Des Moines News and Updates

It’s been great…

I love DMU and have enjoyed my 5+ years here but tomorrow* is my last day here! I’m off to a new challenge and I’m very excited. I’ll be the social media/PR manager for NatraTurf and I’m really excited about the opportunity. But I will, of course, miss all of you, my lovely readers and […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Spring cleaning and buying

Got some stuff to get rid of this season? I found this amazing blog that lists where your goods can go, for the good of someone else. My favorite places are usually the Salvation Army or a local place I volunteer at, the Catholic Worker House, depending on the stuff I’m getting rid of. There […]

— Tea Nguyen

Day on the hill

Tomorrow some of our students will be providing blood pressure and BMI screenings at the state capitol, 1-4:30 p.m. They’ll be in the Rotunda on level one. At 1 p.m. they’ll get to chat with Gov. Branstad. The visit coincides with this week’s “D.O. Day on Capitol Hill,” a national movement to educate policymakers about […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Tunes at the Temple

Have you been to a show at the Temple for Performing Arts downtown? It’s gorgeous and such a great venue for a concert! The Civic Center has a series running there right now you should check out. Live at the Temple has a variety of artists lined up through May. There’s three more this year, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: healthy banana bread

One of my fave blogs had this healthified banana bread recipe recently and I’m looking forward to trying it: High Protein Banana Bread by Espresso&Cream 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed 5 tablespoons butter, melted 1/3 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt 35-40 grams vanilla-flavored protein powder 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cub brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Can you run a mile?

One of our PA students is a finalist in Wellmark’s Whip It 180 challenge! Angela Nelson is now training with Rebecca Meyer from “The Biggest Loser” to get yourself on a healthy track. She wants to get herself in shape so she can help her future patients live healthful lives. We support her and know […]

— Courtney Tompkins

LACE UP: It’s walk/run season!

As the flowers peek through, the calendar starts to fill up. There are SO many fun outdoor activities. Here’s a few coming up for great causes…. April 2, DMU is the host site of the annual AIDS Project’s 5k walk/run. Be warned, it’s hilly! April 2, this isn’t a run/walk but sounds fun…  Couture for […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: roasted asparagus

Spring is here and that means it’s time for fresh veggies! Yay! The first you’ll be seeing at farmers’ markets or local gardens is probably asparagus. This is an easy way to cook them: The Barefoot Contessa’s roasted asparagus - from 2 pounds fresh asparagus Good olive oil Kosher salt, plus extra for sprinkling […]

— Courtney Tompkins

43 days…

until the first downtown farmers’ market!! That means warmer weather, flowers and fresh produce ahead! May 7 is the first one and I’ll be there! What’s your favorite feature of spring or summer?

— Courtney Tompkins

A benefit for the Red Cross in Japan

Yoshihiro Ozaki is a second-year osteopathic medicine student. He is a delightful student from Japan. I’ve been lucky enough to meet him and hear him play with the DMU chamber orchestra. He sent the following message around to a few folks on campus and I’d like to share it with you: As you know, Japan […]

— Courtney Tompkins

It’s Fat Tuesday!

We’re a long way from New Orleans but that doesn’t mean you can celebrate today! I’m going to a pancake party tonight with gourmet treats by Melt Dessert Bar—I’m looking forward to the banana foster pancakes. There’s quite a few pancake suppers at local churches as well. You should at least flip up some flapjacks […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: easy muffins

The DMU marketing department’s office is on the fourth-floor of the Academic Center. So when our fellow fourth-floor friends started passing around, modifying and baking a simple, delish recipe for muffins, we figured it was only right to share the goodness. I believe it began in the registrar’s office, moved to financial aid and was […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Feeding the students!

On March 9, 6 p.m., DMU’s Significant Others Support (SOS) organization will host “Feed the Students.” While SOS performs many volunteer activities in the community, this one focuses on supporting those closest to us, the students! This event consists of SOS members cooking a large quantity of food offsite and providing it, with all the […]

— Michael Drnec

Friday recipe: gluten-free blueberry clafoutis

A few weeks ago, Dr. Melita Schuster from the DMU Clinic gave a campus presentation on gluten-free diets. She talked about how gluten intolerance runs the whole range from sensitivity to severe, known as Celiac disease. The symptoms can range from pain to bowel, thyroid or reproductive issues. I found it personally very intriguing because […]

— Courtney Tompkins