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Downtown Partnership. As many of you may recall, Abby Sallenger was instrumental in establishing the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center in 1988. The USGS continues to play a major role in shaping the marine science landscape in St. Petersburg and beyond. Abby’s Legacy is Our Future and we are thrilled that Abby’s Legacy will continue at CMS in perpetuity through a scholarship that supports our student’s educational expenses that are not otherwise funded by grants. Your Legacy can also be Our Future. I welcome the opportunity to discuss opportunities in which you can make a difference, as many others have, here at CMS. Two 50th Anniversaries are just around the corner. USF St. Petersburg kicks off their celebration with a block party on September 12 from 10 am – 3 pm.

Please join us if your schedule permits and check their website for the year-long calendar of events www.usfsp.edu/50years. CMS is also in the early stages of planning its 50th Anniversary. I will echo Al Hine’s request and encourage you to share with us what events/activities would bring you back to campus to help us celebrate. Please feel free to contact me at any time at (727) 553-3376 or hrutherford@usf.edu. Thank you and we look forward to sharing our future successes with you! E. Howard Rutherford Director of Development

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