Truax to host blood drive

Madison College employees and patients can show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Liver Awareness Month in October by giving blood.

The Truax Campus will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Room D1630.

The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to give blood and support patients fighting cancer, undergoing transplant surgeries and facing other serious illnesses. 

To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit  Use the sponsor code MATC Madison. Donors can save up to 15 minutes by using RapidPass

Anyone who donates blood in October will be automatically entered to win one of $500 gift cards redeemable at hundreds of merchants.

Questions? Contact Madison College student health educator Denise Holin.

Published October 15, 2018.

Techology Services to upgrade network storage

Technology Services will be upgrading Madison Colleges network storage infrastructure on the weekends of:

  • Nov. 3-4
  • Nov. 10-11
  • Possibly Nov. 17-18

During these weekends, network storage will periodically not be accessible. This will impact network storage as well as Virtual Desktop Storage (VDI).

In preparation for the upgrade Technology Services suggests the following for instructors, staff and students:

Please inform students, instructors and staff of the upcoming service outages

  • If there are files faculty or students will need on the weekends of Nov. 3-4, Nov. 10-11, and possibly Nov. 17-18 please save them in advance to a C: drive or removable media such as a USB drive.
  • Do not save to any network drives on these weekends.
  • If assignments are due during these weekends, ask students save them to local storage and to email them to instructors or  instructors can change the due date to the following Monday.
  • When saving files on these weekends, please save them to the C: drive or removable storage, like a USB drive.
  • Areas temporarily impacted will be network storage; for example, your “Documents” folder, or any drive with a letter other than “C:” (e.g. G:, H:,I:, S:, X: drives, etc.)
  • Storage locations in VDI may be briefly be impacted and experience short outages.  Technology Services suggests that anyone working on a virtual desktop on these weekends save project or file data to a USB drive.

Network storage will be available again for use by the Madison College Community on Mondays following the work.


Published October 15, 2018.

What's for lunch?

Here's what's on the menu at the Atrium Cafe for the week of Oct. 15.

MondayFried catfish, red beans and rice, collard greens, cornbread

TuesdayBaked potato bar with assorted toppings

WednesdayGrilled chicken with Dijon caper cream sauce, wild rice pilaf, vegetable, roll

Thursday:  Barbecued beef brisket, fries, slaw, Texas toast

FridayBeer-battered cod, fries, cole slaw, roll

Published October 12, 2018.

Fashion Marketing Program announces fashion show

The Fashion Marketing program announces its second annual fashion show. “Embrace: A Global Styling Show” will be held Friday, Nov. 16, 9:30-11 a.m. in D1630 on the Truax Campus.

Register now for free admission.    


Published October 12, 2018.

Shared Governance Councils seek new members

The Information Technology Council has a part-time faculty vacancy and the Institutional Effectiveness Council has a PSRP vacancy. If interested, please click this link to complete an application, and forward your completed application to Shared Governance. Please see the table below for council meeting times and possible issues that may be addressed by that council. If you have any questions about the council or the member selection process, please email the previous link.

What is the work of the councils and their members?

Council's work the issues using an IBPS process. They are responsible for discovering the variety of interests that are generated around the issue(s) they are working.  Councils need to demonstrate they know the important interests surrounding issues, and that those interests were considered in the option creation phase of this work. They do not need to meet every interest when selecting the best option. However, they are responsible for demonstrating that the process used had integrity, was based on interests, was informed by data, and any recommendation was reached by consensus.

Members should also be very aware of “what we are hearing” from college faculty and staff about their issues and about Shared Governance in general. Council members should become experts in their field, and use that expertise to inform decisions about issues. Council membership is a time consuming endeavor, and is a leadership position in the college.


Sample List of Issues Which May be Discussed

  Members who have experience, interest, and/or expertise in any the following areas:

Institutional Effectiveness Council



1st & 3rd Tuesday afternoons


Utilize college-wide feedback, ideas and data to develop, review, set direction and/or offer guidance on sustainable, fair and innovative policies related to improving the institutional effectiveness of the College. Provide recommendations for the ongoing work of monitoring and adapting strategic planning and related policies.

