About the Magazine
From the President
Welcome to the spring issue of USF Magazine.
The cover feature on cybersecurity offers important information about the threats we all face in the 21st century digital age, and steps we can take to protect ourselves. The story of Jay Wolfson, associate vice president for Health Law, Policy and Safety at USF Health and senior associate dean of the USF Morsani College of Medicine, who has been the victim of four cyber-crimes despite taking precautions, shows the aggressive nature of these criminals.
Cybersecurity is an issue we take very seriously at USF, in terms of providing a pipeline of talented students for rapidly expanding professional opportunities, conducting research and protecting the vital information of our students, faculty and staff.
The statewide Florida Center for Cybersecurity, located on the USF Tampa campus, supports our interdisciplinary master's degree in cybersecurity, as well as specialized graduate certificates and industry-recognized certifications. In fact, USF has the most cyber-specific degrees and certification programs among 35 public and private universities and colleges in the state that offer these programs. We just introduced on the Tampa campus an undergraduate major within Computer Science and Engineering (that already has 50 students enrolled) and a new undergraduate degree program in cybersecurity is under development. Next fall, USF Sarasota-Manatee will offer an undergraduate degree program in Cybersecurity and Information Technology. We place a high priority on responding to the needs of industry and society.
Good stories abound in this issue. You can enjoy learning about Melissa Salguero, a former Herd of Thunder drum major and 2009 USF graduate, and the positive impact she is having as a music teacher in an elementary school in one of New York City's most impoverished areas.
When Melissa joined the faculty there in 2010, there was no money for instruments. But, Melissa embodies the best of USF – she was bold, she was bullish, she was undeterred. She is passing along the joy of music – and the importance of hard work – to her students, and she has been successful in finding grants to buy instruments for students who could not afford them on their own. Music transformed Melissa's life, and she is sharing her passion in the classroom. Her selfless efforts earned her the 2018 Grammy Music Educator of the Year award. Congratulations Melissa; you're a great role model and ambassador for USF!
There also is the inspiring story of educators and USF alums Lawrence and Margaret Tritle. Larry has made a generous gift of $500,000 to our College of Education to support outstanding education students and faculty. These new programs honor his late wife, who passed away unexpectedly in 2000. We are honored that Larry chose the USF College of Education, our faculty and our students to memorialize Margaret.
Also in this issue are stories that illustrate the positive impact of USF in so many areas, including USF Health's efforts to address the national opioid epidemic, and a new profiling system developed by one of our researchers that is helping law enforcement agencies catch more criminals. At USF, we believe that innovation, best practices and new discoveries are essential parts of a great research institution.
I hope you enjoy this issue of USF Magazine. Thank you for your support of our students
and our university.
Judy Genshaft, President
University of South Florida System