Re-staged live episodes of "WKRP in Cincinnati"

Karen Saari, Communication Specialist at Madison College, makes a cameo in Broken Dart Players’ presentation of ”Turkey Tribute.”

“As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”

That line was made famous in season one of the classic sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati.” Broken Dart Players continue their trend of enacting classic sitcom episodes with a re-staging of the Pilot (written by Hugh Wilson) and the classic “Turkeys Away” episode (also by Wilson, with Bill Dial), which features the classic flying turkey line.  

The Pilot episode tells the story of how a floundering radio station with a puny and elderly audience is rocked by new program director Andy Travis who turns it into a rock station. Turkeys Away is about a Thanksgiving promotion gone very, very bad.

Broken Dart Players was conceived by Saari in 2013 with their inaugural production of Just for Chuckles, a re-staging of the Mary Tyler Moore episode “Chuckles Bites the Dust.” Since then Broken Dart has produced “Throwback Thursday,” which paired re-stagings of Cheers and Taxi, and “My Life is a Sitcom,” featuring two original sitcoms based on real Madisonian lives.

The cast features Peter Hunt (recently voted one of Madison’s favorite actors), Dana Pellebon, Jessica Joan Evans, Paul Lorentz, Bart Terrell, Karl Reinhardt, David Pausch, and Odari Kimani and Marcy Weiland and Karen Saari taking turns in a cameo appearance.   

The show features live performances of the theme song and in a hat-tip to Jimmy Fallon’s “Kid Theatre” segments. The cast will also perform a brief Thanksgiving kid play written in 1985.

“Turkey Tribute” runs Nov. 19-20 at the Brink Lounge, 701 E. Washington Ave., Madison. Tickets are $15 at the door or via  

For more information, contact Karen Saari via email.     

Combined Charitable Campaign ‘Halfway There!’

With this year's theme, “Give a little, help a lot!”, donations for the Combined Charitable Campaign are at nearly $42,000, that's close to the halfway point. In the spirit of giving thanks, this campaign emphasizes that even a small donation can make a large difference in the community.

To celebrate this milestone, the ‘Give Thanks, Give Back’ event on
Thursday, Nov. 19, will include events throughout the day.


President Daniels will speak prior to the raffle drawing on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the Gateway. Raffle prizes include an overnight stay at the Kalahari, a bookstore prize bag, many local restaurant gift cards, cafeteria/cafe' vouchers, athletics membership and many other prizes donated by area businesses.

Raffle tickets are on sale until Wednesday, Nov. 18 and 19 until 2:00 p.m. outside of the Truax Cafeteria and the Gateway Cafe.

Hope Floats:

Between 10 a.m.—2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, members of the college community who make a donation at the Hope Floats stand will receive a root beer float. Madison College celebrities will serve floats outside of the entrance to the Truax cafeteria and the campaign will receive 100 percent of the donations made at the stand.

Celebrity servers include:

  • Todd Stebbins from 11—11:30 a.m.
  • Laurie Beardsley from 11:30 a.m.—noon
  • Turina Bakken from 12—1 p.m.
  • Terry Webb from 1—2 p.m.

Blowout USA:

Blowout USA will have ten tables in the North hallway of Truax from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday, with items such as jewelry, toys, games, gadgets, purses and books on sale for $5.99. Ten percent of the proceeds will benefit the campaign.

Program Tables:

Two student programs will also take part in the Thursday event to support the campaign. The Graphic Design students’ table will include holiday cards, prints and other paper items for sale. The program will donate 25 percent of the proceeds. The Salon will also offer hair streaks with 50 percent of the proceeds donated to the Combined Charitable Campaign.

The goal of this year’s campaign, which benefits five umbrella organizations that support local and national charities, is to reach the $100,000 mark. In 2014, the Madison College community donated $78,000 that assisted 267 agencies in region.

The Combined Charitable Campaign continues through Saturday, Dec. 19 so there is still time to submit your paper pledge or online donation.

For more information on the Combine Charitable Campaign, contact Chelsey Bowers at ext. 6717 or Jill Spilde at ext. 6037.


New network equipment

Starting Thursday, Nov. 19, the network team will be replacing network equipment in some of the Truax closets and at most of the regional campuses.

South and West campuses are being excluded at this time but we will be reconfiguring their network equipment.

This migration to new equipment will require periodic network outages which will affect the enterprise network.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have cause andappreciates your understanding.

Santa's Wish List Program seeks sponsors and donors

The Santa's Wish List is a program designed to assist Madison College students that need help providing gifts to their children during the holiday season.

Santa's Wish List is looking for support in the form of monetary donations or by adopting one or more children.

There are currently more than 250 children registered for the program. Last year the Santa's Wish List program was able to provide gifts for 307 children.

They are asking donors to bring the unwrapped gifts back to the Student Life Office no later than Monday, Nov. 30. The gifts are valued at no more than $25 per child.

Donation checks can be made out to Madison College Foundation with Santa's Wish List in the memo line and dropped at the Truax or DTEC Student Life Offices.

All donations are tax deductible.

Each regional campus will have a list of the students and a representative so they can sponsor children on their own campus.

