Clarion wins 18 awards in statewide college media contest

Madison College’s student newspaper, The Clarion, received 18 awards from the Wisconsin College Media Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, including first place general excellence for all state collegiate newspapers. The awards were presented March 8 at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s annual convention at the Madison Concourse.

Several members of The Clarion staff attended the event, where they got to hear from Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Milwaukee Bucks Senior Vice President Alex Lasry.

Other awards received by the newspaper were:

Alexandra Christensen won first place in page design for the Nov. 22, 2017, front page, and first place infographic for an illustration depicting the results of the Student Senate’s hunger survey from last year.  

Bernadette Witzack received a first-place award in advertising design for an advertisement for a United Common Ground event called Changing the Narrative. She also won third place in the same category for her Winterfest ad.

Andrew Kicmol won second place in public affairs reporting for a story about the Wolves Share resource fair and Senate’s efforts to help with food insecurity on campus.

Adrienne Oliva took second place in the in-depth story category for her article about what students should do in the event of an active shooter situation.

Megan Binkley received a second-place award in editorial writing for an editorial encouraging Rep. Paul Ryan to take action to prevent mass shootings.

Emily Dimond won second place in feature photography for her Snacks with Santa photograph from the Dec. 5 issue, while Max Goldberg finished third in feature photography with his record store day photograph.

Tessa Morhardt finished in third place in the sports photography category for a photo from a women’s soccer game. Kicmol placed third in sports reporting for his story about the college’s concussion protocol.

Hannah Switzer received a third-place award in column writing for her column about the college’s Title IV video series titled  “A Survivor’s Perspective.”

Kicmol and Sean Bull worked together on the multimedia category third place winner that accompanied the concussion protocol story. Jessica Deegan, Jessica Pokrandt and Max Goldberg received honorable mention in multimedia for a report on the college’s welding program.

Oliva was recognized in breaking news reporting with an honorable mention award for her article about how immigration policy changes impacted current and former students.

The newspaper’s website,, received an honorable mention award as well.

Finally, Deegan was recognized as one of the top student  journalists in the state, receiving honorable mention recognition in the collegiate journalist of the year competition.


Published March 11, 2019.

Peer Tutor associate receives national certification

Peer Tutor program associate Eric Off 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 March 8, 2019.

Vet Tech lead lab coordinator elected to top post

Teri Kleist, lead laboratory coordinator in the Veterinary Technician Program, has been elected president-elect of the Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians (AVST). The international organization recognizes veterinary technicians that through application and experience have achieved advanced level knowledge about veterinary surgery. Kleist was an organizing member of the group as well as holding the offices of secretary and exam lead. 



Published March 8, 2019.

Auto Tech student named to All-USA Academic Team

Andrew Allison, an Automotive Technician program student at Madison College, is one of 20 college students named to the prestigious All-USA Academic Team and will receive a $5,000 scholarship. 

Allison will be recognized at Phi Theta Kappa’s Presidents Breakfast, held during the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) convention April 15 in Orlando, Fla. In addition to the scholarship funds, he will be presented with a commemorative medallion, and his/her college president will receive a commemorative obelisk.

Team members were selected for their outstanding intellectual achievement, leadership and community and campus engagement. The All-USA Academic Team is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group, with additional support provided by Phi Theta Kappa and AACC.

The All-USA program is widely recognized as the most prestigious academic honor for students attending associate degree-granting institutions. Each college may nominate two students for showing intellectual rigor and demonstrating academic achievement, leadership and civic growth.

The program also recognizes students who extend their community college education to better themselves, their schools and their surrounding communities.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations. Learn more at

Follett Higher Education Group provides print and digital learning materials, retail services, library resources and school management systems to more than 1,200 college campuses and across 65,000 elementary and high schools.


Published March 6, 2019.

