Coin machine now available at UW Credit Union Madison College branch

UW Credit Union now has a coin machine available in the Madison College branch. Members and non-members can access it for free.  

Simply place your coins in the machine, wait for your receipt, and then bring it to the teller. Staff will get your funds for you. 

Youth For Understanding seeks host for 2014-2015 school year

Youth For Understanding (YFU) is looking for local families to host a high school foreign exchange student for the 2014-2015 school year. You may choose to host a boy or girl from the country of your choice.

YFU is an organization that seeks to advance intercultural understanding, mutual respect and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities.

The program began in 1951 when 75 German teenagers were hosted by families in Ann Arbor, MI, in hopes to begin healing and promote intercultural understanding following World War II.

This initiative was met with much success and since that time, YFU organizations around the world have exchanged nearly 250,000 students.

Contact Doug Holvick, Wisconsin representative, at (920) 251-1485. 


College staff graduate from Wisconsin Leadership Development Institute

On Friday, June 13, four Madison College employees graduated with the 2013-2014 class of the Wisconsin Leadership Development Institute.

The class had included 47 graduates including the following from Madison College:

  • Nicole Soulier (project lead, Learner Success-Operations)
  • Kathy Sorensen (associate dean, School of Business and Applied Arts)
  • Sarah Fritz (associate dean, School of Arts and Sciences)
  • Lisa Delany (associate dean, School of Applied Engineering, Science, and Technology)

The goals of the institute are to:
      - Develop leaders in all areas of technical college administration based on ability, pomotability and personal goals.
      - Increase diversity of leaders across all management levels
      - Provide experiences in leadership through structured experience and practicum opportunities with a college mentor.

 The Wisconsin Leadership Development Institute (WLDI) has joint certification through WTCS and the Chair Academy, which has national and international recognition for leadership training.

Participants of the one-year institute are involved in:
      - Leadership development sessions conducted by the Chair Academy
      - Development of individualized professional development plans
      - Leadership skill assessments and reflective practice
      - A practicum under the guidance of a mentor and the Chair Academy

WLDI was initiated in 1995 by the Wisconsin Technical College Board and the WLDI coordinating team.

CETL hosts On Course workshop

On August 19-21 CETL will host an On Course I Workshop from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Faculty and staff can register at no cost. The participants will be exposed to the behaviors of successful students and scores of ways that faculty and staff can help students take personal responsibility and achieve success with their academic goals.

The On Course I Workshop is a learner-centered professional development event designed to provide you with dozens of innovative strategies for empowering your students to become active, responsible and successful learners. The program requires participants to attend all three days of the workshop. 

All workshop materials, breakfast beverages, lunch and snacks will be provided.  

Guest facilitation by Robin Middleton who has been a faculty member at the Counseling and Career Development Center at Jamestown Community College for more than 29 years. 

All faculty, counselors and advisers are encouraged to attend.

On Course I Workshop is for:

  • Instructors and coordinators of Student Success and First Year Experience courses who want effective strategies for empowering students to achieve greater success in college and in life.
  • Faculty from all academic disciplines who would like learner-centered instructional methods for engaging students as active learners and full partners in their education.
  • Counselors, retention specialists, TRIO personnel and student support services professionals, especially those who work with students in classes or workshops and those who desire innovative strategies for helping students overcome personal and academic barriers to their success. 
  • Administrators who seek a comprehensive program for improving retention and student academic success across the curriculum, one with extensive data to prove its effectiveness.

The workshop provides certification credit for Teaching Methods and/or the new Student Success competencies from WTCS.

CETL will also be sponsor an On Course II Workshop in the spring. More information is available on the attached flyer or by calling CETL at 246-6646

To Register:

  • Go to the CETL website and login
  • For course type: Select Professional Development Workshops
  • Select workshop from drop down list.
  • Select “Register” and then submit.
  • You will receive an email confirmation on your college account. 

Limited seats are available. 

Health Education Associate Dean Antonio Re serves as a health volunteer

Health Education Associate Dean Antonio Re will travel to Cameroon to serve as a health volunteer in a dental mission trip.

