Upcoming STEM Center Speakers

Today will mark the STEM Center's third speaker of the spring, Dr. Julia Agapov, ophthalmologist with Dean Health Services to discuss "My Personal Journey into Ophthalmology."

Two weeks from now, the STEM Center will host their fourth speaker Zong Her. An institutional researcher here at Madison College, Her will discuss "My Personal Journey into Information Technology," April 18.

Both events will be held in Truax room A2029 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. 

Published April 4, 2018. Updated April 9, 2018.

Employers coming to Truax

Career and Employment Services has announced upcoming employer visits at the Truax Campus.

Senior Helpers
Truax Cafe Atrium
10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Monday, April 9
Brittany is a representative who will be available to provide more information and answer questions. 

National Agents Alliance
Truax Cafe Atrium 
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Tuesday, April 10

Kathleen is a representative who will be available to provide more information and answer questions. 

Published April 4, 2018.

Pay it Forward event promotes lifesaving actions

"Pay it Forward," an event to raise awareness of the students' campaign to save lives, will take place April 24 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Truax Atrium Café.

The event is sponsored by Recreation Management and Visual Communications programs and Student Health Education. Students will provide information on Hands-only CPR, a lifesaving method for use when teens or adults collapse in an 'out-of-hospital' setting. They will also promote Be The Match, the national registry that matches marrow donors with recipients.

Donor drives are held in hopes of educating the public and growing the registry with committed donors to give hope to searching patients. To become a donor, participants must be 18 to 44 years old and provide a simple cheek swab in addition to filling out a consent form with information. 

Published April 4, 2018. Updated April 9, 2018.

Trustyle Salon offers pedicure $5 discount

Put a spring in your step with a $5 discount for any pedicure service at the Trustyle Salon.

Call 608-246-6068 or stop by to book your appointment today.

Offer is valid through May 4 and is open to staff, students and the public.

The Trustyle Salon is located inside the Madison College Truax Campus, Room 1208B.

Published April 2, 2018. Updated April 6, 2018.

Madison College to hold AA meetings

April 9 will mark Madison College's first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at the Truax Campus. The college will be holding meetings every Monday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in room C1450, next to the bookstore and cafeteria. Meetings are open topic and discussion, available to Madison College employees, students and the public. For more information, contact John Boyne in the Counseling Services office. 

Published April 2, 2018.

Organizations to present opportunities to volunteer

The Volunteer Center will be hosting a free pizza lunch Tuesday, April 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for those who would like to learn about volunteering opportunities. Potential organizations include: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County, the American Red Cross, Earth Day Activities and the Madison College Pow Wow. The event is open to everyone and will take place in Truax room B2204

Published April 2, 2018.

Have lunch with Judge Kristy Yang at Truax

Welcome Judge Kristy Yang to the Truax Campus of Madison College on Monday, April 2, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. . She was elected to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court as the second Hmong American judge in the nation.

Join WomenLEAD to learn more about Judge Yang while enjoying lunch provided by Ha Long Bay.  A reservation is required, free to students and staff and will take place in Room D1630 B/C.

This event is sponsored by WomenLEAD and the Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement of Madison College.

Published March 30, 2018.

Students to receive technology focused survey

Beginning Monday, April 2, students will receive a survey through email from EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR).

The ECAR survey results can help inform decision making, planning and pedagogical approaches based on technology ownership, use patterns and expectations as they relate to the student experience.

Uses and outcomes of the ECAR Student Survey data may include:

  • Engage students in the learning process by understanding which innovations they value the most
  • Balance strategic innovation with solid delivery of basic institutional services and pedagogical practices
  • Inform academic planning
  • Optimize the impact of technology on teaching, learning and engagement
  • Inform facilities planning for classrooms and teaching spaces of the future
  • Advise professional development planning for faculty and staff
  • Contribute to discussions and planning related to digital equity for students
  • Become more technologically competitive among peer institutions
  • Assess current and future IT services and needs

Please encourage students to participate in the survey so the college can plan for technology that impacts their needs.

The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete and will be open until April 20. 

Questions?  Contact Academic Strategy and Analysis for more information.

Published March 30, 2018.

IRE thanks staff for involvement; congratulates survey winners

Institutional Research and Effectiveness (IRE) thanks the staff and faculty for their participation in encouraging students to complete the Student Satisfaction Survey Inventory.

Because of the help of faculty, the survey had record response rates and exceeded the 2016 totals by more than 18 percent.

This year, a total of 2448 students completed the SSI survey.

Also, students who completed the SSI survey were placed into a random name drawing for prizes and the winners have been announced. 

  • Jamie Sydow won a $500 scholarship
  • Sheereen Gayton won a Chromebook
  • Ashley Ouellette won a $100 Amazon gift card.

Congratulations and thank you for helping to make Madison College, a better college for all.

Contact Tom Heaney or Zong Her at 608-246-6412 for more information.

Published March 28, 2018.

Technology Services provides PeopleSoft and Blackboard status

Technology Services and the Campus Community Team will upgrade the PeopleSoft Campus Solutions environment to the latest release of version 9.2. This major upgrade is mandatory before the current version becomes unsupported by the vendor.

Implementation date is May 18-22.

WHY: PeopleSoft is a key, mission-critical system that needs to be completely operational at go-live, with very little likelihood of issues or downtime (resolution of issues needs to be in minutes vs. hours). The implementation has infrastructure changes that go beyond a standard upgrade and need to be tested and working correctly across the entire technology stack – application, integration, infrastructure, etc. 

Given these “Go-Live” considerations, we did not feel that we can adequately meet these expectations by the timeline of going live during Spring Break, March 8 timeframe. The go-live is being moved until after end of the spring term and the beginning of the summer.

The development freeze continues in effect through this extended project time.


The Blackboard learning management system: Will also conduct a planned upgrade May 18-22. This upgrade will transition Blackboard to a Cloud/hosted solution to provide more responsiveness to updates and maintenance patches as well as maintain vendor support. During this upgrade, Blackboard will be unavailable for access.

Coming Up: The look and feel of PeopleSoft will be changing with the implementation. Look for more updates as the project moves along including snapshots of the new PeopleSoft 9.2 and training opportunities to learn how to get around the new environment.


Published March 28, 2018.