Des Moines News and Updates

Power Hour series begins tonight!

Tonight at 7 is the first session of our new Power Hour series in the DMU Clinic. It’s completely free, open to all, no RSVP required, and gives local athletes a chance to hear from experts on how to prevent or treat injuries! Tonight’s session is on running. The next one is March 30 on […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Traveling?

I know spring break fever is probably hitting folks about now while the sky is gray and and the grass is brown. Sometimes just putting your feet up in a different place helps clear your head and refreshes you! It doesn’t have to be an extravagant trip or week-long excursion. Des Moines is centrally located […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Best chef? Best eats?

Carly Groben, chef-owner of Des Moines’s Proof and Flour restaurants, is up for the Best Chef contest run by CNN and “Food & Wine.” You should totally vote for Carly – her food is AMAZING (when you click the link to vote, scroll allllll the way down to register your pick!) and how much fun […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: pineapple ice cream

It’s been spring-like and sunny this week which turns my thoughts to ice cream and outdoor fun. (Who am I joking, I like ice cream year round!) I’ve really been trying to live more healthfully and to that end, I can’t eat ice cream as much as I’d like. This weekend I poured almond milk […]

— Courtney Tompkins

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Stop what you are doing, go to the bookstore or library, and get this book (the title of the blog) right now! I’m being serious, because this is a must read book for anyone living in Des Moines and going to DMU. Did you know there was a world-famous author who grew up just two […]

— Michael Drnec

Moving to Des Moines

There are so many things to consider when picking your next place to live. Here’s a nice blog on things to consider about your potential new neighborhood! I know students for the incoming classes are already asking current students for recommendations on where to live. What other info should we share with these new-to-Des Moines […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Won’t you be ours?

Happy valentine’s day, lovely readers! On this day of warm fuzzies and mushiness, let us be clear in how much we appreciate you all. Whether you are a student, staff member, grad, patient or friend of the University, we are thankful to have you in the DMU family! Now remember to spend some time with […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: crepes to make you swoon

I am such a huge fan of crepes. Sweet, savory, plain — I love them. When we had special breakfasts growing up, my parents usually made crepes. They rock. I once wandered St. Louis on a COLD wintery morning with Andrea Cooley for a good 30+ minutes because we were told there was a crepe […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Do you Dwolla?

When thinking about what to write for the DMU blog, I naturally asked my wife Sheila for her opinion. She said “write about technology.” I couldn’t agree with her more, because I’m a geek and technology is what I’m most interested in. Believe it or not, Des Moines is home to one of the hottest […]

— Michael Drnec

Friday recipe: jalapeno poppers

This weekend is the big game and everyone will want to indulge a bit. BUT if you’re charged with bringing a dish to the party, you may as well make yours at least semi-healthy, right? I’m hoping to try this EatingWell recipe: Jalapeno poppers (makes 12-18 poppers.) 12-18 whole fresh jalapenos 1 cup nonfat refried […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Exploring the neighborhood

This past year living in Michigan for rotations has been such a blur. It is very different from Des Moines when I only lived four miles away from school. Now I live at least 10 miles from everything like work and my favorite restaurants. What I’ve found to help me explore my new neighborhood is […]

— Tea Nguyen

Fun event for a good cause!

Drake is hosting a trivia night on Feb. 4, starting at 7 p.m., to raise money for their Adult Literacy Center. The competition includes four rounds of multiple choice and three rounds of short answer questions. The final round will be held the next day at noon. Teams can be up to four players. It’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: bean & corn chili

Good hearty, cozy meals for winter aren’t always healthy. I like this easy crockpot recipe because it sounds fairly easy and full of veggies and beans! Bean & corn chili, from the Disney Family site (makes 6 servings) Ingredients 2 tablespoons red wine 1/2 teaspoon olive oil 2 medium onions, finely chopped 5 cloves garlic, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: French onion chicken & potatoes

Once a month I look forward to “cooking club” with some of my girlfriends. Each month the hostess picks a theme. I’m so excited for our January theme next week – a new recipe that uses potatoes in some way. I LOVE potatoes. Have never met a potato I didn’t enjoy. So I’ve been digging […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: easy pizza at home

It’s Friday night. We’re all exhausted and nobody wants to cook. So here’s one of my go-to dinner recipes. Courtney’s quick pizza Pre-made pizza crust OR pita bread Pesto sauce from a jar OR olive oil Tomatoes Mozzarella Seasonings to taste Throw the crust in the oven (use temperature on crust package) to warm a […]

— Courtney Tompkins