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War suffering inspires symbol of sacrifice

You may recognize those little red plastic poppies, typically distributed on Memorial Day, as a way to remember and honor those who died in service to their country. You might not know, however, this symbol of the ultimate sacrifice was created by an osteopathic physician.

— Barb Boose

DMU launches new reunion tradition

Silver and gold, respectively, commemorate 25-year and 50-year anniversaries. That’s a great model for DMU’s new reunion tradition: In May, reunion and commencement activities will be united in a special weekend celebration, with milestone 25- and 50-year alumni adorned in silver and gold.

— Barb Boose

Global health conference explores ecosphere, hunger

The crisis of world hunger likely has endangered humans since they came to exist. But the problem is about to get much worse, and not just for third-world dwellers with distended bellies and protruding ribs. “Nearly one billion people are hungry every day,” Raymond Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America, stated at the fourth annual Heartland […]

— Barb Boose

DMU to send interprofessional team to Honduras

The team DMU is assembling for a health service trip to the Central American nation of Honduras March 16-24 will wear multiple hats. To date, the group includes students from all three DMU colleges and five of its nine programs; four Drake University pharmacy students; two DMU alumni; two DMU faculty members and two Drake […]

— Barb Boose