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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

TGI Black Friday

As soon as the Thanksgiving festivities were concluded this past Thursday, I immediately rushed home to begin my preparations. Time was of the essence, and an opportunity awaited that comes not but once a year. Late that night, after scouring the internet to plan my course of attack, I fished out my winter wear and […]

— Nathan McConkey

Happy thanksgiving!

Today I hope you are taking time to be thankful for your family, friends, home, job, education & the beauty around you. Take time to breath and appreciate. And have fun eating, playing/watching sports, shopping and enjoying the company of the ones you love! Have a wonderful thanksgiving!

— Courtney Tompkins

Fireworks in November!

I love fireworks and shopping, so for me the annual Holiday Promenade in the East Village is pretty much a perfect evening. I can’t believe it’s this Friday already. The shops are open ’til 9 and many of them have snacks and hot drinks to share to help you get into the holiday spirit. There […]

— Andrea Cooley

Winter market!

The downtown farmers’ market is one of the best spring-summer-fall activities in Des Moines but we all miss it during the winter. I’m super happy the organizers have arranged for 2 winter markets again! The first is THIS Friday, 11-2, & Saturday, 9-1. The next is Dec. 17-18. They will be at Capital Square/Nollen Plaza. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Cake, my favorite

I’m an emotional eater (bad, I know!) and therefore think cake or cupcakes could solve most of the world’s woes. There’s a cool event in Des Moines Saturday that prompted this admittance and spurred a cake-centric post… If you’re a fan of cakes you probably watch “Cake Boss” and might be excited to know Buddy […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Senior Health Fair

Saturday is a GREAT annual event at DMU — the Senior Health Fair! From 8 until noon, our students, along with some students from Drake & ISU, will give up their own time to help citizens 50 and older. I think students from all nine of our programs are involved in some way. Free screenings, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A scoop a day

Second-year D.P.M. student Nettie Bartel writes about one of her favorite foods & shares the best places in Des Moines to satisfy your sweet tooth: There are some foods exceptionally superior to others that they deserve their own food group. For my family and I, it’s ice cream.  It was a part of any celebration […]

— Andrea Cooley

Perfect household temp – a myth?

The wind has been crazy in Iowa the last few days. Leaves are swirling around & I’m ready for a cozy blanket & warm fireplace! Unfortunately, for me, I’m ALWAYS cold. So when the weather turns nippy, I look for the nearest spot to hibernate. To add insult to injury, my husband is always warm. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

New partnership with IA Dept. for Blind

Our third- and fourth-year osteopathic medical students do rotations through various medical specialties for hands-on learning. A new partnership between DMU and the Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) will also allow our students two week rotations within IDB learning what it’s like to be blind. Our students will sit in classes alongside folks losing […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Reach out and read!

This Saturday some of our students & staff are helping out with a really cool initiative called Reach Out & Read Iowa.It’s a local branch of the nat’l “Reach Out & Read” program that provides books for medical professionals to give to children, up to 5 years old, who might otherwise not have much encouragement […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Pink ribbon, great reminder or distractor?

It’s October, breast cancer month, and everything is pink. Is that a good or bad thing? Do pink shoes and pink mixers increase screenings & further research or does it just raise awareness? What kind of awareness really aids the fight against cancer? Some of these questions are raised in a recent New York Times […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Get inspiration from a genius

The Mona Lisa is the first thing people think of when they hear the name Leonardo da Vinci, but he was also an amazing inventor, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician and architect. The Science Center of Iowa is hosting, Da Vinci: The Genius now through January 16, 2011. The interactive exhibit includes detailed anatomical sketches, war […]

— Andrea Cooley

It’s marathon time!

This coming Sunday is the Des Moines Marathon. Obviously if you’re running it, you’re acutely aware of when it is. And hopefully if you’re one of the awesome students and faculty who’ll be providing OMM and physical therapy at the end of the race for athletes, you know when it is. But for all the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

It’s pumpkin & apple time!

Where to get your pumpkins: Howells – has a barnyard, kid activities, corn maze & tractor rides. They also have a gift shop & snacks for sale. They may have a small admission fee but I’m not sure. Black’s Heritage Farm – Pick-your-own pumpkins, with other veggies for sale on this family-run farm, petting zoo, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Food festival this weekend!

Friday kicks off my all-time favorite outdoor festival in Des Moines, The World Food Festival!! If you’ve read this blog for awhile, you know that means a lot – I love festivals & I love to eat! This event is held in the streets of the East Village. It runs 11 a.m-10 p.m. Friday & […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Global Health conference

On October 13, our global health department and the Heartland Global Health Consortium are again hosting an awesome conference. This year’s topic, “the influence of agriculture on global health,” ties really nicely to the World Food Prize conference going on at the same time in Des Moines. Some of the speakers and attendees will be […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Important guest

On Wednesday, Sept. 29 (which is probably today for most readers), DMU has a special guest presenting at noon in the Student Education Center auditorium. Vice Admiral Adam M. Robinson, Jr., M.D., will be speaking about the Navy’s humanitarian aid ships, U.S. Comfort & U.S. Mercy. I’m not in the military and don’t know that […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Rain, rain, go away!

Come again some other day, preferably not anytime soon!  This week has been a sloppy wet mess! I’ve heard people with kids lamenting that they can’t play outside. So what do you do when it’s rainy or (I know it’s not fun to think about yet) snowy and you can NOT play one more board […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Get a job!

Today is the annual PT & other health profession job fair at DMU. It’s 1-4 p.m. in the Olsen Medical Education Center. Free & open to all! Come meet health-related employers who NEED YOU!

— Courtney Tompkins