DMU notes passing of past president

J. Leonard Azneer’s 22-year tenure as DMU’s president was marked by a new campus location, two new colleges, several new facilities and a controversial conclusion.

Impact on Iowa

A recent study of DMU’s economic impact on Polk, Warren and Dallas counties and on the state reveals that the University generates some nicely hefty benefits.

David Vellinga added to DMU board of trustees

David Vellinga, M.H.A., president and chief executive officer of Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines since 1998, was appointed to the Des Moines University board of trustees during the board’s December meeting. Vellinga has also been CEO of Mercy Health Network since 2000.

43 days…

until the first downtown farmers’ market!! That means warmer weather, flowers and fresh produce ahead! May 7 is the first …

NEH chair to speak at commencement

He has served in the U.S. House of Representatives, taught on the faculty at Princeton and Harvard and, in 2009, was appointed by President Barack Obama as the ninth chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. On May 28, Jim Leach will be the keynote speaker at DMU’s commencement.

Psychologically, DMU is super

The Iowa Psychological Association (IPA) named Des Moines University the 2010 Iowa Psychologically Healthy Workplace. Presented last October at the association’s fall conference, the award is given annually to recognize an Iowa organization that promotes a healthy work-life balance and provides a healthy work environment for employees.

DMU dodges, dives, ducks for a good cause and great fun

Some of the athletes wore mullet hairstyles; others, domino inspired uniforms or Hawaiian shirts and leis. They all ducked, dived and hit hard to help a good cause at DMU’s second annual Dodgeball Derby. DMU’s American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine Club (AAPSM) sponsored the Feb. 19 derby to raise money for See-Us Run Des Moines.

Drilling into research that rocks

Tafline Arbor digs into the body’s structure, literally, by combining paleontology and anatomy. Not many people can claim a paleoanthropological site in South Africa as their second home, but for Tafline C. Arbor,Ph.D., it’s true.

Doctor on the downhill

A decade ago, Phillip Arnold, D.O.’01, served on the base camp team that helped the first and only blind man to reach the top of Mount Everest. He’s had a wild ride ever since, taking care of mountain trekkers and members of the U.S. Ski Team as well as his patients at home in Wisconsin.

A changed perspective on global health

Dan Kraeger, D.O.’87, speaks with passion about global health service. But when he was invited to go on his first service trip in 2005, to Bolivia, South America, he didn’t want to go. “How much can I do in a week? How much can I really change?” he asked himself.

DMU alumnus, clinic team save a limb – and a life

One balmy evening 11 years ago, Edgar Gomez-Palacios was walking to his San Diego home when a car struck him, leaving him in the street with a compound leg fracture and future health care nightmares. Fortunately, the intervention of DMU’s Foot and Ankle staff reversed his fortunes.

DMU moves to give alumni a greater voice

In recent years, DMU’s three alumni boards –one for each college – have generated benefits and opportunities for fellow alumni and students. Now the University is restructuring the boards to sustain their good works, give all graduates a greater voice and create opportunities for more alumni to get involved.