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.

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.