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Celebrations of criminology's 50th anniversary commence

John Cochran, PhD reads a raffle ticket

Chair and professor John Cochran, PhD calls out the numbers of a winning raffle ticket.

Criminology faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends filled the Gibbons Alumni Center on Sept. 9 to kick off a new academic year filled with celebrations of the department's 50th anniversary. With a tailgate theme for the next day's football game against Howard, the event included game day foods, a visit from the spirit squad, and an update on USF athletics and its new facilities from Athletic Director Michael Kelly. There was also a raffle of various items, including a USF football helmet and a collection of police challenge coins. Speakers reflected on the history of the department, its remarkable growth, and their hope for the future. Find more pictures of the event here.

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