December CETL Newsblast released

This month's CETL Newsblast discusses upcoming training opportunities, the January Convocation and active learning classrooms. 

The newblast is available on the CETL website. 

Privacy screen now available in Trustyle Salon

The TruStyle and Downtown salons are open until Dec. 13. Salon products and gift certificates are available at both salons. Customers at the TruStyle Salon on the Truax Campus can now have privacy with the new privacy screen. 

Salon Hours

Monday - Friday: 12:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Appointments can be made for between 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  

Holiday deals in the Truax and Downtown Salons:

  • Those who make a gift certificate purchase will receive a 10 percent coupon off of any service or product
  • A free paraffin dip will also be included with any manicure or pedicure.
  • TruStyle Salon will donate 5 percent of all purchases to the American Red Cross to help people affected by the Philippines Typhoon.

The Trustyle Salon offers a multitude of services from haircuts to manicures. For more information about the salon or to make an appointment call 608-246-6068. 


Pet Adoption Open House takes place Dec. 4

The Madison Cadison College Veterinary Technician program welcomes students, faculty, and staff to the Pet Adoption open house on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 4:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. in room E1818 on the Truax Campus.

Other visiting hours are:

Monday through Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. 

For more information about pet adoption and the Veterinary Technician program visit or call 608-246-6553.


Flexible Learning newsletter challenges instructors to reflect and adapt

The December 2013 issue of the Madison College Flexible Learning Newsletter is now available! This issue focuses on the importance of instructors' constant reflection and adaptation by which they can perform at a higher level. One growth opportunity that the newsletter suggests is for istructors to learn about Thinklink, a Web 2.0 tool that allows instructors to use interactive images in the classroom and online.

The newsletter also mentions competecy-based education and "how faculty can adapt our current competency based system using the UW System Flex Learning program for ideas."

The "From the Facilitators" section gives instructors some tips on how to improve in areas of student dissatisfaction.

Contact Trey Mireles at 608-246-6049.  

Madison College hosts one-of-a-kind donation event

On Dec. 9, 2013, Madison College is hosting a one-of-a-kind event that allows participants to donate blood, register to be a potential bone marrow donor, and pledge to be an organ and tissue donor.

In one day, the Madison College community can change the lives of three or more people by giving a gift that costs the donor nothing but is priceless to a person in need.

Those interested in donating blood can sign up and learn more at Bone marrow registry and organ donation pledge forms will be available on the day of the event. To learn more about bone marrow donation, visit Finally, check out for information about organ and tissue donation.

This event, which will be held in the Student Lounge on the Truax campus, is sponsored by the Madison College Association for Biotechnology and Madison College Fitness, Health and Recreation. 

Contact College Health Educator Anna Marie Hoffmann, RN at 608-245-2116. 

Raffle benefits Robotics Club

The Madison College Robotics Club will hold a raffle on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, to benefit the club.

The prizes are a Texas Instruments TI-89 Titanium Graphing Calculator valued at $140 and two Raspberry-PI single-board computers valued at $34.

Raffle tickets are $3 each or four for $10. Tickets can be purchased at the table in front of the Student Life office or through Ann Thompson in room C1460A at Truax. Only 250 tickets will be sold.

The drawing will be held at noon on Dec. 13, in room D1648.

Contact Ann Thompson ext. 6032.

Drop-in Blackboard Gradebook assistance offered by CETL

Faculty are invited to join the CETL staff and CETL Mentors for drop-in assistance with Blackboard Gradebook or other grading issues.

Fort Atkinson Campus
Monday, Dec. 9, from 3 – 5 p.m.

Truax, Room B2210 (next to CETL)
Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 3-5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 13, from 12-2 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 16, from 1-3 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 3-5 p.m.

Contact Nanc
y Woodward in CETL. 

Salons offer special promotion in December

In December at the Madison College salons get a free paraffin dip with a manicure or pedicure.

Appointments can be booked at the Truax TruStyle Salon at (608)246-6068 and Downtown Salon at (608) 258-2404.

The offer is valid through Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

Math Club presentation looks at math concepts in a computer game

The Math Club's season finale presentation is Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in room A2021 at Truax at 3:30 p.m.

“A Mathematical Walk through The Seventh Guest,” will be presented by Professor John Frohliger of St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis. This is Professor Frohliger’s eighth presentation.

In 1993, Virgin Games released The Seventh Guest. It was a computer game in which the player moved through a spooky house, going from room to room solving puzzles. Many of these puzzles involved mathematical concepts, some of them fairly deep.

While the technical aspects of The Seventh Guest, which were considered cutting edge at the time, may be dated by today’s standards, but the brainteasers are still fascinating. In this talk he will explore some of those puzzles and the underlying mathematics.

Professor Frohliger has been an associate professor of mathematics at St. Norbert College since 1983. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University, and Masters of Science and Ph.D. from Purdue University. He has served as the Wisconsin coordinator of the American High School Mathematics Examination (AHSME) from 1987-1992, the chair of the Wisconsin Section of the MAA from 1998-1999 and a reader for the AP calculus exam since 2000.

The Spring 2014 lecture series schedule is available on the Math Club's website.

Final Adobe User Group meeting of year to be held on Dec. 4

The next meeting of the Madison Adobe User Group (AUG) is scheduled for Dec. 4, 2013, a fun and festive get-together for Madison (InDesign Users Group) IDUG and AUG members.

Users are invited to join fellow members at the centrally located Badger Bowl to share a little Creative Cloud cheer.

The group will give away the final one-year subscription to Creative Cloud for the year.

This event is a "buy your own" food and drink, which is readily available from the Badger Bowl.

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Badger Bowl
506 E. Badger Rd.
Madison, Wis.