From the President
On the heels of the largest spring commencement in the history of our university, the USF System is gearing up for a busy and productive summer. Thousands of new and returning students are making their way to campus, while hundreds are pursuing academic goals abroad.
In laboratories and in the classroom, students and researchers like assistant professor Jennifer Collins are making new discoveries. Collins and her students are debunking long-held misconceptions about hurricanes and hurricane activity.
Just a short drive away, near Ocala, USF Health experts are bringing their knowledge and resources to The Villages, an active retirement community, to create a national model for health in retirement.
And right here on campus we are celebrating our new, state-of-the-art Music Building. Everything about this spectacular new facility was designed with students, educators and the community in mind.
In this issue you will read about a new report that puts USF's annual economic impact on the Greater Tampa Bay region at a staggering $3.7 billion. It's no wonder the university has been recognized time and again as a key economic driver for the region.
There is so much news to share — new initiatives, outstanding students, ground-breaking research, innovative programs. As we head into summer, activity at this university heats up. We are a university on the rise, determined to make a difference in every corner of the region and every corner of the world.
Enjoy this issue of USF Magazine!