Instructor John Pruitt celebrates book publication

English Instructor John Pruitt is celebrating the publication of Approaches to Teaching LGBT Literature. It is a collection of essays co-edited with Will Banks of East Carolina University and features a submission by another English Instructor, Jamie Steckelberg.

Published September 27, 2018. Updated October 11, 2018.

Instructor Patrick Molzhan earns highest industry accreditation

Woodworking instructor Patrick Molzahn is the first member of the WoodWork Career Alliance of North America to be awarded the Diamond credential. It is the highest endorsement of skill the organization offers. Earning the credential involves the evaluation of over 125 skills and three woodworking projects.

Published September 14, 2018.

Solo art installation created by instructor Katherine Steichen Rosing

"Vigil," a solo art installation celebrating primeval old-growth forest, created by Madison College art instructor Katherine Steichen Rosing, opens this week at Abel Contemporary Gallery in Paoli.

An opening reception is planned for Friday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 9 p.m. The exhibition will be open from Sept. 14 through Nov. 4. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors to the gallery will explore a quiet cool forest inhabited by ethereal 3D spirit trees, 10-foot-high delicate graphite drawings of tree trunks filled with leaves, reading like DNA rising in the sap, and small photographs of trail markers (tree bark painted with ultramarine blue) documented from the Van Vliet Hemlock Forest Preserve in northeastern Wisconsin. At the end of the path and filling the wall with color, is a large deep blue painting of a night forest titled "Vigil."  Shimmering spots across the forest floor allude to the communal relationship within a forest where mother trees nurture saplings, share carbon and nitrogen, and communicate with other species via a vast network of mycorrhizal fungi. Visitors are invited to contribute a note, poem, or sketch of a favorite tree on a translucent paper leaf on the Memory Tree.

"Vigil," an immersive installation, is a new step for Steichen Rosing who is known for her contemporary paintings of forests and trees. Surface texture and color are important in Rosing’s paintings where relief surfaces enhance the play of light and color like nature’s textures. Color is minimal in much of this installation which contemplates the loss of so many old growth forests, but pattern and visual texture in the leaf drawings invite slow contemplation while the burst of color on the end wall brings the forest to life.

A lifetime spent hiking, camping, fishing, and kayaking in northern Wisconsin and Canada instilled a passion for nature that inspires her contemplative contemporary abstract landscape drawings, paintings, and installations that explore, celebrate and venerate trees and forests in urban and wild areas.

Steichen Rosing’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including Tokyo, Beijing, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Washington D.C. Her work is included in numerous private and corporate collections internationally including Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee, and the State of Wisconsin Collection. Rosing teaches Drawing Fundamentals and Basic Design in the College Transfer Art program at Madison College. She earned an MFA from Northern Illinois University and an undergraduate degree from UW-Madison.

This project is funded in part by Dane Arts with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation Inc. (the charitable arm of The Capital Times), the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation. 

Published September 10, 2018. Updated September 12, 2018.

Ed Binkley will present and judge at DragonCon 2018

Animation Instructor Ed Binkley will be a juror and featured artist at the DragonCon convention in Atlanta, Aug. 30 through Sept. 3. He will be conducting several presentations as well as determining the final award recipients among the 150 artists exhibiting at this year's convention. DragonCon typically receives around 70,000 attendees over the four-day event.


Published August 29, 2018.

Dr. Maurice Sheppard appointed to city board

Dr. Maurice Sheppard has been appointed to the Transportation Policy and Planning Board for a three-year term by Mayor Paul Soglin. This appointment is a declaration of arts and sciences faculty supporting the local government and the Madison College community. Dr. Sheppard will have opportunities to review transportation policies that will have a real impact on multiple Madison College campuses.  

The purpose of the board is to consider and address transportation policy and planning issues pertaining to each element of the city's transportation system, including bicycles; bus, freight and automobile traffic; parking; pedestrians; street, curb and right-of-way use; transit; and other transportation elements as may be identified by the Common Council by ordinance or resolution.



Published August 22, 2018.

College library gets a shout-out in national blog

The Madison College Library got a shout-out in the American Libraries Association programming blog for a photo caption contest it sponsored in celebration of National Library Week.

The contest featured archive photos of the original campus library in the 1960s and 1970s. Students were encouraged to create clever captions which were added to the photos in speech and thought bubbles. The library received 114 entries in the contest, which was led by the library's internal outreach/marketing team. Librarian Autumn Hall-Tun submitted the project.

The American Libraries Association blog showcases outstanding programs and events put on by libraries from around the world.


Published August 6, 2018.

Career pathways liaison coauthored professional article

Annette Kornell, coauthored an article in the Coalition on Adult Basic Education professional journal special edition featuring career pathways. The article appeared in the Practitioner Perspective section of the journal, starting on page 67 and is titled "Career Pathways Collaboration in Wisconsin." It discussed the collaboration between Wisconsin technical colleges and Workforce Development partners to integrate Career Pathways by establishing short-term, stackable, industry-validated credentials that address skill shortages.

Published July 20, 2018.

SkillsUSA students compete at national conference

Twelve Madison College students and six advisers traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, for the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held June 25-30.

They earned the right to compete when they earned first place at the Wisconsin SkillsUSA Championships this spring. More than 6,600 students entered over 100 occupational, leadership and skilled events.

Christopher Otten was fourth in Cabinetmaking. He was coached by Jeff Molzahn. Keenan White also earned fourth place for Diesel Equipment Technology with Jason Herheim as his adviser.

In the Additive Manufacturing event, Madison College’s Josiah Thompson and Steve Yang earned seventh place. Ryan Ubersox was their adviser. Katrina Willis earned seventh in the Job Interview event with Molzahn as her adviser.

Tim Myers earned ninth place in prepared speech and was elected to serve as one of five college/postsecondary national officers. He will represent the thousands of postsecondary students from around the United States working with SkillsUSA national staff in driving the organization into the future. Myers’ adviser was Ubersox.

Jeffery Keonmounpane also earned ninth place in the Barbering demonstration contest. Melissa Brainerd was his adviser.

Alexandra Christensen, who earned a gold medal last year, was 11th in the Advertising Design competition. Molzahn also helped her prepare for the event.

Monica Mielke, earned 13th place in the Pin Design contest. Aaron Stroot was her adviser.

Other Madison College competitors included: Rebecka Ewelt, Cosmetology; Alfonso Valadez, Automotive Refinishing; and Luke Wickus, Job Skill Demonstration.

Tom Wozniak, Madison College instructor and SkillsUSA Collegiate Post-secondary state director, said: “I am so honored to be a part of a great organization and work with a group of dedicated advisers who bring out the best in our students. Although this year, Madison College students did not medal, all are champions.”

Published July 9, 2018.

WolfPack athletes will take their skills to the next level

Another group of standout Madison College student-athletes are taking their skills to the next level after 23 (and counting) signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic endeavors at a four-year institution. The commitments represent seven WolfPack programs, and include schools that compete in NCAA Division I (8), NCAA Division I (1), NCAA Division III (10), and NAIA (4).

Published June 29, 2018.

Heeren named WBCA Coach of the Year

Following another successful season, Madison College women's basketball coach Lois Heeren has been named the 2018 Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Junior College-Women Coach of the Year. Heeren is one of 19 coaches being honored throughout the state and all levels of men's and women's basketball.

Published June 1, 2018.