Truax Gallery hosts 'Visual Voices' art exhibit

"Visual Voices" is the theme for the Graphic Design and Illustration program’s faculty art show at the Truax Gallery. 

The exhibit is on view until Thursday, Sept. 28.

A reception event to meet and talk with the artists is Thursday, Sept. 14, from 4-6 p.m.

The Graphic Design and Illustration program’s faculty and staff will present imagery that conveys ideas, shares their points of view and tells a story.

The diverse artwork on display includes:

  • sketchbook drawings
  • prints
  • murals
  • mosaics
  • photography 
  • traditional and digital paintings

With that much variety, there will be no difficulty finding visuals that speak to you.





















For more information, Visit the Truax Gallery page.

Published September 11, 2017. Updated September 15, 2017.

Gallery 211 offers ‘Inner Realities’ show

Reality usually implies a reflection of the world we all observe, a world where natural laws guide us toward a common perception.

The artists in this show have turned their observations inward to create works that offer a different kind of reality. These conjured inner realities display surprising imagery, where the familiar and unfamiliar magically comingle.

A reception will be held Thursday Sept. 21, from 4-6 p.m. at Gallery 211, Room D011, located at DTEC. The reception is open to the public, and refreshments will be offered. The show will remain open through Oct. 13.


Gallery 211 was established in 2014 as a space to showcase fine art from the community as well as College Transfer Art students and faculty. Located conveniently in the Madison College Downtown Campus, visitors may peruse the current show, or come in and study surrounded by beautiful works of art. 

Questions? Please contact Laboratory Coordinator Sarah Stolte for more information.

Published September 11, 2017. Updated September 13, 2017.

New Facilities Master Plan in the works

Madison College completed a Facility Master Plan in 2009. That plan lead to the successful $133.8 million referendum in Nov. 2010 and all new district-wide construction, remodeling and maintenance work the college has seen over the last seven years.

The work identified in the last Master Plan is essentially complete and now the Facilities Planning and Investment Council will begin the process to update a new Facility Master Plan to guide construction and remodeling across the college and create big picture guidelines for the next 10 years. 

Published September 11, 2017. Updated September 13, 2017.

Volunteers sought for Expanding Your Horizons

The Madison College STEM Center, with the collaboration of faculty, is organizing the college’s participation in Expanding Your Horizons (EYH), a conference for young women in grades 6-8 to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and math. All female faculty and staff are encouraged to volunteer as presenters and role models on Saturday, Nov. 4.

The EYH Conference organizes small groups of girls, accompanied by a college student leader, who attend three hands-on career sessions led by presenters like you. Local sessions are held at workplaces, the UW Campus, Edgewood College and Madison College. Each career session is 60 minutes long.

Volunteers can do one, two or three sessions and select which time slots work best for them. Many presenters work in teams, so feel free to recruit co-presenters (including female students).

It’s not necessary for volunteers to know what their career session activity will be at this time.

Contact Business Technology instructor Penny Johnson by Sunday, Sept. 17, to sign up or for more information. 

Published September 11, 2017. Updated September 13, 2017.

Crane to park outside gym

Tuesday, Sept. 12, a crane will be delivered to the Truax Campus and parked on the southwest side of the gymnasium.

The crane is required to assist in the replacement of the smoke hatches on the theatre.

Expect the crane to arrive around 6:30 a.m. and leave later in the day. Construction tape and cones will be set up for safety precautions.

Published September 8, 2017.

Blackboard Webinars available

Register for Blackboard’s Innovative Teaching Series webinars to hear tips and best practices from other educators from across the country.

Webinar topics include:

  • 10 Tips to use Blackboard Learn tools and features to engage students
  • How to effectively communicate with students using social media
  • Blackboard Retention Center: Educators’ tool for identifying and motivating at-risk students
  • 5 tips for mid-term assessments in Blackboard Learn
  • 7 strategies for a student-centered course
  • Using humor to engage students online

Faculty and staff that are unable to make the webinar can still register to access the recording at a later time.

Questions? Contact CETL at 608-246-6646.

Published September 8, 2017.

Cosmetology Skills USA students to sell coupon books

The Cosmetology Skills USA students are selling Bucky Books to raise money to compete in the Skills USA State Leadership Conference in April of 2018.

Each book costs $35.00; cash or checks are acceptable. Checks should be made payable to Skills USA Club.

If interested in purchasing a coupon book, please contact Melissa Brainerd at 608-258-2446. She can send your Bucky Book through interdepartmental mail.

Published September 8, 2017.

SoftChalk hosts interactive webinars

SoftChalk is hosting webinars to assist in making your classes more interactive with your students.  Each live, one-hour webinar highlights SoftChalk Cloud and Create tools and activities. Participants will also be given an opportunity to ask the questions and interact with the instructor.

Upcoming Short Courses in September:

  • An Overview of SoftChalk Cloud and Create
  • TextPoppers, Images and Hyperlinks
  • Navigation Features and Sidebars
  • Embedded Media
  • Quizzes, Quiz Groups and SoftChalk Cloud ScoreCenter
  • Interactive Learning Activities: The Presentation Group
  • Interactive Learning Activities: The Scoring Group
  • Using SoftChalk Create with your LMS

Register for upcoming webinars.









Published September 8, 2017.

CETL seeks proposals for Connections presentations

CETL is calling for proposals for the 2017-2018 Connections presentations. Staff and faculty are invited to share their best practices of teaching and learning, new development across campus and pertinent issues of the college. 

Continuing FQAS categories include:

  • Instructional Effectiveness
  • Content Area Expertise
  • Student Success

Faculty and staff can satisfy one of the categories by planning and presenting a one-hour workshop. Pick the time and campus at which you wish to present, and CETL will reserve the room. The deadline for proposals is Friday, Sept. 15.

For more information, contact Jimmy Cheffen of CETL.

Published September 8, 2017.

Students, faculty and staff to benefit from new beverage contract

Madison College has awarded Pepsi exclusive rights for all carbonated and non-carbonated beverages, juices, water and energy drinks at retail establishments, vending machines, special events and catered functions at all campuses in the district. Hot and cold coffee drinks, milk and specialty soda are excluded from this agreement.

In addition to product sales, Madison College’s relationship with Pepsi includes a robust marketing program that will include scholarships, merchandise, cash incentives and product donations.

“The partnership with Pepsi is a win for the college because proceeds from the exclusive contract will be reinvested to ultimately support student success,” said Director of Auxiliary Services Terrie Thorstad. “We thank our partners at Coca-Cola for their support of Madison College over the past seven years, as well as those who helped us evaluate vendor proposals.”

The transition to Pepsi products will begin over the next few weeks.

Published September 8, 2017.