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In Development The USF College of Marine Science has much to celebrate these days. Four significant milestones come immediately to mind; 1) The Oceanography Camp for Girls (OCG) celebrates its 25th Anniversary, 2) USF- St. Petersburg kicks off its 50th Anniversary, 3) The St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership contributes $150,000 towards the Abby Sallenger Memorial Endowment and 4) CMS begins planning for its 50th Anniversary. These milestones are the result of significant philanthropic efforts by numerous individuals, corporations and foundations that believed in the vision of establishing the USF St. Petersburg campus, a world renowned oceanographic program, a STEM program to encourage women to pursue a career in science and endowments to ensure our future sustainability.

well today. This summer, Duke Energy presented the OCG with a check for $25,000 in celebration of its 25th Anniversary. Since 1991, this model science program has been offered at no cost to ensure accessibility to any/all rising 9th graders who wish to participate. I’m sure many of our alumni have participated in this program in some fashion or another and can attest to both a personal as well a camper’s transformative experience. As we plan for the 25th OCG Anniversary celebration in the Spring of 2016, we welcome any stories you would like to share. This month we will also celebrate a $150,000 donation towards the Abby Sallenger Memorial Endowment in partnership with The St. Petersburg

These philanthropic efforts continue to be alive and


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USFCMS Rising Tides, v4 - Summer 2015