  • Accreditation
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Institutional Assessment
  • Monitor KPIs
  • Performance Measures
  • Planning (Strategic and Unit Planning)
  •  Process Improvement
  •  Organizational Culture
  •  Quality Improvement


Information Technology Council



2nd & 4th Tuesday mornings

Collaborate on key College-wide topics related to the acquisition, implementation and support of technology as well as develop, recommend and communicate policies to help govern them, for example:

·       Refresh policy

·       IT investment policy

·       Software management policy

·       Information security policy

  • Information literacy
  • Software development
  • Student focused technology
  • Academic/instructional technology
  • Hardware engineering
  • Current/emerging technology trends
  • Assuring compliance & accessibility
  • Online, hybrid learning
  • Educational software platforms
  • Technical support and training
  • Information technology educational programs
  • Technology planning and implementation
  • Cost analysis
  • Systems thinking and integration






Published October 12, 2018.

Salary negotiation skills workshop to be held Oct. 31

Career & Employment Services and WomenLEAD are hosting an interactive workshop on “Salary Negotiation Skills for the Workforce: Practical Guide to Knowing Your Worth and Talents” on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 1–3 p.m. in D1630C. Mollie Lo, manager of the Talent Acquisitions Team at Rockwell Automation and founder of LoTUS Mentoring, will facilitate the workshop.

Faculty are asked to encourage students to register and attend. Refreshments will be provided by the Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement. 

For more information, please email Masaya Xiong at


Published October 12, 2018.

Female students sought for mentorship program

Once again, WomenLEAD (Leaders for Equity and Diversity) is continuing their partnership with the Wisconsin Women's Network to expand their mentorship program to Madison College. The program is looking to recruit mentees for the 2019 cohort year. 

The Wisconsin Women's Network promotes the advancement of women and girls in Wisconsin through communication, education, advocacy and connections.

The goal of the year-long (January-January) mentoring program is to give young women the opportunity to cultivate meaningful relationships with strong, inspirational role models throughout Wisconsin. 

If you know a woman student who could benefit from mentorship or is seeking a mentor, please connect them with Masaya Xiong at The due date to apply is Nov. 2. 

If you have any questions about the partnership or to learn more about WomenLEAD, contact Masaya Xiong at, Advisor for Career and Employment Services.


Published October 12, 2018.

Fort Atkinson Campus will 'Pack the Pantry' Oct. 17

The Fort Atkinson Campus will hold a Pack the Pantry picnic Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 3-6:30 p.m. Staff and faculty are encouraged to stop by and donate non-perishable food items. Refreshments will be served. This event was made possible through a grant by Thrivent Financial.


Published October 12, 2018.

College-wide call to assess Core Workforce Skills

Faculty are encouraged to participate in the college’s annual call to assess skills that local employers find valuable and even missing in some graduates. These skills are self-management, critical thinking, social interaction and communication, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening.

This is an opportunity to contribute evidence that the college incorporates these skills into course instruction and assesses student demonstration of them. It not only fulfills accreditation requirements, but also provides local industry with an answer to continued concerns about soft skills in new hires. New research from the Canadian job market states the Core Workforce Skills match the top skills demanded by employers. To date 3,305 students have been assessed across three years. The goal is to assess another 1,000 students this year.

If faculty intend to participate, complete the following:

For more information on using the rubric along with how-to-videos, visit the Core Workforce Skills page.

For more information email Robin Nickel or call 608.246.6413.


Published October 11, 2018. Updated October 12, 2018.

Student Dental Hygiene Association selling toothbrush kits

The Student Dental Hygience Association will be selling dental professional power brush kits and all proceeds will support the association. 

The dental professional power brush kit includes:

  • 1 Oral-B® Professional Care Genius Power Brush with bluetooth.
  • 1 charger and base station  
  • 1 Oral-B® cross action brush head
  • 1 Oral-B® floss action brush head
  • 1 Oral-B® sensitive gum care brush head
  • 1 Oral-B® power tip brush head
  • 1 travel case
  • 1 mirror mount
  • 1 250 ml Crest® PRO-HEALTH multi-protection rinse
  • 1 4.1 oz. Crest® GUM DETOXIFY toothpaste
  • 1 15 m Oral-B® Glide PRO-HEALTH Advanced Floss

The toothbrush kit cost $65. A $20 mail-in rebate will be offered for each toothbrush kit purchased, bringing the final cost down to $45. Two rebates per person are allowed. Checks or money orders must be made out to SADHA. Cash payments will not be accepted. Orders must be submitted by Thursday, Nov. 29 and they will arrive Friday, Dec. 14. The kits must be picked up at the Madison College Dental Hygiene Clinic by Monday, Dec. 17.

For more information, email or call 608.258.2472


Published October 11, 2018. Updated October 15, 2018.