Kanan Kappelman

Hometown: West Des Moines, IA
Undergrad School: Penn State University
Major: International Relations
Class: Master of Health Care Administration – Class of 2011


Were you surprised by anything in the program?

The online learning experience probably surprised me the most. When I was doing my undergrad, we didn’t have anything like ANGEL. I had no idea what to expect when I enrolled in my first online class at DMU. But, now, after taking several classes online, I have found this technology to be easy to use and satisfactory in terms of offering an environment or forum that is conducive to the learning process.

Any advice for prospective students?

The best advice I received was from my mom: “never leave anything incomplete.” Essentially, no matter what you are in the midst of: a relationship, conversation, project, etc. – never leave the matter unfinished or unresolved – you might not have the chance to complete/resolve it and could regret what you did not finish or accomplish.

Are you primarily taking courses on-campus or online? Which format do you prefer and why?

I am taking classes both online and on-campus – I usually register for the option that best suits my professional schedule that trimester. I prefer the on-campus format because I enjoy the face-to-face interaction with my peers and faculty.

Extracurricular activities:

I love to travel, read, listen to music and spend time in my craft room/”studio”.

Why DMU?

I chose DMU not only because it offered classes that best meet my professional schedule (after standard business hours and on weekends), but also because of the convenient location (near downtown Des Moines) and the dual format (online and on-campus).

Career objectives:

I actually love what I am doing now, working at the Iowa Department of Economic Development in the communications area as a marketing manager. I find much satisfaction in promoting Iowa as a great place to live and do business. I am pursuing the M.H.A. degree because I am genuinely interested in the healthcare field and want to be an informed participant in the health care I and my family receive.