Faculty, staff can download Office programs for free

Madison College has a new procedure for faculty, staff and students who want to purchase software for personal use. This change is due to the option being discontinued. As a result, Technology Services is encouraging faculty, staff and students to use Office programs that are available for free through a college agreement with Microsoft.



Published August 20, 2018.

What's for lunch?

Here's what the Atrium Cafe will be serving Aug. 20-24.

Monday: Goulash, elbow macaroni, vegetable and roll

Tuesday: Baked potato bar with all your favorites

Wednesday: Lasagna, mixed greens in a house-made vinaigrette and garlic bread

Thursday: Barbecued pulled pork, potato salad, sweet corn and Texas toast

Friday: Beer-battered cod, coleslaw, fries and marble rye

Published August 20, 2018.

Employers to visit Truax

Career and Employment Services announces upcoming visits from the following employers:

  • Walmart, Monday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Universal Presentation Concepts, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • McFarland Youth Center, Monday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All employer visits are held in the Truax Cafeteria Atrium. Faculty are encouraged to tell their students to stop by and learn more about these career opportunities.

Published August 17, 2018.

Fitness Center still completing renovations

Due to ongoing renovations, the Fitness Center’s hours of operation have changed again. Here's the current schedule:

  • The Fitness Center will remain closed until Monday, Aug. 27, with limited hours, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Friday, Aug. 31. 
  • The Recreation Service Desk and the pool will remain open until Friday, Aug. 17. 
  • All Recreation facilities will be closed beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17 through Sunday, Aug. 26.
  • The Recreation Service Desk and Fitness Center will be open for limited hours, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., from Monday, Aug. 27 through Friday, Aug. 31. The pool will remain closed during this time. 
  • All Recreation Facilities will reopen with the start of the fall semester on Tuesday, Sep. 4 at 6:30 a.m. 

The Fitness Center recognizes the inconvenience that these closings may pose to personal fitness schedules. The Fitness Center’s first priority is to health and safety and committing to providing a worry-free environment for all in regard to fitness needs. The Fitness Center thanks evertibe for their patience during this challenging time. 

Please call 608.245.2110 with any questions.


Published August 16, 2018. Updated August 17, 2018.

My Madison College upcoming maintenance

The My Madison College student center, mobile and classic versions, will be down for maintenance on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 12:30 a.m. to approximately 8 a.m. Technology Services apologizes for any inconvenience.


Published August 16, 2018. Updated August 17, 2018.

New virtual desktop environment coming Aug. 18

On Saturday, Aug. 18, Madison College will go live with a new, improved virtual desktop experience. Technology Services has redesigned the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environment from the ground up for a just-in-time virtual application delivery model. This will allow software applications to be delivered to students, faculty and staff modularly and provide a highly dynamic and personalized experience. 

Desktop Engineering staff will be performing go-live operations on the VDI environment Saturday, Aug. 18, starting at 5 p.m. and ending by 2 a.m. Sunday morning (standard third Saturday, monthly VDI maintenance window). All virtual desktops will be unavailable until the go-live operations are complete.

Please be aware of the following important changes that will take effect once go-live is complete.

General improvements include:

  • Improved 3D graphics performance — Graphics intensive applications like PowerPoint, Google Earth and videos will feel smoother and perform much better.
  • Faster login — The time it takes to log in will be decreased.
  • Single customized desktop for every user —  Gone are the days of not knowing which desktop to choose. A new automated software entitlement process provides each student access to the software applications they require based on enrolled courses.

Off-campus access changes:

  • All active students, faculty, and staff will now have access to a virtual desktop from off campus.
  • All off-campus access to the VDI environment will now require multi-factor authentication (MFA). MFA requires you to provide something known (such as a username/password) and something in your possession (like a cell phone) to log in. This second layer of security helps to prevent costly breaches and reduce overall risk.
  • Set up MFA accounts now by following the instructions provided here.
  • RSA tokens will no longer be used to access VDI off campus. Employees with an RSA token can return the physical token to the Help Desk for proper disposal.

To learn more about VDI at Madison College, check out our new VDI User Guide.


Published August 15, 2018.

Checklist helps instructors create a strong syllabus

The new Syllabus Checklist is a quick way for faculty to review their syllabus for quality and accuracy. The checklist, which links to current college policies and uses language friendly to students, contains:

  •     ADA Syllabus Statement
  •     Statements related specifically to online or hybrid classes
  •     Sample guidelines for attendance, plagiarism, late or missed work
  •     Grading ideas
  •     Rubrics for common assignments such as research paper, essay and class participation

New instructors may find the Syllabus Template (on the same page) helpful.



Published August 15, 2018.

Library to launch new management system

 The library will upgrade its management system, including the online catalog, to provide students and staff with user intuitive services and more comprehensive access to learning resources. The new system will launch Aug. 24.

WorldCat Discovery will give users more options for searching materials, placing holds, submitting interlibrary loan requests and more. To learn about the new system and how it may impact faculty, staff and students, please review the Worldshare web guide.It includes FAQs, a request form, information about fines and the benefits of the change.Call the library at extension 6640 for questions.


Published August 15, 2018.

Office to close for Convocation Aug. 28

Student Development & Retention Services  will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Convocation Tuesday, Aug. 28. Services will reopen at 1p.m. that day. 

Published August 15, 2018.

Register for Convocation Community Service Day

Register today for the Madison College Convocation Community Service Day.  Faculty and staff can participate in service work during the afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 29.  Choose from 13 service opportunities — both indoor and outdoor — throughout the district. All participants will receive a Madison College Service Day T-shirt for participating. Some departments sign up together as a team-builder; others simply choose to work individually. Whichever it is, help us give back and have a huge presence in the community!

Questions? Email

Published August 13, 2018. Updated August 20, 2018.