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Lunch event TODAY, Thursday!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a HUGE fan of Summerfield’s cafeteria, especially with all their fancy new updates & entree options. BUT sometimes it’s nice to get away over lunch & today is such a day…. Luckily for you there is a cool event downtown you should go to TODAY (Thursday, 9/16). It’s called “Destination […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Bucket list?

I know, I know, the movie is now old news but the term has stuck! Des Moines’ Juice Magazine recently did a feature called “I never…” in which staffers tried new things & reflected on some cool things they had done in the past. Which lead me to wonder what all of you had on […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Mark the calendar…

Some cool stuff coming up, peeps. Get out your dayplanner… The Latino Heritage Festival is Sept. 4-5 at Southridge Mall. Admission is $5 and the event includes music, entertainment, food & more! A benefit for African predators at the Blank Park Zoo on Sept 11. (You’ll even get a discounted ticket with student ID!) Register […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Go ride a bike!

Des Moines is making headlines again, this time with the launch of Bcycle. Right now the only other two cities with this are Denver and Chicago. Way to go Des Moines for embracing bike culture early on! The business model is based on the idea of  bike sharing. You can rent a bike from convenient […]

— Andrea Cooley

Some deals & steals!

I love to get good deals & be as thrifty as possible and I’m sure you do too so I had to share some new finds…. Restaurant.com – here’s a site I am GLAD finally has some Des Moines participants! I always heard of folks using it but there weren’t enough good local places participating […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Street party!

Tomorrow (Saturday) is Ingersoll Live! A FREE annual event just a few blocks away from DMU, this block party runs 2-11 on Saturday and includes all kinds of family activities. Food, artists with goods for sale, inflatables and games for the kids, bands and even a performance by the Isiserettes drill & drump corp! So […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Get your runnin’ shoes on for a cause!

Walk/run the 5k or 10k for Shoes That Fit on Aug. 28. On Sept. 12 you can Step Out to Fight Diabetes at Gray’s Lake Park. (There’s even a DMU Podiatry team already!) Look for the DMU team providing first aid! American Lung Association’s Lung Walk 5k on Sept. 18 at the Blank Park Zoo. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

So wrong & yet so right….

It was wrong…it was scandalous…it may or may not have been some incarnation of evil itself. And yet, I still couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try it. On one hand, it was the most diabolical creation in all of the culinary arts, and it might single-handedly oppose all that I work for as a […]

— Nathan McConkey

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