Phi Theta Kappa hosts food and clothing drive

Phi Theta Kappa is sponsoring a food and clothing drive at the West campus now until Nov. 22, 2013. The students, faculty and staff at the West campus have been very generous so far. All food items will be donated to the Lussier Community Education Center and the clothing will be donated to Middleton Outreach Ministry.

For those interested in donating at the Truax or Downtown campuses, the Volunteer Center and the Clubs Executive Team are sponsoring a Thanksgiving food drive for the Goodman Community Center until Nov. 22.

A special thank you goes out to the Watertown and Fort Atkinson communities as well for their donations for the local food pantries.

WRS contribution rates set for 2014

The 2014 contribution rates for Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) have been set by the Employee Trust Funds Board. The total contribution rate for 2014 will be 14.0 percent -- up from 13.3 percent in 2013.  The total contribution rate is split equally between the employee and employer.

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the employee contribution rate will be 7.0 percent and the employer contribution rate will be 7.0 percent (The 2013 employee contribution rate is 6.65 percent and employer contribution rate is 6.65 percent)

Those who are paid bi-weekly will notice this adjustment on their Jan. 10, 2014 paycheck. Those who are paid semi-monthly will notice this adjustment on their Jan. 15, 2014 paycheck.

If you have any questions about how the rate was determined, please contact the Department of Employee Trust Funds at 1-877-533-5020 or visit the Employee Trust Fund of Wisconsin website

Call 608-259-2955 or email

Women's volleyball team No. 1 seed in tournament

The WolfPack women's volleyball team will take on the Fashion Institute of Technology in the first game of the 2013 NJCAA Division III National Championship in Rochester, Minn. 

The volleyball team is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the division. 


Gift card fundraiser benefits Radiography Club

The Madison College Radiography Club will be holding a gift card fundraiser from Monday, Nov. 11 through Monday, Dec. 2.  

The gift card options include a variety of participating retailers and dollar amounts

If interested in purchasing gift cards, simply look at the list of participating retailers and amounts, make your selection(s), and complete the order form. Please give the order form and payment to any Radiography Club member or Radiography Club Adviser Darcy Willis). The gift cards will be distributed shortly after the fundraiser ends.

More information on the program is also available on the Great Lakes Script Center website. 

Thank you for your support!

Contact any Radiography Club Member or Darcy Willis, Radiography Club adviser, at (608) 258-2363.

Checks should be made payable to: Madison College Radiography Club.

College honors veterans on Nov. 11

Madison College will celebrate Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 at 12:15 p.m. in the Student Lounge on the Truax campus. The catered event, which honors service members for their sacrifices, will feature a speech from Dr. Maurice Sheppard. It will be open to all Madison College faculty, staff and students. 

For more information, take a look at the event's flyer

Questions? Contact any of the following: 

Justin Schick (President) 
Derek Jacobsen (Club Officer) 
Mark Draves (Club Officer) 
Michael Schatz (Club Officer)
John Boyne(Club Advisor)



Retirement planning webinars available in November

The Wisconsin Department Employee Trust Funds (ETF) will host three webinars starting Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 for WRS employees to learn details about the employee and employer contribution rates. These live 30-minute webinars are interactive and offer the opportunity for participants to ask questions at the end. The sessions will teach you what a contribution rate is and explain how much employers and employees contribute to keep the WRS fully funded. Participants also learn how contribution rates are calculated, why contribution rates change annually, and how contributions are invested.

Interactive webinars covering other topics are also available in November:

  • Choosing a WRS Retirement Date (December vs. January)
  • How to Use ETF’s Online Calculator
  • Additional Contributions
  • The Variable Fund
  • Buying Service

For registration information and complete details for all November ETF webinars, go to the  ETF webinar page.

Contact Helga Vrany at 246-6908.

International Education Week brings events to Truax campus

International Education Week kicks off on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, with a coffee tasting from 12-3 p.m. at the Truax Student Life office.

Events include a film series, information tables, language station and an origami table. An exhibit of Chinese calligraphy will be on display in the Gateway and the bakery will sell baked goods from around the world. The Culinary Arts students will present Tastes of the World in the Truax cafeteria.

An event flyer with more information is available for download here

Tech Tools Express Workshops take place this fall

At the next Google Speed Geeking workshop in CETL, Nancy Woodward and Tina Rettler-Pagel will host their “shoot out style” sharing of Google tools. These tools can be useful for face-to-face, hybrid, accelerated or online classes. Applying Google technology in classes can inspire students to be active and involved. 

Google Speed Geeking 
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 
12 – 12:45 p.m.
Truax – CETL Rm B2216A

Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Workshops

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013
12 – 12:45 p.m.
Truax – CETL Rm B2216A. 

No need to register – simply walk in to CETL for these sessions. 

Contact Tina or Nancy in CETL.


Writing center professionals gather at College on Nov. 18

On Monday, Nov. 18, from 5:30-7 p.m. the Madison College Writing Center will host the Madison Area Writing Center Colloquium, a regular gathering of writing center professionals from colleges and universities all over southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

The group will tour the new Student Achievement Center then participate in a discussion led by faculty and staff from the Madison College Writing Center.

College hosts traveling Chinese calligraphy exhibit

For the month of November 2013, Madison College will host a traveling exhibition on the evolution of Chinese writing and the art of calligraphy. The exhibit is being hosted by the Madison College Center for International Education in conjunction with the Nov. 10-16, International Education week activities. 

The exhibit is on display in the Madison College Truax Gateway.

Created by the University of Michigan and the Midwest Institute for International and Intercultural Education (MIIIE), the exhibit includes 12 large panels detailing the history of Chinese writing as well as an exhibit of 16 framed calligraphy works by He Bing Wu, professor and director of the Institute of Ancient Texts at the Academy of Social Sciences in Xian, Shaanxi province, and widely published scholar on the topic of Chinese calligraphy.