Wisconsin Dairy Product Association donates to Madison College

The Wisconsin Dairy Products Association is showing its gratitude for the partnership they have had with Madison College over the years. Madison College has hosted the World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product contest in recent years.

The Wisconsin Dairy Product Association has announced that in addition to the products that they donate to the college after the contest, they will give Madison College a $2,500 annual donation for the Culinary program. 

Beirne Leuer wins free Social Media class

On Wednesday, Aug. 20, former Public Relations and Communications intern Stephanie Beirne Leuer won a free Social Media class given by the Social Media Breakfast and Madison College.

Congratulations, Stephanie!


Honors Faculty Workshop schedule for fall 2014

Students will begin enrolling in the Madison College Honors Program this semester. In order to participate, faculty members must complete the Honors Faculty Workshop. 

Registration for workshops can be found on the CETL website. Each workshop is worth four professional development hours toward five-year certification. Forty hours is equal to one credit.  

Some of the topics that will be covered in the workshop include:

  • Benefits of honors programs to students, faculty and the college
  • Details of the Madison College Honors Program
  • What is expected of an Honors supervising faculty member
  • How to recruit students to the Honors Program
  • How to complete a learning contract
  • Brainstorming with other faculty members about potential Honors projects
  • The bi-annual Honors project competition
  • Compensation for Honors faculty members
  • Parlaying Honors projects into scholarship opportunities for your students. 

Contact the Honors program director Julia Haseleu at (608) 246-6509.  


Kristyn Jacobson publishes project management textbook

Kristyn Jacobson, instructor, department chair in the Business Technology department and director of the Business Technology Project Management certificate, recently authored an introductory textbook that focuses on using MS Project 2013 to assist with managing projects.

Your Office: Getting Started with Project Management is a textbook that helps students learn to use Microsoft Office to make decisions, stay on task and solve problems in the classroom and the business world. 

Kristyn co-authored the textbook with Amy Kinser from Indiana University. 


Student Life Center seeks volunteers to greet new and returning students

In the past years, the Student Life team has worked collaboratively with staff, faculty and students to ensure returning and new students are greeted into a welcoming and friendly environment for the start of the semester.

The Student Life Center team is in need of volunteers to help with greeting students on Tuesday, Sept. 2, and Wednesday Sept. 3.

The locations include:

  • Downtown campus
  • West campus
  • Truax campus main building
  • Health building
  • Human and Protective services building       

Two-hour commitments are encouraged, but a one-hour commitment will work just as well. Faculty and staff interested please indicate availability to volunteer.

Please respond to Luciana Reichel no later than Monday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m. 

Scholars of Color Mentoring Program seeks mentors

What do Chuck Benton, Nicole Soulier, John Galligan and Corina Diaz Suazo have in common? They are all mentors with the Scholars of Color Mentoring Program (SCMP.) 

The Scholars of Color Mentoring Program is looking for mentors.

The program is designed to help male and female students of color succeed both academically and personally. The program encourages academic success through a learning community based on quality student support services, successful interventions and positive interactions.

SCMP seeks mentors who are willing to make a personal commitment to be involved with one of our Scholars for the academic year. Mentors must have the ability to empathize, listen and be open to varying points of view, while guiding students in their journey to academic and personal success.

For faculty and staff interested in being mentors or finding out more about the program, the SCMP will host a “Meet and Greet” on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 2-4 p.m. at Truax campus in Room C1425.

RSVP by Monday, Aug. 25, to Shanai Guider

Contact Carlotta Calmese at (608) 243-4270.


August CETL Newsblast now available

The August CETL Newsblast is now available online.

It includes the month's schedule, a look at the new CETL calendar for the fall semester, a spotlight on how you can save/edit your Professional Development Plan and much more. 

Center for International Education hosts an International Welcome Social

The Center for International Education will host an International Welcome Social planned on Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Truax Gourmet Dining Room. The event will host approximately 60 new F-1 visa holding international students who will join Madison College this fall.

The new students are expected to bring the college’s current student-visa holding international population to more than 170 students.

Stop by for a brief visit or stay longer to meet the new international students.

CETL hosts "Improving Your Online Course-Quality Matters" workshop

Nationally recognized trainer Linda Jacoby from Minnesota State University, Mankato, will return to Madison College to facilitate the "Improving Your Online Course" (IYOC) workshop. Past workshops by Linda have been well-received by faculty

A choice of two face-to-face, four-hour sessions will be held Thursday, Aug. 28. Each session will include food and dialog with peers:

  • Session 1: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Session 2: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

The IYOC training is open to all online faculty and is ideal for faculty who already have developed online courses, as faculty use their own courses as the basis for which to apply the Quality Matters Rubric standards.

At the IYOC workshop, participants gain an understanding of the Quality Matters (QM) process, compile examples of best practices in online courses, gather specific ideas to improve their courses and gain affirmation of their courses' strengths.

Throughout the workshop, each participant works on applying the Quality Matters standards to his or her previously developed, online course.

Upon completion of the IYOC workshop, faculty and staff will be able to:

  • Identify the standards of the Quality Matters Rubric as crucial components of a quality online course and explain each standard’s intention.
  • Use the QM Rubric to review your online course.
  • Identify the areas of your online course that map to each of the QM Rubric standards and indicate whether each area is exemplary or may need modification.
  • Develop a course improvement/modification plan that includes the areas of the course that you plan to modify, a description of how to modify each of these areas, a list of resources and a timeline for making these modifications.

Registration is available on the CETL website > Professional Development Workshops > Improving Your Online Course (choose morning or afternoon session)

Contact Tina Rettler at (608) 243-4506 or Nancy Woodward at (608) 246-5210

Madison College hosts Prior Learning Assessment workshop

The School of Online and Accelerated Learning and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will host a Prior Learning Assessment workshop facilitated by Dorothy Wax, associate vice president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), on Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The workshop provides advisers, faculty and staff with information related to working with adult students. The workshop is designed to provide a greater understanding of the challenges facing adult or non-traditional students.

CETL will provide lunch. Faculty and staff interested in attending should note that it will be the entire day. Maximum capacity for the workshop is 30 participants.

Registration is available on the CETL website.  

Contact Carly Brady