TRiO students and staff clean up Lake Monona Shoreline

On Saturday, April 19, students and staff, in the TRiO program and their family members participated in a day of community service in celebration of Earth Day. They cleaned up the Lake Monona Shoreline at Olbrich Park.

Student provides dental education to teen parents

Amber Ostrom, second year Dental Hygiene student, participated in a health fair for students of the Student Age Parent (SAPAR) program through Madison Metro School District.

Ostrum provided dental health education to teen parents about the link between oral health and pregnancy, and the importance of preventing cavities in the teeth of infants and children. 


Graduation celebration recognizes achievements of TRiO students

The TRiO/Student Support Services Graduation Celebration and Faculty and Staff Recognition will take place Thursday, May 1 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. The event is in Room C1435AB on the Truax campus. 

This event recognizes the achievements of TRiO students and Madison College faculty and staff members who have helped them to meet their academic and personal goals. 

Those interested in attending should RSVP by emailing TRiO/Student Support Services or calling 608-246-6636.

Pow Wow celebrates Native American culture

The Madison College Pow Wow will take place in the Redsten Gym on Saturday, April 26. The doors open at 10 a.m.

Admission to the event is $5 per person and includes the feast and all activities. Children under 5 and adults over 55 are free. 

Representative from Epic Systems holds Career Informational Session at Truax

Students are invited to meet Nicole from Epic at a Career Informational Session on Tuesday April 29 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Room D1641E on the Truax Campus. 

Learn about Epic career opportunities including:

  • Accounting Assistant
  • Computer and Technology Services Assistant
  • Division Assistant, Payroll Assistant, Receptionist.


  • 11 - 11:30 a.m. Drop-in Q&A session
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Informal Presentation
  • 12:30 - 1 p.m. - Additional Drop-In Q&A

Reservations are preferred for this visit. Those interested can RSVP by emailing Nicole.

Respondus course held May 28

On  Wednesday, May 28 from 9—11 a.m., the class Getting Started with Respondus will be held at the Truax campus. The class takes place in Room B2210 next to CETL.

Respondus is a tool used to create and manage exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Blackboard. Exams can be created offline using Word and then uploaded to Blackboard using Respondus.

To register visit the CETL Registration Site under Tech Training.

Contact Nancy in CETL.

New retirement planning webinars available

The Wisconsin Department Employee Trust Funds (ETF) offers 30-minute live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of WRS benefits. Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions.

April WRS sessions topics:

  • Life Insurance After Retirement
  • How to Use Online Calculator to Estimate Retirement Benefit
  • Steps to Retire
  • Beneficiary Designation
  • WRS Effective Rates and Annuity Adjustments

Coming in May:

  • Webinars will be available to help employees understand their annual Statement of Benefits

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

Contact Helga Vrany at 608-246-6908.

Reedsburg student receives Phi Theta Kappa award

Madison College student Denise Cohn will receive a Distinguished Regional Officer Award at the Phi Theta Kappa annual convention April 24-26 in Orlando, Fla.

Cohn is a student at the Reedsburg campus and serves as the vice president of Phi Theta Kappa for the Wisconsin Region. 

Open house scheduled for Paralegal program

Undeclared  students, new or continuing paralegal students, and alumnus, are invited to attend the Paralegal program’s upcoming open house.

The open house takes place Wednesday, April 30 from 11 a.m.—1  p.m. in the E-Court Complex, Room 241 in the Protective Services Center at Truax. Subs, chips, desserts and beverages will be served.

The event will showcase new facilities including a new electronic courtroom (E-Court), law office, law library and jury deliberation room. The new learning spaces are located in the Protective Services Center on the second floor.

The open house will provide undeclared and new students a chance to meet and speak with paralegal faculty, current students and program alumni. It will highlight new classrooms that provide realistic working environments.

The E-Court is a state-of-the-art electronic mock-trial courtroom that allows events inside it to be projected onto a large screen for group and one-on-one evaluation. The jury deliberation room, law library and law office also give students exposure to the kinds of professional settings they will work in someday. Civil litigation and criminal law classes will be taught in the courtroom, with other classes having access to the space as well.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, paralegal job openings are expected to grow by 18 percent by 2020. The average median salary is $47,000 per year. Finally, more than 90 percent of Madison College paralegal alumni are employed or furthering their education within six months of graduation.

Madison College’s Paralegal program provides instruction from experienced attorneys and paralegals and is approved by the American Bar Association. Internships, flexible scheduling and scholarships are made available. Academic excellence is a cornerstone of the program as well. In fact, students who excel may join Lambda Epsilon Chi, a national honor society specific to paralegal education.

To attend, RSVP by April 25 to Paralegal faculty member Norma Kropp


Poetry reading features former Madison College student

Meg Johnson, a former Madison College student, will be one of two emerging young poets featured in a poetry reading on Thursday, April 24 from 1--2 p.m. in the Truax Gallery. 

Johnson is the author of the full-length poetry collection, "Inappropriate Sleepover." Her poems have appeared in "Hobart," the "Nashville Review," "The Puritan," "Slipstream Magazine," "Word Riot" and others. She is the editor of "Dressing Room Poetry Journal" and an MFA candidate in creative writing.

Growing up, Johnson danced with the Iowa State University dance department and after studying dance at Columbia College Chicago and the University of Iowa, left college early to dance with Kanopy Dance Company in Madison. Midway through her six years with the company, she returned to school at Madison College, where she realized she wanted to focus on writing.

Sarah Levine will join Johnson as a featured presenter at the reading. Levine is the author of "Her Man," a series of prose poems chronicling the life of Herman, a misunderstood teenage boy trying to understand the world around him. She has won the 2012 Westchester Review Writers Under 30 Contest and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Brenda Shaughnessy chose her poem, "Birds are Loosely Folded Napkins Thrown Into the Sky," to appear in the 2013 anthology of Best New Poets. Her poetry has been published in "Green Mountains Review," "Handsome" and "No Tokens," among others. She received her MFA in writing with a poetry concentration from Sarah Lawrence College. Currently, she is the poetry editor for "The Boiler Journal".

The event is being hosted by the "Yahara Journal" and is free and open to the public.