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April 17, 2018

Dunkin' Deans Make a Splash for Special Olympics

By Heidi Opdyke

Dunk-a-Dean is back! Carnegie Mellon University deans will be heading to the dunk tank on Friday, April 20 on the Midway near the entrance to Doherty Hall.

Sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's University Police Department, Dunk-a-Dean aims to raise awareness and funding for the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania. The top three pledges get five minutes to try and dunk a dean as many times as possible, and 15 minutes will be available for walk-up dunking. 

Last year, the College of Engineering raised the most money for Special Olympics. To make things more interesting this year, Dean James H. Garett, Jr. challenged other deans to participate, and eight of the Pittsburgh campus deans have accepted. The college raising the most money will be awarded the Dunk-A-Dean Loving Cup to proudly display for the year. 

Pledges will be accepted until 5 p.m. Thursday, April 19 and can be emailed to Det. Joe Bernarding at A daily pledge total is available for tracking.

Meanwhile, the schools and college are having some fun promoting the event on social media.

Last year, School of Computer Science Dean Andrew Moore was among the deans who took the plunge.

College of Engineering Dean James Garrett took home the trophy.

The Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences also got into the conversation.

But that doesn't mean they're not hedging their bets ...

... or that others don't have their eyes on the prize

In the end, everyone wins because the good-natured event raises money for a great cause. Uniformed members of CMU's Police Department will also be dunked during Spring Carnival. Last year, the dunk tank raised $5,000 for the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania. 

The CMU Police Department and Carnegie Mellon have worked with the Special Olympics for many years. For the third consecutive year, Carnegie Mellon hosted the Pennsylvania Special Olympics Western Spring Sectional on April 14. More than 500 special olympians, 8-years-old and over came to campus to compete in basketball, track & field, swimming, tennis and golf. Leading the university-wide effort in partnering with the Pennsylvania Special Olympics to host the games are CMU Police, the Department of Athletics and the CMU ROTC program.