Received an award? Speaking at a conference? Let us know

The Matters team encourages staff and faculty to submit professional achievements in their work such as professional awards received, work being published, speaking events or others. Matters is also interested in achievements that may not relate to employee's field of work. 

Published January 2, 2019. Updated July 29, 2019.

College copywriter lives double life as playwright

Karen Saari, copywriter in the Communications and strategic Marketing department, had works produced or that advanced in competition all over the country. Her list of 2018 successes include:

In a Clearing, had its world premiere at The Magnetic Theatre Company in Asheville, N.C. The work was also entered in the Eugene O’Neil National Playwriting Conference. The play placed as a semi-finalist and made it into the top 18 percent out of 1,429 national submissions. It also advanced to the quarterfinals in the national Screencraft competition based in Los Angeles.

Rain on Fire, also entered the quarterfinals in the national ScreenCraft competition.

The play, Bad in Bed (A Fairy Tale), was produced at the Workshop/Developmental premiere at the Acadiana Repertory Theatre in Lafayette, La. It was also a semi-finalist in the Gary Marshall Theatre New Works Festival in Los Angeles.

Joyland, a one-act play, was produced at the Eden Prairie Players Women’s One-acts in Eden Prairie, Minn. The play was also produced at the Stray Dog Theatre New Works Laboratory in St. Louis.

Another one-act play to make the stage was, The Ones Who Stay. It premiered at the Pend-Oreilles Players One-act Play Festival in Newport, Wash.



Published January 2, 2019.

Employees complete Process Improvement Applied Training

The Center for Operational Excellence congratulates 10 employees from across the college who earned a certificate of achievement for the Fall 2018 cohort of the Process Improvement Applied Training Series.

Through hands-on work, participants applied concepts and techniques learned in the series to a process in their department in order to find ways to serve students and employees better. 

Thank you for your dedication, engagement and hard work! We look forward to seeing you continue to improve processes at the college to benefit students and employees.

For employees who have not taken the training yet, watch for an announcement in Matters about our next offering.

Ali Zarrinnam, Kristin Polywacz and Jennie May,
Center for Operational Excellence



Published November 30, 2018. Updated January 2, 2019.

Clarion staff members earn kudos in national contest

The Clarion received seven national awards at the Associated Collegiate Press National College Media Convention held in Louisville, Kentucky, Oct. 25-28.

The newspaper was honored a Pacemaker Finalist, one of approximately 30 finalists nationwide and one of three community college newspapers to receive this recognition.

The Pacemaker award is considered the Pulitzer Prize of college media. A panel of judges spent three days reviewing five issues of each publication entered in the contest, and selected publications they considered to be trendsetters for the rest of the nation.

Former design director Alexandra Christensen won first place in design of the year competition, winning the single page design category. Bernadette Witzack placed for in advertisement of the year’s display advertisement category.

The Clarion placed fifth in the best of show competition special edition category, winning for the recently published Oct. 24 election section. The newspaper also placed seventh in the best of show competition for two-year school newspapers.

Editor in Chief Andrew Kicmol earned an eighth-place award in the best of show competition multimedia category for a package he put together about the Wolves Share resource fair. He was the only student from a two-year college to be recognized in this competition. 

Finally, the Yahara Journal finished eighth in the best of show competition for literary magazines. It is the third time in the last four years that the Yahara Journal has placed in that competition. 



Published October 31, 2018. Updated November 2, 2018.

Madison College student receives national scholarship

Madison College Paralegal program student Alexandra Settle won the first-place $3,000 Thomson Reuters Scholarship offered through the National Federation of Paralegal Associations.

Published October 31, 2018. Updated November 2, 2018.

New members inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

On Oct. 10 the Beta Beta Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Madison College inducted 94 new members. Any student is eligible to join after completing 12 credits and achieving at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

Madison College's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities to develop leadership and service skills, exchange ideas and ideals in an intellectual climate, develop lively friendships between scholars and stimulate interest in continued academic excellence.

These students have qualified since last March and were honored for their achievements:

Samantha Ackerman
Emmanuel Agyemang
Kiah Atkins
Sifeddine Baataoui
Katherine Blaszczak
Erick Blue
Mark Bozzano
Katelyn Brunn
Jasmine Butzlaff
Theresa Castle
Benjamin Castro
Ramtoulie Ceesay
Seng Chu
Audra Cooke
Autumn Dankert
John David
Cassie Davis
Lucas De Santa Gavioloi
Gwendolyn Doyle
Ava Dresen
Ashley Duncan
Elija Dunn
Eric Dye
Joel Ellingson
Tyler Fawcett
Mason Flanagan
Julet Frazier
Jillian Freund
Justin Garcia
Maria Gonzalez
Jenna Gust
Adam Hale
Desireee Heimbecker
Rachel Hengy
Alyssa Hensen
Alex Hipler
Matthew Hodson
Daniel Hoppe
Dylan Hoppman
Brad Ingersoll
Stephanie Johnston
Dannah Kilborn
Caitlin Killick
Rachel Koehler
Fnu Kunsang Dechen
Destiny Kwenchia Zaomoh
Kaysie Labno
Sierra Lake
Nicolas Leighty
Aurelius Leslie
Gregory Long
Maura Lopez Gallegos
Cassidy McGee
Chris McGee
Serena Melton
Joseph Miller
Dusty Mitich-Overby
Mayuka Miyzaki
Bailey Morris
Maleesa Moser
Jackline Nekola
Megan Ngo
Michelle Nightoak
Carla O’Keefe
Alice Onyango
Julie Pullman
Jennifer Reinfried
Megan Roberts
Andora Robertson
Citrine Samrah
Zoe Suave
Jonathan Schaaf
Shianna Schmit-Colvin
Patrisha Schneider
Kim Schroeder
Briana Schrofer
Jack Schwingle
Gomary Sitathammavong
Amy Skicki
Veronica Smith
Boh Kyeong Suh
Kala Taylor
Alec Tebon
Victoria Trittin
Julia Wagner
Michelle Wallach
Paul Watson
Alexa Wendt
Heather White Fischer
Amie Willingham
Jordon Wills
Richard Wilson
Zachary Zenk

Published October 23, 2018. Updated October 26, 2018.

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 Oct. 10 the following individuals received their Golden Apple recognition:

Jim Langkamp, music instructor
Marit Brunsell, finance instructor
Al Lehnen, mathematics instructor
Susan Carnell, protective services instructor
Autumn Hall-Tun, librarian
Marty Richards, English instructor
Alexis Middleton, chemistry instructor
Elizabeth Towey, world languages instructor
Hassan Nafid, anatomy and physiology instructor
Marty Prew, automotive instructor
Jackie Jebens, sociology instructor
Kitrina Carlson, biology instructor


Published October 23, 2018. Updated October 24, 2018.

Graphic design instructor wins Graphis award

Graphic Design Instructor Jorel Dray, won a Gold Award for the Graphis annual advertising competition. Dray had submitted a promotional piece that was created for a Madison College gallery show.



Published October 11, 2018.

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.