Student Achievement Centers director earns certification

Student Achievement Centers Director Gail Powers-Schaub 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 February 6, 2019.

Nickel to present intake process at conference

Dr. Robin Nickel, academic assessment director, will give a presentation on prior learning assessment at the upcoming “Innovations” conference in New York City, Feb. 24. 

Nickel will present the college's process for student intake, prior learning assessment design and managing the assessment inventory. New this year is a report on reaction to the process from students completing the assessments. In calendar year 2018, 57 unduplicated students attempted 125 prior learning courses. As of today the pass rate hovers around 72 percent. 

The presentation will be available in early March on Prezi. Sabrina Freter, instructor in the Veterinary Technician program, provides ongoing clarity and input into the presentation by adding tips for student communication, curriculum design considerations and time management issues when assessing multiple students and sections.


Published February 6, 2019.

Staff member to discuss college community engagement

Nicole Soulier, credit for prior learning coordinator, will lead a roundtable discussion at the 61st Annual Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) conference.  

Nicole is a third-year doctoral student in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There was a 60 percent increase in proposals for CSCC conference this year over last year. Soulier's proposal, titled "Interpretations of Community Engagement in Research and Practice for Community Colleges," has been accepted for presentation as a roundtable for the March conference in San Diego.  


Published February 6, 2019. Updated February 13, 2019.

Aniah Williams named Division II Basketball Player of the Week

Four days after putting her name at the top of the single-game scoring list, Madison College's Aniah Williams found her name on a different list for the first time. Williams was named the National Junior College Athletic Association's (NJCAA) Division III Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 21-27 (Week 11). The award is the first for Williams and the first for the WolfPack this season.

Published February 1, 2019.

Administrative Professional student earns national award

Madison College student Manny Turrubiartes was selected as the national recipient of the Cooperative Education and Internship Association's Two-Year Student Achievement Award.

The award is given to students who show excellence in applying the knowledge and skills learned in their college education to their internship. Manny completed his Administrative Professional (AP) internship at Sun Prairie High School last spring. He works there now and is finishing his AP degree on a part-time basis.

Past winners include students who interned at Microsoft, NASA and other high-profile organizations. Manny will receive his award and be honored at the CEIA Awards Reception on Tuesday, April 2 in Chicago.

Published January 24, 2019. Updated February 6, 2019.

Employees recognized for outstanding work

The following Employee Excellence awards were presented at Convocation:

  • Full-Time Faculty: Darcie Olson, Occupational Therapy instructor
  • Part-Time Faculty: Jennifer Kammerud, political science instructor
  • Leadership: Chris Vandall, dean, School of Academic Advancement
  • Innovation: Jason Verhelst, manager, Athletics, Fitness, Health and Recreation
  • Student Service & Support: Joyce Otterstatter, administrative coordinator, Watertown campus
  • Team: Paralegal Faculty
  • Organizational & College Support: Todd Bowie, communication liaison

Madison College is committed to investing in the continued professional development of high-performing employees who devote time and energy into the college. The program’s goal is to be inclusive and meaningful, promote collaboration, foster community and recognize outstanding work.

For more information, visit the Employee Excellence Awards page


Published January 18, 2019.

Former WolfPack student-athlete, volleyball team honored

The NJCAA Region IV Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2019 Inductees, and it includes one former student-athlete and one national championship team from Madison College.

Former WolfPack baseball All-American Tanner Vavra and the 2014 NJCAA Division III Championship women's volleyball team will represent Madison College as part of the 11-member enshrinement class.

Published January 11, 2019.

Nursing instructor elected to statewide position

Olivia Schroeder, RN, MSN, CHFN and Nursing faculty, has been elected to the Wisconsin Nursing Association's Workforce Advocacy Group. This is a statewide position for nurses who hold a Wisconsin Nursing License.   

Published January 4, 2019.

Received an award? Speaking at a conference? Let us know

The Matters team encourages staff and faculty to submit professional achievements in their work such as professional awards received, work being published, speaking events or others. Matters is also interested in achievements that may not relate to employee's field of work. 

Published January 2, 2019.

College copywriter lives double life as playwright

Karen Saari, copywriter in the Communications and strategic Marketing department, had works produced or that advanced in competition all over the country. Her list of 2018 successes include:

In a Clearing, had its world premiere at The Magnetic Theatre Company in Asheville, N.C. The work was also entered in the Eugene O’Neil National Playwriting Conference. The play placed as a semi-finalist and made it into the top 18 percent out of 1,429 national submissions. It also advanced to the quarterfinals in the national Screencraft competition based in Los Angeles.

Rain on Fire, also entered the quarterfinals in the national ScreenCraft competition.

The play, Bad in Bed (A Fairy Tale), was produced at the Workshop/Developmental premiere at the Acadiana Repertory Theatre in Lafayette, La. It was also a semi-finalist in the Gary Marshall Theatre New Works Festival in Los Angeles.

Joyland, a one-act play, was produced at the Eden Prairie Players Women’s One-acts in Eden Prairie, Minn. The play was also produced at the Stray Dog Theatre New Works Laboratory in St. Louis.

Another one-act play to make the stage was, The Ones Who Stay. It premiered at the Pend-Oreilles Players One-act Play Festival in Newport, Wash.



Published January 2, 2019.