Program director to speak at international conference

Janet Sperstad, Meetings and Event Management program director, has been chosen to be the keynote speaker at the IMEX International Conference on Wednesday, May 17, in Frankfurt, Germany.

Sperstad is currently writing a white paper on a topic called “Purposeful Meetings” which will be released in early fall of 2017. She will discuss topics related to neuroscience and human behavioral research about how the brain and body works, its social drivers and how to optimize the meeting experience to produce more moments of meaning, creativity, learning and connectivity.

Published April 24, 2017.

Student places first in writing contest, receives scholarship

The School of Business and Applied Arts has announced the accomplishment of second-year Accounting student Jing Xu. She received first place for her essay in the 2016-2017 Madison Institute of Internal Auditors Student Writing Contest. 

Xu received a $1,000 scholarship for her efforts. Click here for details on this contest. 

Published April 21, 2017.

Students, faculty and alumni receive athletic awards

On Wednesday, April 19, the Madison College Athletics department held the 52nd Annual Athletic Awards Banquet at the Truax campus. The event honored current and former student-athletes and coaches for their athletic and academic achievements.

The special awards presented at this year's banquet are:

Madison College Sportspeople of the Year

Doug Redsten Service Award

Williams Family Dedication and Service Award

  • Mike Adler, Madison College Athletics bus driver 

2017 Madison College Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee

Academic Honors

Madison College student-athletes achieved success in the classroom last fall as over 52 percent of current student-athletes received academic honors this season. Academic honorees are listed on the website.

Published April 21, 2017.

Instructor to be keynote speaker at National Conference

Michael Ford, Architectural Technology instructor, has been chosen to deliver a keynote speech at The American Institute of Architects National Conference in Orlando due to his academic and professional contributions to the Architectural profession.

"Anticipate Change: What’s Next in Architecture" will highlight technological innovations in both academia and the profession. His discussion will conclude with new cultural innovations and vernacular explorations championed by underrepresented communities with the hope to diversify the profession. 

Ford will be highlighting subjects related to Madison College, including the Scholars of Promise program, the STEM Center and more. He will be meeting with a number of academic institutions and individuals, including former First Lady Michelle Obama, who will be the opening keynote at the conference.

Ford is creating a National STEM Resources website, which will list resources such as student work samples, lectures, articles and interviews for under-served communities looking to participate in STEM-related careers. The list will be organized by the state and distributed by a variety of social media managers, bloggers and media outlets soon after and/or during the keynote. 

Published April 21, 2017.

Participants complete Process Improvement Applied Training Series

Thirteen participants recently completed the Process Improvement Applied Training Series offered by the Center for Operational Excellence (COE):

  • Ann Camillo
  • Antonio Re
  • Areli Estrada Rodriguez
  • Danika Woods
  • Enoch Melgarejo
  • Jennifer Zarrinnam
  • Jill List
  • Jill Spilde
  • Kim Brudny
  • Linda Aroonsavath
  • Randy Way
  • Susan Weber
  • Vicki Weber

The 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 April 19, 2017.

TRiO program takes Capitol Hill

Each year the Council for Opportunity in Education holds a Policy Seminar on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Educational leaders from across the country gather to advocate for educational equity and opportunity in support of federally funded TRiO programs, which provide targeted services to low-income, first generation and disabled students.

Janine Wilson, TRiO Student Support Services director, applied for CETL professional development funds so that her team could attend the conference to represent the district and the community of students TRiO serves. Wilson collected more than 80 letters from current students, alumni, faculty, staff, administrators and community supporters outlining the positive impact TRiO has had on the Madison College community.

Wilson and Colleen Larsen, TRiO academic success coach, delivered these letters and spoke to staff in the offices of Senator Ron Johnson and Representative Mark Pocan about why increased support for TRiO programs is necessary in the Madison area. Both offices were impressed by the number of letters they received and receptive to the suggestion of advocating for the protection of TRiO funds in the current and upcoming budget.

Wilson and Larsen came together with 700 TRiO program leaders from all 50 states, and were part of a team of TRiO leaders from Wisconsin that represented all eight congressional districts. They heard from both Republican and Democrat congressmen and women on the Bi-Partisan TRiO Caucus about why they support increased funding.

