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.

Instructor appointed to Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee

Political science instructor Maurice Sheppard has been appointed to Madison’s newly created Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee. According to the Cap Times, the committee will create a report within the next six months that includes the following:

  • A full and detailed description of the site and surrounding area
  • The area’s current role and potential future impact in the region’s economy
  • The recommended boundary for the special area plan and identification of the surrounding properties that need future study and consideration
  • Objectives for the area’s long-term redevelopment including desired outcomes
  • The use of the Racial Equity Social Justice Tool to assess the impacts of the area’s redevelopment
  • Consideration of transportation linkages and infrastructure needs
  • Recommendation regarding natural resources and green space that should be considered as part of the special area plan

The Oscar Mayer plant closed in June after operating in Madison for nearly 100 years. Reich Brothers Holdings, a company that buys and repurposes old manufacturing plants, has agreed to buy the plant.

Published October 11, 2017.

Transliberation Art Coalition to receive award

Kaci Sullivan will receive the OutReach Organization of the Year award for the Transliberation Art Coalition that began as an honors project at Madison College.

His honors project was completed in spring of 2017 and was supervised by marketing instructor, Steve Noll.

Sullivan will receive this award Friday, Oct. 6, at OutReach’s Annual Awards Banquet held at the Monona Terrace from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

OutReach's 25th Annual Awards Banquet honors individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the LGBT community in south central Wisconsin throughout the previous year.

Published October 4, 2017. Updated October 6, 2017.

Office Pro Magazine features Administrative Professional student

Administrative Professional student Willie Dunn appeared in October’s edition of the Office Pro Magazine Executive Edition. Dunn explains how he was able to earn advanced standing at Madison College by earning his Administrative Professional certification with the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).

The Business Technology department has had a partnership with IAAP for more than 16 years.  IAAP offers credits toward an associate’s degree in Administrative Professional at the college. 

“I am two classes away from earning my associate’s degree in Applied Science from Madison (College) in their Administrative Professional program,” says Dunn. “So, you can say I am getting ready to reap the benefits from my investment.”


Published October 4, 2017.

AMST students earn $60,000 prize

Madison College students Eric Laylan and Chris Dalhoff earned first place in the FANUC America Advanced Automation Challenge with their Automated Manufacturing Systems Technology capstone project. The $60,000 prize included a FANUC robot and Rockwell Automation equipment for the college.

Laylan and Dalhoff built an automated system to assemble lawn trimmer fuel lines for outdoor equipment manufacturer Echo Inc.

“This award demonstrates that students in Madison College’s Automated Manufacturing Systems Technology program are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to solve real-world challenges that employers face in an intensely competitive, global economy,” said Peter Dettmer, co-program director and instructor.  “It is also evidence that our program is among the best in the country.”

Under the leadership of Dettmer and co-program director Rick Jacobs, AMST students use problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork to create their projects for local companies looking to solve a specific problem or to improve manufacturing efficiencies. 

Published September 27, 2017.