Celebrating our history

From our earliest days of building an osteopathic college to our current status as a medical/health sciences university that educates tomorrow’s health care workforce, Des Moines University has always been a remarkable institution. Through evolutions in health care and medical education, financial ups and downs and six name changes, the University today stands stronger than ever.

Last night we kicked off a month of celebration focusing on our distinctive history and the colorful cast of characters who have shaped it. Members of the DMU community along with board members, faculty, staff and students, gathered in Alumni Court to toast our history and cheers to the future.

The events held throughout the month of March are in conjunction with the recent publication of Now is the Time; Des Moines is the Place, an in-depth account of our history from 1898 to 2003.

DMUHistory We hope you can join us for the remaining events to celebrate our history:

Thursday, March 10, noon
Roger Senty, D.O.
“The Relocation to Grand Avenue – Changes, Challenges and Growth”
Get a first-hand perspective from the man who moved the campus.
Lunch for the first 100 attendees. SEC Auditorium

Monday, March 21
Founders Observance

  • Wreath-laying at the gravesite of Ella and S.S. Still, 4 p.m., Woodland Cemetery
  • Gary Hoff, D.O., “The Founding of the Dr. S.S. Still College and Infirmary,” 5 p.m., SEC Auditorium
  • Reception/refreshments, SEC Commons
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