Local songwriters to discuss their craft at Madison College

Two Madison area songwriters will discuss the process of songwriting and their own musical careers at a Writer’s Life Lecture Series event held Thursday, Feb. 25, at Madison College's Downtown campus at 7 p.m.

Lo Marie, a solo artist whose “Solid Ground” album was selected as the Jazz Album of the Year at the 2015 Madison Area Music Awards ceremony, and Kyle Rightley, a songwriter and guitarist for The Big Payback band who was a 2015 MAMA finalist for best country/bluegrass performer, will discuss how and why they became songwriters at the lecture series that explores the writing lives of local writers.

“The Writer’s Life Lecture Series has featured all types of writers over the years, from novelists and investigative journalists to advertising copywriters and travel writers,” said Larry D. Hansen, the event moderator. “This is the first time we will feature songwriting.  It’ll be interesting to hear these songwriters talk about their ‘writing lives,’ as well as perform a few of their own songs.”

Marie, once an opera singer, is internationally known for her jazz projects. She published her first album (EP), “Beyond the Age of Reason,” in 2012. She followed that up in 2015 with her second EP, “Solid Ground.”

Rightley has built a career out of a wide variety of genres, such as rock, folk, classical, jazz and funk. He released two solo EPs in 2014: “Raven Steals the Moon” and “The Bleak, Barbarian Pines.” In addition to his work with The Big Playback, Rightley has performed with Driveway Thriftdwellers, Five Points Jazz Collective and Beefus.

The panel discussion, held in Room 240 of the college’s Downtown campus, will be followed by a question-and-answer period. The public is invited free of charge.

The college’s Journalism Program and Creative Writing Program sponsor the Writer’s Life Lecture Series event.

Published February 12, 2016.

2016 Wisconsin Agricultural Machinery Service Technician PAS contest results

Madison College took first place and placed eight times overall in the Agricultural Machinery Service Technician (AMSTA) state event on Monday, Feb. 8, and Tuesday, Feb. 9. 25 teams from around the state of Wisconsin competed in this annual event.

14 Madison College students, comprising eight teams, placed in the competition. The winning teams include Jonny Dahlke and Dillon Henricks, first place; Kyle Skaja and Ryan Fleming, second place; Karl Koneck and Dustin Bokath, third place; Nick Heinz and Brett Obremski, fourth place; Dakota Meier and Trevor VanDrisse, eighth place; Andrew Kocourek and Jordan Mlezvia, eleventh place; and Austin Block and Scott Zimmerman, twelfth place.

Individual awards were given to the top performers for the Wisconsin Post-Secondary Agriculture Student (PAS) Contest. The top five individuals were all from Madison College. Koneck took first place, followed by Skaja, Dahlke, Henricks and Fleming.

The top six teams in the state have the opportunity to compete in the National PAS Contest held from March 16 to 19 in Kansas City, Missouri. Madison College’s top four teams have all accepted the invitation to go to nationals in March.

The Wisconsin PAS AMSTA Contest is open to all technical colleges from the state. Students are judged on various agricultural equipment timed stations, including tractors, implements and combines. Students also take an individual written exam and identify parts and tools.

For more information, please contact Bob Gray or Nick Lindloff.

Published February 12, 2016.

CETL offers special Saturday FQAS workshop

The Course Design and Assessment workshop is being offered starting Friday, Feb. 19, and on two additional Saturdays.

This course meets the initial FQAS requirements for Course Design and Assessment.

Visit the CETL page to register for this event.

Title: Course Design and Assessment

Times and Location:

Friday, Feb. 19, 1-3 p.m.
Saturday, Feb.20, 8:30-3 p.m.
Saturday, March 5, 8:30-3 p.m. 

Delivery Format: F2F
Truax B3230
Instructor: Robin Nickel

Description: Introduction to performance-based instructional design and assessment. Develop outcomes, identify performance expectations, design learning plans and rubrics, and prepare a syllabus.
Emphasizes curriculum validation and communication of assessment results.   

Questions? Contact CETL at (608) 246-6646.

Published February 12, 2016.

National Court Reporting and Captioning week, Feb. 14-20

National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, February 14-20, is the perfect time to learn more about our associate degree program and the variety of career options for court reporters and captioners.

Attention FacultyLee Carey would love the opportunity to visit your classroom and do a short real-time demo (3-minutes tops). Contact Lee if interested.

Attention Students: Drop by the information table or court reporting classroom at the scheduled times shown below to learn more.

  • Informally talk with faculty and students
  • See our state-of-the art real-time technology
  • Watch demonstrations of a stenographer in action
  • See how live captioning is done
  • Give it a try yourself!
  • Learn the “secret” language of court reporting and how we can text at over 225 words per minute!
  • Find out how students can make six figures in this growing field!

Event: Information table in cafeteria hallway, Truax Building.

When: Monday, Feb. 15, and Thursday, Feb. 18, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Event: Visit our dedicated court reporting classroom (D3622 in Truax Building).

