Quechol named Woman of Distinction

Alondra Quechol, a recent graduate from Madison College, was awarded the Woman of Distinction Award at Madison YWCA's Moxie Conference May 31.

This honor is presented to women who represent outstanding achievement in their field of endeavor and whose achievements are supportive of YWCA’s mission. Awards are presented to women who represent a diversity of race, age, occupation, and endeavor.

Quechol was selected because she made a significant difference in the culture during high school in Middleton, through mentoring students, organizing talk-back sessions with students and teachers, and being a leader in increasing student voice by creating the Student Voice Union.

She has continued her leadership by co-organizing the Defend DACA rally in September of 2017, as an intern at United Way, as a member of the Latino Equity Collaborative and UW Dreamers, student leader of Dia Sin Latinos, co-facilitator of [Re]Generación, and group leader and panelist at the Latino Youth Summit.



Published June 1, 2018.

Seven players, head coach win postseason awards

The Madison College baseball team is taking numerous postseason accolades with them when they head to Enid, Oklahoma, for the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series.

Seven different players received some form of recognition for their season-long efforts, as did head coach Mike Davenport. Sophomore Logan Michaels and freshman Nick Gile were the only two players to be named to both the All-North Central Community College Conference Team and the Region IV Division II All-Region Team. Freshman Cam Cratic and sophomore Jon-Anthony Caban were first and second team all-conference, respectively. The all-region team also featured sophomore Jack Eagan on the first team and freshmen Nathan Aide and Matt Hamilton as second team recipients. Mike Davenport was named Region IV Coach of the Year for the seventh time in nine years

Published May 25, 2018.

Christen awarded international scholarship

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that Lauren Christen from Madison College is one of 1,230 American undergraduate students from 269 colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad during the summer of 2018.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs with additional funding available for the study of a critical language overseas. The Gilman Scholarship supports American undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad and, since 2001, has enabled more than 25,000 outstanding Americans of diverse backgrounds to engage in a meaningful educational experience abroad. The program has successfully broadened U.S. participation in study abroad, while emphasizing countries and regions where fewer Americans traditionally study.

The late Congressman Gilman, for whom the scholarship is named, served in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee. When honored with the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal in 2002, he commented, “Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”

The Gilman Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).


Published May 25, 2018. Updated May 30, 2018.

Vang Thao to receive Business Recognition Award

The Hmong Chamber of Commerce and Madison College will present a Business Recognition Award to Vang Thao, CEO of Eternity Homecare and AmeriTax, for his accomplishments and contribution to the community Tuesday, May 22, at 6 p.m. in Room D1630 at the Truax Campus. The event will include hor d'oeuvres, a networking session, words from the representatives of Madison College and the Hmong Chamber of Commerce.


Published May 21, 2018.

Binkley nominated for Chesley Award

Animation instructor Ed Binkley has been nominated for a Chesley Award by the International Association of Science-Fiction and Fantasy Artists.

The Chesley Award is given in each of several categories for artwork created the previous year. Award announcements will be in August.

Published May 11, 2018. Updated May 14, 2018.

SkillsUSA students excel at State Leadership and Skills Conference

Seventy Madison College students attended the 45th annual SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference held April 24 and 25 in Madison.

With tireless hours of preparation and coaching from their advisors 28 of these members stood on the podium to receive 30 medals for their achievements. Madison College has qualified 11 members for the National Leadership and Skills Conference at Louisville, Ky.,  June 25-29.

"As SkillsUSA Colligate Post-secondary State Director, I am so honored to be a part of a great organization and work with a group of dedicated advisors who brings out the best in our students," said Tom Wozniak.

Below are the students who received medals for their efforts:

Gold – Christopher Otten
Bronze – Lizzy Conley                                               
Advisor: Jeff Mozahn

Gold - Natalie Leighton
Silver – Hallie Chicker
Bronze – Teresa Kenton                                          
Advisor: Melissa Brainerd

Barbering (Demo Contest)
Jeffery Keomounpane                                        
Advisor: Melissa Brainerd
Additive Manufacturing
Gold – Team A
Tim Myers & Steve Yang
Silver – Team B
Josef Kimberlin & William Kleckner                         
Advisor: Ryan Ubersox

Automotive Service Technology
Silver - Luke Wickus                                                  
Advisor: Craig Lathrop

Job Skill Demonstration A
Gold - Luke Wickus
Silver - Tyler Mosser
Bronze – Hunter Payne      
Advisor: Craig Lathrop

Job Interview
Gold - Katrina Willis 
Advisor: Jeff Molzan                                             
Silver - Andrew Allison                                            
Advisor: Craig Lathrop
Bronze – Josiah Thompson                                      
Advisor: Ryan Ubersox

Related Technical Math
Gold - Katrina Willis                      
Advisor: Jeff Molzahn

Pin Design
Gold – Monica Mielke     
Advisor: Aaron Stroot

Diesel Equipment Technology
Gold -  Keenan White
Silver – Chase Porter        
Advisor: Aaron Kershaw

Automotive Refinishing Technology
Gold – Alfonso Valadez      
Advisor: Aaron Stroot

Prepared Speech
Silver – Tim Myers           
Advisor: Ryan Ubersox

Advertising Design
Gold – Alexandra Christensen                                                                                                                               
Silver – Max Goldberg  
Advisor:  Jeff Molzahn
Welding Fabrication
Silver – Team A
Jeff Anderson, Jennifer Buss & Miles Loescher   
Advisor: Roger Bratberg

Automated Manufacturing Technology
Silver – Team C
Zack Millard, Michael Lucas & Clint Wienke 
Advisor: Kurt Millard


Published May 9, 2018. Updated June 11, 2018.

