Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards Phi Theta Kappa members

Three Madison College students received Leaders of Promise Scholarships from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Phi Theta Kappa members Andrew Fedosky, Devlin Hernke and Catherine Larsen will receive $1,000.

Fedosky, a liberal arts transfer student, plans to transfer to UW-Madison to pursue a career in electrical or computer engineering. Hernke, a veteran, is enrolled in the Criminal Justice program. Larsen, a liberal arts transfer student, plans to continue her studies at UW-Madison in Gender and Women’s Studies.

The Leaders of Promise Scholarship recognizes 200 Phi Theta Kappa members with awards totaling $200,000. Twenty-five of these scholarships are earmarked for Society members who are active personnel or veterans of the U.S. Military. Hernke has served the Wisconsin Army National Guard as a medic for four years.

This year’s recipients were selected by a panel of independent judges from nearly 1,000 applicants. Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars are selected based on outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership potential.

Published November 1, 2017.

Paralegal program instructors recognized

Paralegal program instructors Jody Cooper and Norma Kropp were asked to speak at the recent American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) thirty-sixth national conference on Effective Orientations: Laying the Groundwork for Student Success.

Kropp was also asked by the American Bar Association (ABA) to be on a panel at that national conference. She discussed navigating ABA approval or re-approval.

The conference took place Oct. 18-21.

Published October 30, 2017.

Renewable energy certificate students receive scholarships

Ashley Scholes and John Schwarzmeier, students in the renewable energy certificate, won a travel scholarship to attend the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Conference in Washington DC.

These students, who are pursuing careers in engineering, exhibited posters and presented as members of a panel. Both received a certificate of recognition from NSF. Scholes’ poster was about self-cleaning solar panels, and Schwarzmeier’s poster focused on gravitational energy storage.

Published October 30, 2017. Updated November 1, 2017.

Paralegal Program receives national attention

Paralegal Program e-Discovery instructor Jim Fine received the Relativity e-Discovery Software Partner of the Year Award at Relativity Fest last week.

Published October 27, 2017. Updated November 3, 2017.

WICPA publication features instructor

Dorothy Conduah, assistant controller and part-time accounting instructor, is featured in the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants' (WICPA) annual “thank you” edition. This publication recognizes the involvement and milestones of WICPA members.

Published October 23, 2017.

Alford receives Leadership Award

Dr. Keyimani Alford, manager of Student Financial Support Services, was the recipient of the Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator’s 2016-2017 Leadership Award at the October 2017 Regional Conference in Dayton, OH.

This award is presented to individuals who contribute to the financial aid profession both on the state and regional levels by providing exemplary leadership.

Published October 20, 2017.

Literacy Network features HSED student

Phillip Morgan, a Madison College HSED student, was showcased in the Literacy Network's fall 2017 newsletter. The article also spotlights the School of Academic Advancement's GED/HSED program and the college's efforts in helping people in the district earn their high school credentials.

The article also highlights statements from Kevin Foley, manager of Madison College's GED/HSED program, regarding the positive impact of this collaboration with the Literacy Network.

Published October 18, 2017.

Women's leadership organizations attend Fund for Women banquet

A group of seven women administrators from Madison College Women’s Leadership Network and one student from the student group WomenLEAD recently represented Madison College at the Fund for Women Annual Dinner. A Fund for Women brings people together to support the women and girls of our community in reaching their full potential. They use a social media handle #everybodywins.

Published October 18, 2017.

Engineering student earns Straubel award

Ashley Scholes, liberal arts transfer and Honors Program student, received the $2,000 Straubel Engineer of the Future Award.

Scholes is working on an Honors Program project with Ken Walz, Ph.D., chemistry and engineering instructor, that involves applying nano material to solar panels to improve their self-cleaning capabilities and efficiency. Her goal is to become a mechanical engineer.

“Ashley approaches her engineering studies with interest and vigor and has established herself as a leader among her teammates,” said Walz. She will also be representing the college at the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Conference in October. 

Because of the award, Scholes was able to take courses full-time and reduce her work hours.

“I am happy that with their help I can focus more on my studies than waiting tables this semester,” she said. Scholes hopes to complete her education without student loan debt.

The Straubel Foundation, named for J.B. Straubel one of the founders of Tesla. It is focused on sustainability, education, and science.

Published October 16, 2017.

Thomas named 2017 Outstanding Chief Business Officer

Mark Thomas, chief financial officer and vice president of Administrative Services, received the 2017 Outstanding Chief Business Officer Award from the Community College Business Officers at their conference held in New Orleans, Sept. 26.

The award recognizes Thomas for his effectiveness, participation in college-wide strategic planning and implementation of policies supporting the college’s mission. It also honors his community leadership, service and involvement.

Thomas assumed his role in 2014 when the college faced many challenges including a substantial decrease in tax revenues and the need to complete capital projects associated with a $133.7 million referendum. Thomas has served as co-chair of the Finance Council 

Outside his duties at the college, Thomas is a member of the finance committee for the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, a commissioner of the Wisconsin Investment Series Cooperative and member of the Wisconsin Technical College System Business Officers Committee. He has also served as a guest lecturer at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago College of Urban Planning and Public Administration.

Published October 13, 2017.