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The wait is over

This year’s Mini Medical School begins this evening and runs for the five consecutive Tuesdays following. (February 7 – March 6, 2012) The theme this year is all about becoming the healthiest you possible. You will learn how to do this through the five keys to living a happier, healthier life. The 10 Pillars of […]

— Nicole Branstad

I’ll Make Me a World In Iowa

One of the ways Des Moines area residents kick off Black History Month is with the hugely popular African-American festival I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa. The first year for this event was 1999 with 1,000 people in attendance. The popularity has grown over the years and numbers have soared with this year’s totals […]

— Melissa Wilder


You attend rigorous classes daily, study for hours on end, and when you aren’t in class or studying you are trying to catch a few z’s. So this weekend, why not indulge a little bit. Instead of snuggling up to your books in the library, how about you take a few hours to indulge yourself […]

— Nicole Branstad

Celebrate MLK’s life and achievements

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Des Moines University campus and clinic is closed today. DMU alum Dr. William Anderson, who will be on campus tomorrow to speak about […]

— Nicole Branstad

An event not to be missed

Admittedly, we’re biased, but we believe the DMU and central Iowa communities have great opportunities to hear a wonderful speaker as part of next week’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations: William Anderson, D.O., FACOS, is a 1956 graduate of Des Moines University and a pioneer in both osteopathic medicine and the nation’s […]

— Barb Boose

‘Twas the last weekend before Christmas

‘Twas the last weekend before Christmas and all through DMU, students were stirring, in search of something to do… Tomorrow is the last day before a long (and I’m sure, much needed) Winter Break, but there are still a ton of fun things to do this weekend if you are sticking around Des Moines. Strap […]

— Nicole Branstad

10th Annual East Village Holiday Promenade

Tomorrow marks the return of the Holiday Promenade – one of the most popular events in the Historic East Village. This year’s 10th anniversary event will feature free horse and carriage rides, boutique shopping, caroling and store events from 5 – 9 p.m. There will also be fireworks again this year, and they will begin […]

— Nicole Branstad

Winter market

Stock up for the holidays with poinsettias & holiday ornaments and much, much more at the Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market starting this Saturday and Sunday, Nov 19-20. Located within Capital Square, the Downtown Farmers’ Winter Market allows you to stock up for holiday meals, parties & gift giving. Along with this will be a wide variety […]

— Nicole Branstad

Friday recipe: baked squash and apples

I hear more and more talk about the importance of eating “real,” and I’m convinced an important component of that is eating local. I appreciate that will require me to adjust my own expectations – for example, not fretting when I can’t get good fresh tomatoes in the winter, because fresh tomatoes don’t grow in […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: cilantro chicken

I believe good cooks are like artists, and I consider Lynn Rosetto Kasper among them. She’s the host of the American Public Media program “The Splendid Table,” which I try to catch every weekend for great recipes, cooking tips and fun conversations with avid foodies. If nothing else, check out last weekend’s recipe for fluorescent […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: roasted root vegetables

Last night I joined other members of the DMU community for a showing of Robert Kenner’s 2008 Emmy Award-winning film, “Food, Inc.,” which explores our industrial food system. Dominated by just a handful of mega-corporations, this system prioritizes uniformity, conformity, efficiency and cheapness in ways that reduce good nutrition, abuse workers and animals, endanger the […]

— Barb Boose

Friday forum promises food for thought

Iowa’s status as a major food producer for the world involves entities and issues ranging from individual eating habits and public health policies to food safety and the environment. Check out a chance to explore the many challenges and opportunities of food processing in Iowa tomorrow, Friday, at a public forum presented by the Iowa […]

— Barb Boose

Let’s play some football!

When Des Moines University celebrated its centennial in 1998, students creatively created a fun event to mark the occasion: They invited students of nearby Drake University Law School to play a football game. The “Malpractice Bowl” has been held every year since and will again occur this Saturday, Oct. 29, starting with the women’s game […]

— Barb Boose

Uncork a cure for cystic fibrosis

Once again this year Des Moines University will host the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s annual Wine Opener event Friday, November 4. from 7 to 10 p.m. Sample fine wines and beer & savor great cuisine from Des Moines’ hottest eateries all for a great cause. To buy tickets, head to, or they can be purchased at the […]

— Nicole Branstad

Pumpkin pride

Fall is in full swing and if you are looking for something to do this weekend to get you in the mood, a trip to a local pumpkin patch might be just right! Howell’s – A family favorite, they have pony rides, goats, a corn maze and tractor rides. They also have a gift shop […]

— Nicole Branstad

Friday recipe: channa masala

I made the mistake earlier this week of getting sucked into the website for this weekend’s World Food Festival in Des Moines – a mistake because my mouth began watering, my food fantasies ran wild and I was for some time distracted from what I should have been doing. With optimum weather in the forecast, […]

— Barb Boose

Oh, how sweet the sound!

We believe DMU students are extraordinarily talented, but for many that goes far beyond academics. For example, Yoshi Ozaki, one of our osteopathic medical students, is also principal cellist with the the Des Moines Community Orchestra – and he will blow your hair back on Sunday, October 9, at the orchestra’s fall concert. Yoshi will […]

— Barb Boose