Amy Whitcomb presents at next Teach-to-Retain session

Amy Whitcomb, Medical Business Technology faculty and program director of the Medical Administrative Specialist Program, will lead the next Teach-to-Retain session on Wednesday, April 9 from 3:30-5 p.m. in C2455 at Truax. Members of the College community are invited to attend.

Madison College offers the opportunity to transform lives, one at a time. Whitcomb believes every member of our College community holds in their hands opportunities to participate in changing lives by opening doors and creating new possibilities.

"Our responsibility is to provide meaningful, transformative learning opportunities and experiences for every student," said Whitcomb.

Learning which is inclusive, provides relevance, is challenging and engaging, and includes authentic assessment will support learner motivation and result in performance. To this end, learning must occur through culturally responsive teaching in an inclusive, collaborative environment.

In this session, participants will explore:

• Community
• Collaboration and Inclusion
• Intrinsic Motivation
• Connections: Learner and Learning
• Transformative Learning

This session is facilitated by Chris Page of the School of Academic Advancement. 

 Contact CETL or Carlotta Calmese at (608) 243-4270.

Math Club guest speaker Dan Kalman presents 'Minute Math'

The Madison College Math Club's next meeting takes place on Friday, April 4 at 3:30 p.m. in room A2021 on the Truax Campus.

The title of this month's meeting is “Minute Math,” a presentation from from guest speaker, Dan Kalman

Dan Kalman, award-winning speaker at several national and regional conferences, will present an assortment of favorite mathematical morsels that are short and simple, delightful to the taste buds and easy to digest. They are from a collection  of more than 30 years. Sample topics include:

  • A universal solution of the four nine's puzzle
  • Getting an angle on a regular heptagram
  • Fraction addition made difficult
  • Keypad symmetric path numbers
  • Beholden to Bhaskara: addition identities for sine and cosine
  • The ghost of Pythagoras discourages Starbucks gluttony

About the Speaker:

Dan Kalman has been writing about and teaching mathematics for 35 years. A bahelor's of science from Harvey Mudd College and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, he is a Professor of Mathematics at American University, Washington, DC. He previously held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, and Augustana College, Sioux Falls, among other institutions, and worked for several years as an applied mathematician at the Aerospace Corporation. Kalman also served the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in various roles, including Associate Executive Director, member of the MAA Board of Governors, and section officer.

Kalman has been an invited speaker at numerous national and regional mathematics conferences, and has spoken to student clubs and PME chapters many times. His mathematical writing has been recognized with multiple MAA writing awards: Allendoerfer Awards in 1998 and 2002, Polya Awards in 1994 and 2002, Evans Awards in 1997 and 2012, and Ford Awards in 2009 and 2013. His book, Uncommon Mathematical Excursions: Polynomia and Related Realms, received the MAA's Beckenbach Book Prize in 2012.

Science Saturday features Fusion Science Theater

Science Saturday will take place at Madison College on Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m. at the Truax campus, Room E1869.

This special science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) event features activities in biotechnology and performances by Fusion Science Theater.

In the Biotech lab, participants will get hands-on experience with the basics of DNA science, extract DNA from strawberries, learn about the science of stem cells and regenerative medicine.

In the Studio Theater, the Fusion Science Theater troupe will perform three short shows that teach big ideas of science to kids and their parents. These shows feature demonstrations, investigation, participation, dancing and music.

Space is limited to 48 participants, however additional space will be available for Fusion Science Theater at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Each adult may bring up to two kids ages 8-14. Attendees must be current students, faculty and staff at Madison College. 

The registration deadline is 4 p.m. on April 8.

To register email the Program Activities Council the following information: 
• Name
• Student ID
• Phone number
• Number and ages of children
• T-shirt sizes
• Special dietary needs

Contact PAC adviser Susana Valtierra at (608) 246-6495.

Students and faculty attend health fair

The Dental Hygiene and the Massage Therapy programs participated in the eighth Annual Waunakee Wellness and Energy Fair held on Saturday, March 22 at the Waunakee Village Center. 

The event began as a simple health fair and has grown to include a wide variety of exhibits related to wellness. Exhibitors included medical systems such as Dean, Meriter and UW Health; dentists; chiropractors; social workers; agencies dealing with aging populations and nutrition related groups.















Dental Hygiene students provide information at the Waunakee Wellness and Energy Fair. Pictured are Neil Bacon, Lisa Johnson, Alexandra Cherynshenko, Brittany Janz and Erin Peterson.


Massage Therapy instructor Bridgette O'Brien hands out information, while student Jen Teela provides a chair massage. 


Help sought to locate missing tools

A package that contains cutters for the Wood Technics program is lost.

The package is a cardboard box 4 inches wide by 10 inches long and weighs 2 pounds. The box contains eight new cutters.

Contact Jeff Molzahn, Cabinetmaking and Millwork instructor, with information on the lost tools at (608) 246-6465.

