Applications open for professional development funding

The application deadline for the final round of professional development funding for the 2017-2018 academic year is Friday, March 9.

Professional development at Madison College is an evolving, life-long process of knowledge and skills attainment that supports all employees in the pursuit of their career goals and desire for personal growth. These activities maximize employee and institutional effectiveness by providing a platform upon which employees engage in enrichment activities that advance the college’s mission, vision and strategic directives while benefitting the individual and the college community. 

All employees, full and part-time, may apply for funding.

Published February 12, 2018. Updated February 14, 2018.

Recent policy approvals

President Daniels has recently approved several policies created by the Shared Governance Councils to benefit the college as a whole. Please note that all approved policies plus everything regarding Shared Governance can be found in SharePoint. 

Though there are many policy changes, there are a few recently approved changes to be aware of including layoffs, outsourcing, investigations, course feedback, grievances, performance improvement, progressive discipline, workload, the Facilities Master Plan, and the Assessment of Broad Strategic Plans. 

Published February 12, 2018. Updated February 14, 2018.

Donation drive benefits YWCA and Madison College

Phi Theta Kappa PTK set a goal to collect 1,500 items to benefit the YWCA Homeless Shelter of Dane County and the Madison College Food Bank. Items will be collected through Wednesday, Feb 28.

The YWCA is in need of items to support their housing programs. Last year alone, the YWCA supported 702 people with housing services, with 459 of them being children.

At the same time, PTK is also collecting items for the Madison College Food Pantry to address hunger by Madison College students. The Hunger Survey conducted this fall by Student Senate indicated that one in three students go hungry due to money issues.

Baby items:
Disposable diapers and pull ups
Wet wipes
New toys
New car seats
Picture books
Books in spanish
New crayola markers

Personal items:
Feminine hygiene pads
New bath towels
Laundry soap
Other hygiene products

School-related items:
School supplies
Thumb drives
New batteries
Bus tickets
Gas cards
Gift certificates

Food items:
Nonperishable dry goods: rice, noodles, dehydrated
legumes, nuts, gluten free noodles, dried fruits, cereals, etc.
Canned fruits
Canned soups
Canned meats
Protein bars
Peanut butter, cashew butter, sun butter
Muffin, cake and bread dry mixes

Donation bins can be found at Truax Campus, Health Building, Health and Protective Services Building & DTEC. 

Published February 9, 2018.

College offers free workshop for language instructors

Madison College is hosting an engaging and interactive workshop for language instructors Friday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Many Languages, One Goal: Best Practices for Today’s Target Language Classroom.”

The workshop benefits instructors of all levels and all languages and focuses on best practices for language pedagogy and student target language learning.

Funding support provided by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language program. This event is also co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Technical College System Global Education Committee and the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs.

Registration is free for Madison College faculty. Contact World Languages to register.

Published February 9, 2018.

Rose sale supports WomenLEAD

WomenLEAD (Leaders for Equity and Diversity) will sell assorted roses and Crush sodas for Valentine's Day on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 9-11 a.m. and 2-4:30 p.m. near the Career and Employment Services offices in the Atrium Cafe.

The cost for a single rose is $3.00 or two for $5.00. Crush sodas are $1.00 each. Sales are cash only. Roses may be reserved by emailing Masaya Xiong.

All proceeds will support the WomenLEAD trip to the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders Conference at the University of Maryland – College Park.

Published February 9, 2018. Updated February 14, 2018.

Tech Services announces changes to Microsoft licensing agreement

Technology Services reviewed the college’s Microsoft licensing agreement as they were preparing for the Windows 10/Office 2016 upgrade. Software assets installed on Madison College computer equipment must be licensed appropriately. (See the Information Protection Standards, 2.3 for additional information.)

They found the previous licensing agreements with Microsoft for Microsoft Project Pro, Microsoft Project Online and Microsoft Visio have been modified. There is a risk of an unexpected cost and/or penalty if the college has more installations of these applications than are licensed.

The licenses for Microsoft Project Pro, Microsoft Project Online and Microsoft Visio are no longer licensed for the entire college. The college will limit them to faculty and staff who use the tools for their academic or business function.

Providing licenses for those users who need the tools for either academic purposes of business purposes helps ensure Madison College is spending appropriately. 

What do faculty and staff need to do? Nothing. If you do not use any of these three products, no action is required. If you use one of these applications, and you have not yet upgraded to Windows 10, you will receive a Survey from the Windows 10 Phase III Deployment team asking you to identify any application above the standard list (noted in the Survey).

Please direct any questions or issues to the Help Desk at 246-6666.

Published February 9, 2018.

Volunteer Center to host Lunch and Learn to Serve event

The Volunteer Center is hosting a pizza lunch Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Truax Room B2204. Encourage your students to attend this event to learn where they can complete volunteer service hours on and off campus. 

Published February 9, 2018.

Celebrating Black Entrepreneurship luncheon

Celebrating Black Entrepreneurship: Lessons Learned, Lessons for the Future will be hosted by the Madison College Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Relations wth the Madison College Entrepreneurship Center on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room D1630 B/C at the Truax Campus.


This presentation and networking luncheon will kick off with a welcome from Dr. Jack Daniels III, president of Madison College, and Camille Carter, president of the Madison Black Chamber of Commerce, will give the Madison College keynote. There will be a panel discussion on black entrepreneurship in the greater Madison region, as well as its current state in conjunction with opportunities and challenges for the future, followed by a networking luncheon.


The event is free to all students, faculty and staff with valid identification. Cost for community members is $10. Registration is required. 

Published February 9, 2018.

Truax Gallery looking for exhibit applications

The Gallery at Truax is requesting applications to exhibit for the 2018-2019 academic year. All exhibit requests are due by Thursday, March 1. Final decisions will be made by our committee Saturday, March 31.

If help is needed with an idea, or if there are any questions, contact Wendy Franczak.




Published February 9, 2018.

Vet Tech showcases adoptable pets

The Veterinary Technician Program will open its doors for adoptable pet visitation Monday, Feb. 12.

During the semester, all the dogs, cats, and rats are busy acting as furry faculty. As the semester comes to an end, all these fluffy interns will need to find forever homes.

Stop by to find your purr-fect companion during open adoption hours:


  • 8:30-9:20 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m.
  • 2:30-3:20 p.m.


  • 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


  • 8:30-11:20 a.m.
  • 12:30-3:20 p.m.


  • 8:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m.


  • 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • 12:30-1:20 p.m.
  • 2:30-3:20 p.m.

All of the animals are spayed or neutered. Dogs are tested for heartworm disease and are current on routine vaccinations, and cats are current on routine vaccinations. Adoption fees go directly to the shelter from which the animal came. 

Forever homes are chosen on the best fit for the animal basis. It’s highly recommend completing your application during your initial visit.

Follow this link for more information on pet adoption at Madison College.


Published February 7, 2018. Updated February 19, 2018.