Madison College’s Insurance and Risk Management Students
enjoyed a day off campus on February 15.
The Risk and Insurance Management Society – Wisconsin Chapter invited students to their annual joint lunch with the CPCU- Milwaukee Chapter in Wauwatosa. Students enjoyed a great lunch at "Maggianos Little Italy" where Quarles and Brady LLP presented a program on Insurance Fraud and Wisconsin Law changes that impact the insurance industry.
Students had the opportunity to network with industry professionals after the meeting. Gallant Knight Limousine upgraded the reserved van transportation for the students
to an SUV Limousine. Thank you to all for making the
entire day an exciting and educational experience.
Martha Lester-Mittenzwei, MBA, AAI, AIC, CIC
Insurance and Risk Management Program Instructor
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Do you bike, run, and/or swim? Would you like to meet people with similar interests to train with? Want to try something new?
We're forming a Madison College Triathlon Club that's open to staff and students. Triathlons include competitions of numerous distances: Ironman, Half Iron, Olympic, and Sprint.
Madison College is excited to announce the 2012 Wisconsin Postsecondary Agriculture Student (PAS) contest results that recently took place in Fennimore and Wausau. Fifteen teams from around the state in competed in this yearly event.
Madison College took the top four spots in Agricultural Machinery Service Technician (AMSTA) state event. Taking first place in the team division - Darin Wolfe and Chris Schmudlach. Second place - Dave Barosik and Arik Gruna. Third place in the team category - Kevin Kraus and Jacob Brown. Fourth place - Brandon Snodgrass and Jonathan Kamps. Noel Reason and Gabriel Deans - finished in sixth place.
Individual awards were also given out to the top performers for the Wisconsin PAS Contest. The top four individuals were all from Madison College. First place - Darin Wolfe, second place -Chris Schmudlach, third place - David Bartosik, and fourth place - Jacob Brown.
The Wisconsin Post Secondary Agriculture Student AMSTA Contest is open to all technical colleges from the state of Wisconsin. Students are judged on various agricultural equipment stations, including tractors and implements, along with taking a written exam.
The top five teams in the state have the opportunity to compete in the National Post Secondary Agriculture Student Contest held March 14-17, in Des Moines, Iowa.
Madison College would like to thank those participants and congratulate all of them on their successful accomplishments during the 2012 Wisconsin Post Secondary Agriculture Student Contest.
I recently completed an interview with the poet Michael Waters. It should appear soon at my sporadic "First Takes" column on the Southern Indiana Review's web supplement.
I gave readings last week: at Beloit College, and at Illinois Wesleyan University, where I also led a master class on form.
Next week, I will take a contingent of Madison College students to the AWP Conference in Chicago. I also have two readings there:
1.) Thursday (Jazz Showcase, 6 p.m.) as part of the Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Persona Poetry book release party (U. of Akron Press, 2012). My poem "Clean" is featured in the anthology.
2.) Friday (Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue, 7 p.m.) This reading is a collaboration of writers who were published recently in Diode and Barn Owl Review (I have work in both).
Also: In March, I have been invited by Portsmouth, NH's Poet Laureate to read at the city's monthly Hoot series. I will be reading from my book American Busboy (U. of Akron Press, 2011), which is based on my time busing tables at a restaurant in nearby Dover, NH.
In early April, I have been invited to read at the Meramec Writing Festival, hosted by St. Louis Community College. In late April, I have been invited by the poet Kyle McCord to read at the University of North Texas.
I should be thoroughly exhausted by then...
Madison College English instructor
Harvey Baumgartner, Madison Area Technical College graduate (1966), and author of Dancing in the Dew: A New Way of Living on Planet Earth (2009, Apple Tree Press), recently shared his views on sustainable, meaningful living with speech students at the Reedsburg campus.
Instructor Bob Potter introduced Baumgartner as “one of a vanishing breed—a man who lives his principles. Whereas my idea of green living is to drive a Civic Hybrid, recycle my disposable containers, and use compact fluorescent bulbs, Harvey travels by horse and buggy, does not bring home disposable containers, and burns no electricity.”
