Enjoy “COOPcakes” for Signe Skott Cooper’s Birthday


January 29th is Signe Skott Cooper’s birthday. Stop by the Atrium on January 25th or 26th, between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for a “COOPcake” in Signe’s honor. Though she passed away in 2013—a year before Cooper Hall opened—we still celebrate what she means to the School of Nursing (SoN) and the nursing profession.

Signe was a visionary donor who made it possible for the SoN to have its own building. She was an innovator and true pioneer in nursing education. As such, Signe would want the students in Cooper Hall to know about this significant period in the School’s almost-100-year history. As dean, I am happy to provide this context.

In preparation for our centennial year (2024), we are reflecting the SoN’s past. It is filled with nurses who led change and broke barriers to address the health needs of their time. Our legacy of excellence positions us to make the greatest possible impact on health care and society in the future.

As SoN’s students, you will set the course for the School’s next 100 years. I hope you are inspired by this! Signe’s birthday is the ideal time to ask you to reflect on meeting the needs of your time, or how you see your role in the future of health care. While a response is not required to get a birthday COOPcake, I hope you might share a few words about the how you envision changing lives and building equity as a Badger nurse leader. You may choose an open-ended prompt at this link. Thank you for considering this! I look forward to seeing what you share.


Dean Scott

Linda D. Scott, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FNAP, FAAN

Dean and Professor

This post was authored by Meredith Temple on 01/23/2023.