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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) network?

The Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) network is comprised of DMU alumni who generously volunteer their time and talents to share information and knowledge with students about their education, career choices, and transitioning to life after DMU.

What is the ASK directory and who can see my profile?

The ASK directory is comprised of DMU students and alumni who join ASK. When you register to join ASK, your profile will automatically be included in the ASK directory. Members can perform a search in the directory based on career, specialty, or location. The online ASK directory may be used for short-term conversations via phone, or email. By utilizing this tool, long-term relationships may also develop, it is really up to the users. The ASK directory is hosted through DMU Connect, an online tool that allows you to access and update your contact information and view your giving history to DMU.

The ASK directory is private and can only be seen by registered ASK students and alumni. You control the privacy settings in your profile when you login into DMU Connect, so members in the ASK directory can only view the information you approve them to see.

Log into the DMU Connect

Is ASK a job placement service?

No. ASK is not designed for securing rotations or for job placement, it is a tool for networking.

What is the best way to share job opportunities with fellow DMU alumni and students?

Post your available position on the internal DMU job opportunities site for the 15,000+ alumni and students of Des Moines University who may be seeking employment. Positions are reviewed for consideration by Alumni Relations staff members on a weekly basis and are restricted to career-related and professional opportunities suitable to our degree programs. Posting a job is as easy as copying your position description and application instructions in the job form.

Post a job opportunity

How can I get involved with the pre-planned ASK events (ASK Night/ASK roundtables)?

Contact the Alumni Relations office at 515-271-1463 or at

How much does it cost to get involved? Do I cover my own travel expenses?

The cost to be involved in ASK is primarily your time. We do not require any fees or donations to be involved. If you host an ASK dinner, lunch or coffee, it is encouraged that you plan accordingly for this expense. You can determine the number of students or staff members you host.

In addition, travel expenses incurred for ASK are not reimbursable.

How much of a time commitment is expected of me if I join ASK?

You get out of it what you put into it; you determine the amount of time you want to commit to being involved because it is all voluntary.

How do I join the ASK Networking group on LinkedIn?

Visit Des Moines University ASK (Alumni Sharing Knowledge) group page and click “Join” or “+” (on mobile/tablet) to request membership. Once approved, you’ll receive a welcome message via email that says, ““You are now welcome to search others in the group, share articles, or post discussions.”

New to LinkedIn? The Alumni Relations staff can help you register and/or provide additional advice on resources that are available through LinkedIn.

How can I report inappropriate postings on the Des Moines University Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) LinkedIn group?

A DMU staff member will monitor all content posted on the group page on a regular basis. To report any inappropriate postings or interactions, please contact the Alumni Relations office at 515-271-1463.

I’ve registered for ASK and students never contact me, why?
Students most commonly engage with the ASK network through passive surfing of alumni profiles. The ability to search the ASK directory and/or LinkedIn profiles provides students with a wealth of information. Even if students don’t reach out to you, by being visible and a part of the group, you serve as an important career development resource for them.

I’m a relatively recent grad, what do I have to offer by joining the ASK network?
Recent graduates are in a unique position. Whether you are engaged in a job search, in residency, or fully employed, recent graduates are most commonly contacted by students because your recent collegiate experience is most similar to theirs.