Madison College Challenge winners announced

Andrew Bajakian and his food cart business, Primal ‘Cue, earned first prize in the 2018 Madison College Challenge held May 4 at the Truax Campus. His prize included $5,000 from Summit Credit Union.

Other contestants included: 

  • Lukumon Arewa, second prize for Echo Mall, a virtual shopping mall
  • John Gillispie, third prize for The Provisional VA, virtual assistant service
  • Laura Kniffin, fourth prize for The Kind Flower, a flower growing business that inspires connections
  • Sarah Kleemann, fifth prize for Sarah Paige Photography, photography service 
  • Nicolas Kain, sixth prize for Advanced Digital Retail Signage, electronic shelf labeling

Other cash prizes were donated by Findorff, Cleary Building Corp., Madison Gas and Electric, Mae Laatsch and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. In kind prizes were donated by: Murphy Desmond Law Office, 100State, Jenna Atkinson Consulting, Walkner Condor Financial Advisors, Doyenne Group, SourceHouse and Jeff Noble, Jill Huizenga, Bryan Woodhouse and Alex Lindenmeyer.

Judges for the competition were: Robin Finco, vice president-business services for Summit Credit Union; Sean Cleary, president Cleary Holdings Inc. and Cleary Building Corp.; Jason Reed, attorney with Murphy Desmond; Pam Christensen, economic development director for Madison Gas and Electric; Alex Lindmeyer, owner Short Stack Eatery; Heather Wentler, co-founder Doyenne Group and Joey Frayne, technology investment manager, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

Published May 7, 2018.

College honors students, faculty

Students and faculty were honored at the Celebration of Student Success Awards Banquet held Thursday, April 26 at the Truax Campus.

The following individuals and groups received awards:

Outstanding Student Tutor of the Year
John Clark and Gregory Desjarlais

Outstanding Student Employee of the Year
Brice Conseibo, Caitlyn Gilbertson and Matias Zepeda 

Outstanding Student Group: Academic Achievement Award
Student Nurses Association

Outstanding Student Group: Community Service Award
Automotive Club

Outstanding Student Club of the Year
Business Professionals of America 

Outstanding Student Organization of the Year
Student Senate

Devi Bhargava Award
Hans Jacobson

Outstanding Club Advisor of the Year
Jessica Feggestad, International Interior Design Association

Student Senate Leadership Merit Award
Steven Ansorge, Olivia Arndt and Katrina Willis

Terry S. Webb Shared Governance Leadership Award
Steven Ansorge, Christina Marshalek, Tina Rettler-Pagel and Penny Johnson

Distinguished Teachers Award
Full-Time:  Dr. Charles Benton Jr., Natalie Pinkovitz
Part-Time: Jan Schaefer
Regional Campus: Dr. Jennifer Gavinski, Reedsburg Campus

Student Diversity Award
Jesus Garza-Noriega and Katrina Willis

Exemplary Learner of the Year
Craig Ahrendt, Steven Ansorge, Hassanatou Bah, Sarah Branch, Carlos Castillo, Andrew Fedosky, Phillip Morgan, Tim Myers, Adrienne Oliva, Dallas Prockl, Joseph Soehnlein and Mai Der Vang

Student Ambassador of Distinction
Emily Cameron, Tony Encizo, Zach Borleski and Antonio Vang

Karen Roberts Student Life Leadership Award
Ousman Darboe, Christina Marshalek, Jessica Pokrandt, Kalia Vang and Katrina Willis 

Published May 1, 2018.

Clarion staff earns 19 awards

The Clarion captured 19 awards, including eight for first-place in the Wisconsin College Media Association's Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were presented on April 13, at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association's annual convention.   

Competing against other student newspapers across the state that are published weekly or less frequently, The Clarion won first place in overall general excellence and first place for newspaper website.

Three Clarion staff members won three or more awards at the convention.

Art director Alexandra Christensen won first place news photography and first place page design. She took third place in infographic and honorable mention in feature photography. She also joined with Josh Zytkiewicz and Sedgwick Smith Jr. to win honorable mention in use of multimedia.

Alison Ahlgrim, the former news editor, earned a first place in public affairs reporting and third place in freedom of information reporting. She was the newspaper's nominee for collegiate journalist of the year and finished third in that category.

In addition to the multimedia award, Smith won first-place award and a third-place award in column writing. 

Photographer Alfred Davis took first place in sports photography and joined with Ethan Maurice and Jessica Pokrandt to place third in use of multimedia.

Maurice finished second in the sports reporting competition, while sports editor Bailey Ayres earned an honorable mention.

Graphic designer Kristina Karlen won two awards in advertising design, finishing second and third in the category.

Finally, The Clarion earned a first-place award for editorial writing. Opinion editor Brandon Amato was the lead writer on the winning editorial, while editor Adrienne Oliva and managing editor Lucy Smith contributed to the effort. 

Published April 23, 2018. Updated April 24, 2018.

Guenette wins poetry award

English instructor Matthew Guenette's third full-length poetry collection, "Vasectomania" won the 2017 Edna Meudt Poetry Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers

The council awarded each winner $500 and a week-long writing residency at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point. 

Published April 13, 2018.