Hear a U.S. Olympic Committee sports psychologist

DMU student organizations frequently bring experts and opinion leaders to campus, sometimes “virtually.” On October 2, 12 – 1 p.m., the Sports Medicine Club and the Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine Club will co-sponsor a video presentation by Kirsten Peterson, Ph.D., a sport psychologist with the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs. Peterson served on […]

— Barb Boose

Des Moines Sculpture Garden

Des Moines continues to impress me and make me proud to call it home. The latest addition that I’m bragging to everyone I know is the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Garden in Western Gateway Park. It includes 24 pieces and is said to rival similar parks in St. Paul and Seattle. Des Moines is […]

— Andrea Cooley

Cool family events this weekend

It sounds like this weekend will be more days of gorgeous weather. You should plan now to get your nose out of the books and spend some time with those you love! Maybe you can go to an orchard and soak up some sunshine while picking your fruit! Or, on Saturday morning, check out Paws […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Way to go, Juan!

The local Juice magazine has a nice profile today on Juan Cadenillas. Juan is a 2009 DMU M.P.H. graduate. He’s doing great things for our county’s public health department and he’s really weaving himself into the Des Moines community as a Latino role model, one of his goals. I’ve gotten to know him a bit […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Mmmmm, so tasty!

I thought I’d point out some new places to eat around town…. Because, well, I love to eat and I love new places! Yesterday I was delighted to try the new smashburger in West Des Moines.(Full disclaimer: my entire lunch and that of my friend was free. It was a social media folks invite-only preview […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Help raise awareness of homeless kids!

Imagine your life now… on your way to a successful career in health care. While there are still challenges to face, your basic needs have always been met. Now imagine if you will, growing up without those basic needs and wonder… would you still be where you are today if you grew up without them? […]

— David Guajardo

Labor Day weekend plans?

Just a reminder: this weekend is Labor Day. DMU will be closed on Monday. I apologize if you go through withdrawals. I understand your pain. Ha ha. Not to worry though, there’s plenty to keep you entertained, regardless of your interests! There’s a blues fest at Living History Farms Saturday & Sunday. This weekend kicks […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A rockin’ endorsement of DSM

OMG, I’m so excited!!  Des Moines made design*sponge! Check out this brand new city guide with a great listing of hip DSM places to visit! Plus, bonus, they even mention that Iowa is home to MMA legend Pat Miletich (I’m a fan!). We are nothing if not diverse here in the Hawkeye state!

— Courtney Tompkins

The Isiserettes @ Ingersoll Live

If you were within a 5 block radius of Ingersoll Ave on Saturday afternoon you couldn’t miss the beat of the Isiserettes as they made their way down the street to kick off Ingersoll Live. Here’s a clip to start your week off on the right foot. Just hearing the drums makes me do a […]

— Andrea Cooley

Scheels 10k (& 1k youth run) is TOMORROW!

If you enjoyed the DMU 5k and are looking for another fun run and a way to contribute to the community, try the Scheels 10k & 1k youth run tomorrow at Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines. Part of the donations from the run will be given to Shoes That Fit, a non-profit […]

— David Guajardo

Street Party!

Take a break from studying this weekend and head to the best block party in town. Ingersoll Live is this Saturday from 4p.m. to 11p.m. Ingersoll Ave will be closed between 28th and 29th Streets. The event is free and great for the whole family. Enjoy live music, food (from Jesse’s Embers, Star Bar, Gateway […]

— Andrea Cooley

Restaurant Week!

Whether you’re a food snob or you haven’t been out for dinner in months, you won’t want to miss Des Moines’ second annual restaurant week! 42 local restaurants are offering a 3-course prix fixe dinner (some include a glass of wine) or lunch for two for $25. It’s a great chance to try a restaurant […]

— Andrea Cooley

5k in review

Saturday was the Des Moines University Run-Day-Voo, a 5k run/walk for students, alumni, staff and friends. Lisa Vroegh and I, from the Enrollment office, decided to participate in the event this year. As walkers. We don’t run. Despite being toward the end of the pack, we had a great time.  It was wonderful to see […]

— Katie Pearce

TODAY is DMU Day at the fair!

I know you’re thinking about it… dreaming of corndogs and ice cold lemonade last night, weren’t you? It’s understandable, really! You know you wanna do it…   So jump in the car & head to the state fair! YES, right now. Do it! You won’t regret it! Today is DMU Day at the Iowa State Fair […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Dining al fresco

ACK!! The summer is quickly dwindling. Get thee to a patio quickly while the sun is still shining so beautifully! I don’t care if it’s a PBJ on my own deck or a fancy dinner with white tablecloth somewhere, there’s something magical about eating outdoors in beautiful weather! Whether you’re finishing a week of orientation […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Events coming up!

The Iowa State Fair begins soon (Aug. 13-23!) and DMU Day is August 16. I know I blogged a bit about it awhile back but plans have changed a smidge… So just to update you, we will not be in the Farm Bureau tent the 15th & 16th. We will, however, have students and faculty […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Some cool awards for our faculty

The American Indian Scouting Association (AISA) recently honored Glenna Ewing, Ed.D., associate dean for academic quality and educational research at Des Moines University, with the Francis X. Guardipee Grey Wolf Award. Presented at the at the 52nd Annual Seminar Banquet held at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, on July 14, the award recognizes adults […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Weekend in Des Moines

Des Moines is a great place to be this weekend. Whether it’s your first weekend here, or you’ve been here all summer, there are plenty of things to keep you busy. Here are 5 things to check out: 1. Clive After Five This outdoor event features bands from 5-8 p.m. $5 gets you in with […]

— Andrea Cooley