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

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

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


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

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

Cuteness break!

Set the book aside & take a break this week to smile. Thursday is Fall Brew @ the zoo. A 21+ event, it costs $15 for zoo members. Sounds like fun! Or just take time to go visit the animals. They’re open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. now through February. Check out this Blank Park […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Drug drop-off

This past Saturday some of the students from my class joined members of the National Guard and helped collect expired drugs that people wanted to get rid of. We helped at the Pleasant Hill Fire department for 4 hours. There were pills upon pills delivered to us that are now out of the homes of […]

— Daley Dodd

A Minnesotan’s point of view

I hate when people are so shocked Des Moines rocks. Of course it does. Do people really come here expecting a few buildings in a corn field?! We have a city, people. We don’t all farm. And those that do farm aren’t like the hicks you see in movies. They’re high-tech. This is 2009, after […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Uncork a cure!

DMU is playing host to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s annual Wine Opener event Friday, November 6. From 7 to 10 p.m., enjoy food, beer and wine and mingle with friends. This is sure to be a great networking event AND it’ll help raise $$ for a good cause! You can go to iowa.cff.org/wineopener and buy […]

— Courtney Tompkins

It’s breast cancer awareness month!

It’s October so you’ve probably seen countless pink ribbons adorning everything from t-shirts to coffee cups. Breast cancer awareness is very important and I believe it’s an issue that has touched everyone in some way. Perhaps you’re able to run or walk in the Komen Race for the Cure Saturday, Oct. 24 in Des Moines. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

It’s punkin-time!!!

It sounds like this week will be pretty nice considering the season, anyway…  A few chances for rain but highs in the 60s until Thursday. So, before it turns too cold, you should definitely take time to visit a pumpkin patch! The one my family usually goes to is Williamson’s Pumpkin Paradise, 4012 NE 62nd […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Light the night

People tell me walking is good for me but sometimes I don’t believe them. (Walking up those three flights of stairs each day to our PA classroom never feels too good when I nearly stop breathing!)However, when I am told to walk to help out people in need…I’m all about it. Heck I may even […]

— Daley Dodd

Quality health care in Iowa

Did you know your quality of health care depends on where you live? Here’s the map that shows the rankings of states — Iowa is #2 healthiest, behind Vermont.  YAY! Is it the fresh air? Friendly people? Access to fresh fruit & veggies? What about Iowa do you suppose helps our health?

— Courtney Tompkins

Warm a heart; help someone in need

The DMU Community Service Committee initiated a regular food drive on campus this summer (maybe you’ve seen the shopping carts in various buildings?) and recently added a collection box on each floor. To the right you’ll see a photo of the Academic Center’s 4th floor box. It’s fairly full (you can’t see the cans behind […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Physician Assistant Week

October 6-12 is National Physician Assistant Week. Physician Assistants are a vital part of our health care system. Remember to thank them for what they do both this week and in the future. As part of PA Week, DMU PA students will be offering blood pressure screening at Valley West Mall Saturday October 10, 12-4 […]

— Andrea Cooley

Cheap night out for the family!

A couple specials caught my eye today and they’re both for this Thursday. Combine ‘em for a nice family night out for decently cheap! Hy-Vee is having an all-you-can-eat-for-$1 chili dinner Thursday, 4-7 p.m. This is at all Des Moines-area stores. Also, if you have picky eaters in your bunch, they will also have hot […]

— Courtney Tompkins

International delights!

YAY!!!!  If you know me you know how much I love to eat & I love outdoor community festivals. Combine them into a FOOD FESTIVAL and you’ve won my heart. One of my FAVORITE outdoor festivals is next weekend – the World Food Festival! There’s great entertainment, cooking demos and you can learn about non-profit […]

— Courtney Tompkins