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


There have been an awesome assortment of concerts in Des Moines this summer. I’ve seen Colbie Caillat, Jason Reeves, Gavin DeGraw, Collective Soul, Carolina Liar, Jason Brown, Love and Theft, Gloriana, Emerson Drive, Bucky Covington, John Michael Montgomery and Tracy Lawrence. The only truly important musical encounter, however, has been with the amazingness known as […]

— Kendall Conder

IHA golf outing

Last week several representatives from DMU attended the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) annual “Swinging for Scholars” golf outing. We sponsored a hole and distributed DMU golf towels, which turned out to be a useful tool on such a dreary day! And although the day started out cold and rainy, by late afternoon it was hot […]

— Gina Smith

Holiday weekend fun!

In case celebrating America’s birthday AND having a 3-day weekend is not exciting enough for you, there’s TONS to do around Iowa this weekend!! A huge event downtown is the 80/35 music fest. I went last time and it was AWESOME. If you buy a ticket you can see tons of bands. If you don’t […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU is Living United

Des Moines University is serious about community service. We do SO many projects every year it’s hard to keep track of them. So when United Way of Central Iowa had a contest for videos describing how an organization “Lives United,” I knew we had to enter. Here’s our video:   What do you think?? United […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Moving day!

As you may know, a great number of DMU students live near campus.  I watch them from my window every day as they dodge cars on Grand Ave. on their way to class. The last few weeks has been another spectacle entirely – moving mayhem!  Students, friends, parents, little siblings – all helping move belongings […]

— Gina Smith

It’ll be an artsy weekend!

This weekend is one of my FAVORITE Des Moines events – the Arts Festival downtown. It’s so much fun to stroll around and enjoy amazing works of art. I’m so jealous of people with artistic talent and I love to soak in their creativity. There’s also live music, food vendors, crafts for kids and booths […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Random tidbit roundup

Read an amazing story of recovery for one local girl. She was lucky to have CPR-trained people around her, including DMU alum Nick Sullivan! Get some ideas for free or cheap outdoor fun in Des Moines. I’m checking out El Patio on Ingersoll tonight with DMU friends. It’s walking distance from campus so hope it’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Fun run info

I’ve received a few questions this week regarding running resources in Des Moines, so I did a bit of research on the topic. First I thought I’d start by sharing a few of my favorite places to run: To the fridge during commercials, to the mailbox on my birthday and to the ice cream truck […]

— Gina Smith

Makin’ your mouth water?

I can’t be organized all the time and pull together an actual post so here’s a roundup of some tasty food tidbits. This shall tide you over until my brain returns – haha! This week the Register is making a list of 5 great Italian places. (My fave. will always be Tumea & Sons.) Here’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins

What to do this weekend? or the next weekend…

There is so much going on this weekend in Des Moines! Because we have a brand new batch of students on campus (the PA class began this week!) I thought a list of some events might be helpful, so here goes… Want to try some great BBQ, hear live tunes or enjoy a beer garden? […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Moving to Des Moines – questions?

The ‘for rent’ signs are popping up all over Grand as our grads head out for residencies and jobs. For those of you preparing to move here or recently moved here, what questions can we answer? Wonder where to live? Check out desmoines.craigslist.org or www.apartments.com or www.realtor.com. Wonder what you’ll have to do here? Visit […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Off to the market!

One of my favorite summer activities is the downtown farmers’ market, Saturdays, 7 a.m. – noon. I love the abundant, local produce, yummy breakfast items, gorgeous flowers, people watching, dog-petting and fresh air. I know it’s a favorite outing for my fellow DMU staffers & faculty as well as our students. I know this not […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Savin’ sense

Bad economy and recessionista – anyone else tired of hearing these terms? We’re all tired of the reports, I suppose but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to still save money! Handily, Juice has a whole feature this week on saving money. Luckily we live in a state with a lower cost of living than […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A field trip to DMU

 by Rishi Shah* (11yrs, Downtown School, Des Moines, Iowa) Did you ever have an opportunity to go see a real heart? Well, I have when we visited Des Moines University (DMU) in 3rd grade. We were greeted by Dr. Matz, who showed us around campus.

— Seth Stevenson

Soaring success

When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return. – Leonardo da Vinci Humans can’t fly, so David Lindenberg engages in the next best thing: pole vaulting.

— Barb Boose


I decided this past week, May 2 through May 9, was going to be my BEST WEEK EVER.* How did I come to this conclusion? I was (self) diagnosed with Toomuchstudyitis, was getting kind of restless, and needed an excuse to celebrate. I thought, “Why not celebrate an entire week for no real reason at […]

— Kendall Conder

Annual memorial service

Before we send students out to treat patients, we prepare them every which way we can. One of the first things they do as a student is take anatomy. The learn every muscle, bone, vein and organ first-hand. They know the ankle bone connects to the foot bone because they’ve seen it with their own […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Graduation day is nearly here!!

ELEVEN days until graduation! I know some of our students are probably mentally doing the countdown!! Year after year, our grads make me proud to work here. I know the 430 graduates this year will be awe-inspiring, just like those who have gone before them. This year is the first to have graduates in the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Nat’l Police Week 2009

On average, one law enforcement officer is killed every 53 hours in the U.S. This year, the names of 387 fallen officers will be added to the national memorial in D.C. In 1962, May 15 was designated National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day. President Clinton later directed that the flag be at half-staff that day. That […]

— Courtney Tompkins