Dean's Cup Rekindles Friendly Rivalry for Worthy Causes
The annual Dean’s Cup competition between the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) and the UW-Madison Law School may appear fierce at times, but it’s all in the spirit of fun.
Building professional and social relationships and raising money for local charities top the list of the 18-year-old tradition’s goals.
Each school forms teams that compete in numerous intellectual, culinary and athletic endeavors, indoors and out. From playing euchre to entering tasty treats in the bake-off, and from hitting the flag football field to shooting hoops, nearly any student can find a way to participate. Donating blood to the American Red Cross earns points, too.
Proceeds from the sale of custom T-shirts - which offer the surest way to identify teammates for whom to cheer - benefit the Dane County Rape Crisis Center and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison.
The fall 2012 competition yielded 223 points for the School of Medicine and Public Health and 177 for the Law School.
Grateful for the victory, School of Medicine and Public Health Dean Robert Golden, MD, says, “Despite the intense, although collegial, competition, friendships and professional connections are formed, and worthy causes are supported, which are the major aims of the event each year.”
He notes that the schools recently unveiled a combined JD/MPH (juris doctor/master of public health) degree program. Students in that program may have difficulty deciding which 2013 team to join.
By Kris Whitman
This article appears in the winter 2013 issue of Quarterly.
Date Published: 03/12/2013