Congratulations to Rosemary Buschhaus

Vice President of Human Resources Charles McDowell would like you to join him in congratulating to Rosemary Buschhaus on her new position as Human Resources Director of Employment and Employee Relations. 

Buschhaus, who started in her new position Monday, Nov. 16, has worked with Madison College as a Human Resources Business Partner since 2009 and brings a solid background and experience that will further move the Department of Human Resources in a positive direction. 

Prior to Madison College, Buschhaus has worked in the HR field at Astronautics Corporation of America, the Target Distribution Center in Oconomowoc and L-3 Communications in Billerica, Massachusetts. 

Buschhaus has a JD and LL.M from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, formerly known as the Franklin Pierce Law Center. 

Recruiting volunteers for 'Give Thanks' event

Thursday, Nov. 19, marks the halfway point of this year’s Combined Charitable Campaign and will also be the day of the inaugural ‘Give Thanks’ event.

Krispy Kreme doughnuts will be for sale at the cafeteria entrance as well as the Cafe area from 9:30 a.m. through 2 p.m. with all proceeds going toward the campaign.

Give Thanks event details:

  • Blowout USA – ten tables in the North hallway of Truax – selling a plethora of items – all for $5.99.
  • Hope Floats – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – make a donation and receive a root beer float at the Truax Cafeteria entrance
    • Celebrity servers include our very own: Laurie Beardsley, Todd Stebbins, Turina Bakken and Terry Webb

School program tables – including:

  • Graphic Design - with cards, prints, notebooks, scratch pads, misc paper goods
  • Salon – hair streaks for a cause
  • Massages – (Still tentative) 15 minute massages – feel good while giving back

Raffle Drawing will be held in the Gateway at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov.19, with a brief introduction by President Daniels.

In conjunction with Thursday’s event, volunteers are needed to sell raffle tickets for a cache of highly coveted prizes. Shifts begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Monday (today) through Thursday (ending at 2 p.m.).

If you’re willing to pitch in or wish to purchase raffle tickets for this Thursday’s event, email or call Chelsey Bowers at ext. 6717.

Students fundraising and advocating for ALS patients

Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Program, Honors in Action, is investigating the topic of health and medicine as frontiers in the spirit of exploration. Students studied stem cell research in pursuit of a treatment or cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Honors students have created a presentation and silent auction fundraiser to address the needs of ALS patients and to promote awareness about the disease in the Madison College community.

Come to the Truax Student Life office and support students by donating money or bidding on items. Auction items include a woman’s watch from Dykman’s Time Shop and CDs from B-Side Records. While at the office, employees and staff can also view the presentation on ALS research.

The highest bidders will be announced at the Honors in Action ALS event Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 3-6 p.m. in the WolfPack Den.

Stuff your brain, with Madison Adobe User Group

Before the turkey and gravy get passed around, come fill your head with information. The Madison Adobe User Group offers a meeting with friends, prizes and our favorite Adobe software.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in room 208 at the West Campus.

The department of Continuing Education will sponsor the evening supplying pizza, snacks and exciting news to share.

The meeting will start with an “appetizing” sampling of the latest news from Adobe, led by college instructor Karla Mattson.

For the main course, you'll learn about digital documents, from InDesign. Maribeth Fleischmann, an instructor in the ACE program, will walk you through two simple projects and the appropriate outcomes for each. One will reflect the simplicity of Flexible ePubs and when they are best to use. The other will show the pros and cons of using Fixed Layout ePubs and by the end of the night, you’ll have an idea of which is better for you.

Don’t forget to save room for dessert because you could be served a 1-year free subscription to Adobe CC 2015.  

Tickets for the drawing of the free 1-year subscription, and for other Adobe prizes, will be sold during the meeting at $1 each, $5 for six or $20 for an arm’s length.

You must be present to win.

Come join in the feast at Madison College West Campus.


6-6:30 p.m.        Check in and pizza

6:30-6:40 p.m.   Announcement

6:40-6:50 p.m.   Adobe News

6:50-8 p.m.        Flexible and Fixed Layout ePubs

8-8:15 p.m.        Break

8:15-8:30 p.m.   Big prize drawing! Must be present to win.

Please check out the Madison Adobe User Group Meetup page for more information. 

TRiO Student Advisory Board holds drawing

Help the TRiO Student Advisory Board raise funds to help first generation, income eligible students and students with disabilities, by purchasing tickets for a chance to win one of 15 great prizes. 

Funds support events, community service opportunities and emergency funding for the college's most at-risk population.

Tickets are available for purchase now through Friday, Nov. 20, in the Truax cafeteria or TRiO office C1471. It's $2 per ticket and $5 for three.

The drawing will take place on Nov. 20, at 3:30 p.m.

Madison College staff share stories of "head noise"

Show creators Karen Saari and Miranda Hawk will be performing in "That's What She Said" Friday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m, at The Brink Lounge.

“That’s What She Said” is an all women storytelling show. All stories will be based on the theme of “head noise.” According to Clarion staff writer Stephanie Riedel, eight multi-generational women will perform in the show.

Saari, Communication Specialist, and Hawk, Arts and Sciences instructor, along with co-creator Molly Vanderlin, envisioned “That’s What She Said” back in 2011. The show is now in it's tenth installment.

Tickets are $15 and can be reserved at Brown Paper Tickets or purchased at the door.