Three DMU students pose with signs that say, "Thank You."

One Day for DMU Rallies Supporters, Raises $237,614 

One Day for DMU, the 24 hour giving campaign for Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences, raised $237,614 from 318 donors April 17-18. The sixth consecutive annual event was kicked off on campus with a friendly quiz competition among DMU college leaders for the inaugural Deans’ Cup. 

Nearly 70% of the university’s employees contributed during One Day for DMU.  

“Thanks to the generosity of Des Moines University alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students, One Day for DMU was again a great success,” says DMU President and CEO Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D. “Our donors will make a huge difference to our students and the future of the university.”  

The top three university funds supported by One Day for DMU donors were the DMU Fund, comprised of unrestricted gifts; the Glanton Fund, which supports scholarships and programs that foster students’ cultural competency; and the DMU Employees Supporting Students Scholarships. 

Wallace Boeve, Ed.D., PA-C, DFAAPA, dean of the College of Health Sciences, poses for a photo after winning the Deans’ Cup.
Wallace Boeve, Ed.D., PA-C, DFAAPA, dean of the College of Health Sciences, poses for a photo with O.T.D. faculty after winning the Deans’ Cup. Left to right: Diana Feldhacker, Ph.D., O.T.D., OTR/L, BCPR; Emily Summerfield, M.O.T., OTR/L, CBIS; Kelsee Hove, O.T.D., OTR/L, CBIS, DRP; Dean Wallace Boeve; Nicci Kuhl, O.T.D., OTR/L, CBIS; Jordan Bell, M.O.T., OTR/L; Kay Rudnitsky, O.T.D., OTR/L, CLT.

The Deans’ Cup quiz required the three participants – Wallace Boeve, Ed.D., PA-C, DFAAPA, dean of the College of Health Sciences; Kevin Smith, D.P.M.’95, Ph.D., M.S., FACFAS, dean of the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery; and Jennifer Beaty, M.D., FACS, FASCRS, associate dean for graduate medical education and student advancement in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, who was subbing for interim COM Dean Dave Kapaska, D.O.’86, M.B.A. – to determine whether terms referred to anatomical structures or dinosaurs. It began with “easy” terms such as “popliteus” (anatomical structure) and progressed to more challenging terms, such as “tanius” (dinosaur).  

Boeve won by correctly identifying the ceratocricoideus, a short muscle arising near the lower border of cricoid cartilage, as an anatomical structure. 

All One Day for DMU supporters have a powerful impact on DMU students and will fuel the priorities of the university’s Purple & Proud Campaign, which will conclude June 30, 2024: 

  • Build and maintain the medical and health sciences university of the future with DMU’s new campus in West Des Moines 
  • Support students by providing access to the finest education 
  • Attract and invest in outstanding faculty by creating endowed positions and awards 

The university is deeply grateful to all who participated in One Day for DMU. Visit Purple & Proud to make a gift or learn more about its impact. 

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