The TRiO team plans to stay in touch with both Senators Johnson and Baldwin, as well as Representative Pocan, by sending additional letters of support, as well as inviting their offices to the annual TRiO day on April 20–which highlights student success in the program.

View the Policy Seminar here

Published April 14, 2017.

Medical Laboratory Technician students undefeated in Quiz Bowl

Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) students placed first and second in the Quiz Bowl at the statewide American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) convention. Students from technical colleges all over the state competed. 

The two teams from Madison College, Hannah Erickson and Tina Davis, and Stacey Clark and Danielle Dischler, were left undefeated in the final round.

Published April 11, 2017. Updated April 12, 2017.

Students place in PAS AMSTA competition

Four teams of students in the Agriculture Equipment Technology program competed in the Post-secondary Agriculture Student, Agriculture Machinery Service Technician Area (PAS AMSTA) competition on Wednesday, March 15. 

Students placed in the following order:

  • Fourth place - Bryce Anderson and Brennan Woelfel 
  • Eighth place - Aaron Sternwies and Ryan Kinyon 
  • 11th place - Nicholas Schlais and Dillion Pongratz 
  • 19th place - Brad Mercier and Clint Checky 

The 23 teams competed in various agriculture equipment diagnostic stations. They worked on lawnmowers, five different tractors with various issues, a combine unloading auger issue, a sprayer tip calibration station, diesel exhaust fluid quality, planter row unit inspection and a skid steer with a hydraulic and electrical issues. Teams only had 15 minutes to inspect and diagnose the equipment.

In addition to the diagnostic stations, competitors also had a 100-question written test and timed stations on precision part measurements and part identification.

Published April 3, 2017. Updated April 6, 2017.

Student earns Student Civic Leadership Award

Madison College student Samantha Hunter has been awarded Wisconsin Campus Compact’s 2017 Jack Keating Student Civic Leadership Award. Her nomination was submitted by Renee Alfano, Madison College Student Life director. 

The Jack Keating Student Civic Leadership Award recognizes students that have taken a leadership role in creating change in their community.  Honorees will expand their educational experience outside of the bounds of their campus while demonstrating measurable community impact.  The purpose of this award is to honor students who work towards fulfilling the civic mission of their institution and Wisconsin Campus Compact.

Samantha will be honored at the Wisconsin Campus Compact (WiCC) Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 6, at 6 p.m. at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in Green Bay. 

Published March 31, 2017.

"Fair Play" workshop represents minorities in STEM degrees

Jimmy Cheffen Jr., coordinator of part-time faculty, was kicked out of graduate school for plagiarism. Not in real life, but as the avatar Jamal Davis in “Fair Play,” an interactive video game that teaches college and university educators how discrimination feels to underrepresented minorities pursuing STEM degrees.

“In the game, a white classmate asked to borrow Jamal’s homework. I’m a nice guy, so as Jamal, I let him and guess what? He stole my work!” recalls Cheffen. The fictional dean in the game accused Jamal of plagiarizing the other student’s paper, and told him that he should not have been in college in the first place. “Even though it was just a game, it really opened my eyes to unconscious bias and judgments that a dean or instructor might have toward minority students,” says Cheffen.

While progress has been made in increasing the representation of women and minorities in STEM fields, the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics reports that these demographic groups still “lag behind” the majority of STEM professionals. According to the website Understanding Interventions, 36 percent of African Americans and Latinos leave STEM doctoral programs before completion.

To help improve upon those statistics, the team behind the game were awarded another five-year NIH grant to conduct “Fair Play” workshops across the country, as they did recently at Madison College at the behest of Cheffen. After his own experience playing the game, the college administrator thought it would be a meaningful professional development tool for faculty and staff.

“This game made us realize that unconscious bias in the classroom and on campus really exists. And it gave us terminology to use to speak to each other about ways to resolve it,” Cheffen sums up feedback from Madison College participants, and applauds the creation of real-life scenarios presented in the game.

Read the full story here

Published March 31, 2017. Updated April 6, 2017.