Campus Fun Week includes variety of activities

Program Activities Council (PAC) presents Campus Fun Week from April 14-18.

Schedule of events:

  • Monday, April 14: Hula Hoop Fitness, noon-1 p.m., West campus 
  • Tuesday, April 15: PAC meeting, 1-3 p.m., Truax campus, Student Life meeting room
  • Wednesday, April 16: Karaoke, noon-3 p.m., Truax campus, WolfPack Den. Inflatable gladiator ring and bounce house (weather permitting), African drumming and dance, caricature drawing, Henna tattoos, 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 17: Adam Ace's Free Money Game,  12-1 p.m., Downtown campus cafeteria
  • Friday, April 18: Gay Straight Alliance 80s Prom, 3-8 p.m., Truax campus, Student Lounge

Bookstore holds April sale

The Bookstore staff will hold a customer appreciation sale with 15 percent off from April 14-25. 

Human trafficking lecture promotes awareness and activism

United Common Ground will presents a lecture titled “Human Trafficking--It Happens in Your Community” on Tuesday, April 15 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Truax campus, Room D2634.

Slave Free Madison educator and activist Molly Leimontas and Madison College instructor and human rights activist Pam Larson will focus the presentation on awareness, prevention, advocacy and activism. They will educate the audience on how trafficking is constantly happening all around us in everyday lives.

Additionally, they will offer information on how people can get involved and make a difference.

Health insurance options available for students

The open enrollment period to sign up for a private Insurance plan through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace ended on Monday, March 31, but there are still health coverage options for many people. Information is available to share with students interested in signing up for health care under the Affordable Care Act. 

CETL offers new online Blackboard course

CETL is offering a course called Using Blackboard to Assess Learners, which is available through the online Blackboard Grade Center. This course runs from Monday, May 19 – Sunday, June 29. It is facilitated yet set for participants to work at their own pace.

Course Overview

In this facilitated online course, you will learn to deliver assignments and assess students in a Blackboard course. Topics include:

1. Creating Assignments

2. Managing Assignments

3. Creating Tests

4. Deploying Tests

5. Grading Tests

6. Advanced Questions

7. Question Pools and Sets

You will work independently and collaboratively to investigate the opportunities and challenges of online assessment. Activities are completed in three separate Blackboard learning environments. The main course contains all of the class readings, discussion activities, and assessments. A second development (sandbox) course provides an area to complete assigned course activities. The final practice course has staged activities to practice interaction with students through assessments and grading.

Course Objectives

  • Identify key elements of successful online assignments and assessments
  • Create, manage, and grade assignments while exploring built in instructor efficiencies
  • Explore strategies to encourage academic honesty through test settings and additional resources
  • Create and deploy tests using a variety of question types
  • Create pools for tests with random blocks of questions
  • Manage assessment grading by assigning grades, editing grades, and clearing attempts
  • Explore test statistics to improve test questions

Who Should Attend?

Instructors interested in using Blackboard for any of the following:

  • Collect assignments
  • Use SafeAssign for plagiarism detection
  • Move tests to online environment
  • Make use of the Grade Center

Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of Blackboard

Register on the CETL Registration site. 

Contact Nancy Woodward in CETL. 

Reception planned for children's art exhibit

A reception that will celebrate the art of the children from the Madison College Child and Family Center will take place on Thursday, May 1 from 4:30-6 p.m. Light refreshments and treats will be served.

The children’s artwork will be on display in the Truax Student Lounge from April 29-May 2. 

College salons offer deal on Bangstyle products

A product sale is happening at both the Trustyle and North Carroll Street salons. The promotion offers a buy-one-get-one 50 percent off deal on all Bangstyle products while supplies last. 

For more information about Madison College salons and their services, visit the salon services website

Honors Program information sessions available for students

Madison College's Honor Program will begin Fall 2014. All eligible program students can participate. Drop-in information sessions are available for students to find out more about the college-wide Honors Program. They will be held in the Transfer Center at Truax, Room D1641 on the following dates: 

  • Monday, April 21, 2014 from 3-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 12-1 p.m. 
  • Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 12-1 p.m.

For additional information, contact Dr. Julia Haseleu at (608) 246-6509

Instructor gives keynote speech at Madison Performance Philosophy Collective Symposium

Holly Walter Kerby will give a talk on "Fusing Demos, Drama and Embodiment to Teach Big Ideas of Science," at the Madison Public Library this Saturday, April 12 from 12:30-1:20 p.m. in Room 301. The talk is free and open to the public as part of the Madison Performance Philosophy Collective Symposium.

For details, see the post about it on the Mad Theory blog.

Employee Recognition Committee seeks faculty and staff feedback

Employees are invited to share their thoughts about the Years of Service Awards and Outstanding Employee and Team Awards via this brief, 5-minute online survey. Feedback from all college employees is greatly appreciated. 

Each year the Employee Recognition Committee recognizes employees who have served the college for 10, 15, 20 and 25 years and those who have made significant contributions to the college community above and beyond their regular duties. In past years the awards have been presented at Convocation. Please let us know how we are doing by sharing your feedback and ideas about these programs.