Student nurses raise funds for mental health organization

The Madison College Student Nurses Association participated in the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walks Fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 1. Fifteen students, faculty and family members walked, raising $2,130 for NAMI Dane County. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans. It began in Madison in 1979 to raise awareness and provide support to individuals and families affected by mental illness.
Fundraising continues until Thursday, Nov. 30.  If you are interested in making a personal donation or learning more about NAMI Dane County, click on the Madison College Nursing team site.

Published November 17, 2017. Updated November 20, 2017.

Employers coming to Truax

The Career and Employment Services have announced upcoming employer visits at the Truax Campus.

Stoughton Trailers LLC
Stop by the table in the Truax Cafe Atrium Monday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn about exciting career opportunities. Rob and Lauren will be available to give more information.

Midwest Home Care
Stop by the table in the Truax Cafe Atrium Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn about exciting career opportunities. Tamaris will be available to give more information.

Please pass this information onto your students.

Published November 17, 2017.

CETL announces PDF creation classes

CETL is hosting a PDF creation class. Some classes will be face-to-face and online.  Register through CETL's Thrive or click below.

Adobe Acrobat: Creating Accessible PDFs - Beginner 

Face-to-face classes are held at Truax Campus, Room B3230:

  • Thursday, Nov. 16, from 10-11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 1-2 p.m.

Online classes:

  • Monday, Nov. 20, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Questions? Contact Alan Natachu for more information.

Published November 15, 2017.

Employee Trust Funds Board sets contribution rate

The 2018 contribution rate for Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) employees and employers has been set by the Employee Trust Funds Board (ETF).  The total contribution rate for 2018 is 13.4 percent, down from 13.6 percent in 2017.

The total contribution rate is split evenly between the employee and employer: 

  • The current 2017 contribution rate of 13.6 percent is split evenly at 6.8 percent
  • Effective January 1, 2018, the contribution rate of 13.4 percent will be split evenly at 6.7 percent

Payroll Deduction:

  • Employees paid on a bi-weekly basis will notice this adjustment on their January 5, 2018, paycheck
  • Employees paid on a semi-monthly basis will notice this adjustment on their January 12, 2018 paycheck

If you have any questions about how the contribution rate was determined, please contact the Department of Employee Trust Funds at 1-877-533-5020.

Published November 15, 2017.

Mail Center announces mail cutoff for Thanksgiving

To be processed before the Thanksgiving shutdown, packages must be dropped off at the Mail Center by 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22. All other mail must be received by 3 p.m. for processing, including personal mail. 

If there is an emergency, contact one of the Mail Center’s student help at 608-246-6305 for possible options.

Published November 15, 2017.

Thanksgiving shutdown announced

All Madison College campuses and district buildings will be closed Thursday,
Nov. 23–Sunday, Nov. 26 in observance of Thanksgiving.

Classes and services will resume Monday, Nov. 27.

Published November 15, 2017.

Faculty invited to assess Core Workforce Skills

All faculty members are invited to participate in assessment of Core Workforce Skills. These skills are identified through the regional Industry Survey Report and are essential to maintaining accreditation. 

The project is voluntary and involves direct assessment of these skills by faculty in their classrooms. The goal is to assess 1,000 students. 

Please submit your name here.  

The process is outlined here. 

For questions, contact Robin Nickel, curriculum consultant in CETL, at 608-246-6413, or visit the internal CWS Page.

Published November 15, 2017.

Electrical outages planned during campus closure

Friday, Nov. 24, the facilities maintenance crews will be performing quality checks of the breakers on the main electrical panels at the Truax Campus.

These tests will affect:

  • The Health Education Building
  • The Protective Services Building
  • The Truax Main Campus Building

The time and location of each test:

5-7 a.m.

Health Education Building—Electrical Room

7:30-10 a.m.


7:30-10 a.m.

UPS testing—Server room

7:30-9:30 a.m.

Protective Services Building

10-11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


1-3 p.m.


3-4:30 p.m.


4:30-6 p.m.


Contact Wes Marquardt if you have any questions.

Published November 13, 2017.

Vet Tech announces final Open House

The Veterinary Technician program will host the final Pet Adoption Open House of the semester Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 5-7 p.m. Visit with the dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and mice at the Truax Campus in Rooms E1818-E1856.

For more information, please visit the Madison College pet adoption page

Published November 13, 2017. Updated November 17, 2017.

Honor service members, veterans during Veterans Appreciation Week

Join Veteran Resource Services to honor service members, veterans and their families with scheduled activities for Veterans Appreciation Week, Nov. 13-16.

Monday, Nov. 13: Say Thank You
Sign a thank-you note or write a message of appreciation. Stations will be set up at Truax at the main desks of the Welcome Center, Student Life, and Student Development and Retention Services. Stations will be set up at the main offices of all other campuses.

Tuesday, Nov. 14: Remember Everyone Deployed (RED)
Wear a red item of clothing or a red, white and blue ribbon. Ribbons will be available at Truax at the main desks of the Welcome Center, Student Life and Student Development and Retention Services. Ribbons will be available at the main offices all other campuses.

Wednesday, Nov. 15: Veterans Appreciation Ceremony
A more formal gathering will be held in honor of Veteran’s Day from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Truax Campus. Presentations by Maurice Sheppard, Political Science instructor and veteran, John Douglas, a student veteran, and Connie Walker, 2017 Wisconsin Woman Veteran of the Year.

Thursday, Nov. 16: Treat a Veteran to Lunch
Half-priced dining is being offered in the Gourmet Dining room for veterans. Service members and veterans can visit the Diane’s Delicious Diner webpage to reserve their seat. Students, faculty and staff are all welcome. Consider “treating a veteran to lunch” by contributing $12.50 toward a lunch for a student veteran. For more information on treating a veteran contact Veteran Resources.

Published November 10, 2017. Updated November 17, 2017.