Paralegal instructor Jody Cooper’s online course, Computer Applications – Legal, was nationally recognized by Quality Matters. Quality Matters is a faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components.
Cooper is joining an elite group of faculty at Madison College who have dedicated incredible amounts of time and determination to receive such recognition.
Published August 23, 2017.
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Madison College for its comprehensive annual financial report.
The award recognizes the efforts of Laurie Grigg, controller, and the Finance Team who prepared the financial report.
The Madison College comprehensive financial report was judged by an impartial panel to meet high standards including demonstrating a constructive “sprit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the report.
Published August 11, 2017.
Ten participants recently completed the Process Improvement Applied Training Series offered by the Center for Operational Excellence (COE):
- Nadine Majewski
- Christine Henker
- Sylvia Ramirez
- Morgan Jaimes
- Misty Turnquest
- Joshua Cotillier
- Susan Vedvig
- Wendy Franczak
- Mollie Stolbov
- Chelsey Bauer
Training participants received an introduction to process improvement concepts, Lean tools, and the Plan-Do-Check-Act framework. They applied the concepts and techniques to a process in their area during the course.
Published August 2, 2017. Updated August 3, 2017.
Claudia Marte, lead resource specialist - Center for College and Career Transitions, was a guest speaker at the American Federation of Teachers Conference in Washinton D.C. She shared her experiences in public school as a young immigrant and told how her teachers helped shape her career pathway in education. Marte spoke of her work at Madison College and how the Gateway to College program is positively impacting at-risk youth in our region. She introduced the keynote speaker, AFT President Randi Weingarten, her high school history teacher.
Published July 28, 2017.
Vicki Saffran, senior marketing liaison, and Regina Mosher, director of Technology Services, gave a presentation at the 2017 National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing and Retention Thursday, July 27.
They explained how Madison College partnered with Ruffalo Noel Levitz consultants to modernize the college website, implementing engaging functionality and optimizing content while establishing college-wide website governance.
The conference, held in Denver, addressed enrollment management and student success and drew higher education professionals from throughout the United States and Canada.
Published July 28, 2017.
Mary Hoffman, instructor and co-program director in Dental Hygiene, has been named the American Dental Hygienists Association's 2017 Educator of the Year.
Founded in 1923, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of the more than 185,000 registered dental hygienists (RDHs) across the country.
The Educator of the Year Award recognizes, honors and rewards a full-time dental hygiene faculty member who contributes to and is dedicated to providing high-quality education to dental hygiene students.
Hoffman believes that respect, empathy and guidance are keys to helping students achieve their goals. "Each student is unique and deserving of a valuable learning experience."
Published June 28, 2017.
Janet Sperstad, CMP, Meeting and Event Management program director for Madison College, will be inducted into the Events Industry Council Hall of Leaders at an October industry event in Las Vegas.
“I am deeply honored as this award encompasses one’s lifetime achievements and spans decades of contributions to the events industry,” Sperstad said. “Madison College has been a major contributor to my success in shaping and influencing our profession.”
Sperstad is one of three industry professionals who will be honored this year. She was nominated by the International Association of Exhibitions and Events as one of the best and brightest in the industry.
Among her achievements at the college, Sperstad developed the first event management degree program in the US and contributed to establishing event management as its own sector with the US Department of Labor. Sperstad also built and defined competency standards and a body of knowledge of event management, separate and distinct from hospitality.
The EIC represents over 34 organizations and 105,000 professionals in the events, hospitality, catering, and tourism fields around the world.
Published June 23, 2017.
Technology Training Coordinator and Atomic Learning – Higher Education Learning Ambassador Alan Natachu will present at Atomic Learning’s #Hoonuitlive webinar on Tuesday, June 13, from 6:30-7 p.m.
Natachu will speak about Goosechase, an app that had a large role in this year’s Tech Academy. This app allows users to build and launch a scavenger hunt. Participants can work as a team or as an individual to obtain the highest score.
This webinar is free and open to anyone. Register here.
Published June 5, 2017.
Lisa A. Seidman, Ph.D., adjunct instructor and recently retired Biotechnology program director, was named 2017 Educator of the Year by the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC).
Seidman was instrumental in creating Madison College’s Biotechnology Laboratory Technician associate degree program in 1987 and has been a national leader in biotechnology technician education for more than 30 years. She was the principal investigator for the development of a post-baccalaureate certificate program and a technical program in stem cell technologies at Madison College.
In addition to preparing and teaching biotechnology courses, Seidman has authored major publications focused on preparing the technical workforce. Her textbooks have been adopted for use by community colleges across the nation.
She has also served as a mentor for new faculty and programs as part of Bio-Link and the American Association of Community Colleges’ MentorLinks. Bio-Link enhances biotechnology education programs by providing cutting edge professional development for instructors, by improving curriculum, by making use of technologies and by creating a system for sharing of information.
HI-TEC is a national conference on advanced technological education where secondary and postsecondary educators, counselors, industry professionals, trade organizations and technicians can update their knowledge and skills.
Published June 2, 2017. Updated June 5, 2017.
Janet Sperstad, CMP, Program Director, Meeting and Event Management, conducted six presentations as a keynote and workshop speaker – kicking off IMEX’s theme and white paper she is writing this summer called “Purposeful Meetings.” The topics she covered focused on neuroscience and human behavioral research about how our brain and body works, its social drivers and how to optimize the meeting experience to produce more moments of meaning, creativity, learning and connectivity.
The learning outcomes of Sperstad’s seminar:
- Learn what a purposeful meeting is and how it is the future of event strategy and planning
- Explore the five pillars of a purposeful meeting and their role in creating success for your attendees and stakeholders
- Get a sneak peek into initial research findings on purposeful meetings
IMEX is a worldwide conference covering all topics related to the Meetings, Events and Incentive Travel industry. The IMEX event Janet spoke at had 9,000 exhibitions and conference for European event professionals and was held in Frankfurt, Germany, May 16-18.
“I am so proud to say I nailed it! No other college was on the main stage, talked more about, and leads the conversation in our industry than Madison College. Off to the airport and the last presentation of the school year – MPI Oregon!” explained Sperstad.
Published May 22, 2017.