Thanks from WACTE Local 27

Madison College's local Wisconsin Assocation for Career and Technical Education (WACTE) would like to thank everyone who participated in the WACTE lunches, bought raffle tickets to support WACTE, donated their time to help with WACTE events or took advantage of the many events sponsored by local 27. 

Due to your continued support, in this past year WACTE Local 27 raised almost $1,600 for Madison College student scholarships. Six people from our college won prizes in WACTE's raffle, including one $500 cash winner! (Congrats, Jim.)

Don't forget about the Support Staff Conference in Oshkosh on July 9 and 10.

Please contact Paul Flogel or Peter Dettmer for more information.

WiscAMP Scholars Program celebrates student achievements

On June 5, the Madison College WiscAMP Scholars Program finished its third year.

The WiscAMP Scholars Program supports students classified as part of an underrepresented minority who plan to transfer from Madison College to four-year colleges or universities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to complete baccalaureate degrees. The program includes mentoring support, internship opportunities and an annual stipend.

Ten students have successfully completed the WiscAMP scholars program in previous years. Of those ten scholars, eight are pursuing STEM degrees from UW Madison and a ninth scholar is attending Milwaukee School of Engineering. 

On Friday, May 1, the program celebrated the accomplishments of our three current student scholars with an awards banquet. President Dr. Jack Daniels was present to share in the celebration.

Throughout this academic year, the current cohort of student scholars has been involved in internships in zoology, biology and civil engineering. They have maintained high academic standards with a full course load.

The scholars also participated in monthly meetings that included such topics as guidance in applying to four-year universities, summer research opportunities and future scholarships. Each scholar also gave a presentation outlining their internship work to the faculty mentors and other scholars.

Through their diligence and efforts, two of our students have been accepted to UW-Madison for the fall semester in the fields of biology and zoology, and one student has been accepted for the fall semester to UW-Milwaukee in Engineering.

The finalists for the 2015-2016 WiscAMP scholars program have been selected, and many were in attendance at the awards banquet. There will be five scholars for next year’s WiscAMP Scholars program.


Summer enrollments up in Arts and Sciences

The School of Arts and Sciences reports that its summer 2015 term enrollments were more than 370 full-time equivalents (FTEs) as of Monday, June 1.

This number exceeds both last summer’s enrollment of 343 FTEs as well as the school’s target of 315 FTEs — and, the count was taken 18 days before the start of summer term!

Congratulations and thank you to all involved. More students are choosing Madison College, and these new figures show we’re off to a good start for the year ahead.


TRiO students show their appreciation

On May 14, the TRiO/SSS program had the Fourth Annual TRiO Day Recognition and Celebration Event in which TRiO students awarded Certificates of Appreciation to many Madison College employees. TRiO students thanked instructors and other faculty and staff members listed below for the critical impact they have had on their lives and in their ability to achieve educational success in specific courses during the 2013-14 academic year.

  • Afia Yamoah, economics instructor
  • Al Lehnen, math instructor
  • Amy Payne, chemistry instructor
  • Angelika Gulbis, sociology instructor
  • Anna Marie Hoffman, health educator
  • Archie Paulson, physics and statistics instructor
  • Barbara DuCharme, college success instructor
  • Bradley McDowell, psychology instructor
  • Carolina Bailey, Spanish instructor
  • Charles Cunningham, counseling faculty
  • Chawki Belhadi, psychology instructor
  • Cheriff Correa, English instructor
  • Christopher Clayton, environmental science instructor
  • Christopher Paige, student achievement center
  • Cigdem Unal, daycare center
  • Gail Sterkel, adult basic & developmental education instructor
  • George Alexander, math instructor
  • George Conom, economics instructor
  • Holly Kerby, chemistry instructor
  • Jamie Kember, music instructor
  • Jan Schaefer, physical education instructor
  • Julie Trimmel, human services instructor
  • Laura Lang, physics instructor
  • Laura Osinski, philosophy instructor
  • Luis Lucas, Spanish instructor
  • Magdelena Coll, Spanish instructor
  • Maria Thomasson, retention adviser
  • Martha Olsen, adult basic education instructor
  • Matthew Sargent, sociology instructor
  • Michael McDaniel, English instructor
  • Paul Peeders, math instructor
  • Rafael Perez, geology instructor
  • Randy Wong, tutor
  • Robin Fanfara, physical education instructor
  • Simon Allard, general microbiology instructor
  • Teresa Amara, liberal arts adviser
  • Teresita Torrence, retention adviser
  • Timothy Twohill, English adviser

“Friend of TRiO” awards were presented to John Galligan and Gerard Xavier. John Galligan, an English faculty member, has been an instrumental and proactive partner with the TRiO/SSS program in providing TRiO/SSS students with assistance in understanding the writing process and reviewing application essays to four-year institutions. Gerard Xavier, a counseling faculty member, has gone the extra distance in conducting workshops for the TRiO/SSS program and providing counseling services and mentorship for TRiO students.

