UWSMPH Kicks Off 100th Anniversary

UW Medical School's Health Sciences Learning CenterMADISON – For a school that began in an attic, UW School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) has done rather well over the last 100 years.
In the earliest days of the school, students met for classes in the attic of Science Hall on Park St.
Now, 100 years later, the UW-Madison campus will begin a celebration of the School’s 100 years. “A Century of Inspiration” kicks off Saturday at the football game between Wisconsin and Indiana at Camp Randall.
Hundreds of alumni are coming in to celebrate and a special on-field ceremony will introduce the Centennial to those in the stadium. Banners will be up on Highland Ave. outside the School’s main base in the Health Sciences Learning Center, and the public is invited to see a fascinating historical exhibit throughout the year at the Capitol and later the Memorial Union.
The School was established in 1907, when Teddy Roosevelt was president. Known then as the College of Medicine, it consisted of four departments and offered only two years of study.
Today’s School of Medicine and Public Health has 26 departments, nearly 1,200 faculty, three locations on campus and more than 100 training sites throughout Wisconsin.
One of the nation’s leaders in medical research, the School attracts millions of dollars annually in research funding and has a world-renowned faculty.
In January, the campus community will be invited to take part in a Centennial ice-cream flavor contest. Special Centennial events will conclude at the close of the academic year.

Historical information about UW School of Medicine and Public Health is available at www.100years.med.wisc.edu.

Date Published: 12/28/2007

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