Instructor and department chair publishes textbook

Madison College Business Technology Department Chair and Faculty, Kristyn Jacobson, has published a textbook on Excel 2019/Office 365 along with professors from the Kelley School of Business and Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania School of Business. The comprehensive textbook prepares students to use Microsoft Excel as a decision-making tool for business areas such as finance, accounting, production and operations, sales and marketing, event management and office management.


Published March 25, 2019.

L2 Advisory Committee members present at national conference

On behalf of Madison College's L2 Advisory Committee, Katya Goodroad, Kristen Muir and Susanne Treiber presented at the Two-Year College Association National Conference in Pittsburgh March 13. The title of the presentation was "Exploring Language Diversity within Institutions and Among Writing Centers." The trio focused their presentation on the work and research the committee has engaged in to build awareness of and to understand how language impacts student confidence, success and retention here at Madison College. 

If your department is interested in learning about the language diversity research, please contact Susanne Treiber at  


Published March 25, 2019.

Bowie to speak at Wisconsin Community Media Conference

Madison College communications liaison Todd Bowie will speak at the 2019 Wisconsin Community Media and ACM-Midwest Conference in Wisconsin Dells May 9. He will be part of a panel of professionals speaking about sound for videography. 

Published March 22, 2019.

Ben Monty inducted into softball league's Hall of Fame

Ben Monty, a senior budget and policy analyst in the Madison College Budget Office, was inducted into the Badgerland Softball League’s Hall of Fame March 10.

Ben was the league’s first assistant commissioner in 2004 and became its second commissioner in 2006. Under his leadership, the league grew substantially, which included the addition of a women’s league and hosting the 2009 ASANA Softball World Series. In addition to being a player, Ben coached hundreds of players over the years in both the recreational co-ed and women’s softball leagues. He coached one of the women’s teams in the 2009 ASANA Softball World Series to a second place finish, the highest finish ever by one of Madison’s women’s teams. He also played on many traveling teams representing Badgerland Softball nationally.


Published March 15, 2019.

Polywacz to present at UW-Madison Showcase event

Kristin Polywacz, manager of the Center for Operational Excellence and Organizational Development, will present at the UW-Madison Showcase event. The event, hosted by the Office of Strategic Consulting, will be held April 17, from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at Union South.

Her presentation is titled "The People Side of Processes."

Published March 11, 2019.

Madison College Phi Theta Kappa chapter, members win awards

The Madison College Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society participated in the Wisconsin Regional Convention last weekend at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau.

Awards won by the Madison College chapter include:

  • 5-Star rating in the chapter development plan (highest rating). Eighth straight year at this level (5-Star rating since 2011).
  • Brooke Slinde was awarded regional third place as Distinguished Chapter Member.
  • College Project won first place in the region.
  • Honors in Action project won second place overall.
  • Madison College is Most Distinguished Chapter in Wisconsin (first place) for the second straight year.
  • Katrina Willis, Chapter VP of Scholarship, won first in the prepared speech competition. She will compete at annual convention in Orlando.
  • Brittany Campbell, Chapter Madison Metro Campus representative, won in the impromptu speech contest and will compete at the annual convention in Orlando.
  • Brittany Campbell was also elected as the Regional President for the 2019-2020 academic year and will start her term at the summer Chapter Leadership Academy.
  • Andrew Allison, Chapter VP of Fellowship, was announced as All-USA Academic Team winning a $5,000 scholarship, as well as 2019 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar, which includes a $1,250 scholarship.
  • Finally, based on chapter leaders’ nomination, Marty Crabbs was recognized with a Distinguished Advisor award. 

Published March 11, 2019.

Clarion wins 18 awards in statewide college media contest

Madison College’s student newspaper, The Clarion, received 18 awards from the Wisconsin College Media Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, including first place general excellence for all state collegiate newspapers. The awards were presented March 8 at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s annual convention at the Madison Concourse.

Several members of The Clarion staff attended the event, where they got to hear from Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Milwaukee Bucks Senior Vice President Alex Lasry.

Other awards received by the newspaper were:

Alexandra Christensen won first place in page design for the Nov. 22, 2017, front page, and first place infographic for an illustration depicting the results of the Student Senate’s hunger survey from last year.  

Bernadette Witzack received a first-place award in advertising design for an advertisement for a United Common Ground event called Changing the Narrative. She also won third place in the same category for her Winterfest ad.

Andrew Kicmol won second place in public affairs reporting for a story about the Wolves Share resource fair and Senate’s efforts to help with food insecurity on campus.

Adrienne Oliva took second place in the in-depth story category for her article about what students should do in the event of an active shooter situation.

Megan Binkley received a second-place award in editorial writing for an editorial encouraging Rep. Paul Ryan to take action to prevent mass shootings.

Emily Dimond won second place in feature photography for her Snacks with Santa photograph from the Dec. 5 issue, while Max Goldberg finished third in feature photography with his record store day photograph.

Tessa Morhardt finished in third place in the sports photography category for a photo from a women’s soccer game. Kicmol placed third in sports reporting for his story about the college’s concussion protocol.

Hannah Switzer received a third-place award in column writing for her column about the college’s Title IV video series titled  “A Survivor’s Perspective.”

Kicmol and Sean Bull worked together on the multimedia category third place winner that accompanied the concussion protocol story. Jessica Deegan, Jessica Pokrandt and Max Goldberg received honorable mention in multimedia for a report on the college’s welding program.

Oliva was recognized in breaking news reporting with an honorable mention award for her article about how immigration policy changes impacted current and former students.

The newspaper’s website,, received an honorable mention award as well.

Finally, Deegan was recognized as one of the top student  journalists in the state, receiving honorable mention recognition in the collegiate journalist of the year competition.


Published March 11, 2019.

Peer Tutor associate receives national certification

Peer Tutor program associate Eric Off received the National College Learning Center Association certification.

The certification is awarded to individuals who exemplify a commitment to excellence in Learning Center operations. It focuses on training, self-reflection, service and evaluation. The program recognizes and certifies the diverse career paths of learning center professionals.

Published March 8, 2019.

Vet Tech lead lab coordinator elected to top post

Teri Kleist, lead laboratory coordinator in the Veterinary Technician Program, has been elected president-elect of the Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians (AVST). The international organization recognizes veterinary technicians that through application and experience have achieved advanced level knowledge about veterinary surgery. Kleist was an organizing member of the group as well as holding the offices of secretary and exam lead. 



Published March 8, 2019.

Auto Tech student named to All-USA Academic Team

Andrew Allison, an Automotive Technician program student at Madison College, is one of 20 college students named to the prestigious All-USA Academic Team and will receive a $5,000 scholarship. 

Allison will be recognized at Phi Theta Kappa’s Presidents Breakfast, held during the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) convention April 15 in Orlando, Fla. In addition to the scholarship funds, he will be presented with a commemorative medallion, and his/her college president will receive a commemorative obelisk.

Team members were selected for their outstanding intellectual achievement, leadership and community and campus engagement. The All-USA Academic Team is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group, with additional support provided by Phi Theta Kappa and AACC.

The All-USA program is widely recognized as the most prestigious academic honor for students attending associate degree-granting institutions. Each college may nominate two students for showing intellectual rigor and demonstrating academic achievement, leadership and civic growth.

The program also recognizes students who extend their community college education to better themselves, their schools and their surrounding communities.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations. Learn more at

Follett Higher Education Group provides print and digital learning materials, retail services, library resources and school management systems to more than 1,200 college campuses and across 65,000 elementary and high schools.


Published March 6, 2019.