Modern intranet display scheduled

A prototype of our first true, modern, college-wide Intranet, the soon to be singular starting point to our daily work, will be on display outside the cafeteria from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., on both Tuesday and Wednesday, during College Community Days.

As work continues to progress towards our mid-December launch, separate Matters communications will be forthcoming regarding training opportunities on its many powerful, easy to use, new features. Training sessions will begin in October and topics will include both tailoring the tools you want to see on your home page, as well as subscribing to Madison College news that you find most pertinent.

What is a modern intranet?

Aaccording to experts Richard Blank, CMS Wire and David Maffei, Akumin, a modern intranet is a smart and integrated system with an intuitive user experience, the modern intranet focuses on three high level things colleagues care about most:

· News and information
· Finding stuff
· Getting work done

"It’s the ONE system that addresses all three things in an integrated, engaging and convenient (aka mobile), user-friendly experience. It will actually deliver on the vision and promise of becoming a veritable hub for global communication and collaboration. All from the individual user’s perspective," wrote Blank and Maffei.

Unlike most intranets, where you merely read things, maybe click on a link or two, our modern intranet is a place for doing things. One of our exceptional illustrations is the new Professional Development site. For the first time, all three funds for employee development are together– Educational Assistance, HR Professional Development and Employee Scholars, complete with their process steps. Paper forms for Employee Scholars and HR Professional Development funds have been replaced with online versions. There are even updated job aids with new worktags.

“We’re excited to launch our new site. We hope people think the steps are laid out clearly for each of our employee development funds and the site is easy to use,” said Kristin Polywacz, Director, Professional Development, Human Resources.

Stop by for a sneak peek during College Community Days and watch for the upcoming training schedule.



Published August 21, 2019.

AFT-Wisconsin Local 243 hosts Back-To-School Social

AFT-Wisconsin Local 243 invites staff and full-time faculty to our annual Back-to-School Social.

When: Tuesday Aug. 27, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Program at 12 p.m.)

Where: Truax Main Building, Room B3227

Food and beverage will provided. Tickets will be available at the registration table outside the event room.

Come and meet your co-workers and hear more about:

  • The issues that directly impact your employment.
  • Your Union's efforts to reduce food insecurity among students.
  • Upcoming meetings.

For information or to meet Union members, look for people in blue AFT Local 243 tee shirts.


Published August 21, 2019.

Celebrate the retirement of Dave Kasten

Please join in celebrating the retirement of Dave Kasten.

Dave is a graphic design and printing specialist who is retiring from Madison College after almost 32 years of service.   

  • When: Tuesday, Aug. 27
  • Where: Technology Services - Truax Building room B2229
  • Time: 12:30–2 p.m.

Come share your stories and wish Dave well.

Published August 21, 2019.

Safe Attachments enabled in emails

Over the summer, the Technology Services Cybersecurity Team has worked to implement new tools to help protect Madison College. Previously on June 20, we turned on Microsoft Safe Links, which scans any web link in an email and determines if it is safe to click on. 

On Wednesday, Aug. 21, Microsoft Office 365 Safe Attachments will be enabled in email. When a message contains one or more attachments, the message is delivered and Safe Attachments will begin scanning the attachments. You can read the message body immediately; however, the attachments will not be completely available until the safety scan is complete. You may, however, preview attachments deemed "safe" before scanning is complete. 

If an attachment is determined to be malicious, the email is routed to quarantine to be analyzed by the Security team. If you are expecting an attachment and it is not delivered, or marked malicious, please contact the Helpdesk.

If you open a message immediately after it appears in your Inbox, you might see the attachments listed as “ATP Scan in Progress,” as shown here. Opening the "ATP Scan in Progress" attachment shows a message that explains the attachment sent to you is being scanned. Once the attachment is scanned, the message is marked as “Unread” and is available to open.  

Safe Attachment scans typically complete in under one minute, however, they could take longer for large attachments. To see if the scan is complete, close and re-open the message.  

