Help students travel the world

The Center for International Education will host the annual Faculty Development Workshop. This workshop is for faculty and staff that will be leading study abroad programs this summer, fall, spring or over next year’s winter break. Faculty and staff leading or planning to lead a study abroad program must attend a Faculty Development Workshop once every two years and must be current to lead a program.

The Faculty Development Workshop will take place Wednesday, Jan. 16, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Truax in Room E1886. This is a mandatory session for any faculty or staff that will lead a program between now and winter break 2019. It is also a mandatory session for those who have not attended a workshop in the last two years. Faculty and staff interested in developing a Study Abroad program or learning more are welcome.

Faculty and staff can contact Tammy Gibbs to register and ask questions. Walk-ins are welcome. 

Published December 17, 2018.

Students get extra help for spring

Students enrolling for the 2019 spring term, who need help with career exploration, admission applications, FAFSA assistance, assessment testing and registration can find assistance at the following locations:

  • Students in need of help with basic career exploration, admission applications and FAFSA assistance can visit Room A1003, next to Enrollment Services. This will be a walk-in lab.
  • Testing and Assessment staff will host walk-in course placement testing. The course placement testing will be held in the Testing and Assessment Center, Room D2603.  
  • Advisors are available to assist students with course planning and required college or financial aid standards of academic progress paperwork through individual appointments. Students can make an appointment up to one day in advance or walk-ins are welcome. Staff and student employees are also available to assist with registration. Advising and registration assistance will be held in Room C1434, across from the cafeteria.

The enhanced services will be available during these dates and times:

  • Monday, Jan. 14, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 15, 1p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 16, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 17, 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 18, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.       
  • Tuesday, Jan. 22, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m
  • Wednesday, Jan. 23, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 24, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 25, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Published December 17, 2018.

ETF offers live webinars to explain retirement benefits

The Department of Employee Trust Funds is offering a series of 30- to 60-minute live, interactive webinars designed to increase employees’ understanding of the Wisconsin Retirement System benefits. Visit the ETF webinar page to learn more about the following webinars. Employees are welcome to ask questions at the end of each session.  

Annuity Options
This webinar covers all of the WRS annuity options to help employees make an informed decision. The important differences between a beneficiary and a named survivor will also be explained. The last date for this webinar is Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Additional Contributions
This webinar discusses how making additional contributions to your WRS account can potentially increase employee retirement. The last date for this webinar is Friday, Dec. 21.

WRS Annuity Adjustments and Effective Rates
This webinar covers the process of how account effective rates and annuity adjustments are calculated, starting with the investment return reported by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board. The webinar will also offer explanations of the Core and Variable Trust Funds and the calculations specific to each fund for effective rates and annual adjustments. The last date for this webinar is Monday, Jan. 28.

5 Basic Steps to Your Retirement
This webinar covers choosing a termination date, how to request a retirement estimate and how to understand it. The last date for this webinar is Thursday, Jan. 31.
WRS Benefits: For New and Mid-Career Employees
This webinar covers vesting, ways to enhance a WRS retirement benefit, purchasing service, military service credit, the Core and Variable Trust Funds, contribution rates, the importance of a beneficiary form, how to complete one and how life event changes affect retirement benefits. The last date for this webinar is Thursday, Jan. 31.

Register for the webinars immediately. 

Published December 14, 2018.

What's on the menu?

Here's what the Atrium Cafe will be serving Dec. 17-21.

Monday: Nacho Palooza! with assorted toppings.

Tuesday: Lasagna, garlic bread and mixed greens in house-made vinaigrette.

Wednesday:  Barbecue chicken, macarone and cheese, baked beans and biscuit.

Thursday: Chicken tikka masala, jasmine rice, vegetable and naan.

Friday: Beer-battered cod, fries, cole slaw, roll.

Published December 14, 2018. Updated December 17, 2018.

'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign begins

As you prepare for the college holiday break and embark on traveling, you should consider the safety of you and your passengers as well as other highway users. The national campaign called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” starts Dec. 14 and runs through Jan. 2, 2019. This campaign is intended to watch for drivers who may be under the influence of alcohol.

The facts are sobering. In 2017 there were 169 deaths and 3,303 injuries due to alcohol related crashes. Over 28 percent of traffic fatalities were alcohol related and there were 24,211 OWI convictions.  Please do your part to help make this holiday a safe one. Make sure you and your passengers are buckled up, and don’t drive after consuming alcohol. Also minimize distractions to your driving. 

James "Harry" Barger,
Instructor/Training Coordinator
Madison College Public Safety Training Facility

Published December 14, 2018.

Capital request process begins Jan. 2

Based on employee comments, the Capital Work Team has made some enhancements to the capital request process, one of which is leaving the process open longer. The FY19-20 capital request process will be open from Jan. 2, 2019, through Feb. 28, 2019. Capital equipment and project requests for FY19-20 should be made during this time. The Capital Request Form is housed in SharePoint within the Budget Office site. In the spirit of inclusion and collaboration, capital requests should be discussed with your budget manager before being entered in SharePoint.

For more information, email  Questions and comments are welcome.


Published December 14, 2018.

Book club invites all to read 'The Body is Not an Apology'

The Madison College Book Club (MC-BC) invites community members and book clubs to join the Radical Self-Love Book Club Movement and read this year's selected book, "The Body is Not an Apology" by Sonya Renee Taylor.

Taylor will speak at Madison College at 7 p.m. Monday, March 11 in the Mitby Theater. 


Published December 14, 2018.

Employees, students now have access to

Madison College faculty, staff and students now have access to, an on-demand learning solution designed to help people gain professional skills and advance their careers. users get:

  • Free unlimited access to more than 7,000 video courses covering business, creative and technology topics.
  • Personalized recommendations that will allow users to explore the most in-demand skills based on their experience.
  • Access to courses from industry leaders on the user's schedule, from any desktop or mobile device.
  • Helpful resources to reinforce new knowledge, including quizzes, exercise files and coding practice windows.

Faculty can share videos and playlists with students to complement classroom learning and help build professional skills. Staff can use the material for professional and career development.

Faculty, staff and students can create personal Madison College accounts, explore videos and courses, FAQs and more.  


Published December 12, 2018.

Madison College welcomes new employees

The following are new employees at Madison College. Please welcome them.

  • William Berry, senior web content liaison
  • Samson Boateng, custodian 
  • Lauri Domer, administrative specialist
  • Richard Thompson-Feirne, maintenance associate
  • Daniel Hines, custodian
  • Jodi Jensen-Schuelke, professional development coordinator
  • Tytoria Marsh-Griffin, custodian
  • Jeffrey Peterson, maintenance associate
  • Amy Russell, professional development coordinator
  • Shalako Thomas, administrative specialist 
  • Nicole Volkert, multimedia designer
  • Maidoua Xiong, college navigator-admissions



Published December 10, 2018. Updated December 11, 2018.

Honors Program Competition is Dec. 14

The Fall 2018 Honors Program Competition will take place Friday, Dec. 14 from 1-5:30 p.m. in Room A2119 in the Truax Main Building. Honors students from across the college will present their projects to a panel of judges. Winners will receive a trophy, cash prizes and a trip to  the next Upper Midwest Regional Honors Council Conference. Everyone is welcome. 


Published December 8, 2018. Updated December 12, 2018.