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  • Four women marine scientists hold brilliant orange flaming tiki torches against the night sky. They stand in their boat as they arrive and dock at the end of their row across the Atlantic Ocean.

    Terror, Wonder … Triumph! Salty Science, the rowing team led by USF Professor Chantale Bégin, celebrates the end of its 3,000-mile journey — and historic first-place victory in the women’s class — in the World’s Toughest Row-Atlantic. The team was North America’s first to win in the category. [Photo: ©World’s Toughest Row-Atlantic]

  • Elementary-school aged boys sit two-by-two in kid-sized amusement park race cars on an outdoor track in the evening. Men in 50s-60s garb stand behind a chain-link fence, watching over the kids. The photo is black and white.

    Photographs and Memories Children prepare to go for a drive at the Super-Test Amusement Park, 2924 N. Dale Mabry Highway. Owned by neighboring Super-Test gas station, customers earned free ride tickets with gas purchases. The park opened in 1953 and closed 11 years later. [Photo: George ‘Skip’ Gandy IV]

  • A handsome young man, with dark hair and eyes, wearing a bright aqua jacket, leans against an upper-story outdoor railing, looking out over green trees and rooftops.

    A Sprinkle of Stardust Ojas Rawal, ’08, takes in the Los Angeles skyline during a pause in filming “Minus One Dollar” last May. [Photo: Courtesy of Ojas Rawal]

  • Cihan Cobanoglu, a middle-aged man, dressed in a blue suit with a light green tie, stands on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus by an elevated life-size sculpture of a bull. The sun is shining on a clear spring day.

    ‘Smile, the rest will come easily’ Meet Cihan Cobanoglu, the gregarious dean of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, part of the Muma College of Business at USF Sarasota-Manatee. [Photo: Courtesy of Cihan Cobanoglu]

  • Three USF men’s basketball players hold a large trophy overhead while bright lights and steaming confetti glow in the background. [Photo: USF Athletics]

    Basketball The Bulls celebrate their first ever regular-season conference title. [Photo: USF Athletics]

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Spring 2024

Four women aboard a sea-going rowboat hold brilliant orange flaming torches against the dark night sky. They stand in their boat and scream for joy.

Terror, Wonder … Triumph: Four marine scientists rely on their friendships and remarkable strengths to win a harrowing 3,000-mile row across the Atlantic.

President's Message

President Law, at left, poses with a little boy in a USF number one jersey and Rocky to the right make the USF bulls hand signal on a the MLK Plaza on a bright, sunny spring day at the first USF Family Fest.

Read more from USF President Rhea Law about the current issue of USF Magazine.