In-person absentee voting offered at Truax, South campuses

In-Person Absentee Voting is now open at the Truax and South campuses ahead of the spring election, Tuesday, April 2.  All Madison residents can vote at either location through Friday, March 29. Only pre-registered voters may vote at these locations on Saturday, March 30. Vote in the Gateway at Truax and follow signs at South to vote on the main level.

The schedule for the Truax and South campuses is:

  • 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Thursday, March 18 - 21
  • 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fridays, March 22 - 29
  • 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday - Thursday, March 25 - 28
  • 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturdays, March 23 – 30. Only pre-registered voters may vote on Saturday, March 30.

Not sure what's on the ballot?  Check here.


Published March 18, 2019.

Middle and high school students can explore careers at summer camps

Registration now open for Career Discovery youth camps at Madison College. Summer camps are for 11-17-year-old students.  

Register on eventbrite

Published March 18, 2019. Updated March 20, 2019.

Bakery closed for spring break

The bakery will be closed during spring break and will reopen Monday, March 25.

Published March 18, 2019.

Dining in the Dark challenges participants

The Madison College Culinary Department will serve a delicious multi-course meal to blindfolded diners Tuesday, March 26, from noon-1 p.m., in Diane’s Delicious Diner on the Truax Campus. The Dining in the Dark experience will challenge participants will rethink the world of vision. During lunch, all attendees will wear blindfolds while dining, and the menu will only be revealed after each guest takes a bite. The Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired will facilitate the experiences.

The purpose of this event is to train sighted students in the hospitality program, provide sighted individuals exposure to effective non-visual methods and reduce prejudice by exploring a variety of perceptions.

This professional development opportunity is sponsored by the Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, the Hospitality Department, Disability Resources and the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Faculty and staff can register on the Madison College Learn website. Only 40 seats are available.


Published March 15, 2019.

Encourage students to apply for service awards

Faculty and staff can encourage students to apply for the President's Volunteer Service Award or International Student Volunteer Award. The awards are presented at the end of each semester during the Volunteer Center's Recognition Banquet. If students wish to be recognized their service hours and certifying paperwork must be completed by Friday, April 5, 2019. The Volunteer Center’s Recognition Banquet is Tuesday, May 7, 6 p.m. at Truax, Room D1630.

Students can qualify by:

  • Students must be tracking their service hours on the WolfPack Connect app. Students can contact the Volunteer Center or Student Life Office for help with tracking hours.
  • Once 100 or more approved service hours are completed within a 12-month period, students can contact the Volunteer Center.
  • Students must complete the Community Service Verification form to submit the application.

Published March 15, 2019.

Roof repair affects Truax parking

Madison College is continually investing in our facilities to allow us to better serve our mission, vision and values. Projects range from small updates to existing spaces to large-scale maintenance to new construction. Each project includes an overview, current status, and estimated completion date.

Contact Fred Brechlin with any questions.

2018 Projects:

Project Name: D18026: Truax – New Photovoltaic System

Overview: Pursuant to an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), MG&E has granted $500,000 to a new solar Photovoltaic (PV) project at the Truax Campus. The MG&E grant funds combined with a Madison College contribution of $2,587,500 will fund a new 1.868MW rooftop PV system. The system includes 5,750 panels and will be the largest roof-mounted system in Wisconsin.

Timeline: Construction will be complete June 2019.

Project Name: D19017: Truax Roof Replacement 2018

This week (March 11) and next week’s (March 18) warm weather will allow a restart of the roofing replacement project during spring break. As a result, the east Anderson Street entrance to the childcare drop-off, cafeteria entrance and metered parking will be closed due to a large crane, delivery trucks and roof materials. Starting Saturday, March 16 - Friday, March 22, the gated lot will be open, but access will be in and out from the west entrance along Anderson Street. Parking will return to normal after spring break.

Overview: This project includes replacing various roofs (gymnasium, fitness center, theater, entire third floor roof, south standing seam sloped metal roof) at the Truax Campus in advance of the new photovoltaic panel system from MG&E.

Timeline: The south facing sloped metal roofs, gymnasium, fitness center, theater and third floor main roofs are complete. 

Project Name: D18016: Truax Campus Fire Alarm Replacement Project 2018/19

Overview: This project will expand the new fire alarm systems from the culinary addition to the remaining main campus, all floors, B, D, E wings, and large animal barn. Original fire alarm equipment will be removed after new systems are in place and operational summer 2019.

Timeline: Construction will begin September 2018 and be complete August 2019.

