Agriculture Tech students dominate at statewide contest

Madison College students earned top honors at the 2017 Wisconsin Postsecondary Agriculture Student (PAS) contest held at the Truax campus on Feb. 13-14. Twenty-one teams from around the state competed in the annual event. The top six teams in the state have the opportunity to compete in the National PostSecondary Agriculture Student contest on March 13-16 in St. Louis.

The following Madison College students will advance to the national Agricultural Machinery Service Technician (AMSTA) competition from the state event:

·         Aaron Sternweis and Ryan Kinyon, third place

·         Bryce Anderson and Brennen Woelfel, fourth place

·         Nick Schlais and Dillon Pongratz, fifth place

·         Brad Mercier and Clint Checky, sixth place

Madison College’s Justin VonHaden placed fifth in the individual awards for the Wisconsin PAS Contest and will also compete in the national contest.

The Wisconsin PAS AMSTA Contest is open to all Wisconsin technical colleges. Students are judged on various agricultural equipment stations, including tractors and implements, along with taking a written exam.


Published February 20, 2017.

Phi Theta Kappa receives Gateway members

Three more Gateway to College program students were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Truax campus. The new inductees are Peter Beach, Kathryn Berggren and Bryce Paynter. After three and a half years of the program’s existence, the total number of members is now up to nine.

After the ceremony, Kathryn Berggren expressed her feelings of being one of the newest members of Phi Theta Kappa. “I came to the Gateway program after no other high school options worked for me and found a place where I felt I belonged. Because of that, I was able to find success along my path,” Berggren exclaimed.

The students will continue on as members of the Madison College community upon graduation from the program. Currently, the program is beginning to recruit the next generation of Gateway scholars.

For more information, please visit the Gateway to College page or call (608) 243-4597.

Published February 20, 2017.

Student Nurses Association earns award

Madison College Student Nurses Association (SNA) received the Break Through to Nursing Project Award at the Wisconsin Student Nurses Association Conference Feb. 3-5.

Hispanic/Latino population is the most underrepresented in the RN work force. This project invited local Hispanic/Latino high school students to our campus for them to see and participate in the nurse role. The high schools students participated in four simulation scenarios in our SIM Center. The evening was capped off with a “What’s Next” discussion. 

Published February 6, 2017. Updated June 5, 2017.

Librarians and Dean to present at 2017 ACRL conference

Cristina Springfield and Matthew Coan, librarians, and Julie Gores, dean of Libraries and Academic Support, will be heading to Baltimore this March. The team’s paper was accepted for presentation and publication by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). ACRL is the premier professional organization for academic libraries in the United States.

They will be presenting "How Data from an Unlikely Source Pointed Us in a New Direction for Information Literacy Assessment and Charted a Course to Student Success," at the ACRL 2017 conference in Baltimore, March 22-25. The paper covers their innovative use of a non-library software to capture data that demonstrates the positive academic impact to students who attend library instruction sessions—increasing course retention and success significantly. 

The paper was also selected as best presentation at the annual conference of the Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL) in April 2016.

Published February 1, 2017. Updated February 10, 2017.

Student's novella published

Student Kelly Sauvage Angel has published a novella entitled Om Namah. Her book is now available at the Truax bookstore.

Angel graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in literature. She is also the author of Scarlet Apples and Cream, two stage plays, dozens of short stories and hundreds of articles. A life-long learner with a passion for the arts, Angel is currently taking classes at Madison College towards the women and gender studies certificate.


Published January 27, 2017.

Employees recognized for excellence

The winners of 2017 Employee Excellence Awards were announced Tuesday, Jan. 10, during the Convocation program. They were nominated by fellow employees and chosen by the Awards Committee.

Jodi Goldbeck, Meeting and Event Management instructor, received the award for full-time teaching. Gilbert Villapando, a former instructor in several departments and former part-time advisor, was the part-time teaching award winner. The Excellence in Leadership Award went to Sylvia Ramirez, director of the Budget Office.