When: Tuesday, Feb. 16, and Wednesday, 17, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Madison College's program:

  • Scholarship available for students. 
  • Completely revitalized program with no more than 12 credits per semester
  • 100 percent online option
  • 100 percent job placement

Court reporting is a great career choice with:

  • An average starting salary of $45,000
  • Job security
  • Flexible or structured working hours – you choose.
  • A variety of career options and work settings

More information check out:

Questions? Contact Yvonne Meichtry at  (608) 246-6635

Published February 12, 2016.

Upgrade for internet explorer browsers

The Technical Services department is upgrading the college internet explorer browsers. 

Over the next two weeks, once connected to the network the software will be automatically downloaded to your machine. This will silently upgrade your desktop internet explorer from version 9 to version 11. 

The new version will then be in place when your computer is next re-booted.

Published February 12, 2016.

Madison BCycle 2015 report

Madison BCycle has released their annual report for 2015. The report includes the launch of a new BCycle Station at Truax Campus among their many milestones for the past year. Madison College also became one of Madison BCycle’s sponsoring partners to sustain this asset to our community.                                         

On Oct. 1, 2015, Madison College officially cut the ribbons for the new 14-dock solar-powered BCycle station on Truax campus. The urban bike-sharing program, started by the Trek Corporation, allows students, employees and staff to commute without being beholden to a bus schedule.

For more information on the Madison BCycle program, including user profiles, trip numbers and total calories burned, see the annual report.

Interested in membership? Visit the Madison BCycle website.

Published February 10, 2016.

Webinar on Islamophobia on campus

Current global events and political rhetoric have created an environment in which fear, suspicion, and sometimes aggression and violence toward Muslim students is on the rise nationally and locally.

Please join colleagues on Wednesday, Feb. 17, in efforts to address these issues at Madison College.

All interested faculty, staff and administrators are invited to attend a webinar discussing fear, aggression and violence against Muslim students on college campuses. 

The webinar, “Islamophobia on Campus: From Micro-aggressions to Full-Fledged Hate Crimes & Violence” will be screened Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 1– 2:30 p.m. in the Madison College Truax Admin Board Room.

The screening will be followed by a 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. discussion regarding observations of conflict or backlash against Muslim students and ideas for how the college can work to create an environment in which all students are welcome and respect for all is promoted.

Information on the webinar can be found online.

This event is cosponsored by the Center for International Education, CETL, TRiO, Retention Services, and the Sociology Department.

Published February 10, 2016.

Online courses and multimedia

Consider the multimedia incorporated in your online course. Is it easy to use and relevant to your course material?

If you are looking to modify or reconsider your course multimedia, please refer to this article from Faculty eCommons - Academic Partnerships.

CETL has resources on hand to help! Contact Tina Rettler-PagelNancy Woodward or Alan Natachu for more information and consultation on Standard 8.5 and Quality Matters.

Published February 10, 2016.

TRiO Student Support Services announces Valentine’s Fundraiser

TRiO students are selling hand-crafted cards, flowers and chocolate teddy bears for their Spring Fundraiser.  Students, staff and friends of TRiO came together to make these Valentine Day gifts.  

All proceeds benefit first-generation, income-eligible students and students with disabilities.

Help TRiO by purchasing gifts for your loved ones. 

  • $3 per card, flower or chocolate
  • Any two items for $5
  • 3 items and gift packaged for $10

Gifts and cards located in the TRiO office and/or outside of the cafeteria and runs for this week only.

Published February 10, 2016.

Learn the fundamentals of data trends

Interested in knowing the numbers behind trends in student behavior and learning outcomes? Want to your own research for insights into student behavior patterns and success?

IRE, in collaboration with CETL, will offer the following training series to help refine your inner Sherlock Holmes. In order to best understand how data can provide critical insights in the decision-making process, all six sessions should be attended.

The skills learned through this series will help guide your department or program’s direction through the use of data-driven insights.

Module 1: Ethics and the Fundamentals of Research (2.5 hours)
Tuesday, March 8, from 9-11:30 a.m. in room B3230-Truax

Module 2: Data 101 (2 hours)
Tuesday, March 15, from 9-11 a.m. in room B3230-Truax

Module 3: Combining Data from Different Database Platforms (2 hours) 
Tuesday, March 22, from 9-11 a.m. in room B3230-Truax

Module 4: Cognos Cubes (2 hours)
Tuesday, March 29, from 9-11 a.m. in room B3230-Truax

Module 5: FQAS Data and Evidence Analysis (2.5 hours)
Tuesday, April 5, from 9-11:30 a.m. in room B3230-Truax

Module 6: Program Retention Cube (1.5 hours)
Tuesday, April 12, from 9-10:30 a.m. in room B3230-Truax

Module 7: Putting It All Together – Key Performance Indicators (2 hours)
Tuesday, April 19, from 9-11 a.m. (location to be determined)

NOTE: Module 7 is not scheduled through CETL. This is an informal “think tank” style meeting to provide assistance as you begin your research projects to earn your internal certificate for completion of this series. Attendees must have completed all previous trainings in the series in order to attend this session.

Classes with fewer than eight participants will be cancelled. For course descriptions, click here.

To sign up, visit the Professional Development page.

Questions? Contact Alissa Tambone at (608) 243-4127.

Published February 10, 2016. Updated June 15, 2016.