Oh, the weather outside is frightful…

…But the DMU library’s so delightful. I know that’s what you’re all singing, cozied up to study hard! As I’m sure everybody in Iowa knows we are in the middle of some chilly weather. To get the latest on early closing or cancellations, visit our home page or tune into local news on TV or […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Best bang for the buck

Happy Monday, ya’ll!!! Hope you all had a great weekend, stayed cozy and are ready for another week. The Des Moines metro area ranked #4 on Forbes’ new list of best cities for an affordable lifestyle! That’s good to know when you consider moving here to attend DMU. Another new great report…. Iowa has 2 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: chicken barley chili

It’s officially cold in Des Moines (no snow yet though). That means I’m looking for hearty recipes. I’ve never used barley in a recipe before–but it’s an ingredient in beer, so I figure it can’t be that bad. I’m hoping to try it this weekend. Has anyone cooked with barley? Any recommendations or favorite recipes? […]

— Andrea Cooley

Fun & festive things to do

I love the holidays and plan to share lots of fun holiday events over the next month. Everyone seems cheerier, the lights are lovely and there’s many community events. I personally celebrate Christmas but would love to share events related to any holidays so please send me a message or leave a comment if you […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Magic Bullet-approved salad dressing

Does freshly made honey basil salad dressing sound yummy to you? Wait until you try it! I got this recipe from attending the Holistic Medicine Club’s presentation, “Living Raw with Sheree Clark.” Although I can’t really say I’m all about the vegan diet, this dressing sure makes me want to give it a try. Check […]

— Tea Nguyen

The pink glove dance

Medline has a new line of exam gloves that are pink for breast cancer awareness. For each case purchased, they donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Well the creative staff at St. Vincent Medical Center in Oregon put together a video to promote the gloves. You have to see this cute video (if […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Research spotlight: Martin Schmidt

The first line of research in the Schmidt Laboratory concerns the mechanism of cell division in eukaryotes. Using baker’s yeast as a model organism, Dr. Schmidt is currently examining the roles of two cytoskeletal proteins in the formation and function of a contractile ring at the cell division site. One of these proteins, tropomyosin, serves […]

— Seth Stevenson

Birthday bonanza, round 2

Happy Birthday seems to be the most used phrase lately in the PA neck of the woods. Last Monday, November 23, was a very special birthday for one of our PA faculty and once again, we had a good time! Pam Chambers (if you don’t know her…you should because she rocks) turned 50, so of […]

— Daley Dodd

Birthday bonanza, round 1

November 19 was Elizabeth Campbell’s birthday and boy did we have a good time. She is one of my classmates and bestest buds. As I have mentioned previously, I love parties…but more than that, love planning surprises. So Lauren (another great friend/classmate) and I got busy scheming away! Elizabeth’s day started off with coffee from […]

— Daley Dodd

Take a break from cooking

I figure since it’s the day after Thanksgiving most of us are probably too stuffed to think about cooking anything–even if it’s healthy. So instead of offering a recipe today, my recommendation is that you take a break from the kitchen and enjoy spending time with your family and friends this weekend! How are you […]

— Andrea Cooley

Happy thanksgiving!!

Today is a very special day indeed. Not only is it a day off school/work but it’s also a great reminder to truly take time to appreciate all we have and give thanks. At DMU we are thankful for all our amazing students and graduates. We are thankful for active alumni and supporters. We are […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Festival of Trees & Lights!

Today begins the annual Festival of Trees & Lights for Blank Children’s Hospital. Held at the Polk County Convention Complex, this could be a really fun thing to do after you stuff yourself with turkey or go shopping. Maybe a good thing to share with relatives in from another town? If you buy tickets yet […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Celebration station!

I have a crazy obsession with parties/birthdays/celebrations…pretty much anything that includes loads of sugar and free reign to be loud and crazy. So you can only imagine how much I freak when they are surprise parties….and that’s exactly what we got. Our wonderful faculty threw us a surprise celebration last week for our entire class […]

— Daley Dodd

Public health thank you!

Today is Public Health Thank You Day. If you’ve never thought about what public health officials do for you, consider the fact that they are the people who make sure our drinking water is safe, the air we breath is clean and provide vaccines for seasonal flu and other illnesses. Next time you see someone […]

— Andrea Cooley

DMU collects cash for United Way, food for DMARC pantries, mentors for kids

Des Moines University’s Community Service Committee is celebrating a bountiful autumn, a giving staff and several successful campaigns. This year’s annual United Way campaign recently concluded with a grand total of $20,438 collected for United Way of Central Iowa. An increased push for ongoing monthly food drives has totaled 12,062 food items donated, thus far […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Do some good today!

This is heart-warming, use it for inspiration today: see what this lil 4-year-old Iowa boy wants for Christmas. So now I know you’re wondering how you can do good too… here’s some options: Go to LetsSayThanks.com to send a free postcard to the troops overseas! Buy tickets for The Nada’s annual Silent Night concert Dec. 4, […]

— Courtney Tompkins


I may be 5’3″ (on a good day) but I like volleyball and DMU has an intramural league—PERFECT! Why anyone ever thought to have a bunch of type-A personalities play sports against each other competitively, I am not sure…but at least we have fun! Seriously, it’s like perfection at its max. Everyone wants to win […]

— Daley Dodd

It’s my job to brag!

Seriously, when you have such adorable nephews/nieces as I do, you have to show them off. So let me brag for one hot second. I know you may be rolling your eyes and thinking, “oh, these kids aren’t even gonna be cute!” I agree…sometimes relatives are blinded by the “cuteness” or “adorableness” of their child/nephew/niece […]

— Daley Dodd