Rona McNeil received the Excellence in Organization and College Support. She is a technology services architect who transforms the college’s data into usable and actionable information for students, faculty, staff, management and the public. 

Martha Schwer, English faculty member, received the Excellence in Innovation Award, for her well-designed and rigorous online courses and course websites. The Excellence in Student Service and Support Award went to Nadia Rahman, student support advisor in the Career and Placement department.

Finally, the Digital Badge Team with the Medical Assistant faculty received the award for Outstanding Team. They developed a set of badges or micro-credentials that measure technical and soft skills, which so many employers indicate they need. Successful graduates of this program earn 33 college credits, a technical diploma and digital badge credentials.

Winners of the individual awards will be sponsored to attend the League of Innovation Conference in San Francisco, Calif., March 12 - 17. The team will receive a catered lunch.

Published January 11, 2017. Updated January 20, 2017.

Program Director named president-elect of HSMAI

Dr. Lynea LaVoy, Hospitality Management program director and faculty member, has been selected as the president-elect for the newly-forming Hotel Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Wisconsin Chapter starting in early 2017. HSMAI is a global, member-based organization made up of sales and marketing professionals throughout the hospitality industry.

With a strong focus on education, HSMAI is the industry leader in keeping up with sales, marketing, revenue management and digital media trends and offers members regular opportunities to connect, learn from one another and share best practices. HSMAI has a strong commitment to growing business for hotels and their partners. Current membership is just over 7,000 individuals across 35 countries with numerous local chapters across the U.S. and abroad. The full Wisconsin board of directors is currently being assembled with the goal of officially launching the Wisconsin HSMAI Chapter in April.

An HSMAI Student Chapter will be formed at Madison College once the Wisconsin Chapter gets off the ground and running. This will provide an excellent opportunity for students to get involved with hospitality professionals from across the state to tap into with questions, network for career advice and stay abreast of job opening.

Please contact Jen Yakimicki Guimond with North Central Group, Sarah Lemmers with the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau or Dr. Lynea LaVoy with any questions on how to get involved in this exciting new initiative.

Published December 21, 2016. Updated January 20, 2017.

Student awarded international scholarship

Jessica Ingersoll, Madison College student, was awarded a scholarship through the U.S. Department of State's Gilman International Scholarship Program for the spring 2017 study abroad program in Seville, Spain. The Gilman Scholarship Program reviewed over 2,700 applications for spring programs, and just over 850 outstanding students were offered awards to participate in credit-bearing study abroad programs and career-oriented internships in countries around the world.

Follow this link for more information about the U.S. Department of State's Gilman International Scholarship Program.

Published December 21, 2016. Updated January 20, 2017.

Recreational Sports Journal publishes Shepard's study

The findings of a recent North American study led by Adrian Shepard, Recreation Management program faculty member, have been published in Volume 40, Issue 2 of the Recreational Sports Journal. The study was Institutional Review Board Approved (IRB) and supported by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). 

The resulting article titled "A Five-Year Comparison of High-Risk Behaviors in Collegiate Recreation: Overtraining and Eating Disorders An Exploratory Study" serves as follow-up to Shepard's seminal study conducted in 2011. It focuses on gauging the perceived prevalence of overtraining and eating disorders in the collegiate recreation (CR) setting, assessing CR professionals' knowledge of overtraining and eating disorders, identifying challenges CR departments encounter when faced with these behaviors, assessing the need for the development and implementation of best practices, and identifying resources to aide CR professionals when working with people who demonstrate high-risk behaviors. 

Shepard's team of researchers for this study included Cathy Jewell with Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Katie Kage with the Nutrition and Dietetics Program at the University of Northern Colorado, and Mick Lynch with Counseling and Wellness Services at Winona State University.

Contributors to this study included Scott Peden, Director of Recreation at Butler University and Jennie Phillips, Assistant Director of Fitness at the University of Notre Dame.

Published October 17, 2016. Updated January 20, 2017.