Green Bay, Wis.—A University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s philanthropy class announced (May 5, 2020) the recipients of $21,000 in grants to assist area non-profit organizations, which work with at-risk youth in areas that address mental health.The class chose to address the issue after conducting community research in the Green Bay area. The UW-Green Bay students recognized that there will be an increased need to work with at-risk youth who are going through this traumatic time. Due to Gov. Evers’ stay-at-home orders, the students conducted virtual interviews with nonprofit finalists to learn about their proposed uses of the funding and held deliberations online.
UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Caroline Boswell is featured in a publication on “History Today” about how people have historically responded in times of crisis. “People questioned the motives of elites who benefited from the crises,” Boswell said. She’s the author of Disaffection and Everyday Life in Interregnum England (Boydell Press, 2017).
For 40 years, this golf outing was a blast for alumni, faculty and staff, but the year, it’s taking a mulligan. Director of Alumni Relations, Kari Moody explains…
“The UW-Green Bay Scholarship Golf Outing is a longstanding, well-loved tradition for UW-Green Bay alumni and friends of the University. It’s a very social event where there’s as much fun had in the club house as there is on the golf course. Over the past forty years, the outing has evolved in every way, raising significant funds for student scholarships at UW-Green Bay.
This year’s outing is scheduled for June 12, 2020. We’ve been closely monitoring the WI Stay at Home order as well as the decisions of local and state nonprofits also holding summer outings to determine how to proceed. Out of an abundance of caution and concern for everyone’s health and safety, it’s been decided to cancel this year’s outing. It’s a special year as the 40th annual so we are going to “take a mulligan” this year and celebrate in a big way next June.
Thank you to those who already registered to golf. All registrations are 100% refundable but I invite you to use your registration as a gift to alumni scholarships at UW-Green Bay. The intent of the outing has always been to raise money for these impactful scholarships and the need is greater than ever for our students. Many students have lost jobs during this crisis and extra scholarship funds will go a long way to helping students meet tuition obligations. Your generosity will touch lives in a meaningful way and every student is sure to be deeply appreciative. Please let me know if you would like the Alumni Relations Office to administer your registration to alumni scholarships at UW-Green Bay.
For those who have not yet registered but would like to support alumni scholarships as you would have by attending the Outing, please make your gift at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/uowgb/ and select any of the following funds from the drop down:
· Legacy Fund Scholarship Fund
· UWGB Alumni Scholarship
· UW-Green Bay Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship
Additionally, UW-Green Bay has created a fund to support students directly impacted by COVID-19. Please consider supporting these students by donating to the UW-Green Bay Foundation’s Tuition Assistance Fund. Your gift will support students who need tuition assistance to follow their dreams of a degree. We need your help to ensure no students’ hard work is stunted because of this crisis.
Thank you for supporting UW-Green Bay in the past and into the future.
The COVID-19 crisis has had a disruptive effect on employee schedules, including the ability to take planned time off. Some employees have vacation or personal holidays that must be used by June 30, 2020 or they risk forfeiting those benefits/paid time off entitlements. UW System has recently published SYS 1200- Interim 05, Vacation, Compensatory Time and Personal Holiday Carryover. This interim policy temporarily amends several policies related to the carryover of paid leave to allow employees the option of carrying over these leave balances for an additional year. See more at the HR site.
Designers on Design is a weekly webinar on various design aspects of a theatrical performance by designers and design educators across the globe. From May 23 onwards, every Saturday at 8:30 a.m. CST, a designer will share his/her work, ideas, teaching and thoughts via online video conferencing with attendees on Zoom. Organized by UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Dinesh Yadav (Theatre and Dance), it is supported by UW-Green Bay and by OISTAT (Organisation Internationale des. Scénographes Techniciens et. Architectes de. Théâtre). This webinar is also available through live streaming and recordings at Theatre and Dance, UWGB Facebook page. See the Designers on Design.pdf.
The University of Wisconsin System, in a press release, said that it is offering an 11-day free application period for anyone applying to one of its branch campuses for fall 2020 or spring 2021 semesters. The free application period will run June 5–15, 2020—for UW-Green Bay, that would be for students applying to Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan campuses.
Students who attend these campuses praise the individualized attention from faculty, the ease of getting involved in groups and activities, and the lower cost to attend.
