From clients to alums: Two lives who are making a big difference

Cigdem Unal, manager of Madison College’s Child and Family Center, shares the story of Zari Weaver, her mother, Sonja Onuchuku, and their journey as clients of the center in 2005 to their current roles in health and human services thanks to their education at Madison College.

Here’s the link to their story.

College sponsors diversity conference

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the White Privilege Conference

Madison College is an official sponsor of the White Privilege Conference on March 26-29 at the Concourse Hotel. This is a high-quality, national conference focused on issues of privilege and diversity, and is a good place to deepen understanding of these issues. 

"For me, the White Privilege Conference is a learning experience that allows me to step away from the haze of assumptions floating in and around my white-dominant culture, and breathe some real air. The conference is not about shame and blame for white people, nor does it only benefit white participants. The take-away for me has been an empowering alertness to social justice issues. The conference always reinvigorates me to care more deeply about my entire community, but specifically, to tune-in more carefully to my students’ experiences," states English instructor Gwen Ebert.

Employees can contact their departments for potential funding to attend. Faculty can apply for funding from CETL.

To expand on this learning experience, plans are in development to create an online and in-person discussion forum for after the conference.

"I have attended three previous White Privilege Conferences. I have felt welcomed at each one. I believe it improves my ability as a counselor and a teacher. Madison is in the midst of a community discussion about social justice around race partially spurred by a report called the Race to Equity and The Cap Times coverage on race . The White Privilege conference in late March is a perfect chance for our community in Madison and at Madison College to learn and to plan to improve our school and our community. Please feel free to talk with me for more information and I hope you consider attending. You can talk to CETL or your department about supporting your attendance, " says John Boyne, counselor and College Success instructor.

Contact John Boyne or Gwen Ebert.

Email system to receive maintenance

Madison College email will have limited functionality on Sunday, Jan. 26 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. while maintenance is being performed.

The system will remain up during this time in a limited capacity while the maintenance is ongoing.

Contact the Help Desk at 246-6666.

Career and Employment Center offers assistance to Professional Development Instructors

The Career and Employment Center (CEC) can assist faculty who teach Professional Development classes or their components. Interested instructors can take advantage of the Center's experts for class presentations. These speakers can introduce employment topics or wrap it all up, they are here to help and ready to share their knowlege with students!

Interested facultly can complete an online form to request a CEC advisor present in your class. Topics range from Career and Employment Center resources, resume building, interviewing skills and more!

Contact the Career and Employment Center at the Truax Gateway, Room A1003, 608-243-4598 or

Construction and Remodeling program participates in remodeling expo

The Construction and Remodeling program will have a booth at the 2014 NARI Remodeling Expo from Jan. 24-26 at the Marriott Madison West.

The expo is free and open to the public. 

Service Repair Procedures Automotive Classes request vehicles for repair

The morning and afternoon Service Repair Procedures Automotive Classes would like to request vehicle repair needs in the following areas: safety inspections, oil change, coolant flush, transmission fluid change, minor electrical repair and other automotive needs.

The students and instructors will complete as many repairs as time allows before the end of the quarter and will only accept the repairs that fit the curriculum. Certain types of repairs may necessitate a vehicle being kept for more than one day. One of the advantages of our Automotive Program is that the students have the opportunity to work on “live" vehicles. Repairing cars that belong to people in the community helps the students with real life automotive problems for their labs.

Those interested must fill out an Auto Work Request Form at the Auto Parts Store, Room D1501 in the Center Wing on the Truax Campus.


Community event offers recruitment opportunity for campus

The 10th Annual All Dressed Up event will bring hundreds of junior and senior high school girls to the Truax campus on Saturday, March 8.

This event offers programs, classes, campuses and organizations the opportunity to recruit future students. The high school students are a captive audience as they wait for their turn to shop for a prom dress. The opportunity allows the campus community to showcase their areas and connect the girls with Madison College.

Vendors must set up by 7:30 a.m. and remain until 3:30 p.m. Each vendor will be provided a table and Madison College tablecloth if desired.  

Please contact Jeanne Pluemer (608) 246-6211 for more information or to register as a vendor. 

Art Instructor's painting included in exhibition at Museum of Wisconsin Art

Madison College Transfer Art Instructor, Katherine Rosing's work has been included in the Wisconsin Visual Artists (WVA) Biennial Exhibition at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA). 

The museum is located at 205 Veterans Avenue, West Bend, Wis. 53095.

The exhibition runs from Jan. 17 – March 9, 2014. Hours of operation are as follows: 
Tue - Wed: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri - Sun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Performing Arts student advances to final round in Irene Ryan Scholarship Competition

Performing Arts student Kali Greenberg advanced to the final round during the Irene Ryan Scholarship competition held during the regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The Irene Ryan Scholarships provide recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education. Five states are included in Region 3: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. From these states, over 450 performers were nominated, 268 performed during the Festival but only 16 went on to perform in the final round.

As participants in the competition, students from two-year, four-year, and graduate level programs may perform up to three times: The initial round is a scene between two partners, the nominee and a partner from their academic institution. This year, almost 270 scenes participated at this level. If the nominee and their partner advance to the semi-final round, they perform the original scene along with a second scene. The final round narrows the competition to 16 finalists with the nominee and their partner performing both scenes and the nominee performing a solo monologue.

Greenberg and her partner Robert Helfinstine made it to the final level of the competition. This is the first time participants from Madison College ever advanced to the semi-finals, let alone finals. The majority of the finalists were graduate students in Masters of Fine Arts programs. While not selected to progress to the Kennedy Center national competition, Greenberg ad Helfinstine exemplified the talent and artistic excellence of the performing arts students at Madison College in her work at the competition. 

American Society of Interior Designers Madison College Student Chapter holds fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings

The Madison Collge Community is invited to participate in a fundraising event for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Madison College Student Chapter on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Today, 10 percent of all food purchases accompanied by a certificate (PDF, 105 KB) at Buffalo Wild Wings will be donated to the ASID Madison College Student Chapter. The certificate is only valid at the Buffalo Wild Wings 240 East Towne Mall location from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.