Students compete in statewide agriculture contest

Madison College students brought home multiple awards from the 2019 Wisconsin Professional Agriculture Student Organization contest Sunday, Feb. 10, at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore. Fourteen teams from around the state participated in this annual event.

Levi Schmidt, Casco, and Trey Tenneson, Ettrick, took the number two spot in the Agricultural Machinery Service Technician team event. They also placed fourth and fifth as individuals. 

Collin Deming, Briggsville, and Dustin Handschke, New London, took eighth place. Madison College’s Seth Griesbach, Black Creek, and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical college’s Rob Stockton placed 13th overall. These students are enrolled in the Agricultural Equipment Technology associate degree program sponsored by John Deere.

The state contest is open to students from all Wisconsin technical colleges. Contestants are judged on various agricultural equipment stations, including tractors, implements and combines, along with a written exam, parts identification and measuring. The top six teams in the state have the opportunity to compete in the National Professional Agriculture Student Contest March 13–16, in Loveland, Colorado.

PAS develops two- and four-year professional agriculture students for the workplace through participation in employment experience programs, skill set development, network opportunities and organizational activities.

Published February 18, 2019. Updated February 20, 2019.

Top Honors Program students receive prizes

Three Madison College Honors students earned prizes in December for their work. Those students and their projects are:

  • Andrew Allison, Automotive Technician program student, developed an alternative system for heating and cooling an automobile that earned him the first prize in the Honors Competition held Dec. 14. 
  • Ashley Scholes earned second place for “Solar Panel Cleaning Coatings.”
  • Andrew Burns received the third-place prize for “Simple Needs,” a web-based application to connect donors with people in need.

Fourteen students presented their Honors Projects. Judges included faculty, staff and administrators from across the college.

In addition, the winners from the fall and spring competitions will receive full financial support to present their Honors Projects at the Upper Midwest Regional Honors Council Conference Thursday, April 4–Saturday, April 6 at UW-Stout in Menomonie.

Published February 18, 2019.

Nursing instructor presents webinar to hospice organization

Full-time Nursing faculty member Lisa Cappelli presented a webinar titled “Improving Access for Diverse/Marginalized Populations” to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Thursday, Feb. 14.

The webinar addressed implementing strategies to improve access and eliminate disparities in end-of-life care faced by patients and families of color. The webinar also addressed the importance of increasing the number of diverse staff and volunteers to reflect the communities they serve. 

Published February 14, 2019.

Director of Digital Credentials Institute presents at conference

Lesley Voigt, director of the Digital Credentials Institute, was invited to present on “Innovations in Credentialing” with a panel of nationally renowned credentialing experts at the American Association of Community Colleges' Workforce Development Conference in San Diego in January 2019.

Voigt presented on the importance of creating a digital credential currency. Her work creating a digital badge taxonomy has been well received among credentialing experts and badge issuers alike. The Digital Credentials Institute has positioned itself to help organizations realize their credentialing potential whether they are beginning or growing and sustaining their credentialing journey.


Published February 8, 2019.

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.