“I am so grateful that my community offers a place to start out my college career,” said Meghan Finger, a UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus graduate now studying at the Green Bay campus. “UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus made the transition from high school to college so smooth. The faculty and staff are wonderful and the classes they offer made it possible for me to receive my general education requirements. The transition from the two-year branch campus to the main campus is easily accessible for students.”
Faculty say they can involve students in research in their first year.
“Most freshman science students entering college don’t think about research assistantships or internships until their junior or senior year,” said Rick Hein, biology professor at UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus. “At UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus, biology students have that opportunity when they first step on campus as freshmen. “
UW-Green Bay’s Office of Career Services will host “Marketing Yourself A-Z” on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 2 p.m. Students should register in Handshake by Thursday, May 14. Career Services will also host a Virtual Job & Internship Fair on Thursday, May 21. More details to come. Please point students to the events.
Did you miss the Virtual University Leadership Awards last Friday? Visit the Office of Student Life website or Facebook page for the full video, featuring a message of congratulations from Chancellor Michael Alexander. Then join on us Facebook (facebook.com/uwgbstudentlife) throughout the week to learn more about the achievements and future plans of this semester’s award recipients!
Editorial comment: Take your bow, Prof. Jeff Entwistle, and inhale the applause. Yours has been a four-star career.
The amazingly talented set designer will exit both stage and University on May 17, 2020, retiring after a 36-year career at UW-Green Bay (and three as an assistant prof. at Illinois State.). He leaves a long-lasting legacy at the University and hundreds upon hundreds of close friendships. He is loved. Most importantly, his ties to former students, colleagues and friends will continue to exist long after he cleans his office in Theatre Hall on the Green Bay Campus and waves goodbye to the stages just across hall and next door at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, of which he magically transformed through the years.
In spring 2018, Entwistle provided an inspiring Commencement speech that described why he stayed and made UW-Green Bay his home, when he could have taken his skills anywhere in the world…
“You are graduating from UW-Green Bay successfully. You have fulfilled your primary goal to leave this university on this day! I failed at that same goal almost 30 years ago and I have failed to leave year-after-year since. And it is all your fault…
Right about the time I should have been leaving UW-Green Bay with my tenure in hand, a group of my very first students, who had arrived the same year I did, walked across the stage at graduation and something happened to me. I was hooked, I was, in fact, inspired! I was inspired by their success. It was not only about the professional skills they had developed; I was inspired by the people they had become in those four or five years…” See his full speech.
UW-Green Bay will miss his faculty-led trips to New York… and productions will miss the behind-the-scences talent of his wife, Donna, who worked in UW-Green Bay’s costume shop for 13 years! His love for theatre was contagious, not only to theatre majors, but for those who had even a few moments in his presence…
Bravo Prof. Entwistle.
The following: Entwistle talked with Critic at Large Warren Gerds in an extensive three-part series…
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) What did the coronavirus COVID-19 do to your calendar? Everybody has an answer. That of Jeff Entwistle has layers. Speaking by telephone from his home, he started his two-hour interview with me with this: “When the cancellations began to happen, I was the final stages of our New York theater trip that I lead on spring break.”Jeff Entwistle is a theater professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and he has regularly led students and community members on show-packed, fact-packed excursions to The Great White Way.“I had already spent $40,000 out of the $49,000 budget from the people paying for their trip. The Wednesday before we were to leave—less than a week—all spring break trips got canceled, all classes.”
Jeff Entwistle talked about the role of theater at a university, answering this thought sequence: Universities have theater programs. Why do they have theater programs? What is it about theater? You head out in any direction from Green Bay—or anyplace—there’s a theater there. What is about theater?
“You can reach people’s souls,” Entwistle said. “You can reach into their hearts, into their minds. When you share stories and tell meaningful stories—like I remember some of the audience leaving ‘Play Nice.’ The audience was like, ‘What did we just see?’ But it makes you think. And one the things that—my god, I hope they were thinking after that show—was we were doing a play that was talking a lot about child abuse and what kind of things go on. It doesn’t come out in those words in the play, but we’ve got kids afraid of their mother because she’s going to punish them again kind of thing…”
(See the rest of the interview, here.)
Congrats Sheboygan Campus grads. You did it! Another semester of college is under your belt, and it is time to CELEBRATE! At 2 p.m., the Virtual Award Ceremony presentation will be posted to the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Facebook page. Pat yourself on the back and take some time to acknowledge this year’s award winners and the Sheboygan Campus class of 2020.