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Bob Hoyt will be featured at the next Reminiscence Speaker Series from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the Memorial Student Center, Ballroom A, at University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Hoyt came to UW-Stout in 1967 to work in the University Counseling Center. He retired from the university in 1999 as professor emeritus.
He earned his Ph.D. in 1972 from Northwestern University and became the center’s first licensed psychologist. He developed specialties in crisis intervention and applied psychophysiology.
While at UW-Stout Hoyt became involved as an American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteer and was sent on assignment to hurricanes, tornadoes and, after retirement, to New York following 9/11 where he served as a Red Cross mental health section leader. He has taught numerous workshops in disaster intervention to graduate students, mental health professionals, Red Cross workers and law enforcement officers.
During his time at UW-Stout, Hoyt started the Biofeedback Laboratory using a teaching-training model; this resulted in graduates being employed at places such as Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He also initiated sports psychology programs for several UW-Stout athletic teams.
Hoyt served a term as vice chair of the Faculty Senate, numerous terms on the Full Professor Promotion Committee and was involved in planning two inaugurations.
After retirement he was employed as a community coordinator for the Chippewa Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, a position he held until July 2001.
In 2005 Hoyt was selected as interim emergency management coordinator for Dunn County, a position he held until March 2006. He remains active on Dunn County's Safe Schools Committee and has written guidelines for approaching school terrorism.
Hoyt and his wife, Jane, of almost 45 years, live in Menomonie.
Sponsored by the Stout Historical Association of the Dunn County Historical Society, the Reminiscence Speaker Series features guest lecturers who illuminate the “spirit of Stout.” The original series was held in advance of the university’s centennial in 1991 and made a significant contribution to its oral history. The institution has seen considerable change in the years since, and the association has reinstated the series to continue documenting the university’s unique culture and history.
The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch.