Finance Office earns international award

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the US and Canada has recognized Madison College for excellence in financial reporting.

A Certificate of Achievement was awarded to the college for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the 2015 fiscal year. This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and represents a significant accomplishment by a governmental agency. Madison College has earned the award 21 times.

The award shines a light on the work of Dorothy Conduah, assistant controller, Alane Spatola, manager-financial accounting, and the entire Finance Office staff.

An impartial panel judged the CAFR to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the college’s financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government financial professionals with offices in Chicago, Ill., and Washington, D.C. 

Admin building to expect fiber cable upgrade

On Thursday, July 14, the Technology Services Network Team will upgrade to a new fiber cable for the Administration building at 6 a.m. There will be noticeable impact to operations.

Non-credit class schedule available

The schedule for fall non-credit classes will arrive in mailboxes starting next week. An advanced, downloadable copy is now available for viewing.

Tech Services to complete desktop upgrades

Technology Services will be completing upgrades to the virtual desktop environment on Saturday, July 16, starting at 5 p.m. and ending by 2 a.m. Sunday morning (standard third Saturday, monthly VDI maintenance window). All virtual desktops will be unavailable until the maintenance is complete.

If you have a persistent Employee Virtual Desktop, please be sure you have no unsaved work open as it may be lost. We recommend you log off your virtual desktop before you leave every Friday.

According to our data, no running courses are using the virtual desktop environment during this period. Please contact the Help Desk If you believe our work will negatively impact you, a course or your students, and you are unable to work around it. Please note that access to other services will remain available.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Technology Services, Desktop Engineering Team

South Campus to host Open House

The South Campus will host its semi-annual Open House on Tuesday, July 12. The event will showcase workshops targeting small businesses, student persistence, relaxation techniques and more. Students have a chance to win a $250 scholarship and other great prizes thanks to generous sponsors. All are welcome to attend.

Summer SoftChalk workshops available

Looking for ways to improve your students' learning? SoftChalk online workshops are available this summer for educators who want to integrate learning activities into their classes.



Celebrate the retirement of Jim Russell

Jim Russell has been with the college for more than 30 years in the Technology Services department. Share memories and celebrate his retirement on Thursday, July 14, from 1-3 p.m. in Room C2408 at the Truax campus. There will also be a get-together at Ale Asylum on Friday, July 15, after 3 p.m.

IBPS Office to report to Dr. Tim Casper

Beginning in July 2016, the Interest-Based Problem Solving (IBPS) Office staff will report to Dr. Tim Casper, vice president of Institutional Learning and Effectiveness. Jeremy Kautza will continue to serve as the interim director of the office.

As you know, since 2014 the actions of the IBPS office staff have been central to building our culture of interest-based problem solving at Madison College. The IBPS staff conducted numerous training sessions related to the practice of IBPS, organized a cadre of IBPS fellows to work with units requesting facilitation services and supported the shared governance councils and College Assembly with the use of IBPS.

The activities of the IBPS office fit within the context of our Institutional Learning and Effectiveness efforts that include the collection of data, development of analyses and the practice of process improvement – all directed at improving our service to students. 

With this transition, the College will continue its commitment to collaborative problem solving through the practice of IBPS in all aspects of the College’s actions, not just shared governance.

Lakeland College will visit Truax

Lakeland College will be at the Truax campus in the CETL Conference Room on Thursday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. to meet with any Madison College employee who seeks information on continuing their education at Lakeland College. Madison College and Lakeland College have an agreement that offers employees a 20 percent tuition discount for undergraduate programs, and a 10 percent discount for graduate programs. 


Mitby Theater to hold free concert

The Madison Brass Band and the Eastern Iowa Brass Band will perform a free concert in the Mitby Theater Friday, July 15, at 7 p.m.