Food drive at School of Health benefits River Food Pantry

The School of Health has organized a food drive Aug. 24 to 28 to donate to the River Food Pantry. Bring donations to the Health Education Office, Room 103, on Truax campus.

Donations of food and personal items will be accepted, including cereals, canned foods, soap, cookware, feminine products and household cleaners.

Cash donations are also acceptable. According to their website, with every $10 donated, the River Food Pantry is able to give away $100 worth of food to families in need.

The River Food Pantry provides free groceries and household goods to more than 600 families in the Dane County area every week.

See the attached PDF for more information.

Food and beverage services update

Welcome back to the Truax Campus! 

Once you’ve successfully navigated all the new walls here, we’re hoping you find your way to one of our four venues for a meal, snack or break time. 

Hours for the 2015-2016 school year, beginning on Monday, Aug. 31:


Monday – Thurday     7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday                          7 a.m. to 2 p.m.   

The construction has cost us our barista station and our fountain drinks for the year, but coffee is available as always, along with full breakfast and lunch service, grill, deli, entrees, salad bar and snacks.

The Den

Monday – Friday       10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Den is offering a modified menu this year, featuring a pasta station, freshly made salads and smoothies, along with some of your Mexican favorites, pizzas and hot dogs, too!

Gateway Café

Monday – Friday       7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All your mochas, lattes and other espresso drinks (yes, even white zombies) will be available up in the Gateway this year, along with expanded food choices, snacks and grab n’ go options.

Health Building

Monday – Friday       7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

No need to cross the street this year!  We are open in the health building … look for us on the first floor across from the medical clinic. We’ll have coffee and breakfast bakery, a deli station and plenty of grab n’ go options to get you through your day.

A big thanks in advance to all of you for your continued patronage in the year to come! 

A thank you and congratulations to Cigdem Unal

Cigdem Unal, the director of Child and Family Centers, has recently taken a position with UW-Madison School of Education as the director for the Office of Child Care and Family Resources.

Student Life and the Child and Family Centers would like to invite everyone to join us in saying thank you to Unal for all of her hard work in making the centers a model program for the Madison Community.

There will be a celebration on Tuesday, Aug. 25, in room D1651 from 12 to 1 p.m.

A farewell and an invitation

Robin Gee writes:

Dear friends, 

As many of you know, I will be retiring as of Friday, Aug. 28. It's been quite a ride in my years at the college, and I want thank each and every one of you. I will miss you all and this place so much!

First, I want to invite you to stop on by my retirement party:

Friday, Aug. 28, 5-7ishpm

Sports Pub, 1902 Bartillion Drive, Madison

I have learned sooo much in my time here. A few things I want to share:

  • Administrative assistants/office staff are the cogs that make the college run. You want to know something? Ask them!

  • Don’t overlook staff in non academic areas — they are some of the best ambassadors for the college and boosters for student success.

  • Lunch buddies rock! If you’re eating at your desk everyday, stop it! I cannot express enough how much talking to a friend over lunch lifts you in so many ways.

  • It’s absolutely true (not just hype) that everyone at this college wants ALL our students to succeed. Ask almost any alum or current student and they’ll tell you how much that means to them.

  • It doesn’t matter really if you call us MATC, Madison College or something else, we know who we are and the community knows who we are.

  • Change is the ONLY constant here … if you don’t like something, just wait, it’ll change. Just go with the flow.

  • Our students are the best! no matter what life throws at them, they stay on course and are now alums and many paying it forward.

Okay, so you will see me haunting the halls a bit as I stay involved as a retiree, but Aug. 28 is my official last day.

Thank you again for everything!



Flexible Learning Conference

Save the date for Madison College's Flexible Learning Conference!

Leveraging Technology and Social Trends for Innovation in Education for 2015 will be on Oct. 22 and 23!

Bring your team of faculty and administrators to share practical ideas and best practices for using technology and innovative teaching and support strategies to advance flexible teaching and learning in higher education. 

The Flexible Learning conference provides an opportunity to learn from leaders in the field from various disciplines and experience levels.

                                      Register NOW!

Feel free to join our event on Facebook You can search "2015 Flexible Learning Conference" to find the event as well.

Follow us on Twitter #flexlearning2015

                Session highlights:

  • Copyright 101 for Online and Hybrid Classes
  • Technology as an Assessment Tool
  • New Tricks for Old Dogs
  • Building Competency Based Learning Module for Online
  • Brain-based Learning Using Neuroscience

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 Preconference Workshops

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 Breakout Sessions

The conference location will be:

Madison Marriott West
1313 John Q. Hammons Dr.
Middleton, WI  53562

You can make room reservations ahead of time!

Please Note: Attendees can also book their reservations by calling 888-745-2032 and requesting the Madison College Flexible Learning Conference group. Your guest group code is MDSMDSA.  Guests will have until Sept. 22 to make their room reservations at the discounted room rate. After this date, any remaining guest rooms will be released back to the hotel.

Please contact Jennifer Zarrinnam  608.245.5862 if you have questions.

Limited hours for most service units

On Tuesday, Aug. 25, most Student Development and Success service units will be closed for services from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for staff in-service.

Regular service hours will resume after 1 p.m.

Refer to the Service Hours web page to verify individual units’ service hours. 

Download the Convocation app, Powered by Yapp!

To download:

Step 1 - Download Yapp

Visit the app store on your device and search for Yapp.

It is free to download.

Yapp is required to load the Convocation app.

Step 2 - Follow the Link

Install the Convocation app on your smart device:

The Convocation app will then be installed inside Yapp.

Step 3 - Stay Connected

Schedules, session descriptions, room changes, photos, videos and more will be posted before and during the event.

 Need Help? Watch this video to see how to download and install the Yapp app for Convocation.

All Madison campuses and district buildings: Labor Day closure

All Madison College campuses and district buildings will be closed Saturday, Sept. 5, through Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of Labor Day.

Classes and services will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Poster board and table tent guidelines

In an effort to save space and allow everyone to advertise their events and classes, the Student Life office has created a print guideline.

This guideline limits the number of posters that Student Life can post at each campus, the duration of postings and specifies the appropriate poster dimensions for events, programs, club meetings and table tents.

Please review these guidelines before printing posters and bringing them to the Student Life office, Room C1420.

Questions? Contact Brenda Farrell at (608) 243-4164.

Print edition of fall course catalog available

It's hot off the presses and headed to a mailbox near you!

Featured on the fall non-credit class schedule is Renee Moe, the incoming president and CEO of United Way of Dane County.

Visit the fall 15 online catalog for more information.