A farewell and an invitation

Robin Gee writes:

Dear friends, 

As many of you know, I will be retiring as of Friday, Aug. 28. It's been quite a ride in my years at the college, and I want thank each and every one of you. I will miss you all and this place so much!

First, I want to invite you to stop on by my retirement party:

Friday, Aug. 28, 5-7ishpm

Sports Pub, 1902 Bartillion Drive, Madison

I have learned sooo much in my time here. A few things I want to share:

  • Administrative assistants/office staff are the cogs that make the college run. You want to know something? Ask them!

  • Don’t overlook staff in non academic areas — they are some of the best ambassadors for the college and boosters for student success.

  • Lunch buddies rock! If you’re eating at your desk everyday, stop it! I cannot express enough how much talking to a friend over lunch lifts you in so many ways.

  • It’s absolutely true (not just hype) that everyone at this college wants ALL our students to succeed. Ask almost any alum or current student and they’ll tell you how much that means to them.

  • It doesn’t matter really if you call us MATC, Madison College or something else, we know who we are and the community knows who we are.

  • Change is the ONLY constant here … if you don’t like something, just wait, it’ll change. Just go with the flow.

  • Our students are the best! no matter what life throws at them, they stay on course and are now alums and many paying it forward.

Okay, so you will see me haunting the halls a bit as I stay involved as a retiree, but Aug. 28 is my official last day.

Thank you again for everything!



Flexible Learning Conference

Save the date for Madison College's Flexible Learning Conference!

Leveraging Technology and Social Trends for Innovation in Education for 2015 will be on Oct. 22 and 23!

Bring your team of faculty and administrators to share practical ideas and best practices for using technology and innovative teaching and support strategies to advance flexible teaching and learning in higher education. 

The Flexible Learning conference provides an opportunity to learn from leaders in the field from various disciplines and experience levels.

                                      Register NOW!

Feel free to join our event on Facebook You can search "2015 Flexible Learning Conference" to find the event as well.

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                Session highlights:

  • Copyright 101 for Online and Hybrid Classes
  • Technology as an Assessment Tool
  • New Tricks for Old Dogs
  • Building Competency Based Learning Module for Online
  • Brain-based Learning Using Neuroscience

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 Preconference Workshops

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 Breakout Sessions

The conference location will be:

Madison Marriott West
1313 John Q. Hammons Dr.
Middleton, WI  53562

You can make room reservations ahead of time!

Please Note: Attendees can also book their reservations by calling 888-745-2032 and requesting the Madison College Flexible Learning Conference group. Your guest group code is MDSMDSA.  Guests will have until Sept. 22 to make their room reservations at the discounted room rate. After this date, any remaining guest rooms will be released back to the hotel.

Please contact Jennifer Zarrinnam  608.245.5862 if you have questions.

Limited hours for most service units

On Tuesday, Aug. 25, most Student Development and Success service units will be closed for services from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for staff in-service.

Regular service hours will resume after 1 p.m.

Refer to the Service Hours web page to verify individual units’ service hours. 

Download the Convocation app, Powered by Yapp!

To download:

Step 1 - Download Yapp

Visit the app store on your device and search for Yapp.

It is free to download.

Yapp is required to load the Convocation app.

Step 2 - Follow the Link

Install the Convocation app on your smart device:

The Convocation app will then be installed inside Yapp.

Step 3 - Stay Connected

Schedules, session descriptions, room changes, photos, videos and more will be posted before and during the event.

 Need Help? Watch this video to see how to download and install the Yapp app for Convocation.

Extended service hours for term start and Labor Day closure

Most Student Development and Success business units will offer extended service hours on Saturday, Aug. 22, and Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 31, through Thursday, Sept. 3, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit the service hours web page to confirm hours for individual offices prior to calling or visiting campus.

Additionally, all Madison College campuses and district buildings will be closed Saturday, Sept. 5, through Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of Labor Day.

Classes and services will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Poster board and table tent guidelines

In an effort to save space and allow everyone to advertise their events and classes, the Student Life office has created a print guideline.

This guideline limits the number of posters that Student Life can post at each campus, the duration of postings and specifies the appropriate poster dimensions for events, programs, club meetings and table tents.

Please review these guidelines before printing posters and bringing them to the Student Life office, Room C1420.

Questions? Contact Brenda Farrell at (608) 243-4164.

Print edition of fall course catalog available

It's hot off the presses and headed to a mailbox near you!

Featured on the fall non-credit class schedule is Renee Moe, the incoming president and CEO of United Way of Dane County.

Visit the fall 15 online catalog for more information.

Fitness Center service desk offers assistance

The Truax Campus Fitness Center service desk will be open Monday, Aug. 24, through Thursday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to assist faculty and staff with purchasing of memberships and locker rentals.

Celebrate Sandy Hall's retirement on Friday, Aug. 21

Sandra Hall, the director of Disability Resource Services, is retiring after 10 years of service at Madison College. Matters interviewed Sandy about her Madison College experience back in June, along with other 2014-15 retirees.

She was also featured in Matters in 2012, when Goodwill Industries of South Central Wisconsin named an apartment building in her honor.

Come and celebrate her time here from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Truax Campus Gourmet Dining Room on Friday, Aug. 21. There will be a short presentation around 3 p.m.

Following the on-campus celebration, there will be a party at Ale Asylum from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Questions? Contact Jamie Schlacter.

A reminder to all food services patrons

The summer hours for the cafeteria (7 a.m. to 2 p.m.) will continue in the cafeteria through next week.

There will be an exception Wednesday, Aug. 26, when the cafeteria will close at 10:30 a.m., for a staff meeting and will not re-open. WACTE will be serving lunch in the new lunchroom – C1423 (the former student lounge).

All of our venues will resume the normal business hours Aug. 31, the first day of classes. 

Thanks for your patience while the remodel takes place!