Please contact the Technology Services Helpdesk if you have any questions or concerns.



Published August 21, 2019.

Upcoming campus closures announced

Most Madison College campuses will be closed on Tuesday, Aug. 27 for staff in-service but some student service departments will reopen at 1 p.m. Please check the Department Directory to confirm hours by individual department.

Additionally, all campuses will be closed Saturday, Aug. 31 – Monday, Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day. Campuses will re-open and the fall semester will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Published August 21, 2019.

Enrollment Services offer extended hours

Enrollment Services will offer extended service hours on:

· Saturday, August 24 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
· Tuesday, Sept. 3 – Thursday, Sept. 5 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Students should check the Department Directory to confirm hours for all other student service departments.

Published August 21, 2019.

Student services offer extended hours

Enrollment Services and Student Development and Retention Services will adjust service availability at Truax to meet the increased demand of incoming students for the Fall term start.

Students can be referred to:

Career Exploration Walk-ins – Room D1624 (Career & Employment Services)
Learn about online resources, career planning tools, labor market trends and referrals to other college career resources to begin the career exploration journey.

Application and FAFSA Assistance- Room A1003 (Next to Enrollment Services)
Recruiting and Financial Aid staff are available to assist students with the online admission’s application and the online FAFSA application.  This is a walk-in lab and students are assisted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Placement Testing- Room D2603 (Testing and Assessment Center)
Testing and Assessment staff is hosting walk-in course placement testing. 

Advising and Registration Assistance- Room C1434 (Across from the Atrium Cafe)
Advisors are available to assist students with course planning and SAP paperwork through 20-minute individual appointments. Students can make an appointment up to one day in advance or walk-in to be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. SDRS staff and Student help are available to assist with class registration.

Enhanced services are available:

  • Monday, Aug. 26, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 28, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 29, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 30, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 3, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 4, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 5, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 6, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


Published August 19, 2019.

Students and grads assist with Free Legal Clinic

Madison College will host a Free Legal Clinic starting this fall semester by appointment only. It will be located at Goodman South and available for all students and community members.

Legal issues can be a big obstacle for students and other community members. They can interfere with success in school and undermine family well-being. Individuals can get help with:

  • Tenant-landlord disputes
  • Driver's license restoration
  • Child support and family law
  • Mortgage foreclosures
  • Criminal records
  • Public benefits

This is one of two Free Legal Clinics in the nation that will be housed at a technical college. The aim is to replicate this type of clinic at other technical or community colleges in the future.

Madison College legal partners are:

  • Legal Action of Wisconsin
  • Community Justice, Inc.
  • Neighborhood Law Clinic
  • Community Immigration Law Clinic
  • UW Law School, Ascendium Education Group
  • City of Madison Department of Civil Rights
  • Community Immigration Law Clinic

Students and grads from the Madison College Paralegal program will assist at this clinic as well. The referral form for the clinic can be found at the college's website. For more information call (608) 243-4200.


Published August 19, 2019.

Mark your calendar and tell students

Career and Employment Services (CES) and Student Life are hosting, “Get Connected Week.” The event is held Monday, Sept. 30-Thursday, Oct. 3. 

The details for the event:
Volunteer Fair

  • Monday, Sept. 30 and Tuesday, Oct. 1
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Students can meet representatives from community-based organizations to learn about opportunities to volunteer. Community Service experience is a strong addition to a resume.

Part-Time Job Fair

  • Wednesday, Oct. 2 and Thursday, Oct. 3
  • 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Students can meet employers each day recruiting for open part-time and internship positions

Career and Employment Services at 608.243.4598.

Published August 19, 2019. Updated August 20, 2019.

What's on the menu?

Monday: Oven roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, veggie and roll

Tuesday: Macaroni and cheese with ham (or without), veggie and roll

Wednesday: Lasagna, salad and garlic breadsticks

Thursday: BBQ chicken, potato salad, corn and roll

Friday: Sloppy Joe, fries and veggie

Published August 19, 2019.