Room dedication honors the legacy, impact of Emeritus Professor James L. Hoyt

October 12th 2010
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[caption id="" align="alignright" width="333" caption="Emeritus Professor Jim Hoyt in the newly dedicated James L. Hoyt Multimedia Classroom."][/caption]

On September 24, 2010, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication dedicated the newly-refurbished Room 2195 Vilas to Professor Emeritus James L. Hoyt.

Room 2195 is the infamous room where Journalism 202: Introduction to Mass Communication is taught to incoming students.

A formerly outdated classroom, Room 2195 now lives up to it's new name: The James L. Hoyt Multimedia Classroom, complete with a state-of-the-art multimedia system that allows instructors to use the latest communication technologies while teaching students about them.

It’s also one of the first on campus to include a system for recording audio and video from lectures given in the room, which can then be shared online.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Hoyt speaks with a former student."][/caption]

The classroom is named for Hoyt, an emeritus professor of journalism and mass communication with a focus in broadcast journalism, who served as director of the school from 1981 to 1991.

He had a wide-ranging effect on his students through the years.

The September 24th celebration was a true testament to the many years of support, guidance and mentorship that Hoyt provided to his students and colleagues.

The dedication was attended by friends, family and  former students, many who came from across the country attend the ceremony.

Check out photos from the celebration.

The remodeling of 2195 was funded by grants from a commitment by Learfield Communications to fund scholarships and technology on campus.

Continuing support for improvements will come from the new James L. Hoyt Excellence in Journalism Education fund, administered through the UW Foundation.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="349" caption="Former Journalism School Director Jim Baughman gives a "true" account of Hoyt's leadership as the School of Journalism & Mass Communication Director."]Baughman[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="273" caption="Journalism Faculty Associate Katy Culver hugs her colleague and mentor Jim Hoyt at the dedication ceremony in September."][/caption]