Keeping the wheels turning

“My wife, Julie, gave me a bicycle on my 50th birthday. I wasn’t as appreciative as I probably should have been. Now, seven years later, I own three bicycles....I’ve set a goal of riding 25,000 miles total by my 60th birthday.”

Disciplined lifestyle offers an energized escape

“I’m 43. Herein lies the challenge: There is no master’s level in the professional shows, so I’ll have to compete against 20- and 30-year-olds. But I do it to inspire and encourage women of all ages.”

Really getting away from it all

“I started pretty young competing with a bullwhip... In one competition, we had to hit a bandana out of a cardboard-cutout man’s back pocket and a cigar out of his mouth. I won that competition.”

“Let go and let God”

“As a practicing surgeon, I thought I was God, and everyone affirms it. I found out that I’m a normal human – one day I was a physician, the next day I might not have a job. That was good life training.”

Shedding our work costumes

“We all show up at the river in our rowing clothes and caps. Then later you find out you were rowing with a judge or a surgeon. It’s a great equalizer.”

The “Zen” of feeling 17 again

“What you experience is…a freedom that’s not unlike the freedom when you first ride a bicycle down a hill without pedaling. Riding a motorcycle is like riding a bike downhill all the time.”

Getting away in the great outdoors

"Visiting the national parks is a great adventure, experiencing the new terrain, wildlife and gaining knowledge about the history of the parks and the people who made them happen."

Great Escapes

When was the last time you weren't tagged by a pager, attached to your cell phone, plugged into e-mail or engrossed by your iPod? Give yourself some much-needed time off the grid: Get inspired by people who know how to get away from it all.

That much-awaited moment of joy!

Hard work, perseverance, anticipation, relief and a readiness to pursue new opportunities were evident at DMU’s summer graduation ceremony.

Without change, things just wouldn’t be the same

At any institution of higher education, it isn’t just the students who change every year. Catch up on some other recent transitions at DMU.

Des Moines couple “mom and dad” to visiting students

The medical students who visit DMU and Iowa from Uganda’s Makerere University get more than an intense introduction to American life and medicine.

Taking a healthy message to market

Nestled among the food vendors and fresh produce stands, DMU students have been peddling wares uncharacteristic of your average farmers’ market.