Baumgartner presented photos of his sod home, featured in Mother Earth News (October/November, 2006) and built for under $600. “I wish young people could see this as an alternative to a thirty-year mortgage,” said Baumgartner, “There can be so much more to life.”
Harvey discussed some of the factors described in his memoir that have made life meaningful for him: integrity, family, a passion for nature, including his work with the Forest Service, and a taste for adventure.
In words and pictures, Baumgartner outlined some of those adventures. In 1983, when the pace of his construction business got too hectic for him, he and his wife took their two children, aged three and five, on a four-month “vacation” from La Farge, Wisconsin, to Idaho—on horseback. In 1998, he drove a covered wagon from Minnesota to Montana. Most recently, in the fall of 2011, he and a friend traveled from Hillsboro, Wisconsin, to New Mexico in a homemade “Spirit Wagon,” drawn by two mules. He described the people he met on these trips as “friendly, hospitable, and interested—very different from the fearful impression one gets from news reports focused on criminal behavior.” His major disappointment was the despoilment of agricultural land throughout the West.
Students gave Baumgartner their rapt attention—and peppered him with questions on topics ranging from the details of his family’s horseback trip to any advice he might have for them as they reinvent themselves through education. Harvey paused before responding to that last question. “Envision the life you want—your idea of heaven on earth,” he responded, “and then create that life."
The Madison College Mac Users Group now has an online portal. You can watch videos of past meetings, download handouts and get advice from your Madison College peers.
To enroll, visit http://bit.ly/MadMUGCS and click on the enroll button. You will need to enroll in this course with your Madison College email address.
The Group has two requirements to enroll:
-You are an employee of Madison College
-You want to expand your knowledge of Apple products
Contact Alan Natachu at 608-246-6050.
Olivia’s Gifts is having a Spring Preview Sale from March 5-9!
Items that are white, pink, green, purple and blue are 40 percent off plus extra 10 percent with your OneCard. *Greeting cards are not included in the sale.
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Wednesdays and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Call Olivia's Gifts at (608) 246-6560.
CETL will be at the South Campus on Friday, March 23, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Nancy Meyer and Alan Natachu will discuss Blackboard, classroom management, assessment, social media, web tools, Rosetta Stone and many other topics.
Also on March 23, Lisa Lanting from Human Resources will answer questions about employment, benefits, certification, health and wellness, as well as any other questions you may have! Free and confidential blood pressure screening will be provided.
Contact Tina Ahedo at (608) 246-6461.
I searched through tons of documents and old photographs to prepare for writing about our history in A Century of Success: Madison Area Technical College 1912-2012. More than 50 people generously agreed to share their experiences and recollections about the College. The project was a lot of fun, and I learned so much about our college and its ties to the community.
I ended up with enough information to fill “A Century of Success, Volume 2” and more. There were so many details and interesting stories I had to leave out. So...I’ve decided to share “the rest of the story” in Matters on a regular basis.
Welcome to “A Centennial Moment” featuring stories, profiles and other information I learned while researching the college history for our Centennial.
Feel free to send me ideas, comments and especially remembrances you’d like to share.
Here’s to our next 100 years!
Contact Robin Gee at (608) 243-4378.
Madison College Performing Arts is proud to present Larry Shue’s comedy, "The Foreigner," directed by Miranda Hawk.
When Charlie Baker, a desperately shy Englishman, is brought to a rural hunting lodge in Georgia he pretends to be a foreigner from an exotic country so he will be left alone! Instead of a peaceful three day retreat, he becomes entangled in a web of bizarre schemes and dark secrets all because everyone believes he can't speak a word of English. Hilarious intrigue ensues leading to an unlikely and side-splitting climax.
First produced by Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, this hysterical comedy was named one of the best regional theatre plays for the 1983-1984 season by the American Theatre Critics Association and won the 1983 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New American Play.
"I laughed start to finish at one comic surprise after another." The New Yorker
Ticket prices range from $6 - $12. Reserve your tickets by calling
(608) 243-4000. Discounts available for students and seniors.
Friday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 4, 2 p.m.
Friday, March 9, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 11, 2 p.m.
Contact Miranda Hawk at (608) 246-6524.