Registration is open for student employee training

Student Development and Retention Services (SDRS) will again offer a day-long student employee training opportunity this summer. SDRS thanked managers who sent student employees last year—100 percent of participants said they would recommend the training to other student employees in the post-training survey. This training is now open to all student employees on campus.

Information about the training:

  • When: Thursday, Aug. 15, 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Where:  Truax —Health Building, rooms 309 and 311
  • Target audience: Any student employees working in a front-line, customer service, reception or other related capacity.
  • Student Registration: Eventbrite's link to register for the training.

 Learning outcomes for participants:

  • Learn about a variety of services within Student Affairs. 
  • Develop skills in professional communication (writing and speaking)
  • Participate in role plays and activities to develop critical thinking problem solving, self-management and cultural perspective.

 Expectations of managers:

  • Invite student employees to attend the training and submit a list of student names and emails to Luz Arroyo by Monday, August 5.
  • Pay student employees from work study or department budget for the seven hours of training.
  • Participate in student’s development plan. A copy of this plan will be sent to the manager and student after the training.

It is important to notice that this training is not a replacement for unit-specific training. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

For questions, contact Director of Retention Initiatives and Student Engagement Janine Wilson.

Published June 14, 2019.

How common is a workplace impairment?

Impairments affecting employees take various forms. The links below provides practical information and help with workplace impairments:


Published June 12, 2019.

How to prevent main cause of injury at Madison College

Learn how to prevent the number one cause of injury at Madison College while also celebrating week two of National Safety Month. 

Information available on how to prevent slips, trips and falls in tip sheet both in English and Spanish (Español).

Related articles:

Published June 12, 2019.

Celebrate National Safety Month with more sleep

Fatigue and a lack of sleep can have crippling effects on the body. Listed below are links providing helpful information to better understand those effects and how to sleep better:

Published June 12, 2019.

Office of Risk Management shares tips for summer

Tips for preventing heat-related illness include:

Stay cool

  • Stay cool indoors: Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If a home does not have air conditioning, it is recommended to go to the shopping mall or public library—even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help their body stay cooler when going back into the heat, and to call local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in the area.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully: Try to limit outdoor activity to when it is coolest, like morning and evening hours. Rest often in shady areas so that the body has a chance to recover.
  • Pace: Cut down on exercise during the heat. If a person is not accustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, it is suggested to start slowly and pick up the pace gradually. If exertion in the heat makes a person's heart pound and leaves him/her gasping for breath, stop all activity. Get into a cool area or into the shade, and rest, especially if become lightheaded, confused, weak or faint.
  • Wear sunscreen: Sunburn affects body’s ability to cool down and can make people dehydrated. If there is need to go outdoors, protect from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going out. Continue to reapply it according to the package directions.
    1. Tip: Look for sunscreens that say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels.
  • Do not leave children in cars: Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open. While anyone left in a parked car is at risk, children are especially at risk of getting a heat stroke or dying. When traveling with children, remember to do the following:
    1. Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
    2. To remember that a child is in the car, keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the child is buckled in, place the stuffed animal in the front with the driver.
    3. When leaving the car, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook any children who have fallen asleep in the car.
  • Avoid hot and heavy meals: They add heat to the body


Stay hydrated

  • Drink plenty of fluids: Drink more fluids, regardless of the degree of activism and do not wait until being thirsty to drink.
    1. Warning: If the doctor limits the amount to drink or prescribes water pills, ask how much is recommended to drink while the weather is hot.
    2. Stay away from very sugary or alcoholic drinks—these actually cause lost of more body fluid. Also avoid very cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Replace salt and minerals: Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body that need to be replaced. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals lost in sweat.
    1. If a person is on a low-salt diet, have diabetes, high blood pressure or other chronic conditions, him/her should talk with their doctor before drinking a sports beverage or taking salt tablets.
  • Keep pets hydrated: Provide plenty of fresh water for pets and leave the water in a shady area.