Project Name: D18046: Regional Campus Fire Alarm Replacement Projects 2018/19

Overview: This project will provide new fire alarm systems at Fort Atkinson, Portage, Reedsburg and Watertown. Original fire alarm equipment will be removed after new systems are in place and operational summer 2019.

Timeline: Construction has started at Portage and Reedsburg. Fort Atkinson and Watertown will begin over winter break. All four regionals will be complete August 2019.

Project Name: Truax PV Observation Deck

Overview: Renovate an existing third-floor room to provide public access to the new roof mounted solar panel system. The project includes a new ADA compliant interior ramp, new exterior door and a roof mounted platform with railing system. The interior roof access area will be upgraded with new flooring, ceilings, lighting and several student workstations.

Timeline: Construction is underway with completion March 2019.

Project Name: Health Education Building-Center for Health & Well-Being

Overview: Create a staff wellness center adjacent to the first floor main office. The project includes a new second floor office/conference area.

Timeline: Construction is complete. The center will be open soon.

2019 Projects:

Project Name: Portage Campus – Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Improvement/Office Addition

Overview: A small addition at the main entry plaza will provide a new ADA compliant entrance and space to expand the adjacent main office area to improve customer service.

Timeline: Construction will begin spring 2019 and be complete prior to Fall 2019 semester.

Project Name: Truax Bookstore/Duplicating Remodel

Overview: Accommodate additional programming from the Downtown Education Center (DTEC), provide necessary space for the college’s textbook rental program, and relocate the college duplication center from the second floor to space within the bookstore and adjacent to the loading dock.

Timeline: Construction will begin March 2019 with textbook rental complete by Thursday, May 30, electronics lab complete by Thursday, Aug. 15, and duplication complete in November 2019. 

Project Name: Truax Academic Advancement (AA) Offices

Overview: Reconfigure existing space adjacent to the A&S Office for AA staff relocating from DTEC to Truax.

Timeline: Construction will begin March 2019 and be complete prior to June 1, 2019.

Project Name: Renovate Truax Athletics Locker/Shower Rooms

Overview: The locker/shower rooms adjacent to the gymnasium, pool, and fitness center will be reconfigured and upgraded to better service students and meet current ADA standards.

Timeline: Project in design. Completion date to be determined.

Project Name: Truax Faculty Multimedia Studio

Overview: Reconfigure existing open workstations to create a multimedia studio within the existing Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) office area.

Timeline: Completion date to be determined.

Project Name: Foundation Center-Consolidate Finance Department

Overview: Merge Finance, Payroll, and Purchasing Departments into a single connected area on the first floor of the Foundation Center.

Timeline: Construction will begin March 2019 and be complete June 1, 2019. 

Project Name: Truax-Convert Tennis Courts to Student Parking 

Overview: Reconstruct tennis court area into student parking with lights, landscaping, drainage and sidewalk along Wright St. the project may include rebuilding Straubel Street to the Robin Roberts baseball field.

Timeline: Construction will begin in summer 2019 and be complete prior to the fall semester.

Please visit the college SharePoint site for more information including PDFs and updates.


Published March 15, 2019. Updated March 18, 2019.

Submit a proposal, support the college

Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend a hands-on training on how to submit a proposal for an idea, opportunity, product, etc. that will advance the college’s mission. The training will also explain how a proposal is processed. Thanks to the Innovation/Research & Development fund, these proposals are possible. When registering, two training dates are available.   

Published March 15, 2019.

Nominations sought for faculty award

Madison College faculty are eligible to be nominated for the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award. This award, open to faculty at Campus Compact-affiliated institutions, recognizes one senior faculty member (middle-to-late career) each year.

Honorees are recognized for exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students’ civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good.

Learn more about eligibility and requirements on the Campus Compact website.

Nominations are due by May 31, 2019.


Published March 15, 2019.

What's on the menu?

Here's what the Atrium Cafe will be serving March 18-22.

Monday: Fried catfish, red beans and rice, collard greens, cornbread

Tuesday: Baked potato bar with assorted toppings

Wednesday: Grilled chicken with garlic caper sauce, wild rice pilaf, vegetable, roll 

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

Friday: Beer-battered cod, fries, coleslaw, roll

Published March 15, 2019. Updated March 20, 2019.

Trustyle Salon offers spring specials

Trustyle Salon is offering spring specials to help drag people out of the cold winter into the light of spring. Try something new with a haircut and thermal style special for just $15 or a shellac manicure for the promotional price of $22. These spring specials are valid March 25-May 11.  

Trustyle Salon has new hours:

  • Monday – Thursday, 12:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. 

Published March 13, 2019. Updated March 15, 2019.