Jeff Entwistle

The grand design of Professor Jeff Entwistle of UW-Green Bay, part 3

Editorial comment: Take your bow, Prof. Jeff Entwistle, and inhale the applause. Yours has been a four-star career.

Jeff EntwistleThe 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…

Jeff EntwistleGREEN 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…”

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: The grand design of Professor Jeff Entwistle of UW-Green Bay, part 3

(See the rest of the interview, here.)

Faculty note: Prof: Weinschenk publishes peer-reviewed article with undergraduates 

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Aaron Weinschenk (Political Science) and 14 undergraduate students from his research lab recently had a paper accepted for publication. The paper is called “Have State Supreme Court Elections Nationalized?” and will appear in Justice System Journal, a peer-reviewed journal in political scienceThe paper was written as part of Weinschenk’s Political Science Research Lab, which he created and ran for the first time this past fall. 

Faculty note: Prof. Weinschenk paper accepted for publication

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Aaron Weinschenk (Political Science), recently had a paper on the psychological underpinnings of political orientations accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Intelligence. The article is co-authored with an international team of researchers from New York University, Brescia University College at Western University (Canada), the University of Bremen (Germany), and Bielefeld University (Germany). The paper is an interdisciplinary collaboration—two of the co-authors are political scientists, two are psychologists, and one is a sociologist.

UW-Green Bay philanthropy class announces $21,000 in grants | WLUK

GREEN BAY (WLUK) — A philanthropy class at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has chosen a few area non-profit organizations as recipients of $21,000 in grants. After conducting community research in the area, the UW-Green Bay students decided to choose organizations that work with at-risk youth in areas that address mental health. The students recognized that there will be an increased need since many are going through a traumatic time due to the coronavirus.“How often does a student get to give away a grant? We’re usually the ones being interviewed, not doing the interviews,” said student Leslie Lee. “I learned that organizations are working hard at adapting to the safer-at-home order and contributing in their own way to the needs of the people they serve.” Source: UW-Green Bay philanthropy class announces $21,000 in grants | WLUK

Join the Launch Party for Sheepshead Review, Wednesday, May 6, at 2:30 p.m.

Sheepshead Review will celebrate the first-ever virtual issue (the print edition will be available in Fall) in a first-ever virtual launch via Zoom. The event takes place on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. and lasts about 1 hour. The Spring 2020 issues features a layout based on a tarot-card theme, as well as the Rising Phoenix contest winners (UWGB students only) in Fiction, Nonfiction, Visual Arts, and Poetry, all judged by “celebrity” writers and artists—as well as nearly 100+ more pages of amazing art, poetry, and prose. Alongside UWGB students, the issue features established, emerging, and high school artists and writers, from all over the world.

The launch party will feature Spring 2020 contributors reading and talking about their work. Editors and staff will also talk about their favorite pieces, and how they made this historic issue despite the pandemic and campus closure. We hope to welcome our Rising Phoenix judges as well.

All members of the public, but to ensure everything runs smoothly via Zoom and to monitor attendance, guests are asked to RSVP to Publicity Director Rianna Kubly at by 2 p.m., May 6 to receive the party link. 

First German Honor Society inductees named

This year, UW-Green Bay was granted a new chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, the national German Honor Society. Founded in 1929, Delta Phi Alpha recognizes students with a minimum 3.3 GPA in college-level German courses. This spring, UW-Green Bay inducted eight members as its first and initial cohort: Alex Alberts, Ross Cox, Caitlin Curtis, Miranda Esser, Danielle Jaeger, Peyton Larscheid, Olivia Nichter and Savannah Schemenauer. Congratulations!

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: The grand design of Professor Jeff Entwistle of UW-Green Bay, part 1-2

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) Jeff Entwistle (Theatre and Dance) is reminiscing a lot these days. In two weeks, he retires from the faculty of University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre and Dance, so thoughts of students and colleagues and shows and designs are rushing. This is the second part of a column that takes advantage of time available due to the coronavirus COVID-19. The first column is here. Today, we jump into the deep end of the pool with these career highlights offered by Jeff Entwistle during his 36 years as scenic designer in Green Bay area productions. Included are his personal notes. Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: The grand design of Professor Jeff Entwistle of UW-Green Bay, part 2

Spanish students and faculty are serving as ‘over the phone interpreters’ in Brown County

After the sharp increase of COVID-19 cases in Green Bay linked to food plants, and given the number of Spanish-speakers employed in those plants, some UW-Green Bay Spanish students and faculty from the Spanish Translation Certificate program have joined forces with other bilingual members of the community to serve as “over-the-phone interpreters” and assist Brown County Health & Human Services and the Public Health Division in their efforts to trace potential contacts in our community.

We are in this together/Todos estamos juntos en esto.