Automated Manufacturing instructor conducts training for Subzero employees

Automated Manufacturing Instructor and Co-Program Director Peter Dettmer conducted training in Phoenix, Ariz. for Subzero Preservation and Wolf Cooking. These trainings were sought by the company who desired the training Madison College offers in a one-credit troubleshooting class. 

Madison College's advisory board identified troubleshooting as one of the top skills they want graduates to have. The College developed a one-credit course which is offered through the Automated Manufacturing Systems Technology (AMST) program called Introdution to Logic: Industrial Troubleshooting. The course focuses on the basic, systematic approach of troubleshooting methods in any area or field. There is a seven-step model, in which students learn about collecting, analyzing and sorting information. They then select, test and implement a solution. The main focus is on finding the root cause of a problem and not just fix a symptom.

Subzero's Mark Long, who is on the AMST advisory board, inquired with BICS about the possibility to deliver this course at their company. After some discussion and meetings, the course was customized to meet the company's specific needs and timeframe. Subzero decided to offer two classes at their Fitchburg facility, but they also wanted their employees in Phoenix to receive the same training. The only opportunity to offer this course in the short-term was Madison College's Spring break.

The groups in both Madison and Phoenix are made up of maintenance mechanics, process technicians, manufacturing engineers and the maintenance supervisors. Dettmer will teach the class again in Madison throughout mid-April. 


Two-week international exchange opportunities available for faculty and administation

Through Madison College’s membership in the regional Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP), faculty and administrators have the opportunity to apply for participation in a two-week exchange with peers at colleges in the Netherlands, Finland or China.

Applications are due to the Center for International Education by noon on March 31.

Participants in this exchange are matched with peers at participating ICISP network colleges. Participants must be able to host an exchange partner for two weeks in their home in Fall 2014 and then will travel in Spring 2015 to spend two weeks in the home of their exchange guest - appropriate guest space in your home is a prerequisite of participation in this program.

Costs: Applicants are responsible for airfare, travel costs to an orientation in Normal, Ill., costs related to meals and other expenses when hosting an international visitor in their homes and any other personal expenses during travel. Note that this this is slightly different than worded on the ICISP application.

The Center for International Education will pay for a $200 applicant fee to ICISP and will host a meet-and-greet reception for international visitors when they are in Madison. 

Faculty are encouraged to use applicable CETL professional development funds, but should be prepared to absorb any additional costs above and beyond professional development funds out-of-pocket. Administrators will need to consult with their budget managers regarding any available college support from their unit.

Additional details can be found on the Exchange Overview and those interested in applying can do so by accessing the Exchange Application

For additional information, contact International Education Director Geoff Bradshaw.

Raffle tickets on sale for WACTE drawing

WACTE raffle tickets are on sale for $5 each or five for $20. The drawing will take place at the WACTE conference on April 10 in Middleton.

To purchase tickets contact Paul Flogel, Julie Rierson (in Parts Store), John Kinsler or Linda Krejchik.



Interior Design student wins gold

Interior Design Program student Lindsey Slack received a Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Design Excellence Gold Award.

The award was for the student contract design category for her project "Mixed*bag Co-working Office," which she completed last semester as part of the program’s Commercial Design course taught by instructor Jessica Mahne.

Slack’s project was the sole gold award winner in this annual ASID Wisconsin competition in the student contract design category. She was up against projects by interior design students from bachelor’s degree and associate degree programs in the state. She received the award at an event in Milwaukee recently.

Writer's Life Lecture series presents 'Writing Your Memoir'

Who writes memoirs? What kinds of memoirs are there? What tools and techniques are used by successful memoir writers? Where and how do memoirs get published?

These are among the questions that four local writers will address at the upcoming Writer’s Life Lecture Series meeting at Madison College, 7 – 8 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Room 234 of the college’s Downtown Campus.

The Madison College faculty host for the event, Guy Thorvaldsen, has written and performed personal essays for Mind’s Eye Radio for the past fifteen years and has published memoir pieces in Flyway and Little Pautuxent Review. He will teach Creative Non-Fiction next fall on Tuesday evenings at the Madison College Truax campus, with a focus on memoir. 

Anita Hecht’s company, Life History Services, has been dedicated to helping individuals, families, institutions, and organizations capture and preserve their memoirs in print, audio, video and multimedia formats. She has conducted more than 400 oral histories for individuals, families, organizations, and public archives across North America.

Michelle Wildgen's personal essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times, O the Oprah Magazine, and Best Food Writing. Her third novel, "Bread and Butter," was published by Doubleday in February. She is executive editor at Tin House literary magazine, where she edits fiction, food and drink essays, memoirs, and other nonfiction.

Elizabeth Galewski’s travel memoir "Out of India” earned a Travelers’ Tales Solas Award. To date, she has also released two books: "The Wish-Granting Jewel", a fantasy novel, and "Butterfly Valley," a tale of travel and transformation based on true events.

A panel discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer period. The public is invited free of charge.