Re will work at St Elizabeth Hospital in Shisong North West province dental clinic to provide a wide range of services from cleanings to making dentures.

This is the second time that Re has served as a health volunteer in Cameroon and the third time in Africa. 


Scholars of Color Mentoring Program hosts summer cookout

The Scholars of Color Mentoring Program will host a summer 2014 cookout on Thursday, July 24, at Burrows Park from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Family members are welcome.

RSVP by July 18: Shanai Guider at (608) 246-6100 extension 8564


Update on ongoing Advising and Registration sessions for newly admitted students

Since the first week of March, a vast outreach effort has been in motion to encourage newly admitted program students to attend an Advising and Registration session and, ultimately, enroll in fall 2014 classes.

Below is a summary of the ongoing communication efforts to newly admitted students:

  • Email invitations are sent weekly to admitted students who have not yet registered for a session or enrolled in classes. 
  • Students receive a reminder call the day of their session.
  • Postcards are mailed regularly and calls are made to students who haven’t yet registered for a session or enrolled in classes.
  • Letters also were mailed the first week in July to admitted students who hadn’t yet registered for a session or enrolled for classes.

Advising and Registration sessions are happening almost daily throughout the summer. If you are working with a newly admitted student who needs assistance, refer them to the Enrollment Center at (608) 246-6210.

Contact Bill Dougherty, manager, at (608) 246-6233. 

Madison College students finish strong at national SkillsUSA competition

Nine Madison College students, who won gold medals at the state level, traveled to Kansas City, Mo., recently for the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

Close to 5,800 high school and college students competed in 98 leadership and hands-on occupational skills contests, showcasing technical and career education across the U.S.

A national gold medal went to the Madison College Automated Manufacturing Technology team of Joel Benson (Cottage Grove), Jon Kunkel (Stratford) and Scott Neperud (Madison). The team demonstrated skills in computer-aided drafting/design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and computer numerical controlled machining (CNC), as well as plotting and related manufacturing skills.

Four more Madison College students placed in the top 10 in the nation in their respective fields, while all students finished well against stiff competition.

The students included:

Nathan Schmudlach (Portage) — fourth place in Precision Machining Technology
James Elliott (Sun Prairie) — fifth place in extemporaneous speaking
Nathan Krueger (Chili) — seventh place in Diesel Equipment Technology
Amber Wescott (Edgerton) — eighth place in cosmetology
Heather Serfoss (Oregon) — 14th place in job skill demonstration open  (demonstrating a skill within or outside of those included in the competition)
Joseph Brouette (Montello) — 23rd place in job skill demonstration A (demonstrating a skill in an area included in the competition)

Madison College School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology and School of Business and Applied Arts faculty and staff prepared and supported our student competitors.


Madison College hosts annual Marketing Culture and Heritage conference

Faculty, staff and students recently participated in the 2014 Marketing Culture and Heritage: Global Studies/Tri-national Conference that included people from Kathe-Kollwitz Schule from Marburg Germany; Southwest College in Enniskillen, North Ireland; Waukesha County Technical College and Madison College.

Twenty years ago, the four schools came together to form a partnership to support and explore global education. The conference has been held every year since 1997 alternating locations between the U.S. Ireland and Germany.  

This year, nearly 50 students and several faculty and staff from the four colleges met in Madison to explore the marketing of culture and heritage.  Plans are already underway for the 2015 seminar in Germany. 

Special thanks to the School of Business and Applied Arts team and Dean Bryan Woodhouse, the Center for International Education team and marketing faculty Holly Mercier and Janet Kilsdonk. 

Very special thanks to retiring hospitality and tourism faculty members Jack Hart and Peter Wilmarth, whose work on this partnership for two decades built a platform of excellence for the future.

Contact, Holly Mercier, Marketing faculty


Blackboard update to offer new functions

Blackboard will be unavailable at 12:01 a.m. on August 8 until 12:01 a.m. on August 9 for an update to Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 14.

Watch for more information about the new features and functions included in Service Pack 14.