Therapy dogs will visit Watertown Campus

The Watertown Campus will welcome therapy dogs from Badgerland Area Reading & Comfort Companions (B.A.R.C.C.) Thursday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The dogs will be in the main lobby, outside of the library. Students, faculty and staff are invited to de-stress by visiting the dogs and their handlers.

All therapy dogs who are members of B.A.R.C.C. are required to pass the Canine Good Citizen evaluation. The group visits schools and libraries to help students de-stress. They also help to build literacy for young readers through the Reading Education Assistance Dog program. The visit is sponsored by the Madison College Libraries.


Published April 20, 2018.

School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology photo reveal

The college community is invited to experience the School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology (ASET) through the unveilling of photos captured by photography students. The photos feature students learning in the labs of the ASET programs, and are currently covered in the Ingenuity Wing on the second floor, Hallway A. This is a project of Dr. Denise Reimer, Dean of ASET and Mario Quintana, photography instructor at the college. 

There will be an event to reveal the photos May 2 at 1:30, with aims to acknowledge the photography students' work as well as display ASET programs for future tours. This work of collaboration will be showcased along with treats from the Madison College bakery students. 


Published April 20, 2018.

Employees graduate from Process Improvement Applied Training Series

The Center for Operational Excellence (COE) congratulates 14 employees from across the college who earned a certificate of achievement for the Spring 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. The COE would like to thank them for their engagement, hard work and dedication to improving processes at the college. 

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

Graduates featured in the picture include: 

Ben Monty, Dan Sharp, Melanie Stebbins, Brad Baranowski, Melissa Sanchez Cruz, Valese Adams, Allan Locia, Meghan Villalpando, Danielle Edelman, Miriah Albouras, Yvonne Ochieng, Elizabeth Hernandez, Christine Strub.

Not pictured: Jessica Feggestad

Published April 20, 2018.

Employees to receive WRS Annual Statement of Benefits

The Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) Annual Statement of Benefits will be placed in the employee mailboxes early next week.

If you do not have a mailbox, the statement will be mailed to your home address.

If you have any questions about the statement please contact the Department of Employee Trust Funds directly at 1-877-533-5020 or visit the ETF Website.

Published April 20, 2018.

Final weekend of Our Town

Our Town, written by Thornton Wilder, directed by Miranda Hawk and performed by Madison College students will enter its final showing weekend today.

Performances run April 20-22, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Our Town

Published April 20, 2018.

Madison College to host ‘Bucky on Parade’ preview reception

To acknowledge the artists, faculty, staff and students whose talents will represent Madison College in the upcoming Bucky on Parade community art and fundraiser, a reception will be held from 4 - 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the Truax Gateway. A brief program will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Organized and led by the Madison Area Sports Commission (MASC), Bucky on Parade is a free public art event slated for May 7 - Sept. 12. It will feature 85 life-size Bucky Badger statues to be displayed around Madison and Dane County. Madison College instructors Jeff Dewitt, Animation, and Emmalee Pearson, Visual Communications and Media Design, are among the artists whose designs were selected to be part of the campaign. Funds raised will benefit several local charities including Garding Against Cancer.

Dewitt’s design, titled “Bucky Bot,” will be placed at the Truax Gateway, while Pearson’s creation, “Grow,” will be appropriately located at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Both will be publicly unveiled May 7. To submit your RSVP for the reception at the Truax Gateway, click here before noon Monday, April 23.

In addition, students and faculty, led by Dr. Denise Reimer and Randy Way, of the School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology, were involved in the project. Students in these programs took part:

  • Architectural Technology, scanned full size Bucky to create 3D model design and robot programming
  • Cabinetmaking and Millwork, prepared all wood parts for pallets and fixtures; clear-coating unusually shaped Buckies
  • Mechanical Design, designed transport and paint pallets and assembled them, layout of paint cell in facility
  • Metal Fabrication, made paint fixture on parts to bolt Bucky to pallets
  • Auto Collision, clear-coated unusually shaped Buckies and advised on best coating practices and material selection
  • Bricklaying/Masonry Apprenticeship, made concrete bases for Bucky installation
  • Automated Manufacturing Systems Technology, developed original concept, completed robot programming, created paint process procedures and trained "operators."
  • Construction and Remodeling, assisted in installation, pallet assembly and room preparation

Other departments that helped make this project a success were our facilities department, from Fred Brechlin who helped with original design specs and arranging contractor to install the cell, to our Public safety who made sure we had access to the building and room over night and weekends, and our custodial staff that helped create and maintain a clean operating space.

“Madison College’s participation in the Bucky on Parade event illustrates in a very public way our long-standing partnership with UW-Madison and is a public showcase of our talented faculty, staff and students, “ said Dr. Turina Bakken, provost of Madison College and UW-Madison alumna. Bakken also serves on the MASC Board of Directors and is on the Executive Committee for Bucky on Parade.

“Equally notable, it demonstrates the multidisciplinary collaboration of our students and faculty in several areas, all whose talents are of benefit to this project, and in turn, our community,” she said.

Bakken believes the novelty of the statues will drive tourism from around Wisconsin and across the country. “This has been a wonderful collaboration of organizations from across the city, and has been a unique platform for Madison College to shine, and contribute to our community in a once-in-a-lifetime kind of way.”                                               



What is Bucky on Parade?

Published April 18, 2018. Updated April 19, 2018.

Scholarship Application Review Committee seeking volunteers

The Madison College Foundation is seeking volunteers to participate in the fall 2018 scholarship application review process between April 30-May 13. This is a very important part of the scholarship scoring process. For those who have not gone through the process before, it is a unique opportunity to appreciate the diverse backgrounds of our students since applications include personal stories, experiences and future goals. 

