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Michael and Linda Witte

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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Karen and Steven R. Herwig, D.O.

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 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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Making philanthropy a “lifestyle”: John and Mary Pappajohn

The generosity and service of John and Mary Pappajohn are widely evident in Iowa and far beyond. From facilities and centers at universities to scholarships for disadvantaged and minority students, from the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines to the myriad organizations Mr. Pappajohn has served as a board member, they live their philosophy that …

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