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 toothbrush kit costs $65; however, a $20 mail-in rebate is available for each kit, bringing the final cost down to $45. Two rebates per person are allowed. 

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

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 17, 2018.

myMadisonCollege will be down for upgrade

myMadisonCollege will be unavailable Sunday, Oct. 14, from 6 a.m.–2 p.m., due to an upgrade. 

Published October 11, 2018.

Volunteer Center offers Santa's Wish List program

Student Life is once again offering Santa's Wish List, a program that provides gifts to children in need who are under the age of 12. Students who are parents can apply for the program.

To be eligible students must meet the following requirements:

  • Students must have financial need verified by a financial aid award letter or other proof of need.
  • Students must be enrolled at Madison College during the fall 2018 term.
  • Students applying must be the parent or legal guardian of the child on the application and will be subject to verification.
  • The child must be 12 years or younger on Sept. 2, 2018.
  • Students must present their OneCard and proof of financial need when picking up gifts. Exceptions may be made.
  • Email the Volunteer Center if you have trouble proving financial need.
  • Gift pick up date is Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Additional details will be emailed to participants.
  • The Volunteer Center will make a final determination on the eligibility of applicants.
  • The application is available online. The application period closes Thursday, Nov. 1.

Faculty and staff can assist by sponsoring one or more children, purchasing a gift and returing it to the Student Life office or by donating funds. Donations are deposited into the Madison College Foundation and are tax deductible. This can be done at Student Life by check or cash. Checks can be made out to the Volunteer Center.

Watch for more information and a tree with ornaments bearing the names of eligible children.



Published October 11, 2018.

Textbook adoptions due

Faculty are urged to refer to the current Textbook Adoption Policy that took effect in fall 2018. The Textbook Adoption Policy was created and approved through the Shared Governance system at the college using interest-based problem solving. The Student Affairs Council helped create the policy, which was approved by the College Assembly and signed by President Daniels in July 2017.

Click to learn about the Textbook Adoption Policy, Operational Guidelines, Core Principles and FAQs & Resources.

Important changes per the new policy:

  • It is required to commit to textbooks for a minimum of three academic years.
  • Discuss and evaluate course learning materials with faculty colleagues before adopting textbooks. It is expected that faculty work collaboratively in program and department areas to make the adoptions in a coordinated manner.
  • In order for Madison College to be compliant with the Federal Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, all textbook adoptions must be submitted Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018.

This notice is being provided for program directors, faculty, deans, and associate deans. The bookstore will follow up with the departments and programs that do not submit their adoptions by the deadline.

When ready to adopt, use the Online Textbook Adoption System. The Online Adoption System will open Monday, Oct. 15. Follow the links below. Comments and questions are welcome.

Instructions Page

Faculty log in page

Paper adoptions

Please complete the form and send it to the bookstore via interdepartmental mail. Email adoption forms can be sent to If you have questions regarding the online adoption system, contact Mike Panten in the bookstore.


Published October 10, 2018. Updated October 11, 2018.

College Creates Textbook Affordability Committee

The college has established a special committee dedicated to textbook affordability. This committee will support the implementation and success of the Textbook Adoption Policy and the Textbook Rental Program. They will also guide and advance a textbook rental program if the November referendum passes and a supplemental fee is set up to support the initiative.

This committee’s responsibilities to the program will be: 

  • Reviewing the annual budget, actual revenues and expenditures of the Textbook Rental Program. 
  • Reviewing Textbook Rental Program policies.
  • Reviewing textbook adoption practices, guidelines and procedures.
  • Making recommendations regarding which materials to include in the Textbook Rental Program. 
  • Leading the exploration of other textbook affordability initiatives. 

The following faculty, staff and students are members of the Textbook Affordability Committee:

  • Laurie Beardsley – Student Development
  • Autumn Behringer – FT Faculty, A&S
  • Scott Heiman, Co-chair – Bookstore
  • John Kloosterboer – PT Faculty, Counseling
  • Tina Marshalek – Student 
  • Ben Monty – Budget 
  • Mike Panten – Bookstore
  • Jacob Timmerman - Student
  • Kayde Zimmerle – Student Services, Financial Aid
  • Stacy Zobel, Co-chair – FT Faculty, SoHE


Madison College Bookstore employee Holly Deering is the project manager for planning the Textbook Rental Program. She will be working with the committee should the referendum pass. If you have any suggestions to improve textbook affordability, reach out to Holly or the committee members.  


Published October 10, 2018.

CETL offers series on under resourced students

Are we student ready? Engaging Our Under Resourced Students is a professional development series that helps build a deeper understanding of the challenges and strengths that students from poverty bring to college, as well as exploring how to create the conditions to make success accessible.

  • Part A-Are We Student Ready? is being offered Tuesday, Oct. 16
  • Part B-Explicit Learning is Thursday, Oct. 18, both from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Part C-Cognitive Strategies is 1-3 p.m. on Thursday as well.

Spots still available. Register through CETL Thrive.

Published October 10, 2018.

Pets available for adoption at Open House event

The Veterinary Technician program will host a Pet Adoption Open House Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 5-7 p.m. in the Veterinary Technician wing. Dogs, cats and pocket pets will be available. Students will be on hand to answer questions and assist with the application process.

Published October 10, 2018. Updated October 15, 2018.