Des Moines News and Updates

Des Moines dining

If you consider yourself a foodie or just love a good deal, you won’t want to miss Des Moines’ 3rd annual restaurant week, August 20-29. Chefs at 39 local restaurants are offering fixed menu dinners or two lunches for $25 featuring special menus. This is a great excuse to try a new restaurant or order […]

— Andrea Cooley

Can you spare a CLICK?

The Crafting for Charity Club, hosted at DMU & run by DMU employees, could use your help! Make their dreams come true simply by clicking on the vote button! If they win, they can continue to provide material crafts, like quilts and toys, to community members. They can really use your support! Click Click!

— Tea Nguyen

Busy, busy weekend!

You have NO excuse for not having fun this weekend. There’s tons to do around town PLUS Saturday is the 5k at DMU. You can show up early & sign up if you don’t get a chance to do it online. Sunday is my favoritest day ever — DMU day at the Iowa State Fair. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

It’s an extreme race!!!

If you’re looking for a fun afternoon out & about in Des Moines, check out the eXtreme race Aug. 27 @ 1. (I know many of you new students will be enjoying family weekend so plan to do this another year!) You can sign up as a team of 4 for the DMU student rate […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Run-Day-Voo!!!

Don’t forget to RSVP soon for the great DMU Run-Day-Voo! The fun begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 14, in front of the Academic Center. It’s only $20 (which includes a tee) if you register online or $30 at the door. Not only will you be rubbing elbows with fellow students, staff & grads, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

515 Alive

Saturday, 12-12, is the annual urban music & art party known as 515 Alive. 60+ performers, 7 stages & lots of fun. Check it out! Big names this year include Shock G, Craze & DJ Scene. Here’s a whole schedule [link no longer exists] so you don’t miss your fave act! You can buy tickets online [link […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Walk to raise awareness about epilepsy

In a few weeks on Aug. 28, the Iowa Walk for Epilepsy will kick off at 8 a.m. at Merle Hay Mall. You should sign up, organize a team, donate or spread the word! DMU is a proud sponsor of the event and hopes it brings awareness to the struggle many people with epilepsy have. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Let’s get oriented…

Welcome to campus! We promise you’ll figure out where everything is soon and be able to ditch the map & compass. We’re not a very huge campus, plus everyone’s friendly so feel free to ask a passer-by if you’re not quite sure where you’re headed. There’s lots to see & do & learn over the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Up, up & away!

Friday kicks off the national Hot Air Balloon Classic in Indianola, (a short hop south of Des Moines). This is such a fun, unique event. And if the weather is right, a great thing to do in the evening! It’s only $3 per adult and free for kids 12 or younger. OR bring a whole […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Summer bucket list

Summer is FLYING by way too fast, as it always does. At the start of the season, the best co-workers ever (my buddies here in the marketing department) & I started a “summer bucket list” on our office whiteboard so we would get outdoors a bit, try new places and spend more time together. It’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Welcome to Des Moines!

Orientation for osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, anatomy and biomedical science students starts August 3, and the physician assistant students have been in class since the beginning of June, so campus is starting to get busy! If you are just moving to Des Moines and getting settled into a new city, here are some […]

— Andrea Cooley

Like to shop on Amazon.com?

What a deal! Free PRIME membership if you have a .edu email address. This includes unlimited free 2-day shipping on books! Plus, what can’t you buy at Amazon? Thanks for the alert, Melissa Odermann, D.O.’11.

— Tea Nguyen

Stretching meals

I’ve spent so much money on spices without finding a go-to combination of spice so I’ve resulted to another ultimate lazy meal. You think you get a good meal out of ramen noodles? Try making it into TWO meals. What I’ve done is saving the broth and cooking up another batch of noodles (try egg […]

— Tea Nguyen

Our mobile clinic

Have you seen the big green machine? It’s our new mobile clinic! It’s yet another way we’re providing health outreach to our community. Our Homeless Camp Outreach group uses it and our friends at Free Clinics of Iowa use it as well. Read more in today’s Register! You will see it on Saturday at the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Long weekend continues

If you drive by & notice our campus looks quiet today, that’s because we’re closed for an extended holiday weekend. WOOHOO!!! Offices are closed. The Clinic is closed. (If you have an emergency, visit your local ER) Even the Wellness Center is closed. Cya tomorrow! Enjoy this glorious summer day.

— Courtney Tompkins

For the fourth….

There is SO MUCH GOING ON. How to decide what plans to make? Here’s some fun ideas to add to your list: Head to the ballpark to witness a citizenship ceremony, I-Cubs game & fireworks on Sunday, July 4. Yankee Doodle Pops is a huge annual tradition in Des Moines. This year it’s on the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Art attack!

One of my all-time favorite Des Moines festivals (& I pretty much love ‘em all) is the Des Moines Arts Festival and it’s THIS WEEKEND! The festival runs Friday: 4-10 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. downtown near the sculpture garden. Street parking is free. Browsing is free. There’ll be […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Happy summer!

Today is officially the first day of summer! June 21 is the summer solstice, the day when the earth is tilted closest to the sun. That means it is also the longest day of the year with 15 hours of daylight. To kick off the next 3 months here’s a list of 10 things to […]

— Andrea Cooley

On the road

Whether you are a long-time runner or have a goal to run your first 5K this summer, Des Moines and the surrounding areas have plenty of road races to choose–including DMU’s 3rd annual Run-Day-Voo, August 14. Here are some of our favorites. For a complete list of races, check out Fitness Sports (visit the store […]

— Andrea Cooley

Take a spin around the Des Moines

Now you don’t have to own a bike to enjoy the trails throughout the city. This summer for the first time, Des Moines Parks and Recreation teamed up with Bike World to offer bike rentals at the concession stand at Gray’s Lake Park. You can choose from hybrid, mountain or road bikes in adult and […]

— Andrea Cooley