Form for requesting August Convocation breakout sessions available

Please note that the deadline for requesting a convocation breakout session is Tuesday, August 11. Due to logistics and time constraints, CETL will be unable to honor breakout requests made after this date.

In an effort to promote a community-wide focus on our theme of Foundations, the convocation committee especially encourages breakout sessions that are tied as closely as possible to our convocation theme.

Tribute Garden receives donation from Student Dental Hygienists Association

The 2015 Madison College Student American Dental Hygienists Association (SADHA) has donated to the Madison College Foundation Tribute Garden. 

A paver stone will be placed near the Health Education Building entrance. The paver will read: "They don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care. SADHA 2015".

SADHA also purchased an oral health presentation puppet and donated it to the Fowler Memorial Free Dental Clinic in Monroe.

Madison College Watertown partners with Johnsonville Sausage

After a factory fire in May displaced employees of Johnsonville Sausage in Watertown, Madison College and the company have partnered together to start a paid training initiative for approximately 100 Johnsonville employees at the college’s Watertown campus as well as engaging in community service and cleanup activities.

Madison College’s Business and Industry Services department, the School of Academic Advancement, the Grants office and the Watertown Campus staff obtained a Workforce Advancement Training grant for more than 450 hours of service.

Through the grant, Johnsonville employees were assessed and started taking classes the very next week at Watertown Campus. Classes in math, computer skills, Manufacturing Critical Core and work-related English as a second language courses are running through July.

“The support staff at the Watertown campus has been wonderful in making it easy to take on a new teaching and learning effort,” said Monica Merry-Mason, ESL instructor.

Watertown campus Dean Jennifer Bakke said, “Of course, the real hero is Johnsonville Foods who invested in developing the knowledge and skills of their employees rather than placing anyone on lay-off as a result of the fire.”

Established in 1945, Johnsonville Sausage manufactures and distributes a variety of sausage and related products throughout the United States. The company has a staff of more than 1,000 employees and offers services to the retail and food service industries.

Successful impact of the Advising and Registration program

Designed to get newly admitted students advised and registered in their first semester of classes, the Advising and Registration program is making great progress this season. Advising and Registration sessions began in April and will continue to occur until the Fall term begins.

As of June 24, 2015:

  • 49 sessions have occurred including: mandatory orientations for students in the School of Health and School of Applied Science Engineering and Technology; sessions for students newly admitted to program waitlists for specific programs in the School of Health; school-specific sessions for students in Human and Protective Services, Business and Applied Arts, and Arts and Sciences; and a session designed for students admitted to a program for summer term.
  • 1,350 students have attended a session (a 12.8 percent increase point-in-time last year) and have registered for a total of 14,184 degree credits in their admit term.

Many months of planning and preparation have gone into making the program a success. Thanks to the planning committee for their continued effort in creating a fantastic experience for our new students.

Planning Committee:

  • Audra Cooke – advising manager, Student Development Center
  • Carl Peterson – Advising and Registration event lead, Enrollment Center
  • Carmen Lucey – Advising and Registration project lead, Enrollment Center
  • Lucas White – advisor, Applied Science Engineering and Technology
  • Maggie McWilliams – advisor, Business and Applied Arts
  • Marissa Tokarczyk – advisor, Health
  • Nicole Miller – Operations and Communications, Student Development and Success
  • Tina Stockton – advisor, Arts and Sciences

Questions? Contact Bill Dougherty, Advising and Registration Program Manager, Enrollment Center

Retirement reception for Technology Services

A retirement reception will be held for Mike Gabriel, Frank Ianne and Jayme Kerr on Monday, July 6, from 1:30 to 4:30 in the Gourmet Dining Room on Truax campus.

When Matters reached out to Mike Gabriel, who has worked at Madison College for 20 years, he said that he is looking forward to spending more time with his 18-month-old granddaughter.

"When I first interviewed with MATC, I was asked what I was looking for in the position here," Mike told Matters. "I replied I would like to work somewhere that I would be learning new things and not doing the same thing every day. With all of the changes in technology in the last 20 years, I wasn’t disappointed. I will miss the people I have worked with. They have become like family, and I wish them all the best."

Stop by and wish them well on their new adventures!

Update to Veterans Same Day Appointments

As of July 1, 2015, the Enrollment Center will no longer offer Veterans Same Day Appointments. Students will be able to stop in anytime during regular business hours and an Enrollment Center staff person will handle their question regarding Veterans Education Benefits, just as they do for financial aid, records, admissions, etc.

Should the situation need an escalation or additional clarification, the Enrollment Center staff will follow the current protocol and seek out additional assistance from a member of the Veterans Benefits team.

This change is occurring for two reasons – the number of students seeking a VA Same Day walk-in has drastically declined and also staffing within the Veterans Benefit team will be changing in the near future. 

If you have additional questions, feel free to email Elaine Wilkinson.

Volunteers needed for summer school kickoff event!

Student Life is asking for volunteers to assist serving food for the cookout on Tuesday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Madison College Truax campus.

If interested, please contact Stephanie.

New dean in the School of Human and Protective Services

We are delighted to announce that after an external national search, the appointment of Dr. Shawna Carter to the position of dean in the School of Human and Protective Services. Shawna has been filling in as interim dean for this school since July 2014.

Prior to her interim role, Shawna served as dean in the School of Online and Accelerated Learning. She also has served the college in a number of roles, starting as Student Life coordinator and advisor; then as interim associate dean, School of Arts and Sciences; associate dean, School of Arts and Sciences and associate dean for the Center for Adult learning.

Shawna has both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from UW-Whitewater. She was later awarded an Ed. D, doctor of education, from Edgewood College.

Throughout her career, Shawna has worked to improve student access, promote program development and alternative delivery strategies, supported faculty and staff in innovation in teaching and course delivery, and developed meaningful partnerships with our external stakeholders.

Shawna and her husband, Brad, have two children; a 2-year-old daughter, Lauren, and a 1-year-old son, Jack.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Carter to her new role at the college!

Successful Spring 2015 Employee Giving Campaign

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Spring 2015 Employee Giving Campaign. There was a 30.2 percent participation rate in the One in 100% Employee Giving Campaign that ran from Feb. 14 to May 15.

We also express our gratitude to our executive sponsor, Turina Bakken, and team captains Danika Woods, Jessica Feggestad, Susan Helminski, Kris Mills, Chelsey Bowers, Susan Weber, Joyce Otterslater and Donna Wimmer for their efforts. Congratulations to the Athletic Department who reached the 100 percent participation goal!

We appreciate your contributions to the Spring 2015 Employee Giving Campaign and all you do for Madison College students!


Madison College Foundation

For Your Inspiration: GED/HSED graduation video

An immigrant from Afghanistan who came to the U.S. because the Taliban's systematic segregation of women did not allow her to continue her education in her homeland. A mother of two struggling just to get by, afraid for her family's future. A father who wants to make his 11-month old son proud and inspire him to love to learn.

If you need a reminder of the value of an education, check out this video featuring recent graduates of Madison College's GED/HSED program by Jeffrey Kalhagan, a student intern in the Communications and Strategic Marketing department. In the words of one of the grads, "I teach my kids that high school is not the end, and I can't preach that if I don't have a high school diploma."

Check it out and you too will be inspired to love to learn – and appreciate the importance of the work you do as faculty, staff and administrators at Madison College.