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Homecoming to launch School of Medicine and Public Health centennial

October 17, 2007

The formal campus celebration of the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH)’s centennial will begin during the Homecoming football game between Wisconsin and Indiana. A special on-field ceremony will introduce the centennial to those in the stadium.

An historic exhibit is now on display at the Health Sciences Learning Center, the school’s home. “Skeletons in the Attic, Life in the Atrium” will take viewers back to 1907, the year the school was established. In the school’s early days, students had classes in the attic of Science Hall, hence the exhibit’s name. 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.