A Grand New Vision Building the future of health care

In 2018, when we announced the Purple & Proud Campaign, we said it was the start of "something big."

We are now pursuing a vision of something even bigger.

Purple & Proud is the campaign that continues to advance Des Moines University with the development of an entirely new campus and renewed institutional vision. That bold vision includes new and expanded programs, a new campus, and a wholly transformed model of health sciences education, training, research, and clinical services that will meet the needs of our faculty, students, and communities well into the future.

Join us. Invest in us. Advance with us.

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Angela Walker Franklin

Campaign Priority #1

A new health sciences campus From the Ground Up

Supported by Purple & Proud, the new campus will propel the educational transformation the University envisions. The University is moving not only its physical campus, but it is also reinventing the way it delivers education. DMU is evolving to meet the nation’s health care needs.


Campaign Priority #2

Support our students By providing access to the finest education

• Expand cultural competency programming
• Increase scholarship funding
• Grow mental health initiatives


Campaign Priority #3

Invest in our faculty By fueling innovation

• Create endowed faculty positions
• Establish faculty awards

Join us. Invest in us. Advance with us.

campaign progress

As of November 30, 2021

Because of you, our bold vision will continue

Because of YOU, we surpassed our goal of $25 million more than a year before the campaign’s original conclusion. Your support has shown us that we can dream bigger for the future of health care.

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The lasting, larger-than-life legacy of Dr. Norman Rose, a “Guardian of the Profession”

Norman Rose, D.O.’63, FACOS, FICS, DFACOS, began contemplating a career in medicine when he was six; he decided to become a surgeon at age 12, after he had his appendix removed. “That surgeon made me feel pretty good,” he recalls. Years later, as a second-year student at the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, now …

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A fitting gift from an alumni leader

Dave Kapaska, D.O.’86, and his wife, Mary Ann, have long supported Des Moines University. Dr. Kapaska serves as chair of the DMU Board of Trustees, and the couple has contributed financially to the University, including to its Purple & Proud Campaign. But their latest gift, to name the Telehealth Room on the new West Des …

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Alumnus’ “wonderful life” motivates scholarship gift

The gift that Fred Katz, D.O.’66, FAOCR, recently made to the Purple & Proud Campaign to establish an endowed scholarship fund at DMU is the latest in a long list of contributions he has made throughout his career and life. How he came to support his medical alma mater first began as an act of …

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“DMU has a very promising future, and that’s why I’m proud to support the Purple & Proud campaign. It’s exciting when you build a new medical school from the ground up to have that outfitted with cutting edge technology.”

Steven Herwig, D.O.’76

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