Support the Dental Hygiene Care service trip to Belize

Help support the Dental Hygiene Care in Belize 2016 Service Trip by purchasing Yankee Candles! 

Candles make great gifts, add color and scent to your home.

Forty percent of your online purchase (not good in stores) will go toward the cost of the students' trip. 

Go to:

Enter Group Code (required):  990085900 (unlimited use is allowed).

The group of Madison College Dental Hygiene students will travel to Ambergris Caye in Belize to provide dental hygiene care and education to children at Holy Cross School in San Mateo.

Students will provide the children with dental cleanings, x-rays, dental sealants, fluoride treatments and dental health education. The students will also go to classrooms to provide interactive dental health education.

Surgical Technologist program wins annual merit award

The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting announced that Madison College's Surgical Technologist program in the School of Health Education has received national recognition and been awarded the "Annual Merit Award" for exceeding the Certified Surgical Technologist benchmark pass rate of 70 percent from Aug. 1, 2014 through July 3, 2015.

Over 92 percent of the Surgical Technologist graduates passed the National Certification Examination on their first attempt and earned the status of Certified Surgical Technologist.

Congratulations to our graduates and program faculty for earning this national honor!

Join academic ESL conversation groups this semester

This semester, the Student Achievement Center hosts ESL conversation groups on:

  • Tuesdays, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., in the Student Achievement Center
  • Thursdays, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Writing Center

Students interested in joining a conversation group will be asked to sign in to Tutor Trac at the front of the Student Achievement Center but do not need to register for a specific course number. It is free to attend and groups meet weekly through the end of the semester.

Academic conversation groups are designed to give non-native English speaking students practice expressing their thoughts and opinions about various topics revolving around American culture, academic life, or language learning strategies and resources. An ESL-trained group facilitator attends each meeting to help the students work together to improve their oral communication skills.

Questions? Contact instructor Sarah Teniente, at (608) 259-2927, or Susanne Treiber, Writing Center educational program planner, at (608) 243-4289.

Universal Design exhibit Monday, Oct. 5

Join Disability Resource Services and the Americans with Disabilities Act Committee Monday, Oct. 5, between 3 and 5 p.m. for the official opening ceremony of the Universal Design exhibit at the Truax Gallery in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness month. Light refreshments will be served.

Universal design refers to broad-spectrum ideas meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to everyone: older people, people without disabilities and people with disabilities.

To learn more about Madison College’s Disability Awareness Week and other scheduled events during the week of Oct. 5, visit our website.

The exhibition will run through Oct. 15.

Learn about women in nontraditional careers

The Tools for Tomorrow program will be hosting several career information sessions this fall.

The career information session will feature two workshops: Women's Experience in Non-traditional Careers and Madison College's Nontraditional Career Paths.

The goals of the career information sessions are:

  • To provide women with the information they need to make their own informed career choices.
  • To close the lack-of-information-gender-gap between women and men’s knowledge of jobs typically considered "men’s work".
  • To utilize a single, simple point of entry for all women in the community considering nontraditional employment, training or educational options.

The sessions are targeted toward female participants.

Participants can register for both sessions or just the one they are interested in.

Explore more information regarding nontraditional careers.

To register, please contact Masaya Xiong.

Kwik Trip recruiter to visit Truax campus

The Career and Employment Center is pleased to announce an upcoming employer visit from Kwik Trip.

Please stop by the table in the cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, to learn about exciting career opportunities.

A recruiter from Kwik Trip will be available to tell you more and answer your questions.

Free 10 minute chair massages on Truax campus

The therapeutic massage program will offer free 10 minute chair massages in the Truax Health Education atrium on Thursday, Sept. 24, 12-2:30 p.m.

All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Sign up begins at 11:50 a.m.

According to a 1996 article in the International Journal of Neuroscience, massage therapy reduces anxiety and enhances EEG pattern of alertness and math computations.

Over a five-week period, massaged participants in the study showed:

  • decreased frontal EEG alpha and beta power, and increased delta power consistent with enhanced alertness
  • math problems were completed in significantly less time with significantly fewer errors after the massage
  • lower anxiety, cortisol (stress hormone) and job stress levels

Math Club links Farey series with post-modern music

The Math Club will have its first meeting of the academic year Friday, Sept. 25, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in Truax A2021.

Math club advisor John Grade will attempt to link history, arithmetic, number theory, fractals, and post-modern music. The title of the lecture is "Farey Fractions: a common mistake when adding fractions leads to weird and beautiful results.”

Grade has been a member of the Madison College math department since 2011. An electromechanical engineer by training, his education at Caltech and Stanford was in robotics and nanotechnology. He seeks out questions with surprising answers that can be grasped within minutes by children.

Changes for the student account creation process

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, a new and improved student account creation process will go live at the college.

What is changing?

  • The process has been reduced to the four following mobile-friendly pages:
    • a search page to identify preexisting accounts (to help eliminate duplicate accounts)
    • a shortened demographic data page
    • password and challenge question page
    • a final confirmation page
  • Students will be able to go to one place online to create and/or activate an account, find an existing username and reset/change a password.
  • The current website link that takes students to the new account creation process will become obsolete. A new link will replace the current account activation link.

What do students need to know?

Students should be directed to the Student Account Creation web page (page content will be published when the process goes live). This page will house the link to the online account creation process and explains that, by completing this process, the student will have an active student account with a username, password and seven digit student ID number.

Notes for web authors:

If you are a web author or owner of content on the web that addresses account creation/activation information, update based on the following key changes:

Questions? Email Student Development and Success Operations.

2015-2016 IBPS Fellows named

Building on the success of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) IBPS Fellows program established in 2014-15, Cary Heyer, interim director of Communications and Strategic Marketing, and Kathy Sorensen, associate dean of the School of Business and Applied Arts, have been named 2015-16 IBPS Fellows.

They join IBPS Fellows Jeremy Kautza, part-time faculty coordinator in CETL; Mike Lussenden, performing arts instructor; and Janice Mettauer, associate dean of the School of Academic Advancement.

Under the leadership of Kathleen Paris, interim director of IBPS at Madison College, IBPS Fellows assume a variety of responsibilities that advance a campus culture of shared authority, responsibility and accountability in decision making.

Typical activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Facilitation of meetings using IBPS approaches
  • Facilitated discussions between or among faculty and staff members for addressing conflicts
  • Hosting and facilitating IBPS learning events for the college community
  • Speaking in Madison College classes about IBPS
  • Supporting campus facilitators with social media tips and discussions of best practices
  • Supporting and evaluating portfolios for campus facilitators
  • Serving as champions for collaborative problem solving and community building

According to Paris, IBPS Fellows play a pivotal role in ensuring that the integrity of a collaborative decision-making culture that ensures the voice of college employees at every level and the students we serve are represented in crucial conversations. “IBPS Fellows have demonstrated their expertise and a shared commitment in facilitating conversations that influence how we advance Madison College’s mission and vision while remaining true to our shared values and commitment to student success.”

To request facilitated IBPS services at Madison College, contact Kathleen Paris.