Students complete Nursing Assistant Program

A second group of Operation Fresh Start students recently completed the Nursing Assistant Program.

Operation Fresh Start is a program that provides a path forward for disconnected youth in Dane County, ages 16-24, through education, mentoring and employment training. 

Teachers for this group were Linda Langel and Leanne Anthon.

Published May 17, 2019.

Students elect new District Board representative

The students of Madison College have elected their student representative to the District Board. 

Aaron Schattschneider was elected by a district-wide vote to serve as the representative for the 2019-20 academic year. Schatterschneider is in both the Liberal Arts Transfer in Science Program and the Biotechnology Lab Technician associate degree program. He serves as the president of the STEM Club and is a student employee in the STEM Center. Schatterschneider is a graduate of Marshall High School and his parents are both alums of Madison College. 

The Student District Board member represents a student voice on the Board, and is expected to attend District Board meetings and retreats. Schatterschneider is expected to express opinions and preferences on votes taken during regularly scheduled district business meetings, and report to the Student Senate and Student Activities Board on a monthly basis.  

He will replace Ousman Darboe and will begin his term July 1. 

For more information, contact Renee Alfano, Student Life, 608.243.4539. 

Published May 17, 2019. Updated May 20, 2019.

Madison College students among national champions

Business Professionals of America held its National Conference and Competition Wednesday, May 1-Sunday, May 5. The 13 students attending represented not only Madison College, but Wisconsin.

Of the nine finance events offered, Madison College students placed:

  • First, second and seventh in College Accounting
  • First and third in Advanced College Accounting
  • First and third in Banking and Finance
  • First, third and seventh in College Payroll Accounting
  • First, second, fourth and tenth in Financial Math and Analysis
  • First, second and fifth in Managerial Accounting     
  • First, third, fourth and ninth in Personal Financial Management

Of the non-finance events, Madison College students placed:

  • First, seventh and eighth in Advanced Spreadsheet Applications
  • First and second in Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications

The students were called to stage 16 more times with top 10 placements in these events:

  • Administrative Support Concepts
  • Advanced Interview Skills
  • Business Meeting Management
  • Digital Communication & Design
  • Digital Marketing
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Financial Analyst Team
  • Management
  • Marketing & Human Resources
  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Parliamentary Procedures
  • Project Management 

Overall the students had:

  • Nine, first place wins
  • Four, second place finishes
  • Six, third place finishes
  • 24 top 10 finishes


Published May 13, 2019. Updated July 22, 2019.

Writing instructor publishes mystery novel

Joy Ribar, School of Academic Advancement writing instructor, published her first mystery novel, "Deep Dark Secrets," Book 1 of the Deep Lakes Mystery Series.

Set in a fictional Wisconsin tourist town, the book tells the story of Frankie Champagne, a baker and vineyard owner, who is selling her goods at a bakery/wine lounge. When a local pastor is found dead inside his ice fishing shanty, she decides to investigate, getting herself into sticky situations.

The public is invited to the launch event for the novel, which will be June 22 from 1-6 p.m. at Fawn Creek Winery, Wisconsin Dells.  Joy will be on hand to sign books, read from the novel and take part in a Q and A. Visit for more details.

Published May 8, 2019.

Students, clubs, advisors and instructors honored

The 2019 Celebration of Student Success luncheon was held Thursday, April 25, and hosted by members of the Executive Leadership Team. More than 90 nominations were received this year.

Awards were presented as follows:

Outstanding Student Tutors of the Year
Pahulpreet Singh
Breanna Zabel

Outstanding Student Employees of the Year
Ayelen Bravo
Abigail Felstaehausen
Megan Himmerich
Lizbeth Lopez-Rico

Outstanding Student Group: Academic Achievement Award
International Interior Design Association Campus Center

Outstanding Student Club of the Year

Outstanding Student Organization of the Year
The Clarion

Devi Bhargava Award
Chynna McNair

Outstanding Club Advisor of the Year
Rafael Perez, Geology Club

Terry S. Webb Shared Governance Leadership Award

Student Recipients
Cat Larsen
Katrina Willis

Staff Recipients
Mike Lussenden
Laura Osinski

Full-time Distinguished Teacher of the Year
Brad McDowell, Psychology instructor

Part-time Distinguished Teacher of the Year
Lisa Bach, Veterinary Technician program

Regional Campus Distinguished Teacher of the Year
Dr. Stacy Zobel, Nursing instructor, Reedsburg Campus

Student Excellence in Diversity Award
Kalia Vang

Exemplary Learner of the Year
Marvin Prather
Curtis Ihlenfeldt

Student Ambassadors of Distinction
Cat Larsen
Emma Laufenberg
Ayla Lopez
Alicia Doughterty, Portage Campus
Fiona Maxwell, Watertown Campus

Student Life Leadership Certificate
Kassandra Gossens
Boh Suh

Karen Roberts Student Life Leadership Award
Steven Ansorge
Andrew Kicmol
Deyshia Kinsey
Tim Myers
Aminata Sowe

Published May 3, 2019.

SkillsUSA students earn medals

On Wednesday, May 1, 76 Madison College SkillsUSA members and advisors, attended the 46th annual State Leadership and Skills Conference held at the Alliant Energy Center and Expo Hall. With tireless hours of preparation and coaching from their advisors, 29 of these members stood on the podium to receive 30 medals for their achievements. Below are the names of the contest, students and advisors.

