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The Bulletin

August 2010 | Vol. 1, Issue 1


Dean's Note
Class Act: Evan Landi
Catch Up With... Loyd Pettegrew
Giving Back: Dean and Barbara Martin


Dean's Note

Greetings from the College of Arts and Sciences! 

As thousands of eager students stream back on to campus, they are thrilled to find exceptional new faculty, new and renovated buildings, and an overall feeling of optimism despite the economic challenges of the day. With the help of you--our wonderful alumni, community partners and friends--we continue to build USF into one of the best public universities in the country. This year in the College, we are focused on ensuring student success across all academic programs, by both improving the USF student experience and removing obstacles to their progress to degree.  At the same time, we are working hard to identify those areas of unique research excellence where our faculty lead the nation and the world, then redoubling our efforts to tell our story so that all can see the great things happening here. Our revamped website, new publications (such as The Bull’s Eye), and presence on Facebook and Twitter are just some of the ways that we are reaching out to the public.

If you haven’t been on campus in a while, please come for a visit—you will not believe the changes. And just as you will be proud to see the great things that have come to pass at your alma mater, we will share our appreciation for you having believed in us from the beginning and helped to lay the foundation for what we have become.

I hope to see you soon, and Go Bulls!
Eric M. Eisenberg
Dean and Professor
USF College of Arts and Sciences

Class Act
By Holly Rotter


Excelling on the field while also excelling in the classroom can be a big challenge for student athletes. The demands and pressures of being on a Division I football team are tough to balance with the demands of academia at the University of South Florida. Wide receiver Evan Landi, however, is a shining example of the meaning of student athlete.

Landi, a communication sophomore, “is an excellent student athlete, a significant contributor on the football field and an even better person with impeccable character,” said Jason Linders, assistant athletic director for football student-athlete development.

Landi, 20, chose to major in communication after a few of his teammates recommended he take the Communication Diversity class taught by Navita James, Ph.D. Landi said although this was a large lecture class, it always held his interest. He hopes to remain involved with sports after graduation and will pursue a career involving sports communication.

Landi said his hectic schedule has taught him how to juggle a lengthy list of athletic and academic commitments. He attends classes, football practices and games; and he does it all while maintaining a 3.49 grade point average.

“Homework is usually the last thing that I want to do after a long day of classes and practice,” Landi said. “It’s easy to tell myself that I’ll finish my assignments another day, but I eventually sit down, concentrate and get it done. Homework can pile up very quickly if you don’t learn how to focus.”

He said USF athletes have quite a few resources at their disposal if they become concerned about their grades. He credits a portion of his academic success to the emphasis the coaches place on scholarly achievement, and help from his academic adviser and tutors.

Landi also comes from a family of collegiate athletes. His father played football for the University of Central Florida, his mother played volleyball for UCF and his sister plays volleyball at Louisville. Landi said his family shared their experiences and did their best to prepare him for the task of prioritizing sports and school work.  

Landi hopes he can achieve straight A’s this fall while helping the football team meet its goals on the field.

Bulls fans are eager for the start of a “Holtz new era” in September. Fans want the Bulls to win the Big East conference title.

“The team will be taking it one game at a time,” Landi said.

Landi, Head Coach Skip Holtz and the rest of the Bulls will face Western Kentucky Sept. 25 at Raymond James Stadium. For the complete season schedule, visit

Catch up with... Loyd Pettegrew
By Michele Dye


Loyd Pettegrew holds a 218-pound yellow fin
tuna he caught in Panama.

Since Loyd Pettegrew arrived on the University of South Florida campus in 1982, he has taught more than 6,000 students in the Department of Communication.

A lot has changed since he first began teaching at USF, but Pettegrew said he never tires of teaching “Interview Communication: Light at the End of the Tunnel” and “Organizational Communication: How to present yourself to optimize your chances of getting a job and how organizations work.”

Pettegrew, who received the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1989, teaches several undergraduate and graduate courses.

“I try to bring the business world into the classroom and teach my students to read exhaustively, write well, network with people they emulate and think critically,” Pettegrew said.

Outside of the classroom, Pettegrew enjoys spending time with his wife, going surfing and big game stand-up sport fishing.

Giving Back
By Holly Rotter

Though they retired from the University of South Florida in 2006, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus Dean Martin and his wife, Barbara Martin, continue to impact the future of the university. They do so through continued involvement in research, and by investing in the university and the student body.

Martin said his time at USF has taught him the importance of buying in to his projects, and the university as a whole. When he was asked to participate in USF’s faculty and staff campaign, a fundraising opportunity that allows USF employees to make a monetary donation toward the area of their choice at the university, he and his wife donated. He also encouraged others in the chemistry department to follow suit. USF’s Department of Chemistry now boasts near-perfect participation in the campaign.

“I believe that when petitioning alumni and other potential donors, people are more likely to give money if the university can show that those who are most intimately involved with USF, have bought in to the project as well,” Martin said. “Universities need all the funds they can get, and they’ll spend every cent they have with good purpose.”

Martin said he and Barbara have remained loyal to USF for all of these years because USF treated them well and presented them with research opportunities that weren’t available at other universities.

“USF’s lack of rigidity allowed me to be more creative as a teacher and a scientist,” Martin said. “The proximity of faculty members within the science buildings presented an opportunity for creative collaboration and team research.”

Martin joined the USF faculty in 1964. During his 46 years of employment and involvement with USF, he has held several positions including professor of chemistry, coordinator for inorganic chemistry, director of the Institute for Environmental Studies and associate chairman for graduate studies. Barbara, also a chemist, worked with her husband on many research studies.

Martin joked he and Barbara had “his and hers” work benches in the lab. Working together, the husband and wife duo produced a book and 72 papers.

It is evident that the Martins care deeply for USF.

“It is extremely important for people to buy in to the USF enterprise and invest in the student body,” Martin said.