Stay Informed 

  • Check for updates: Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips and to learn about any cooling shelters in the area.
  • Know the signs: Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them.
  • Use a buddy system: When working in the heat, monitor the condition of co-workers and have someone do the same in return. Heat-induced illness can cause a person to become confused or lose consciousness. If a person is 65 years of age or older, he/she should have a friend or relative call to check twice a day during a heat wave. 
  • Monitor those at high risk: Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others:
    1. Infants and young children
    2. People 65 years of age or older
    3. People who are overweight
    4. People who overexert during work or exercise
    5. People who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure or who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia or poor circulation.


For additional information and risk related resources, visit the Office of Risk Management SharePoint.

Published June 12, 2019.

Career exploration services offered during the summer

For students who are uncertain about their career or program, Career and Employment Services offers the following career exploration resources for prospective and current Madison College students.

Career Planning Workshop

Facilitated by a career counselor and advisor, the Career Planning Workshop provides students with an understanding of how their interests, skills and values play a role in choosing a career.  Students also explore components of CareerLocker, which is an engaging approach to career development that incorporates occupational information, educational options and employment resources. Registration is available at Career and Employment events.

Career Exploration Walk-ins

A career advisor will be available on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in room D1624 (near the cafeteria) to provide career exploration services to students who are unclear about their program or career direction.  Students will receive resources and support for identifying their career interests, exploring programs, gathering labor market information and connecting with additional services at the college.  No appointment is needed. More information in Career and Employment services' website.

Contact Career and Employment Services to learn more about these career exploration services via email or via phone at 608.243.4598.

Published June 12, 2019.

What's on the menu?

Here's a look at the Atrium Cafe lunch menu for June 10-14.

Monday:  Chicken Parmesan, Penne Pasta, Greens with House Made Vinaigrette and Garlic Breadstick

Tuesday: Baked Potato Bar with Assorted Toppings

Wednesday:  Chicken Tikka Masala. Jasmine Rice, Greens and Naan

Thursday: BBQ Pulled Pork, Mac and Cheese, Coleslaw, Roll

Friday: Beer Battered Cod, Coleslaw. Fries, Marble Rye

Published June 10, 2019.

Sessions added to review changes in Workday

Drop-in sessions were added for those who recruit and hire part-time faculty. These sessions will cover the new recruiting and hiring process recently implemented in Workday. 

Sessions for part-time faculty: 

1. Date: Wednesday, June 12 (Workday User Group, WUG Meeting)
    Time: 11 a.m.
    Where: Room 309—Health Building

2. Date: Tuesday, June 18
    Time: 10 a.m.-11
    Where: Room B3279—Truax Building

To learn more about creating job requisitions for part-time faculty, click here to review the job aid. For questions contact Lou Ann Lunda, Kate Jochimsen or each department's business partner.

Published June 7, 2019.

SMART Recovery group now meets at 6 p.m.

SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Recovery supports anyone who has chosen to abstain or is considering abstinence from any type of addictive behavior (substances or activities), by teaching how to change self-defeating thinking, emotions and actions and to work toward long-term satisfactions and quality of life. SMART teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance, using scientific knowledge of addiction recovery.

Starting Tuesday, April 30, a SMART Recovery meeting will be available at the Madison College Health Building in Room 218 on Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. Meetings occur year-round (except when the campus is closed). A college employee facilitates the group. Students, staff and community members who are either in recovery, considering it or supporting someone in recovery are welcome to this open group. Meetings are educational and include open discussions.

For more information, contact Brian Shah at 608.243.4186 or

Published June 5, 2019. Updated June 7, 2019.

Book club discusses "We've Been Here All Along"

Join the Madison College Book Club to explore Richard Wagner's book "We've Been Here All Along." Participants will examine Wisconsin's gay history from the reporting on the Oscar Wilde trials of 1895 to the landmark Stonewall Riots of 1969. Wagner will draw on historical research and materials to uncover previously hidden stories of gay Wisconsinites.

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Central Library-Madison Room (201 West Mifflin Street, Madison, WI 53703)

Register for MC Book Club


Published June 3, 2019. Updated June 4, 2019.