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College receives award for ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

Madison College was honored for the highest voting rate of a large community college during the 2018 midterm elections. The college received the 2019 Best in Class Award from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge at the group’s Washington, D.C., biennial awards ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 12. The ceremony was attended by Dr. Howard Spearman, vice president for Student Affairs, and Ellie Rome, student program advisor in Student Life.

Madison College was participating in the Challenge with more than 560 other institutions enrolling six million students across the country. The voting rate for Madison College students in 2018 was 53.5%, while the national average for student voting at the participating institutions was 39.1%.

We expect that number to rise in 2020 due to increased voter registration efforts planned from the office of Student Life and by serving as an early voting location for City of Madison residents. Early voting will be offered for all elections in 2020 (February, April, August and November).

Published December 6, 2019.

Instructor honored for educating meteorologists

Dr. Scott Lindstrom, Adjunct Part-time Weather and Climate faculty in the Department of Physical Sciences, received the National Weather Association's Larry R. Johnson Award this semester. Lindstrom was presented with the award at the annual meeting of the National Weather Association, in Huntsville, Alabama, on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

The award was "For outstanding efforts in educating operational meteorologists on the uses and benefits of the new GOES series of satellites." The honor also recognizes work that started at the Science and Operations Officer Prep Course at the National Weather Service Training Center in 2016 and 2017. This work continues in the form of in-person training visits to forecast offices, development of training documents and videos, along with blogging about satellite data uses.

Scott accomplished this work at the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, Space Science and Engineering Center, at UW-Madison.



Published November 25, 2019.

Career and Employment Center receives innovation award

Congratulations to Career and Employment Services on a funded Innovation proposal.

The Innovation Team is pleased to announce the following innovation award:

Using Student Employment to Improve Outcomes

The Career and Employment Center provides career services to students throughout the college. The CEC identified an opportunity to use student employment as a tool to engage students and, hopefully, improve retention and graduation.

Their Innovation award will be used to complete an environmental scan of student employment materials and collect baseline data on student employees. This information will be used to formulate recommendations for an improved student employment experience.

Award Amount: $14,000

Got a great idea? Submit your project at the Innovation Fund SharePoint site.

Have questions or comments? Contact the Innovation Team.

Published November 20, 2019.

WolfPack athletes claim postseason honors

For the second year in a row, the Madison College women's soccer team boasts the top player in the North Central Community College and NJCAA Region IV. Sophomore midfielder Jenna Kohrt was named the N4C Most Valuable Player and the Region IV Player of the Year as the top vote-getter on the respective first team lists. She becomes the second straight player to receive the honor after Peyton Trapino (2017-18) became the first N4C MVP in program history.

Joining Kohrt on the postseason honors list is freshman Lydia Webster, who earned first team all-conference and second team all-region, while sophomores Kaitlyn Clapper and Kelly Kubicek and freshman Mackenzie Bielicki all received second team accolades from both organizations. The quintet helped lead the WolfPack to a third straight N4C title, a second Region IV championship in three years and a 12-4-2 record that resulted in a #10 ranking in the NJCAA Division III Poll.

The coaches of the North Central Community College Conference voted again to name a Madison College women's volleyball player as the league's Most Valuable Player. The distinction was given to sophomore Cathleen Flannery. Flannery also received first team all-conference and first team all-region honors.

Joining Flannery on the list of postseason honors are freshmen middle blockers Calla Borchert and Sidni Walgurski. Borchert was a first team selection by both the conference and region, while Walgurski took home first team all-region and second team all-conference recognition. The trio guided the 'Pack to a 16-16 record overall and a second place finish in the N4C, with an 8-4 mark.

The Madison College men's soccer team was represented by four players on the North Central Community College Conference and NJCAA Region IV postseason awards lists. Sophomore Evan Bartz and freshmen Pablo Guzman, Muhammed Sallah and Samuka Toure were all named second team all-conference and all-region. This marks the first time these players have earned the honor. The quartet helped the WolfPack to a 7-7-2 season and a 4-5-1 record in the N4C.

Published November 20, 2019.

Student designer succeeds in Chicago competition

Please join Student Life in congratulating Jake Bujnowski. Bujnowski, a student graphic designer in Student Life, took third place for Printed Material at the, 2019 Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities Fall Midwest Graphics Competition, in Chicago. Bujnowski created the winning poster this semester for the Executive Leadership Team's Officer Training event.

Published November 15, 2019.

Gibbs, Kue present at regional professional conference

Tammy Gibbs’ session “How do we Maintain Balance and Sanity in These Highly Challenging Times?” was voted Best in State for the Wisconsin Association of International Educators (WAIE) Conference during the Spring semester.