TRiO Day also included recognition of TRiO students’ accomplishments, including 34 students for achieving a Fall 2014 to 2015 semester grade point average of 3.50 or better and 27 TRiO Scholarship recipients. Additionally, there were 32 TRiO/SSS transfer and graduating students.

The TRiO/SSS program wishes to congratulate all of the staff and faculty who were recognized for their valuable contributions to the success of program students. We also congratulate the many TRiO students who had a successful 2014-15 academic year, as well as those who have graduated or transferred to a four year institution.

The TRiO/SSS program extends a special thank you to Chef Paul Short and the Culinary Department for providing a wonderful meal for all to enjoy.

The TRiO program is funded through the Department of Education and Madison College matching funds to help increase retention and graduation rates among first-generation students, low-income students and students with disabilities.

Hybrid versions of three-hour IBPS learning event offered this summer

Hybrid versions of the three-hour IBPS learning event “Preparing Participants for the IBPS Process” will be offered this summer on the following dates: 

  • Thursday, June 25: 9 to 10:15 a.m., Room C2455, Truax Campus
  • Thursday, July 30: 9 to 10:15 a.m., Room C2455, Truax Campus

Prior to the 75-minute face-to-face class, participants will be asked to view a video and complete brief exercises to bring along. This offering is ideal for front-line staff who are not able to be away from their areas for a three-hour block of time. The learning outcomes are the same as with the traditional three-hour class.

Participants can register for “Preparing Participants for the Interest Based Problem Solving Process—HYBRID” via CETL professional development web site.

After registering, the course materials will be found in Blackboard under “IBPS Learning Sessions—Other.” Find "3-hour “Preparing” HYBRID" on the left side.

Please contact Kathleen Paris with any additional questions.

Geoff Bradshaw delivers keynote address at International Education Conference

Dr. Geoff Bradshaw, Madison College International Education director, delivered the keynote address at the NAFSA Association of International Educators community college luncheon on May 28. Bradshaw was asked to present as a national leader in community college internationalization, and this presentation follows Madison College’s recognition in Feb. by the Institute for International Education (IIE) with the Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education.

NAFSA is the largest international education conference in the world, drawing more than 11,000 people from around the world working in the field of international education. The community college luncheon included an audience of approximately 350 leaders in community college education from throughout the United States.

Bradshaw’s address focused on employer data indicating a growing need for the infusion of intercultural competency in all aspects of community college learning and Madison College’s strategy of comprehensive internationalization that includes study abroad, international students and internationalization of the curriculum.

Special deal available at Madison College's salons

Madison College's downtown and Truax campus salons have announced their summer hours. They will be open Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 4:15 p.m. from now until July 31.

Additionally, the salons are offering a summer special: a free thermal style (flat iron or curl) with any $15 or more service! This offer will be available through Friday, July 31.

For more information, call Trustyle Salon at 608-246-6068 or the North Carroll Street salon at 608-258-2404.

Instant Application Nights help prospective students get started

Instant Application Night vents will be held at in Madison, Portage, Reedsburg, Fort Atkinson and Watertown.

The event helps prospective students complete their applications and figure out their next required steps.

Attendees receive a waiver code for a free application. They also will receive some fun Madison College gear. Light snacks will be served.

Instant Application Night dates:

  • Tue. June 16, 3 to 7 p.m. at Reedsburg Campus
  • Wed. June 17, 3 to 7 p.m. at Truax Campus, Protective Services Center
  • Tue. June 23, 3 to 7 p.m. at Portage Campus
  • Wed. June 24, 3 to 7 p.m. at Watertown Campus
  • Thu. June 25, 3 to 7 p.m. at Fort Atkinson Campus

Attendance is on a drop-in basis and no registration is required.

Anyone intending to apply should bring their Social Security number. Students without a Social Security number will be required to complete a paper application.

Additional details are available on the Instant Application Night webpage. 

Registration is open for the Preparing to Teach Hybrid course

Seats are now available for the Preparing to Teach Hybrid course!

Become an expert in the hybrid environment with this course on preparing to teach hybrid classes.

The course provides an introduction to the design and pedagogy of hybrid teaching and learning.

Learners will gain experience in the hybrid learning environment and the ability to apply the best hybrid practices to the design of a specific course.

They will develop specific hybrid teaching materials, syllabus policies, communication strategies, learning activities and assessments that will lead to highly effective hybrid instruction.

This course is six weeks and runs from June 11 to July 19 with face-to-face dates on three Mondays: June 11, June 25 and July 9 at the Truax from 4 to 7 p.m.  

Register at CETL today!

Winners of this year's Tech Academy

Congratulations to the winners of the Tech Academy prize drawing!

  • Agent Diana Paynter: Amazon Giftcard
  • Agent Teresa Bear: Chromecast
  • Agent Laurie Angell: Roku
  • Agent Kelley Minica: Video Drone

Thank you to everyone for participating in this year's Tech Academy! 

Please take a minute to let us know how you thought this year’s Tech Academy went