Student Development Center closed

The Student Development Center (SDC) will be closed for student intake and phone services on Tuesday, June 21, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Individuals will be able to call the SDC staff at (608) 246-6076 or stop into the office located in room C1450 after 12:30 p.m.


Chinese officials to visit Madison College

On Tuesday, June 21, Consul for Education officials from the Chinese Consulate in Chicago will visit Madison College. The group will tour the Truax campus to gain an understanding of the role of technical colleges in Wisconsin, as well as how school districts, technical colleges and universities collaborate to provide educational opportunities to students.  

Questions? Contact Stephanie Belmas in the Center for International Education. 

Podcasting 101 with the Journalism program

Madison College Journalism instructors Larry Hansen and Terry Bell conducted a podcast training that took place at Madison College on Friday, May 6. Hansen discussed using podcasts in his teaching and discovered that students tend to prefer the intimacy that the podcasts offer. View the full story here.

Creative recharge with Adobe User Group

The Adobe User Group is holding a meeting on Wednesday, June 22, at Madison Media Insitute in the Building B Theater. The annouced speaker is Shana LaFore, a noted "life coach". Through her coaching, speaking and training programs, LaFore combines two decades of experience as an artist and interior designer.

RSVP to convene once more before summer break, and get creatively recharged at this end-of-the-season meeting.

Door prizes will be drawn, as well as a grand prize of a free one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. You must buy a ticket to participate and be present to win. Tickets are $1 a piece, $5 for six or $20 for an arm’s length. 


  • 6 - 6:30 p.m. - Pizza and networking
  • 6:30 - 6:40 p.m. - Introductions
  • 6:40 - 7:30 p.m. - Shana LeFore presents
  • 7:30 - 7:45 p.m. - Break
  • 7:45 - 8:15 p.m. - Q and A (if time permits, new additions in CC)
  • 8:15 - 8:30 p.m. - Drawing of door prizes and the grand prize

Mentors sought for Danish students

The Center for International Education and the office of Business and Industry Services at Madison College seek mentors for a one-week program with students from the International Business College in Denmark. The Danish students will be coming to Madison as part of a Study Abroad program.

In order to expose them to life in the United States, we are looking for mentors that would like to interact with the Danish students and help expose them to the culture found in Madison. With only a one-week time commitment, this is a great way to get involved by making a big difference in helping the Danish students learn about daily life for Americans.

Mentor families agree to participate in a welcome celebration, host two students for one to two dinners throughout the week and join in closing celebrations.  All mentoring activities will occur from Saturday, Oct. 1, through Saturday, Oct. 8. Interested individuals should contact the Center for International Education for further information and selection criteria.


Scholars graduate from UW schools

The Madison College WiscAMP Scholars program has just finished its fourth year. The WiscAMP Scholars Program supports students classified as an underrepresented minority, who plan to transfer from Madison College to four year colleges or universities to complete baccalaureate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). 

This year, three of the scholars from the first year of the program graduated from UW Madison and Milwaukee School of Engineering with degrees in STEM. To celebrate the accomplishments of the current student scholars, an awards banquet was held Friday, May 6. President Jack Daniels was present to share in the celebration along with the three graduating scholars. View the full press release here

Visit the Madison College website to find out more about the WiscAmp Scholars program. 

Intranet temporarily down for upgrades

As part of the development and launch of the new Madison College website, faculty and staff pages were moved to a password-protected intranet in November. This first step improved security and will enhance the usability of our new public-facing website when it launches in August, giving a better experience for prospective and current students.

As the next step, the faculty and staff pages will be moved to an updated and more stable server. This migration will take place this weekend, during which time these pages will not be accessible. The faculty and staff intranet will be in maintenance mode on Friday, June 17, from 6 p.m. until 7 a.m. Monday, June 20. This affects only the faculty and staff intranet pages. The public-facing website, Blackboard, Workday, Outlook and the other web application are not affected.

It is important that everyone is logged off of the faculty and staff intranet before the migration begins on Friday, June 17. Please make sure that you log off before Friday at 6 p.m. and remain logged off until Monday morning.

Thank you for your understanding during this important upgrade. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Web Strategy Group.

President Daniels upcoming open office hours

As part of a continuing effort to promote transparency and create an environment that fosters open discussion and two-way communication, President Daniels offers open office hours for the 2016-17 fiscal year. 

  • Tuesday, July 5, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, August 2, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, September 6, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, October 11, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, November 1, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, December 6, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, January 3, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, February 7, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, March 7, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, April 4, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, May 2, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, June 6, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

All dates and times will be confirmed in Matters one week in advance to allow time for faculty and staff to prepare questions, concerns or issues. Appointments are not necessary and all topics related to Madison College business are open for discussion.  

It's about time

Due to the construction, the digital clock system in the main Truax and administration buildings is currently not operational. Facilities Management will replace the corridor clocks during the summer with new wireless clocks. The remaining clocks will be replaced during off hours early this fall.


IRE Research Training Series announced

Interested in knowing the numbers behind trends in student behavior and learning outcomes? Want to do your own research for insights into student behavior patterns and success?

IRE, in collaboration with CETL will offer a Research Training Series to help you develop and refine your inner Sherlock Holmes in order to uncover the data trends that are occurring in your classroom, program, department and beyond. For the best foundation in understanding how data can be used to provide critical insights in the decision-making process, plan to attend all six sessions.

The skills learned through this series will help guide your department or program’s direction through the use of data-driven insights.

  • Module 1: Fundamentals of Research at Truax in room B3230 - Thursday, July 7, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Module 2: Data 101 at Truax in room B3230 - Tuesday, July 12, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Module 3: FQAS Data & Evidence at Truax in room B3230 - Thursday, July 14, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Module 4: Combining Data from Different Database Platforms at Truax in room B3230 - Tuesday, July 19, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Module 5: Cognos Cubes at Truax in room B3230 - Thursday, July 21, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Module 6: Program Retention Cube at Truax in room B3230 - Tuesday, July 26, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Module 7: Putting It All Together (by invitation only upon completion of all six modules) 

Note: Module 7 is not scheduled through CETL. This is an informal "think tank" style meeting to provide assistance as you begin your research projects to earn your internal certificate for completion of this series. Attendees must have completed all previous trainings in the series to attend this session. Classes with less than eight participants will becancelled. 

For course descriptions, click here. To register, go to the Professional Development page.

Contact Alissa Tambone for any other questions.