Phishing emails follow up

Message from Linda Pruss – Chief Information Security Officer 


I’d like to introduce myself. I am Linda Pruss. I joined Madison College in August as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).  I’ve enjoyed my first months here and appreciate the warm welcome I’ve received. If you have any information security related questions or just want to chat, please feel free to give me a call, email or stop by my office.  

Besides introducing myself, the purpose of this email is to follow up on an email phishing event that occurred on our campus in early October. Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity. Key points:  

  • Our campus was one of many targeted in this particular email phishing campaign.
  • The phisher’s intent was to get the recipient to click the web link in the email.  Once at the web page, the user was asked to fill in personal information including username and password.
  • Approximately 50-60 Madison College users clicked the link and ten ntered their user id and password. Six of the ten compromised accounts were then used to send out additional phishing emails resulting in approximately 15,000 additional phishing messages sent to MC users and other external email users before being blocked by our email filters.
  • We were lucky.  Visiting the phishing web site did NOT download malware (unwanted software) with the intent to infect computers or encrypt files.  It was basically a nuisance; it could have been worse! 

On Oct. 31 some of our users, received a very similar phishing email message. If you received this type of email, please delete the message from your inbox. 

Marco's Pizza/Family Video and Old Navy visit Madison College

The Career and Employment Center is pleased to announce an upcoming employer visit from Marco's Pizza/Family Video. Please stop by the table in the cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, to learn about exciting career opportunities. Tim from Marco's Pizza/Family Video will be available to answer any questions.



The Career and Employment Center is pleased to announce an upcoming employer visit from Old Navy. Please stop by the table in the cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, to learn about exciting career opportunities. Nicole from Old Navy will be available to answer any questions.

November Flexible Learning Newsletter now available

November’s Flexible Learning Newsletter focuses on how practice makes perfect and why formative assessment matters. 

Tech Tools Express workshops: Tools you can use

You see them everywhere! QR codes can be used for access to text, web-links, audio, video, book reviews, sharing files and much more. This workshop will discuss how to use QR codes to share information with students and other staff in new and engaging ways. 

Mark your calendars for these upcoming sessions: 

  • Friday, Nov. 14 rrom – Using Social Media in the Classroom – Guest Presenter: Kristin Uttech, Marketing faculty
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18– Google Searching – Guest Presenter: Mark T Luetkehoelter, Madison College Librarian
  • Wednesday, Nov. 19 – Blackboard: SafeAssign
  • Tuesday, Dec. 2– Blackboard: Course Reports 

All sessions are from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Room B2216A – CETL Training Room

Contact Tina Rettler-Pagel or Nancy Woodward in CETL or call 608-246-6646.

Madison College hosts Veteran's Day program

Join the Madison College Veterans Club and the Volunteer Center on Tuesday Nov. 11, for the Veteran's Day program with Madison College veterans.

President Daniels and Dr. Maurice Sheppard will speak as well as CW3 Mike Wenger, commander (retired United States Marine Corps) of the Longmire/Truax VFW Post 8483 (Veterans of Foreign Wars).  

The program will be followed by a resource fair and a pizza lunch. The VFW Women's Auxiliary also will display a POW/MIA table. The event will start at 11 a.m. in the Truax Gateway.

All are welcome to attend. Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to recognize those who are currently and have served in the United States Armed Forces.  

Madison College Foundation seeks volunteers to participate on the Scholarship Application Review Committee

Are you interested in taking part in the scholarship application review committee?

The Madison College Foundation invites you to participate in the spring 2015 scholarship application review process from Dec. 1 to Dec. 12.

This is a very important part of the scholarship scoring process, and your help is needed and appreciated!

If you have not participated in the process before, you will find it a very rewarding experience. This process is a unique opportunity to appreciate the diverse backgrounds of our students since applications include personal stories, experiences and goals for their futures.

The entire review process is handled online through our new scholarship management system, AcademicWorks that gives reviewers flexibility to score applications at their convenience.

Please contact Mindy Dickmann at (608) 246-6958 to confirm your participation and/or for more information.  

Program Activities Council presents Kyla Lacey

The Program Activities Council (PAC) presents Kyla Lacey a spoken-word artist on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Student Lounge at the Truax campus. 

Kyla's poetry is based on her real-life experiences and she enjoys telling her story of triumphing over tragedy. When telling her story she infuses comedy, has the ability to make you laugh, cry and feel utterly inspired - even about some of the roughest times in life.

Student jobs Are still available

Do you know of any students looking for a part-time student help or work study job? There are still more than a dozen positions available.

Student employment promotes campus involvement, supports the educational experience and provides students with valuable work experience.  Please encourage interested students to apply.

Visit the On and Off Campus Student Jobs web page for more information about available jobs and application instructions.

Please contact the Career and Employment Center or 608-243-4598.

WolfPack Volleyball advances to the NJCAA Div. III Volleyball National Championship

The Madison College WolfPack Volleyball team has advanced to the 2014 NJCAA Division III National Championship in Rochester, Minn., on Nov. 14 and 15 and has been ranked second nationally. 

The team will defend the national championship and advance to the national tournament for the second straight year. 

November News Blast now available

The November CETL News Blast is now available online.

It includes the month's schedule, a look at the CETL calendar for the fall semester, the new CETL annual report, a spotlight on how many sessions CETL offers for professional development and much more.