MOM: an everyday hero

Mother’s day is May 10. That gives you 6 days to figure out how to best honor & celebrate the woman who made you who you are.  Please take note: Being a grown up does NOT exempt you from celebrating mother’s day. In fact, you should celebrate even more than you did as a kid because […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Cinco de Mayo!

No reason to head to Mexico and risk H1N1 – celebrate Cinco de Mayo right here in Iowa! Get a list of Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Iowa or check out the list of 10 best Mexican restaurants in Des Moines. Also, one of my fave. places to grab a mojito & taco is Dos Rios […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Stats on our state

hey all, The Des Moines Register had a ‘Good News’ section Sunday with great stats on our state. Check it out here.

— Courtney Tompkins

Bike or run? Get tuned up!

Whether you wear those tight lil shorts and pedal ’round town or tie on your tennis shoes and tear down a trail, you should have care tailored to your sport. The DMU Running & Cycling Clinic combines physical therapy expertise with the awesome technology of the Human Performance Lab and whaaalaaa, you have a place […]

— Courtney Tompkins

The plan for a healthy county

If you’d like to know more about the plan to make Polk County a healthier place, visit or attend the May 9 event! This initiative is led by the Polk County Health Department. Be a fan of them on Facebook to get their updates!

— Courtney Tompkins

Awesome event comin’ up!

This event is open to students, staff, faculty and the public. Everyone can learn! Plus, it’s free to attend. There’s a cafeteria near the auditorium if you want to grab lunch to eat during the event.

— Courtney Tompkins

It’s the theatre, dahling!

Last night I enjoyed a lovely evening out with my sisters & mom. I’d won tickets from the Des Moines Register to see  the Des Moines Playhouse‘s Thoroughly Modern Millie. It was delightful. Such a nice evening out. You can get a ticket for $20 which makes quite a cheap night of live theatre. The […]

— Courtney Tompkins

weekend plans?

Have you figured out what you’re doin this weekend? If not, let me make a few suggestions… On Friday you can head to the Vaudeville Mews and catch some local bands. These aren’t just any bands, either… They’re partially the work of our multi-talented students!  Pumptown will play at 7 p.m….A folk/country/rock group made up by […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Live tunes

A few large announcements have me excited about summer concerts outdoors! 80-35 is a large annual music festival in Des Moines held the weekend of July 4th. Last year it was a blast. Headliners were The Flaming Lips & The Roots. This week they announced 11 of the acts. See the list here. Also announced […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Easter brunch

Easter is quickly approaching! (Maybe not so quickly for those of you who gave up something for Lent!) Whether you celebrate in church or on a lawn with Easter eggs, or both, you’ll have to eat! Check out this Metromix list of Easter brunches. If I weren’t planning to make a meal out of Cadbury eggs, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Quilting for good

guest post by Barb Boose, editor of DMU Magazine When 14 DMU students, two faculty, two alumni and four others took a medical service trip to El Salvador in March, they took 30 quilts with them, thanks to the Crafting for Charity Club.  The club was organized last year by DMU employees, all enthusiastic crafters […]

— Seth Stevenson

The fair lineup!

So the other day I asked, via DMU’s Facebook page, what you’d like to see on our blog. One of my friends in the admissions department, Jean, pointed out that the Iowa State Fair has released their lineup for this summer’s fair. HOLY canoli, how did I miss sharing that news?! I’m glad Jean has […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Iowa rocks!

I’m starting to feel like a broken record (BTW, a “record” for those younger than me refers to those weird round things our parents and grandparents “spun” for tuneage, from what I’m told.) It seems I can’t stop talking about how great Des Moines, Iowa is! But hey I’m just sharin the news, folks, I […]

— Courtney Tompkins

City eye candy

Boy I dunno how I didn’t know about this before… There’s a cool ‘Des Moines picture of the week’ online. Check it out!! The same site has some cool city stats and deals on downtown restaurants! Also on the DMU Facebook page you can now find our ‘favorite pages’ in the left-side column and click […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Earth hour – turn off your lights!

Last year, I celebrated Earth Hour with friends at my apartment playing the card game Spoons in the dark. We started off with a social yoga-ing, enjoying the relaxing evening under the starry sky and dug right into all of the delectable foods they all brought over. We lit some candles and pulled out our […]

— Tea Nguyen

Benefit for transplant patient

Having an organ transplant is scary. Donating an organ is scary. Donating an organ for your own son’s transplant must be dreadfully frightening. It’s also expensive. And for that reason, and to show our support, my husband & I will be at the “Transplant for Trae” benefit on Saturday.  Trae is only 17 months old. He was […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Good eats

If you read my blog entries even on a semi-regular basis, you’ll realize I’m pretty food-obsessed. Can’t help it – there’s just so many yummy things to eat around here!

— Courtney Tompkins

Losing weight in a healthy way!

The Des Moines Register had a great piece yesterday, Losing Weight: How they did it, about 3 local women who changed their diet & exercise plans to lose weight/live healthier.  Dr. Melita Schuster from the DMU Clinic offered up some tips for the article. She suggested cutting all pop, drinking more water, cutting foods with […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Learn about needs, health issues of transgendered

Being a healthcare professional means taking care of people from all walks of life. Many will have particular needs you should be aware of. Several campus groups and offices pulled together to put on an interesting event on Monday. Learn from a doc about health care issues and needs of transgender individuals.  The event is […]

— Courtney Tompkins