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

Fave lazy meal?

I just moved to my new place out in Michigan after getting hitched in California, so it’s been a busy month! Although moving to a new place is really exciting, I don’t have any internet at home. (sad face!) I’m bunking with a buddy too and so to minimize the mess I have limited my […]

— Tea Nguyen

Another awesome survey

We know many of our students don’t choose a school alone and we know they have to find a place that’s right for their spouse and kids too. So great news: Forbes magazine picked the best places to raise a family. Des Moines is #1. That’s pretty darn awesome! It was based on living costs, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Fun, free stuff in Ankeny

Now that our glorious sunshine-y summer is here, catch some free flicks under the stars at the Ankeny bandshell! That’s better than a drive-in! Beginning this Friday, June 4, they’ll show a movie at dusk. This week it’s “Monsters vs. Aliens” and next week it is “Little Giants.” Bring the kids, some lawnchairs or blankets […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Welcome PA students!

Today marks the first day of orientation for our new class of physician assistant students! We are excited to welcome the PA Class of 2012 to campus. This group of 50 students comes from eleven different states and a variety of backgrounds. The average GPA for the Class of 2012 is 3.55, and the average […]

— Joshua Kvinlaug

Health & medical book sale

Get thee to the State Library on Thursday or Friday (June 3-4)! The state medical library closed in March and they’re selling medical books and journals! The state library is in the Miller Building, 1112 E. Grand Ave., and is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Visitor parking just north of the building and one block east. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Take a hike!

Our students love to explore Des Moines. Here are D.P.M. student Benjamin Thomas’s top 5 trail picks: One of the best things about the Des Moines area is the number of great parks and trails available. Sometimes the only reason we don’t use more of them is simply because we don’t know where to find […]

— Andrea Cooley

Music, free, outdoors? I’m in!

I love live music, LOVE sittin’ outside in the summer time but don’t like spending a lot of money. When you combine all those elements, you get the following lineup of FREE outdoor music events this summer in Des Moines & surrounding areas: To enjoy some wine while soaking up the sunshine, check out this […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Did someone spike my cereal?

I woke up at 5 the other morning to get ready for rounds (visiting patients in the hospital). I had my morning bowl of chocolate Cheerios with soy milk, took my iron pills (I have chronic fatigue but not technically anemic by laboratory standards, I beg to differ), and went on my way as I […]

— Tea Nguyen

Weekend plans?

Last weekend was PERFECT for the downtown farmers’ market and I saw a lot of DMU faces there. Plan to hit it up if you haven’t yet this year. If I get time I’m gonna drive west….from 2 til 5 on Sunday, you can enjoy The Melodie Proffit Band for FREE at Penoach Winery in […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Fun stuff for tomorrow

Tomorrow (Saturday, May 15) there’s a few cool events I didn’t know about earlier to give you a heads up. But if your day is still unplanned, check these out! You can check in at 9 a.m. for a 10 a.m. walk at the West Glen Town Center to raise money for the National Kidney […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DSM: healthy & safe

A new Gallup & Healthways survey scored 187 metro areas and rated the Des Moines/West Des Moines area at #3 on the top ten safe & healthy place list. The survey factored in violent and property crime rates, as well as access to 13 basic needs like fresh fruit and veggies, shelter, clean water and […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Upcoming fun event: Trivia Night!

There’s a super cool first-time event in Des Moines called Dog-Eat-Dog Trivia Night happening May 20 at People’s downtown. (full & complete disclaimer: I’m on the board of The Pet Project Midwest, the charity putting it on. But I’d totally blog about it even if I weren’t cuz it’s going to be fun & it’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

It’s the 5th of May and that means it’s time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Contrary to what many think, Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexico’s Independence Day. It’s actually a celebration of The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. Here’s some history. It’s primarily celebrated in the Puebla area of Mexico. And of course the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Tulip time!

Not only does this upcoming weekend include mother’s day, it’s also Tulip Time! For those of you new to the area, Tulip Time is an annual festival in Pella (about 45 minutes to the east of Des Moines) celebrating the city’s Dutch heritage. The entire city is covered in gorgeous tulips of every color, plus […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Daley has been MIA!

Is anyone even checking my blog anymore? Probably not. Sorry I have not been writing lately… life has kind of been consuming. Believe it or not school actually hasn’t been the consuming part but just life. It’s nearing the end of things here at DMU and my inability to comprehend leaving my friends has made […]

— Daley Dodd

Crockpot resurrected!

Here’s a super easy recipe for a melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork sandwich. Ingredients: 1.   One can of beef broth 2.   1-2 pounds of pork ribs 3.   A bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce 4.   Your favorite bread to eat it with Directions: Place beef broth and pork ribs in crockpot and cook on high for 4 […]

— Tea Nguyen

I scream for ice cream!

I love ice cream, I love getting a deal and I love helping others. Put all three together and I’m a BIG FAN. If you are too, check out Baskin-Robbins on Wednesday, April 28! Between 5 & 10 p.m., you can get a scoop of ANY flavor for 31 CENTS! Yep, for real!! Get 3 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

What is a D.O.?

Happy Osteopathic Medicine Week! Did you know there are two types of doctors in the United States? A doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) and a medical doctor (M.D.). Most people don’t know if their primary care physician is a D.O. or an M.D. Both doctors can prescribe medicine, perform surgery and treat patients, but there […]

— Andrea Cooley