we did it!

because of you, we surpassed
our goal of $25 million...

Because of YOU, we surpassed the $25 million goal of Purple & Proud: the Campaign for Des Moines University, more than a year before the campaign’s official conclusion. You demonstrated your commitment to our mission by making gifts toward the campaign’s three priorities: optimizing our facilities, supporting our students and investing in our faculty.

That is an accomplishment worth celebrating – and one that should inspire us to continue showing we are Purple & Proud. We have another year to take the campaign to a higher level. Because of YOU, we know we can raise our vision and rise to seize more opportunities through this pivotal endeavor.

Thank you for being Purple & Proud. Let’s be even more loud during the year ahead. Because of YOU, we will!

Angela Walker Franklin Signature

ANGELA L. WALKER FRANKLIN, PH.D.
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

...and we're not done yet

As of January 31, 2020 we’ve raised

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$
Over Original Goal
Overall Donors
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Purple & Proud ends on December 31, 2020. Because of YOU, together we can accomplish so much more.

campaign priorities

to serve the community’s health needs

• Enhance OMM Clinic

• Expand Physical Therapy Clinic

• Develop a new Behavioral Health Clinic

• Build the DMU Fund

by providing access to the finest education

• Broaden rural health initiatives

• Expand cultural competency programming

• Increase scholarship funding

• Grow mental health initiatives

by fueling innovation
 

• Create endowed faculty positions

• Establish faculty awards

let's show the world what we're made of

Featured Stories

Campaign exceeds goal with gift from a great osteopathic pioneer

In the 1950s, an era when osteopathic physicians were viewed by some as inferior to allopathic physicians, Murray Goldstein, D.O.’50, M.P.H., blazed trails. He was the first osteopathic physician to be appointed as a commissioned medical officer in the uniformed services (the U.S. Public Health Service, in 1953); the first D.O. to achieve star rank …

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DMU donors top $25 million Purple & Proud Campaign goal

On Dec. 8, 2018, DMU launched the public phase of “Purple & Proud – the Campaign for Des Moines University,” a $25 million fundraising effort and the largest such endeavor in the University’s history. It is set to conclude in December 2020. DMU donors had other ideas, however. “With 390 days in the Purple & Proud Campaign, …

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The end of an era sparks new beginnings

Gene Holst of Bettendorf, IA, always appreciated the care he received from his osteopathic physician, Dr. Jack Hannum, who became a good friend. Recognizing that Holst, then a banker, had valuable financial skills, the physician asked him to join the board of the Davenport (IA) Osteopathic Hospital.

On a “personal mission of giving back”

As a second-year student in the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery (COMS), now DMU, Michael Witte, D.O.’77, got involved in student government. So did his friend and classmate, Larry Baker, D.O.’77. “Perhaps that participation spurred each of us to continue a relationship with the school since,” Dr. Witte says. “Larry followed in the footsteps …

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Alumnus gives gift of advocacy for students, osteopathic medicine

Years ago, Paul Morris, D.O.’78, FACOFP, was encouraged by a fellow physician to get involved with the New Jersey Osteopathic Education Foundation. “He said it would involve only a meeting or two a year,” he says. That launched decades of Dr. Morris’ advocacy for osteopathic medicine: He has served as president of the New Jersey …

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Alumnus honors faculty citizenship with his Purple & Proud gift

As a student at the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, now DMU, Steven Herwig and some classmates established a chapter of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), which he served as president his second year. They also created a used book store and the college’s first note pool in which students shared their class …

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Grateful alumnus invests in great teaching

Paul Emmans Jr., D.O.’71, has demonstrated a love of lifelong learning. A family medicine physician for approximately 40 years, he was asked by a fellow physician about 20 years ago to see some of his nursing home patients. Dr. Emmans took courses to gain certification in geriatrics. An employee of Community Health of Central Washington …

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Grateful for “opportunities to grow and develop”: Traci Bush, P.T.’95, D.P.T., OTR/L, D.H.S.

Traci Bush looks upon her life as a “series of fateful events that led to a series of opportunities.” While working full-time as a licensed occupational therapist at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, IA, she decided to also take prerequisite courses so she could apply to a physical therapy program. She applied to three …

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Supporting DMU’s vision for the future: Mary Ann and Dave Kapaska, D.O.’86, M.B.A.

A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy who flew Air Force cargo planes for seven years, Dave Kapaska earned his master’s of business administration degree from Southern Illinois University and worked for Mobil Chemical Company in sales. He then “got this crazy idea to go to medical school.” With the encouragement of his wife, …

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Inspired to invest in students: Barbara and Donald Janower, D.O.’67

Donald Janower, D.O.’67, and his wife, Barbara, believe in the power of education, and they act on that belief through their civic engagement and charitable giving. That includes their creating in 2009 the Barbara and Donald Janower Endowed Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for DMU osteopathic medical students in good academic standing with significant financial …

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points of pride

40,000 Patient Visits

Every year the DMU Clinic serves approximately 40,000 patient visits and provides about 1,700 rotation weeks for students.

894 Years Of Faculty Service

DMU’s 125 faculty engage students in class, labs, research and community service. Endowed faculty positions will help us attract and retain these outstanding scholars.

DIVERSITY Leader

DMU has received the Institutional Excellence Award of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education and the Friends of Iowa Civil Rights Award.

1st To Partner With NAMI

Nation's first medical school to partner with the National Alliance on Mental Illness to provide training for its students to recognize and respond to patients with mental illness.

2,004 Scholarships Awarded

DMU awarded 2,004 scholarships totaling $8,717,409 to students during Purple & Proud. Additional scholarship funding would increase access to a DMU education.

rezney-recropped

“From the moment I first stepped on campus and interviewed at DMU, I realized this was an environment that was going to foster success. That feeling was reinforced throughout my DMU experience as faculty taught us the skills to grow academically and develop into health professionals.”

Ben Rezny, D.O.’16