Won’t you be ours?

February 14, 2011 —

Happy valentine’s day, lovely readers!

On this day of warm fuzzies and mushiness, let us be clear in how much we appreciate you all. Whether you are a student, staff member, grad, patient or friend of the University, we are thankful to have you in the DMU family!

Now remember to spend some time with those you love, be it significant other, sibling, parent, pet or friend. Even if you don’t get into the holiday, it’s a nice reminder to tell those you care about how you feel!

The plus side, health-wise, is that feelings of love triggers dopamine and hugging or  holding hands releases oxytocin which reduces stress and blood pressure and improves mood! Also, it’s been said that feeling socially connected can be as good for your health as exercising and quitting smoking!

Go hug someone!


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.