Des Moines News and Updates

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

Resolutions, what?

So, we’re 10 days into the new year – how’re your resolutions sticking? A recent poll I read said 21% of people stick to their new year resolutions for a week at the most. My resolutions I am trying to stick to is to eat a more healthful diet and be more active. Small steps, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: Cheerio berry smoothie

We hear it all the time, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” or ” a smart day starts with breakfast” or whatever similar version of that statement it might be, right? And yet raise your hand if you take time for a breakfast. Ok, put your hands down, this is a blog […]

— Courtney Tompkins

The big, bad, scary winter in Iowa

A few weeks ago, my classmates and I celebrated another major milestone in our academic pursuits. Having concluded our first semester, we are now 1/8th, or 12.5%, finished with med school! This achievement marks a brief pause in our studies during which we might reflect upon the progress we’ve made since beginning in August. Again, […]

— Nathan McConkey

What must you do while in Des Moines?

Many of our students come from rural Iowa, other states or even other countries. Some will stay and practice in Des Moines, some will disperse. So for those of you who have lived here or do live here, what things would you tell a new DMU student he or she MUST do while living here? […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Happy new year!!!

Happy 2011! I hope this year brings you many steps closer to your dreams, showers you in good things and allows you to spend time with your favorite people. Each new year is a chance for a new beginning, fresh slate and more opportunities. Enjoy!

— Courtney Tompkins

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is one of my favorite seasons of the year and the day itself is so much fun. Family, food, friends, carols, cookies, cozy pjs and quality time. Oh yeah, and presents! Hope you all have time to sit & reflect on the gifts you’ve given or been given this year and revel in the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Cookin’ up a healthy future

On a recent Wednesday in the DMU wellness kitchen, the mouth-watering aromas were almost torturous: David Spreadbury, Ph.D., chair of biochemistry and nutrition, and Joy Schiller, wellness director, were fixing a pre-holiday lunch for 25 DMU students and employees, demonstrating that healthy eating can also be luscious. Munching on homemade hummus, savory roasted vegetables, marinated […]

— Barb Boose

Weekend plans?

It’s the last weekend before Christmas and there are all kinds of fun things going on in Des Moines. If you’re still finishing up your holiday shopping, don’t miss the Downtown Farmer’s Market Winter Market. It’s this Friday and Saturday, inside Capitol Square and at Nollen Plaza, Friday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Saturday, […]

— Andrea Cooley

Keeping warm? Don’t forget about the pooch!

What better way to say you love your pet than a super warm sweater? How about some booties to protect their precious paws? These latex booties can be bought at any pet store or online. The gal that sold them to me said these were popular with pet owners because they are cheap and disposable […]

— Tea Nguyen

Happy chanukah!

Today at sundown begins the Jewish celebration through Dec. 9. To all of you celebrating, we hope your Chanukah is as warm and bright as the light on the Menorah! Here’s some info on local menorah lightings! For the rest of you, here’s some history about the holiday!

— Courtney Tompkins