Additive Manufacturing
Gold – Connor Dempsey and George Kattermann
Silver – Dean Colstead and Jerad Lensmire
Bronze – Chandler Rolfsmeyer and Ozmar Vaquera
Advisor – Ryan Ubersox

Automotive Refinishing Technology
Gold – Xiong Her Pao
Advisor – Aaron Stroot

Gold – Danny Gutierrez
Advisor – Melissa Brainerd

Gold – Mary Loeser
Silver – Kiana Klaas
Bronze – Ann Marie Loeser
Advisor – Melissa Brainerd

Diesel Equipment Technology
Silver – Paul Newton
Advisor – Aron Kershaw

Extemporaneous Speaking
Silver – Andrew Allison
Advisor – Craig Lathrop

Job Interview
Gold – Katrina Willis
Advisor – Jeff Molzahn

Silver – Zeno Bell
Advisor – Craig Lathrop

Job Skill Demonstration Open
Gold – Payton Fandrich
Advisor – Craig Lathrop

Job Skill Demonstration A
Gold – Hunter Payne
Silver – Tyler Mosser
Advisor – Craig Lathrop

Marine Service Technology
Silver – Preston Woodstock
Advisor – Jeff Peterson

Motorcycle Service Technology
Gold – Alex McConkey
Advisor – Craig Lathrop

Pin Design National Bound
Silver – Kiana Klaas
Advisor – Melissa Brainerd
Bronze – Terry Crary
Advisor – Aaron Stroot

Prepared Speech
Gold – Aaron Pohl
Advisor – Aaron Stroot

Technical Drafting
Bronze – Brian Schroeder
Advisor – Ryan Ubersox

Welding Fabrication
Silver – Jeromy Kruse, Duncan Leene & Dylan Seffoord
Bronze – Allison Burcham, Cameron Zablocki & Chase Zambloki
Advisors – Jimmy DeGidio and All Weishoff

Three Madison College members were elected to state office to serve the state membership for the upcoming 2019-2020 school term.  

State Officer Elects
Office of President – Mitchell Bartelt
Advisor - Aron Kershaw

Office of Secretary – Tyler Rodhe
Office of Parliamentarian – Zeno Bell
Advisor – Craig Lathrop

Madison College has qualified 11 members for the National Leadership and Skills Conference at Louisville, Kentucky, in late June. As SkillsUSA Colligiate Post-secondary State Director, I am so honored to be a part of a great organization and work with a group of dedicated advisors who brings out the best in our students.

Congratulations to all on another successful year!

Tom Wozniak, Diesel Technology instructor


Published May 3, 2019.

Animation instructor earns award nomination

Animation Instructor Ed Binkley has received an award nomination in this year's "Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art," a worldwide competitive illustration annual produced by Flesk Publications of Santa Cruz, California. Binkley's work was selected by the jury from over 6,000 entries, and he is a previous Gold and Silver award winner. The book is distributed in November of each year.

Published May 1, 2019.

Baseball team finishes season as conference champs

Three days after clinching a share of the title, the Madison College baseball team took the next step in solidifying themselves as outright North Central Community College Conference champions in 2019 with a split of their doubleheader against Rock Valley College on Tuesday at Robin Roberts Field. The WolfPack, who earlier in the day moved back into the NJCAA Division II Poll at No. 18, defeated the Golden Eagles 11-5 in the opener to claim their first N4C title since 2015 and sixth overall. The game marked the team's 16th consecutive victory, and also featured sophomore Matt Hamilton as the winning pitcher, moving him into the top spot in the record books for career wins at Madison College with 15. Game two finished with No. 7-ranked Rock Valley College earning a 9-5 decision to snap the win streak and put the all-time series at 37-23 between the I-90 rivals.

Published April 26, 2019.

Athletic Department honors student-athletes, alumni, coaches

The Madison College Athletic Department held its 54th annual Athletic Awards Banquet at the Madison College Truax Campus Wednesday, April 24. 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 as follows:

Madison College Sportspeople of the Year

Caitlyn Gilbertson - Women's Basketball - Platteville, WI (Belmont H.S.)
Matt Hamilton - Baseball - Oak Creek, WI (Oak Creek H.S.)

2019 Madison College Hall of Fame Inductee
Dana Wagner - Sun Prairie, WI (Sun Prairie H.S.)

2019 NJCAA Region IV Hall of Fame Inductees
2010-11 Baseball - Tanner Vavra - Menomonie, WI (Menomonie H.S.)
2014 Women's Volleyball Team - National Champions

Click on the honorees above to view their award speeches or a link to their story.

Academic Honors

Madison College student-athletes achieved success in the classroom last spring and fall as 54 current student-athletes received academic honors this season. 
Academic honorees are listed on the website.

Published April 26, 2019. Updated May 20, 2019.

Recent graduate wins ADDY

Recent Madison College graduate David Bramson won a Silver ADDY Award for the American Advertising Federation District 8 Competition, which includes all of Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. After winning a Gold ADDY for the packaging design “Death Before Decaf” at the local ADDY awards, Bramson's work was automatically entered in the district level competition.

Published April 24, 2019.