Procurement Department reviews and revises Procurement and Purchasing Policy

The Procurement Department recently conducted a review of the Procurement & Purchasing Procedures Policy (P-100), with the Madison College District Board approving changes on Feb. 19, 2014.

One of the department’s goals during the process of revising Administrative Policy P-100, was to bring consistency in the Madison College procurement procedures with those of the WTCS.  The newly approved P-100 provides clarity and assists staff as they traverse the procurement process.

The website has been updated to include the revised P-100, as well as a revised Purchasing Matrix to help navigate the various purchasing levels and approval requirements.

Noted changes that will affect certain processes going forward, include the following:

  1. For purchases between $5,000 and $25,000, two written quotes are now required.
  2. Splitting purchases into smaller components to bypass purchasing rules is specifically prohibited and is considered a severe violation of the policy.
  3. Any waiver of the quote or bid requirements, including sole sourcing, will now require a Waiver Form to be completed and approved. The Waiver Form will be posted online the week of Feb. 24.

Financial Services and the Procurement Department will also be making further updates to the website in the coming weeks to cleanup outdated information and forms and improve usability.

Those seeking further information regarding these updates should contact Purchasing Manager Kristin Luke at 608-246-6462.  

Math Club lecture looks at the mathematics of game shows

The Math Club features Benedek Valko, associate professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for a talk titled “Random Permutations and Suitcases.”  The lecture will focus on random permutations in game shows and ways to maximize profits.

All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend on Friday, Feb. 28 at 3:30 p.m. in room A2021 at Truax.

Valko received his doctorate from the Technical University of Budapest in Hungary and has been a member of the UW-Madison Department of Mathematics since 2008. His main interest is probability theory. He is also the director of the Wisconsin Mathematics, Engineering and Science Talent Search.

Optometric Technician program provides vision services to Madison College community

The Optometric Technician program provides vision screening services to students, faculty and friends. 

Vision Screenig Clinic
The vision screening clinic is located in room 271 in the new Health Education Building at the Truax campus. The clinic is open Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.

Optical Dispensary
Students, staff and alumni can visit the Optical Dispensary in room 271 in the new Health Education Building to purchase eyeglasses, receive an adjustment or use repair services. The Optical Dispensary is open for the Spring semester on Thursdays from 1-2:50 p.m. and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

Contact the Optical Dispensary at 608-246-6272

Spring Volunteer Fair brings community organizations to College

The spring Volunteer Fair is scheduled for Wednesday Feb. 26  from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Truax Student Lounge. This event is sponsored the Madison College Volunteer Center.  

Nearly 30 community organizations will be on campus to connect with students, faculty and staff with opportunities to get involved. 


Contact the Volunteer Center at 

Participating companies:
Madison Coalitions of Older Adults
Alzheimer's Association South Central Wisconsin Chapter
WORT 89.9 FM Community Radio
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland Council
Vera Court Neighborhood Center
Badger Prairie Health Care Center
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County
Wisconsin Historical Museum
Goodman Community Center
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin
East Madison Community Center
Lussier Community Education Center
Community GroundWorks
Centro Hispano
Madison Children's Museum
Make-A-Wish Wisconsin
Centro Hispano 
Easter Seals Wisconsin Camps
Heartland Hospice
Primates Incorporated
Workers' Rights Center 
Workers' Rights Center
Madison ESL School (MESLS)
Schools of Hope – Elementary
Urban League of Greater Madison
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Susan G. Komen - Race for the Cure
Catholic Multicultural Center
Nehemiah Community Development Corporation

Job Mob takes place Fridays at South Campus

The Madison College South Campus holds the "Job Mob" job club each Friday. Job Mob is a multi-organization intiative to provide hands-on, basic employment services to residents of the greater South Madison area.

This is an opportunity for people in the community to receive job application and résumé writing assistance, job leads, interviewing tips, information on community resources, and more.  

Interested in helping to provide these critical services to the Sourth Madison community? Event organizers are looking for the following:

  • One-on-one volunteers to help in areas such as interview preparation, résumé and cover letter development, and online and paper application completion (volunteer training provided for all these areas)
  • Sharing of job openings (job leads) at your place of business
  • Employers to conduct on-site recruitment
  • in-kind supplies like flashdrives, pens, and name tags

Event Information
Date: Fridays
Time: 9-11 a.m. - no appointment necessary!
Location: 2238 S. Park Street, Room SM148 (Near the Atrium Entrance) 

For more information check out the Job Mob flyer (PDF, 144 KB) or contact Laurie Meulemans at 608-273-6676 or Tina Ahedo.

February promotions offered in Bookstore

Receive 25 percent off of clothing at the Bookstore until Friday, Feb. 28. The sale excludes scrubs.  

Everyone who likes the Bookstore's Facebook page in the month of February are entered for a chance to win a Best Buy gift card. 

Continuing education classes teach instructors to encounter students with eating disorders

Eating Disorder Awareness Week starts Monday, Feb. 24. Madison College Continuing Education offers online courses that are designed to help instructors encounter students with eating disorders. Addressing Childhood Obesity and Eating Behaviors Counseling are two of the noncredit classes that could make a difference in the life of someone else. 
More information about this affliction, which affects more than 30% of college-age students, can be found at the
 National Eating Disorder Awareness websiteFor more information about these non-credit courses, go to the Eating Behaviors Technician Certification webpage

Weed Man representative visits Madison College

Natalie from lawn-care company Weed Man is visiting the Madison College Truax Campus through a Career and Employment Center-sponsored employee visit. Students are invited to stop by the table in the cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 to learn about career opportunities with this company. Natalie will be available to answer questions and discuss what Weed Man has to offer. 

Fusion Science Theater attracts attention at Capitol

Chemistry and Creative Writing/Drama instructor Holly Walter Kerby, along with Madison College students Makenzie Smith and Robert Helfinstine, presented Fusion Science Theater at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The team demonstrated how arts can be incorporated into a STEM curriculum for the sake of education and entertainment to create STEAM-powered learning. Fusion Science Theater is a service learning program that provides outreach to elementary school students in our district, as well as groups across the country.

The demonstration was part of the Celebration of Student Engagement that included displays from 16 Wisconsin technical colleges. 

Cornille visits Downtown Child and Family Center

Vice President of Student Development Keith Cornille stopped by the Child and Family Center on the Downtown Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Cornille joined the 4-year-old kindergarten program during small group time and helped children with a math activity. Cornille's visit meant a lot to children and they thoroughly enjoyed counting and learning the numbers with him.

"He is naturally very good with young children and they are drawn to him. He has little friends at the center and children kept asking when he will come back to play with us. We will schedule time for Keith to come back and spend time with children," says Child and Family Centers Director Cigdem Unal. 

Unal speaks for many at the College in her gratitude for Cornille's above-and-beyond efforts, saying, "We all feel very fortunate to have Keith at the College and appreciate everything he does for children, students and staff."