Each year, WAIE supports the presenters of the session voted ‘Best of State’ to attend the National Association of International Educators (NAFSA) Region V conference and present their session. Gibbs presented her session at the NAFSA Region V conference Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Gibbs serves as the Education Abroad Coordinator at Madison College and is also a certified yoga instructor. During the session, Gibbs shared tips, led a yoga practice and facilitated a discussion on how to maintain sanity during stressful times at work.

Amy Kue, International Programs Coordinator, also presented at the NAFSA Region V conference. Kue co-lead a Diversity Programming Roundtable discussion for those in diversity and inclusion roles on their campuses. The roundtable discussed how the field of international education intersects with other diversity initiatives and common campus climate issues.

Published November 14, 2019.

Instructor invited to "Animation Expo"

Animation Instructor Ed Binkley was invited to be a Featured Artist and Guest Lecturer at this year's Creative Talent Network “Animation Expo.” The event is held in Hollywood, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 21-Sunday, 24. Binkley will give multiple presentations and live demos on topics that include:

  • Complex Composition in Fantasy Art
  • Digital Drawing and Painting
  • Storytelling in Illustration

The CTN Expo is attended by industry professionals as well as students hoping to become animators and 2D or 3D artists.



Published November 11, 2019.

Student newspaper continues excellence

The Clarion was honored as a Pacemaker Finalist for the second straight year during the National College Media Convention held by the Associated Collegiate Press in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Oct. 31-Sunday, Nov. 3.

It was one of nine awards the Madison College student newspaper received. Considered the highest honor in college media, the Pacemaker is presented to news outlets that set the standard for others to follow.

A total of 41 newspapers were Pacemaker Finalists, including nine from two-year schools. The Clarion has won two Pacemaker Awards in its history, most recently in 2013.

The eight other awards the newspaper received were a mix of individual and staff awards.

Video Production Manager Sean Bull received two awards. Bull placed first in the long-form documentary category of the College Media Advisor’s Broadcast Contest, winning for a story on the “Rock in the House.” Bull’s news video on the B-Cycle station at Madison College took second place in the Best of Show Video News competition.

The Clarion’s website received a fifth-place Best-of-Show Award. The newspaper placed eighth among two-year college newspapers for the Wednesday, Oct. 16, edition.

Antilica Xiong received a second-place Pacemaker Award for front page design. Xiong helped create a front page in the Fall 2018 semester. Leah Heidemann won honorable mention in the Pacemaker contest for feature page design. Heidermann designed a page in spring that highlighted a chef series event.

Two other students received honorable mention in the Pacemaker contest. Michael Edwards was recognized in the cartooning category for the “Frank and Frog” cartoon strip. Paulina Kababie was honored in the display advertising category.

Published November 6, 2019.

Instructor, program director earns industry honor

The Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association has honored Hospitality Instructor Dr. Lynea LaVoy from Madison College with its annual “Associate of the Year” award for 2019. The award recognizes one professional each year who services the Wisconsin lodging industry in an exemplary manner. LaVoy was presented with the award at the 2019 Wisconsin Lodging Conference and Trade Show held at Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells on Nov. 4.

Dr. LaVoy is the Program Director & Instructor of the Madison College Hospitality Management Program. Her dedication to her students and service to the lodging industry is unmatched. To increase awareness, advocacy, and promotability of incumbent workers in the Greater Madison area tourism and hospitality industry, Dr. LaVoy worked with partners at Madison College to secure a Workforce Advancement training grant that has been wildly successful in the industry. In just three years, the grant has allowed over 300 incumbent hospitality workers in the Greater Madison area to complete the Service Champions and Hospitality Academy. Dr. LaVoy works with industry leaders and her advisory board to continuously improve the coursework.

Dr. LaVoy is a frequent speaker at WH&LA events and will be joining the Board of Directors in 2020. Her work has earned her numerous awards including the 2019 Golden Apple Award from Madison College and the 2018 NISOD Excellence Award.



Published November 4, 2019. Updated November 26, 2019.

Women's soccer team earns regional title

The third matchup this season between Madison College and Rock Valley College ended just like the previous two with the road team earning a one-goal victory, however, the win also gave the victor the 2019 NJCAA Region IV Division III Women's Soccer Championship. The #2 WolfPack netted a 73' goal by freshman Emma Strieker to overcome the #1 Golden Eagles in the rubber match between two teams that split the North Central Community College Conference crown during the regular season.

Playing in their third consecutive region final, WolfPack secured its second Region IV title and will advance to the NJCAA Great Lakes District Tournament this upcoming weekend.

Published November 1, 2019.