You should at least flip up some flapjacks […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: easy muffins

The DMU marketing department’s office is on the fourth-floor of the Academic Center. So when our fellow fourth-floor friends started passing around, modifying and baking a simple, delish recipe for muffins, we figured it was only right to share the goodness. I believe it began in the registrar’s office, moved to financial aid and was […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: gluten-free blueberry clafoutis

A few weeks ago, Dr. Melita Schuster from the DMU Clinic gave a campus presentation on gluten-free diets. She talked about how gluten intolerance runs the whole range from sensitivity to severe, known as Celiac disease. The symptoms can range from pain to bowel, thyroid or reproductive issues. I found it personally very intriguing because […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Power Hour series begins tonight!

Tonight at 7 is the first session of our new Power Hour series in the DMU Clinic. It’s completely free, open to all, no RSVP required, and gives local athletes a chance to hear from experts on how to prevent or treat injuries! Tonight’s session is on running. The next one is March 30 on […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Traveling?

I know spring break fever is probably hitting folks about now while the sky is gray and and the grass is brown. Sometimes just putting your feet up in a different place helps clear your head and refreshes you! It doesn’t have to be an extravagant trip or week-long excursion. Des Moines is centrally located […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Best chef? Best eats?

Carly Groben, chef-owner of Des Moines’s Proof and Flour restaurants, is up for the Best Chef contest run by CNN and “Food & Wine.” You should totally vote for Carly – her food is AMAZING (when you click the link to vote, scroll allllll the way down to register your pick!) and how much fun […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: pineapple ice cream

It’s been spring-like and sunny this week which turns my thoughts to ice cream and outdoor fun. (Who am I joking, I like ice cream year round!) I’ve really been trying to live more healthfully and to that end, I can’t eat ice cream as much as I’d like. This weekend I poured almond milk […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Moving to Des Moines

There are so many things to consider when picking your next place to live. Here’s a nice blog on things to consider about your potential new neighborhood! I know students for the incoming classes are already asking current students for recommendations on where to live. What other info should we share with these new-to-Des Moines […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Won’t you be ours?

Happy valentine’s day, lovely readers! On this day of warm fuzzies and mushiness, let us be clear in how much we appreciate you all. Whether you are a student, staff member, grad, patient or friend of the University, we are thankful to have you in the DMU family! Now remember to spend some time with […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: crepes to make you swoon

I am such a huge fan of crepes. Sweet, savory, plain — I love them. When we had special breakfasts growing up, my parents usually made crepes. They rock. I once wandered St. Louis on a COLD wintery morning with Andrea Cooley for a good 30+ minutes because we were told there was a crepe […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: jalapeno poppers

This weekend is the big game and everyone will want to indulge a bit. BUT if you’re charged with bringing a dish to the party, you may as well make yours at least semi-healthy, right? I’m hoping to try this EatingWell recipe: Jalapeno poppers (makes 12-18 poppers.) 12-18 whole fresh jalapenos 1 cup nonfat refried […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Author Robert Morris to speak at DMU Feb. 4

Public invited to noon presentation by Iowa native (Des Moines, IA) – Des Moines-born author Robert V. Morris will be speaking Friday, February 4, at noon, in the Des Moines University Student Education Center, 3300 Grand Ave. The event is free to the public. Morris released his book, “Black Faces of War, A legacy of […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Tonight's community education class has been postponed

UPDATE: Tonight’s class was postponed due to weather. It has been rescheduled for Feb. 15 in the same time/location as originally scheduled. Physical therapy can be very helpful in treating women’s health issues. Libby Trausch, D.P.T., from our Physical Therapy Clinic will be teaching a class for the community on Feb. 1 about how it […]

— Courtney Tompkins