2016 Fall Convocation agenda available

The Fall Convocation will be presented on Tuesday, Aug. 23, and Wednesday, Aug. 24. Last year an IMPACT team of faculty and staff recommended changes to the structure of Convocation. These recommendations were adopted by the Cabinet and informed the design of next week’s activities.

A full list of times, dates, and locations of activities for your department or unit can be accessed on your mobile phone via the Convocation app, or on the website.

Tuesday, Aug. 23

  • General Session for all employees, Mitby Theater, 8:30 – 11 a.m.
    Following a welcome and remarks from President Jack Daniels, there will be four separate panel discussions featuring faculty and staff discussing various issues and services of importance to our students. Individual students will also share their stories regarding Madison College.
  • Lunch (on your own) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    During this time, representatives of the College’s shared governance councils will be available in the Gateway Foyer to speak with you about your ideas for shared governance in 2016-17 and to share with you successes from 2015-16.
  • Learner Success Assembly, Mitby Theater, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.  
    During Dr. Bakken’s first Learner Success Assembly as Provost, colleagues will share brief stories about their collaborative efforts that impact our students, workforce, industries, and communities. Following these stories will be remarks from Dr. Bakken.
  • Department/Unit Meetings 2 – 4 p.m.
  • College-wide Gathering and Celebration, Gateway Foyer, 4 – 5 p.m.
    As final preparations for the new academic year are being made, take a moment to celebrate the journey we are about to begin. Light refreshments will be available. During this time, there will also be tours of the new Culinary and Baking program labs.

Wednesday, Aug. 24

  • Department/Unit Meetings 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • WACTE sponsored lunch 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • College-wide Community Volunteer Engagement 12 – 3:00pm  
    This new activity for Convocation was identified by IMPACT Team colleagues as a way for college employees to engage and support the communities where our students and families live and work. Multiple volunteer opportunities were identified in the Madison Metro area and in the Northern and Eastern regions.

Managers and staff interested in participating or volunteering should speak with their supervisor prior to signing up.

Fire alarm testing scheduled

There will be a fire alarm testing in the main building at Truax on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 7 to 9:30 a.m. 

During this time, the alarms, strobes and speaker system will be tested intermittently to ensure that system upgrades and the merger of the existing building with new construction were successful. 

If you witness alarms or strobes activating during this time, you do not need to exit the building or take any actions you would during an fire alarm. In the event of an actual emergency, please contact the Public Safety office at (608) 245-2222.

Questions? Contact Joshua Cotillier at (608) 246-6291.

Learn how to improve processes

The Center for Operational Excellence staff is offering the Process Improvement Applied Training series this fall. Any employee who wants to improve a process in their area is eligible to attend as an individual or in a group.

Help will be provided for selecting an appropriate project, as well as coaching throughout the project’s life cycle. The goal is to empower employees with tools to improve Madison College processes. 

The training series includes:

  • Introduction to and Application of Process Improvement Concepts
  • Lean Tools
  • The Plan-Do-Check-Act Framework

To view a complete description and register, visit the website. The deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 9.

Truax Fitness Center open to faculty and staff

The Truax Fitness Center office and weight room will be open to faculty and staff to purchase memberships, rent lockers and workout on Monday, Aug. 22, through Friday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Bracelets for gender equality

Madison College has been hosting a number of high school students through an organization called CEOs of Tomorrow. These students have been taking a "These Teens Mean Busines$" course focused on social entrepreneurship. 

The students will be selling bracelets with a message supporting women's rights and gender equality. Each band will include a quote "the soul has no gender" and the acronym E.G.E., which is the name of the student "business," Embracing Gender Equality. 

Bracelets will be available for pre-order on August 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Gateway of the Truax campus. They are $5 each, and the students will accept cash or checks. Checks can be made out to "CEOs of Tomorrow." Bracelets will be delivered on August 30.


Employers coming to Madison College

Representatives from the following organizations will stop by the Truax campus to answer questions about available career opportunities. Please pass this information along to students.

Organizations include:

  • TASC
    Tuesday, September 6: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Truax cafeteria
    Michelle will be available to tell you more and answer your questions.
  • Hansen Foods
    Wednesday, September 7: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Truax main building
    Vicki and Annette will be available to tell you more and answer your questions.
  • Community Living Alliance
    Tuesday, September 13: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Health Education and Information Technology building
    Angela, Emily and Ted will be available to tell you more and answer your questions.
  • Spherion
    Wednesday, September 20: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Truax main building
    Mary and Kim will be available to tell you more and answer your questions.
  • Oakwood
    Wednesday, September 20: 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Health Education and Information Technology building
    Kristin will be available to tell you more and answer your questions.
  • Senior Helpers
    Tuesday, October 4: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Health Education and Information Technology building
    Brittany will be available to tell you more and answer your questions.

Questions? Contact the Career and Employment Center at (608) 243-4598.

Participants complete Process Improvement Applied Training Series

Sixteen summer participants completed the Process Improvement Applied Training Series offered by the Center for Operational Excellence (COE). Participants applied concepts learned in the training to 11 different processes across the college. Their efforts will have a large impact on how well we serve each other and ultimately our students.

If you would like to be part of the fun, learn more about our next series starting on September 21 and register on our SharePoint site.

Services and offices temporarily closed

All services and offices will be closed on Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a college-wide, staff in-service. Most Student Development and Success service units will reopen at 1 p.m.



District Board meeting activities via the new website

If you would like to catch up on the activities of the Madison College District Board, you can find the agendas and meeting minutes on the new website. The most recent meeting was held on Wednesday, August 3.

The next meeting of the Board will be Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the Health Building, Rooms 309 and 311. 

School Supply Drive underway

Technology Services is working with the River Food Pantry to host a School Supply Drive for families who struggle to provide school supplies for their children. The supply drive will run through Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Highly requested items are spiral notebooks (wide and narrow ruled), folders, pencils, pens (no gel pens please), index cards and 3-ring binders (1/2”, 1” and 2”). A full list of requested supplies can be found here.

Please drop off donations at the Technology Services' front office in Room B2225. 

Questions? Please call (608) 246-6111