Phi Theta Kappa recognizes Golden Apple recipients

Each semester members of the Madison College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recognize an instructor, staff member or administrator who has made a significant and positive impact on their success. On Feb. 28 the following individuals received their Golden Apple recognition:

Dave Heinzen, transportation instructor 
Lana F. Larsen-McCarthy, IT instructor
Rogelio Encizo, Intercultural Exchange staff
Lazaro Enriquez, College & Career Transitions staff
Brad McDowell, psychology instructor
Al Lehnen, math instructor
Natalie Pinkovitz, math instructor
Marco Torrez, human services instructor
Victor Raymond, sociology instructor
Katie Kern, physical sciences instructor
Nancy Stillwell, speech instructor
Lisa Bach, vet tech instructor
Michael Redding, nursing instructor
Steven Rhyner, photography instructor
Tracie Bowers, recreation management instructor
Anne Radke, hospitality instructor
Holly Mercier, marketing instructor
Dr. Lynea LaVoy, hospitality instructor
Akaylah Jaeke, recreation management instructor
Ross Silburn III, accounting & finance staff
Stephanie Beckman, English as a Second Language instructor
Cindy Dallman, School of Academic Advancement staff

Published March 1, 2019.

WolfPack trio tabbed for postseason award

As a result of their consistent production througout the 2018-19 season, the trio of Adam AnholdJalen Addison and Nathaniel Buss earned various postseason accolades from the North Central Community College (N4C) and NJCAA Region IV.

Anhold, a freshman forward, took home First Team All-N4C and was the overall top vote-getter en route to First Team All-Region IV honors with an All-American nomination. Addison and Buss, both sophomore guards, were each selected to All-Region IV Second Team. The awards are the first such received by all three players, and marks the first time in program history that Madison College has placed three on the all-region list.

Published February 27, 2019.

Graphic Design students win big at local ADDY awards

All five Madison College students who entered the local ADDY Awards competition sponsored by the Madison chapter of the American Advertising Federation took home awards.

Winners included:

  • Adam Kolasch, Gold ADDY and Best of Show, "Living with Lycanthropy," Dollar Shave Club, Film, Video & Sound - Television Advertising - Single
  • David Bramson, Gold ADDY, "Death Before Decaf," Sales & Marketing - Sales Promotion - Product or Service Sales Promotion – Packaging
  • Chelsea Severson, Silver ADDY, Glitch Binary Code T-Shirts, Sales & Marketing - Direct Marketing
  • Luke Mosling, Silver ADDY, Hella Hot Sauce, Print Advertising - Magazine Advertising - Single (Full Page or Less)
  • Brianna Taylor, Silver ADDY, "Water You Waiting For?" Print Advertising - Magazine Advertising - Campaign

Gold winners will be moving on to the regional round.     

See photos of the event and images of the work on the Madison College Design and Illustration Facebook page.    


Published February 25, 2019.

Academic Engagement Partner earns certification

Jordan Siewert, Academic Engagement Partner in the Truax Student Achievement Center, recently completed national training in supplemental instruction. Siewert is now certified to supervise supplemental instruction for Madison College.

Published February 22, 2019.

Madison College instructor helps student prepare for WorldSkills

Madison College instructor Jeff Molzahn will help an Idaho student prepare for WorldSkills, an international competition for skilled craftspersons.

Molzahn, who heads the college's Cabinetmaking and Millwork program, will be working with Ethan Harrison, from Blackfoot, Idaho, who will represent the U.S. in the Cabinetmaking competition taking place in Russia in August.

Molzahn recently wrote an article about Harrison that was published on Woodworking Network.


Published February 20, 2019. Updated July 31, 2019.

Two WolfPack basketball players earn postseason honors

The tandem of Aniah Williams and Shaquita Lee proved to a formidable force during the second half of the 2018-19 season, so much so that both were recognized with postseason honors from the North Central Community College Conference and NJCAA Region IV following the conclusion of the regular season.

Williams, a freshman guard, was named first team all-conference and all-region, while Lee, a sophomore guard, was selected second team all-conference and all-region. The awards are the first such honors for both Williams and Lee. This is the third year in a row that the Madison College women's basketball team has placed at least two individuals on each postseason list.

Published February 20, 2019.