The entire review process is handled online through the college's scholarship management system, AcademicWorks, which gives reviewers flexibility to score applications at their convenience. Please contact Ruth Shoup at 608-246-6719 or by email to confirm participation or for more information. 

Published April 18, 2018.

Construction project to begin April 23

Madison College is continually investing in our facilities to allow us to better serve our mission, vision and values. Projects range from small updates to existing spaces to large‐scale maintenance to new construction. Each project includes an overview, current status, and estimated completion date.

Contact Fred Brechlin with any questions. 

2018 Projects: 

Project Name: D19010: Truax – Animation, Rooms D2619, D2623, D2626, & D2628
Overview: This remodel project will relocate the Animation programming from DTEC to Truax. Three computer labs and storage will be created in four existing general classrooms. This new space is adjacent to other art programs on the second floor and is 3,000 sf.
Timeline: Construction at Truax to begin May 21 and be complete prior to the fall 2018 academic year.

Project Name: D19007: Truax – Five Classrooms
Overview: This remodel project will create five classrooms in the vacated third floor electron microscopy lab and adjacent accounting lab. These five classrooms will replace the rooms displaced by the Animation project on the second floor. The new rooms will be built as, two active learning, two computer labs, and one lecture room.
Timeline: Construction at Truax to begin May 21 and be complete prior to the fall 2018 academic year.

Project Name: D19006: Truax – Business Tech Lab & DMB Accounting Lab, Rooms D3610 & D3613
Overview: This remodel project will remove a wall between the existing business tech space and adjacent underutilized computer lab. The larger footprint will allow the DMB accounting lab displaced by the classroom project to be combined with the business tech lab.
Timeline: Construction at Truax to begin May 21 and be complete prior to the fall 2018 academic year.

Project Name: D19004: Commercial Avenue Education Center – Building A
Overview: The steamfitter/iron worker apprenticeship programs have recently moved to their own new training facility. The vacated space on the first floor, rooms 130, 131, & 132 will be converted to Ceramics space. Vacated second floor room 232 will be converted to an Art Metals lab.
Timeline: Construction at Commercial Avenue to begin in May and be complete prior to the fall 2018 academic year.

Project Name: D19003: Truax – College Transfer Art, Room D2631, E2835, E2841, E2842A, & E2842B 
Overview: This remodel project scope includes a dedicated new drawing lab and existing art labs E2835, E2841, and E2842 A&B. Renovations are needed in order to effectively share space with the College Transfer Art and Graphic Design programs.
Timeline: Construction at Truax to begin May 21 and be complete prior to the fall 2018 academic year.

Project Name: D19008: Truax – Music, Rooms A1017Q, A1017R & Corridor A19
Overview: This remodel project will renovate two existing music labs to accommodate the music instruction from the DTEC campus. It includes, new sound wall separation around the perimeter of both rooms, moveable partitions and structure support to better separate the two labs acoustically, an improved ventilation and lighting system, and new acoustic ceiling system. New secure storage rooms will store instruments and sheet music from the current archive room at DTEC.
Timeline: Construction at Truax to begin May 21 and be complete prior to the fall 2018 academic year.

Project Name: D18026: Truax – New Photovoltaic System
Overview: Pursuant to an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), MG&E has granted $500,000 to a new solar Photovoltaic (PV) project at the Truax Campus. The MG&E grant funds combined with a Madison College contribution of $2,587,500 will fund a new 1.868MW rooftop PV system. The system includes 5,750 panels and will be the largest roof mounted system in Wisconsin.
Timeline: Construction to begin June/July and be complete November 2018.

Project Name: D18014: Truax – Southwest Plaza Restoration
Overview: This project includes removing the deteriorated brick privacy wall at the pool, replacing the adjacent site stair and handrail, new concrete sidewalks, new site lighting, regrading for drainage, new limestone retaining walls, new landscaping, waterproofing below grade at pool equipment room, sandblasting all exposed foundation and retaining walls, and new limestone wall and metal gates at childcare outdoor playground.
Timeline: Construction to begin at Truax in late April/May and be complete July 2018.

Project Name: D18014: Truax – Childcare Outdoor Playground Wall Replacement
Overview: This project includes removing the deteriorated metal gates and brick privacy wall around the outdoor childcare playground. The gates will be replaced with new galvanized metal and the wall will be replaced with limestone to match the new café/meeting room addition.
Timeline: Construction to begin May 21 and be complete before the start of the fall 2018 academic year.

Published April 18, 2018. Updated April 20, 2018.

Madison College hosts 'Spike the Lights Out'

A collaboration between the Recreation Management Department and Recreation Department, 'Spike the Lights Out' is Madison College's first-ever glow in the dark volleyball tournament, held Monday, April 23, from 6-9 p.m. The event will take place in the Redsten Gymnasium and is free to all participants. 

Spike the Lights Out is open to the entire campus community; teams can be made up of students, faculty, staff, and may be combined as well. There will be music, concessions, prizes and side activities for downtime when teams are not playing. 

To participate or recieve more information on the Recreation Club, contact Cory Sims. 

Published April 18, 2018.

Learning Community to present new hub

The Research Learning Community will host a presentation Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m. in Room B3230, to reveal a new hub to support research by faculty and staff at Madison College.

The purpose of this learning community is to foster a climate of scholarship, professional development and institutional advancement by supporting disciplinary, programmatic and institutional research.This is a standing committee in the college comprised of members representing occupational, faculty, administration and workforce development.

Published April 16, 2018.