Question of the Week

What can I find at the African art exhibit?

Last week, Donna Page took the Matters team on a tour of the Gallery at Truax, giving them a preview of the upcoming exhibition African Art: Traditional and Modern. Sarah Stolte, coordinator for the Gallery 211 downtown, asked Page to act as curator of the exhibition.

African Art: Traditional and Modern is sponsored in part by the Madison College Center for International Education and is presented at the Gallery 211, located in the DTEC, and the Gallery at Truax. 

Both locations feature traditional African masks and sculptures, as well as contemporary paintings, drawings and prints created by various African artists. The exhibits come from 16 countries across Africa. All the works are on loan from collectors in the Madison area.

The two oldest exhibits are located in the Gallery 211. They are 2,000 to 3,000-year-old terra cotta pieces discovered in Nigerian tin mines during the mid-twentieth century. 

The Gallery at Truax exhibit will be on display Tuesday, Jan. 10, through Thursday, Feb. 9. A reception will be held Thursday, Jan. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Gallery 211 exhibit will be on display Tuesday, Jan. 10, through Thursday, Feb. 23. A reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m.

 

What are you doing for winter break?

Despite nearly Arctic conditions outside, it was warm in the Truax building when the Matters team asked faculty and staff what they planned to do over winter break. 

 

What is the status of the new West Campus?

After interviewing Gwen Jones and Carly Brady about the new West campus, the Matters team decided they needed to see the new space, located at 8017 Excelsior Drive, for themselves. They drove across town to visit the new campus.

The space was under construction, being renovated to fit the needs of the classes it will soon hold. Workers were beginning to install cabinets and furniture.

As the Matters team toured the new space, stepping around Shop Vacs and ladders, they imagined how different the space will look when the credit and non-credit professional and continuing education classes begin in January of 2017.

The new West Campus will provide easy access for students interested in program classes for business, liberal arts transfer and pre-health programs, as well as non-credit professional and continuing education classes. The new campus is composed of six classrooms, two computer labs, a biology lab, a kitchen lab and student computer and support areas.

Madison Metro bus service (Route 15) and the campus free shuttle make it easy for students to travel between Truax and the West Campus. For those who drive themselves, free parking is offered in a spacious lot.

How is the Combined Charitable Campaign progressing?

There’s still time to participate in the Combined Charitable Campaign.

To date, the campaign is $2,000 ahead of this point in time in 2015. Employees can help break last year’s record and hit this year’s goal of $80,000 in many ways.  

The Online auction begins today.

  • Employees can bid on a variety of items today through Dec. 16.
  • New items will continue to be added throughout the auction. Bidders should check back often.
  • Those who wish to contribute an item should contact campaign chair Chelsey Bowers.

Cutest pet contest ends Friday.

  • Voting is open until 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9.
  • Each vote costs $1. Individuals can vote multiple times.
  • “Contestant” photos are available online and at designated regional campus locations.
  • Anyone who submitted a pet for the contest must send their $5 cash or check entry fee (per pet) to Chelsey Bowers via internal mail.

Pledging is still open!

  • Pledges will be accepted through Dec. 20 via the pledge forms sent to employee mailboxes.
  • The pledge book and donation forms can also be found online.
  • Pledging is also available online (user name will be your full college email and password will be employee ID).
  • This campaign does not automatically renew pledges each year, so you must make a pledge each year via online or a paper pledge form. 

Reminder: To access documents and information on SharePoint, employees must enter using his or her college email as a username, along with their college network password. 

What are a few ways faculty and staff are helping protect the environment?

The Matters team spoke with a few faculty and staff about what they are doing to help protect the environment.

Here at Madison College, we are not only conserving natural resources, but financial resources as well. For example, if you return your inter office envelopes to the Mail Center to be reused, you are not only saving trees, but you are helping to keep costs down for the college. 

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

In the days before Thanksgiving, the Matters team hit the halls of Truax to ask faculty and staff, "What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?"

We received many great answers. Madison College's faculty and staff are a grateful bunch. They are thankful for everything from friends and family, to beautiful weather and cranberry sauce.

 

A special message from President Daniels

 As the Combined Charitable Campaign progresses, please consider donating your time and resources. 

How is construction on the Goodman Sports Complex progressing?

Last spring, construction began on the Goodman Sports Complex. Over the past month, the construction site has been busy. The Matters team spoke with Mike Stark, director of facilities, to learn about updates on construction and the estimated completion date.

When completed, the Goodman Sports Complex will consist of a soccer field and softball field. Both fields will boast synthetic AstroTurf playing surfaces. The complex will also have state-of-the-art field lighting, allowing play to continue after it gets dark on these early fall evenings.

Though the complex will be the home field for the Madison College softball and soccer teams, they will not be the only ones using it. The complex will also be a destination for community sporting activities such as summer camps for disadvantaged youth, state-wide softball and soccer tournaments and other events. Madison College's Athletic Department continues to work closely with community centers on Madison's east side to engage youth in sports and educational-enrichment activities.

 

What services are available to faculty and staff?

The Matters team met with Provost Turina Bakken to learn more about the services that are available to faculty and staff at Madison College.

These services include:

“Madison College is like a little town. There are so many services that faculty and staff can take advantage of here,” says Bakken.

 

What is Disability Awareness Month?

This week, Madison College students, student athletes, faculty and staff had a chance to play against some of the premier wheelchair athletes in the country. The Whitewater Warhawks just completed a 4-peat as national champions. Their program includes a men's and a women's intercollegiate wheelchair basketball team competing at the highest level and featuring many current, past and future Paralympic athletes and coaches.

The event was the first of numerous activities planned for October, which is Disability Awareness Month. In addition to the wheelchair basketball game, a presentation is also scheduled. The "Universal Design—Working with Diverse College Learners" session will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. at Truax, Room B3243. This is a "sneak-peek" of the two-day training occuring Thursday, Nov. 10 and Friday, Nov. 11.

Disability Awareness Month aims to increase awareness and promote independence, integration and inclusion of all people with disabilities in society.

“It provides an opportunity to experience different events that focus on strengths and not barriers, and helps us helps us debunk the idea of disability and refocus on ability,” said Disability Resource Services Administrator Scott Ritter.

 

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