Textbook Adoptions due Nov. 1

The spring 2015 textbook adoptions are due by Nov. 1. It is critical for all involved, but especially for the students' benefit, that we get as many adoptions entered as quickly as possible. 

  • Earlier enrollment dates. Continuing student registration begins on Oct. 14, with open enrollment shortly after. This means early inquiries from students about what books and materials will be used for their spring classes. The sooner we can have this information, the more helpful we will be to the student body.
  • Buyback. Vital to many students, we need to confirm what books will be used in the spring in order to ensure inclusion in our end-of-term buy back period. The quantities we are able to buyback from our students, as well as the value we are able to pay for them, are directly affected by the timely adoptions we receive.
  • Rentals. Offering this popular option to our students also requires timely adoptions. Many factors need to be considered before we decide which books make the best rental candidates, and a big factor is how many adoptions we receive for it.
  • Used Books. Used book vendors operate as first-come, first-served. The sooner we can get orders placed (if needed), for used textbooks, the better chance we have of securing used copies for our students.
  • Returns. At the same time we are ordering books for spring, we also are clearing our shelves of fall term books. Knowing what is being re-used helps us immensely in determining what gets sent back to publishers and what can be kept on the shelves for spring.

If you have not yet received your teaching assignment, for example, part-time faculty, then we ask that you submit your adoption to us as soon as possible after your classes are confirmed. 

Ready to adopt?
Please use the Online Textbook Adoption System. For those of you who used the system in previous terms, you should have a “history” started once you log in again.

If you are using the same textbooks, it is very easy to “copy” from a previous term. For those of you who will be using our system for the first time, once you have created your log-in and started adoptions, you will create a “history.”

Whenever you log back in, you will have a record of what you had adopted in the past. Please follow link(s) below: 

For paper adoptions, a blank form is available at the Textbook Adoption Form.

Please complete the form and send to the bookstore via interdepartmental mail, or you may email adoption form back to us at Book Store Text Adoption.

Contact Mike Panten

View the partial solar eclipse on Oct. 23 from Truax

Come watch the solar eclipse on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 4:30 to sunset. The location of this event is outside northwest corner of the Health Education building at the Truax campus.

Bring your friends and colleagues, anyone is welcome to attend. Drop in anytime during the eclipse!  

To calculate specific eclipse times for Madison and other places visit the USNO website and input your location. It will give the time in universal time. Subtract five hours to determine local central daylight time.  

You can also visit TimeAndDate website and put in your location.

Contact Dixie Burnsastronomy and physics instructor

Fashion Marketing and Global Studies Seminar study abroad trips

Fashion Marketing in Italy:
Does Milan, Florence and Rome over spring sound good? In this program you will see them all with a focus on fashion manufacturing, design and retail as well as the culture and history of Italy. 

Program registration deadline is Oct. 24. See attached flyer and contact Betty Hurd for more details.

Global Studies Seminar in Paris, France, and Marburg, Germany: 
What could be better than a trip to France and Germany at the conclusion of a long semester? This course and study abroad program from May 19-30, 2015, focuses on customer service innovations from a global perspective. 

Students work on a collaborative project with an international group of students during the travel segment of the program that enhances their global competence and ability to work across cultures.  

Register by Dec. 15 for maximum scholarship eligibility. See attached flyer and contact Holly Mercier or Janet Kilsdonk for more details.

Please pass along this information to students or community members who may have an interest. 

Screenwriters discuss writing for film and television at Writer’s Life Lecture Series

Local screenwriters will share their experiences in writing for film and television at a Writer’s Life Lecture Series event held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, in Room 240 at Madison College’s Downtown campus. 

Sig Ueland, author of the award-winning comedy feature Coffee, Kill Boss; film industry veteran Ken Miyamoto and Rebecca Williams Spindler, vice president of Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum, will be panelists for the event “Writing for Film and Television.” Screenwriter Bob Curry, a writing instructor at Madison College, will moderate the event, which is free to the public. 

The Writer’s Life Lecture Series, sponsored by Madison College’s Journalism and Creative Writing programs and the Madison College School of Continuing Education, is a monthly program that showcases the careers of local writers and journalists. 

Contact John Galligan at (608)258-2489


Target and TASC visit Madison College

The Career and Employment Center is pleased to announce an upcoming employer visit from Target. Please stop by the table in the cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, to learn about exciting career opportunities. Kathryn from Target will be available to answer any questions.


The Career and Employment Center is pleased to announce an upcoming employer visit from TASC (Total Administrative Services Corporation.)

Please stop by the table in the cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, to learn about exciting career opportunities. Michelle from TASC will be available to answer any questions.

Top Story: Deadline Extension – Still Accepting Shared Governance Council Applications

Thank you to those who shared an interest and submitted an application to be on one or more the seven Shared Governance Councils. We received numerous applications. 

The first round of appointments of initial members is complete, and those members will be notified soon. As stated in a recent Matters Extra email and article, the initial members selected in the first round of appointments and the current co-chair of each council will conduct a second round of appointments. Those who have already applied during the first round will be considered as well as any applications received before the extended deadline (see below). 

As we have heard a strong interest from many employees who missed the deadline that they would like to be considered for an appointment, we are extending the deadline for applications to one or more of the councils through the end of the day on Wednesday, Oct. 22. 

This will be the final extension, as the remaining membership appointments must be made by October 31, so we have time to notify all applicants before the first meeting of the councils, which is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. 

Here is a link to the Matters article with the original call for more information and the application forms. Please feel free to use the application form provided in the link even though the application submittal deadline is Oct. 10. 

All applications must be received by the end of the day on Wednesday, Oct. 22, for consideration in the second round of appointments.

Student Development Center hosts College Transfer Fair

Madison College Student Development Center will host the fall 2014 College Transfer Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The fair will be held at the Truax Gateway from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

College representatives will be available to answer any transfer questions. 

Contact the Student Development Center/Transfer Center at (608) 246-6076.

TRiO Student Support Services holds fundraising event at TGI Fridays

TRiO Student Support Services invites staff, faculty and administrators to support the program participants by dining at TGI Fridays anytime on Thursday, Oct. 23. 

Just bring the TRiO fundraising flyer, present it to your server and 25 percent of your meal ticket will go directly to meet student needs. 

TRiO encourages you to proudly wear your Madison College gear, bring your friends and family and join for lunch or dinner at the same time money is raised for a great cause.  

Dine in or take out – just be sure to present your flyer!

Marisol Lopez wins Hispanic Achievement of the Year

Madison College Alumna Marisol Lopez is the recipient of the Hispanic Achievement of the Year award presented to her at the recent Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon by the Latino Chamber of Commerce.

Marisol graduated from the Criminal Justice- Law enforcement program and from the 122nd Law Enforcement Academy and now works as a police officer in the Sun Prairie Police Department. 

Congratulations, Marisol!

School of Online and Accelerated Learning team for the 2014-2015 academic year

For the 2014-2015 academic year, The School of Online and Accelerated Learning (SOAL) is being led by the collaborative leadership team of:

  • Carly Brady
  • Jessica Monge
  • Holly Mercier

During this interim period, the SOAL team reports directly to Turina Bakken.

As always, SOAL is ready to provide support for program development in flexible formats, data analytics for flexible learning and overall support for alternative formats at the college. 

For questions or project requests,
Contact The Online and Accelerated Learning.