Ribbon cutting ceremony for Protective Services set for Feb. 20

President Bettsey Barhorst, the District Board of Trustees and the School of Human and Protective Services invite you to celebrate the grand opening of the Protective Services Center.
The event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. The Reception will be at 4 p.m. and the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will begin at 5 p.m.
Uniforms are encouraged.
Please RSVP for you and your guests by Feb. 11, 2013 by contacting Rachelle Scalzo at (608) 243-4103.
Check out the flyer!

GHC and WPS reps to visit Truax Feb. 5 and 7

Representatives from GHC and WPS will be here February 5 and 7 to answer questions about health insurance. They hold drop-in sessions in HR the first Tuesday and Thursday of every month.

  • Tim Ottosen from WPS will be here on Tuesday, February 5 from 3 to 4 p.m. Stop by or call him at (608) 226-8057.


  • Elizabeth Dye from GHC will be here on Thursday, February 7 from 3 to 4 p.m. Stop by or call GHC Member Services at (800) 605-4327.

No appointment is necessary, just stop by Human Resources, room AB121.
Contact Kristin Gebhardt at (608) 246-6902.

Refresh your writing skills at Grammar Bootcamp

Grammar Bootcamp 1 (PDF, 325 KB)
This workshop will help students get their usage and grammar “in shape” for college-level writing. Because a two-hour workshop can’t hope to fix all the bad language habits of a lifetime, this seminar will focus on those make or break mistakes that college students still tend to make, whether because of laziness or simple lack of knowledge. We’ll discuss the importance of careful and informed proofreading, as well as demonstrate and practice using a handbook effectively. Your students will come away with the conviction that it’s worth the effort to “look it up,” rather than simply saying “close enough.”
Grammar Bootcamp will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. in room 137A.
Contact Sarah Johnson at (608) 246-6595.

Learn Flipped Classroom!

"Preparing to Teach a Flipped Class"
When: Thursday, April 4 through Thursday, April 25, 2013
Have you wondered what all the buzz is about? Are you interested in finding out if a Flipped Classroom model might work for you? Join Nancy Woodward and Tina Rettler-Pagel for the four-week class, Preparing to Teach a Flipped Class.  
Learning Objectives:
1.      Define the “Flipped Classroom” concept
2.      Identify areas in which this philosophy could be applied to your current teaching methods
3.      Design activities for use in your flipped class
4.      Identify resources available for flipping your class
Class Schedule:
1.Thursday, April 4th - Wednesday, April 10th - Online - In the model of the Flipped Classroom, start the class online on April 4th. Topics covered include defining the flipped classroom, examples of flipped classrooms and out of classroom activities.
2. Thursday, April 11th - Meet Face-to-Face from 1 - 4 pm in Room 220C - Topics covered include using your new knowledge to design in-class activities, finding and making videos, and mapping your course.
3. Friday, April 12th - Wednesday, April 24th - Online - Topics covered include preparing your flipped lesson and getting feedback.
4.Thursday, April 25th - Meet Face-to-Face from 1 - 4 pm in Room 220C - Share your newly flipped lesson and wrap-up!
            Note:  Participants must attend both of the face-to-face sessions. Participants will receive 1 re-certification credit.
Register on the CETL Registration site. Questions: Contact Nancy Woodward and Tina Rettler-Pagel in CETL.

Study abroad smarter at the International Education Institute

Madison College Center for International Education is hosting our seventh annual International Education Institute this April 25-26, 2013 at the Madison College Downtown campus (211 N. Carroll St).
This year’s theme is “Health, Safety, and Faculty-Led Study Abroad,” and we will be bringing in three national experts to host the following workshops:
Workshop 1
Thursday, April 2
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Standards of Best Practice in Education Abroad
Presented by Natalie A. Mello, The Forum on Education Abroad
Workshop 2
Friday, April 26
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Health and Safety Planning for Education Abroad
Presented by Julie Anne Friend, Associate Director for International Safety and Security, Northwestern University
Workshop 3
Friday, April 26
1:00 – 4:30 pm
Mental Health and Study Abroad
Presented by Dr. Adrian Sherman, Licensed Psychologist and International Education Consultant
Madison College employees may participate in these workshops free of charge. For all others cost of registration is $50/Workshop or $100 for all three workshops over both days.
For more information including registration details, visit:

Automotive program offering on-site repairs

The morning and afternoon Service Repair Procedures and Automotive Classes are offering vehicle repair needs in the following areas: safety inspections, oil change, coolant flush, transmission fluid change, minor electrical repair and other automotive needs.
They will complete as many repairs as time allows before the end of the quarter and (as always) will only accept the repairs that will fit our curriculum. Certain types of repairs may necessitate our keeping a vehicle for more than one day. One of the advantages of the Automotive Program is that the students have the opportunity to work on "live vehicles." If you can help our students with real-life automotive problems for their labs, they would appreciate the opportunity.
Please fill out an Auto Work Request Form at the Auto Parts Store, Room 50A (Center Wing), Truax Campus
Email Greg Weier or Joe Padrutt.

Blackboard email has new feature

Blackboard email now allows faculty to customize their functionality using the Email Feature.
For more details, click on the Faculty FAQ


Reserve seats at the Gourmet Dining Room

The gourmet dining room at Truax is now taking reservations! The four course prix fixe luncheons available at the gourmet dining room are a great way to show off Madison College's student talent to prospective donors, board members and other guests. It's also a great way to treat yourself anytime.
The dining room will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting at noon.
Spring service begins on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
The dining room is closed during Convocation (March 12) and spring break (March 26-28).
You can make reservations online!
Click on "G" (on the A-Z index) for Gourmet or call (608) 246-MENU

Deadline approaches for Europe culinary tour

This program combines a number of learning opportunities for Culinary Arts, Baking Pastry Arts, and Hospitality students. Students will participate in hands on experiences of culture and food in cities in Northern Spain and Southern France. Students will enroll in the Global Tourism Seminar for two credits in the spring semester and participate in the Study Abroad program in summer. 
The program will repeat the popular destinations of Northern Spain and Southeast France.  This program will focus on themes of sustainable food production and consumption and the cultural history and culinary traditions of the boarder region between France and Spain.  The travel itinerary will include Logrono, La Rioja, Pamplona, Biarritz, Getaria, and Bilbao and will include food and art museums, cooking lessons, and other cultural activities.

Application and additional information is on the Education Abroad web page. Read the full description and register on the course page.
Email a faculty contact:
John Johnson or Sarah Fritz


UW Credit Union offers free financial aid seminar

UW Credit Union is offering a free, financial aid seminar on Thursday, Jan. 31 at the College's Truax campus, Room 142 AB, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Do you have students who are frustrated or confused by the financial aid process? If so, please refer them to the free, financial aid seminar that is being provided for anyone who has questions about:
- Application timelines and tracking tools
- Different types of financial aid available
- Internet sites for scholarships, schools, and forms
We will also be available to answer individual questions.
This seminar is open to everyone. You do not need to be a member of UW Credit Union to attend.
Please share this information with your students as this is the only financial aid seminar being offered by UW Credit Union on the Madison College Truax campus this year.