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I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa

Here’s a great way to kick off Black History Month: Attend the annual I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa (IMMAWII) event this Saturday at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. This year marks IMMAWII’s 15th anniversary, and it’s sure to be as educational and entertaining as ever. IMMAWII celebrates diversity and highlights African American arts, […]

— Melissa Wilder

A true sense of community

Last Friday morning I was about 15 miles into my 35-mile commute to DMU when my cell phone rang. The caller ID showed me it was someone here at the University. I answered the phone and right away knew something was not right. The caller asked me where I was, what I was doing, had […]

— Melissa Wilder

Let’s Move

If campus seems bare today it’s because our employees and students have been given a unique and exciting opportunity to volunteer. Over 125 people from the DMU community are in downtown Des Moines at Wells Fargo Arena taking part in the First Lady, Michelle Obama’s, 2nd anniversary of her ‘Let’s Move’ initiative. Let’s Move is […]

— Melissa Wilder

I’ll Make Me a World In Iowa

One of the ways Des Moines area residents kick off Black History Month is with the hugely popular African-American festival I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa. The first year for this event was 1999 with 1,000 people in attendance. The popularity has grown over the years and numbers have soared with this year’s totals […]

— Melissa Wilder