Office 2013 Truax third floor staff rollout

Technology Services will be upgrading the third floor staff PCs at Truax main building on Monday, Feb. 1.

Staff and faculty on the third floor, please do the following before you leave on Monday:

  • Log off your PC.
  • Keep your PC powered on.

If you are not here on Monday, do the same procedure above on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

If you have any difficulties after this process, please contact the Help Desk at (608) 246-6666.

Technology Services’ Desktop Engineering Team sends thanks you for your cooperation.

Frequently asked questions:

How do I reset my signature in Outlook?

1. Click New Email to open a new message.
2. Under the "Message" tab, click on "Signature" button and select “Signatures.”
3. Click “New”, name it and paste your signature in the box.

My Outlook search changed. How do I search in Outlook 2013?

1. Allow indexing to complete! This can take up to an hour at first launch.
2. Click on the Search Box and the Search Tools will appear.
3. Click on the "Subject" or "From" button.
4. Type the words and Outlook will Search.

Where did my Microsoft Office go?

We have noted a few cases where the install has an issue on a particular PC — leaving the PC without Microsoft Office. If this happens, please contact the Help Desk.

Where can I get training?

CETL offers Office 2013 training classes. Visit their website for more information.

Published January 29, 2016.

Automotive classes seek vehicles for repair

The morning and afternoon Service Repair Procedures Automotive Classes would like to request vehicle needing repair in the following areas: safety inspections, oil change, coolant flush, transmission fluid change, minor electrical repair and other automotive needs.

We will complete as many repairs as time allows before the end of the quarter Friday, March 11, and (as always) we will only accept the repairs that will fit our curriculum. Certain types of repairs may necessitate our keeping a vehicle for more than one day. One of the advantages of our Automotive Program is that the students have the opportunity to work on “live vehicles.” If you can help our students with real life automotive problems for their labs, we would appreciate the opportunity.

Please fill out an Auto Work Request Form at the Auto Parts Store, Room D1501 Center Wing, Truax Campus.


Greg Weier, morning classes, and Joe Padrutt, afternoon classes

Published January 29, 2016.

Gourmet Dining Hall opens on Tuesday, Feb. 2

The Gourmet Dining Room will open on Tuesday, Feb. 2, and will serve through Thursday, April 21, with the exception of spring break.

Dining begins at 12 p.m. and lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours. The cost of dining is $25, including beverage and tax. For those with a lighter appetite or time constraints, you may order à la carte for $8.50 per course (does not include beverage or tax).

To make a reservation, please call (608) 246-MENU or visit the Gourmet Dining Room website.

Published January 27, 2016.

Michael Kratochwill accepted into the 2016 Wisconsin Artists Biennial

Instructor Michael Kratochwill's painting has been selected by the Wisconsin Visual Artists' (WVA) jury to be included in the 2016 Wisconsin Artists Biennial. Kratochwill's work will be included with other regional artists in an exhibit demonstrating a wide variety of art forms.

The exhibit will be on display at the Museum of Wisconsin Art from Saturday, Feb. 6, to Sunday, March 27. For more information, see the WVA Prospectus.

The WVA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting opportunities for Wisconsin artists and the importance of art in our society.

Published January 27, 2016.

Academic Council sends thanks for participation

To all of the faculty and staff who either attended a breakout session or completed the survey on the Madison College Professional Model: Faculty Responsibilities and Workload Framework, thank you!

Your input to this loop out process was thoughtful and very insightful as the Council looks to frame Fall pilots with nearly 20 units across the College. The Council has compiled all the feedback and is in the process of organizing it into themes aimed at strengthening the workload framework and informing critical operational and support processes. 

One of the core tenets of Shared Governance is the loop out process aimed at collecting meaningful feedback on important issues. To that end, we consider this loop out a great success. 

Thank you again and all the best for a great semester!
The Academic Council

Published January 25, 2016.

Learn about our Information Technology programs

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, Madison College will host a networking event and presentation called the “Technical College Effect”. This brief event will focus on our Information Technology programs and how Madison College works to meet the need for IT workers in our district and greater region.

There will be appetizers and refreshments, a short program and various demonstrations around the third floor, such as our student's app development projects. There also will be a station where attendees can meet and have their photo taken with R2-D2.

Madison College employees are welcome to check out this event!

When: Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Madison College's Truax Campus, in the Health and Information Technology Building, on the third floor in rooms 309-311

Questions? Contact Barb Arnold at (608) 259-2962.

Published January 22, 2016.

Jeffrey Wenzel presented with Pioneer Award

EMS Announced the Nominees for the 2016 Awards Program for excellence in pioneering, advocating and championing Clinical Simulation at their facilities.

The winners were announced at IMSH 2016 in California on Monday, Jan. 18, at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. Madison College instructor Jeffrey Wenzel was presented with the Pioneer Award.

Students, Staff and Faculty in the School of Human and Protective Services and the School of Health Education have significantly benefited from Jeff Wenzel's efforts.

The School of Human and Protective Services and the School of Health Education would like to congratulate Wenzel and thank him for the outstanding work in simulation at Madison College.


Published January 22, 2016.

Start using Blackboard

New to Blackboard? “Getting Started with Blackboard” is a self-paced, online course facilitated by the Blackboard Mentors. Begin using Blackboard to communicate with your students!

Register for one of these start dates:

  • Monday, Feb. 1, 2016
  • Monday, March 7, 2016
  • Monday, April 4, 2016
  • Monday, May 2, 2016

Visit the CETL Registration Site for more information. For individual help, contact CETL at (608) 246-6646.

Tip: Check out the Blackboard Mentors' top ten checklist to help prepare Blackboard for the Spring semester!

Published January 20, 2016.

Opening reception for "The Point of No Return" on Thursday, Jan. 21

Come to the opening reception of "The Point of No Return" by artist TetraPAKMAN, on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 4 - 6 p.m. in Gallery 211.

TetraPAKMAN, also known as Victor Castro, is a Mexican social sculptor whose work embodies the importance of sustainability and the health of the environment. He repurposes everyday "disposable" objects, such as packaging, into works of art.

Published January 20, 2016. Updated January 27, 2016.

Wisconsin Leadership Development Institute

The Wisconsin Leadership Development Institute (WLDI) was initiated in 1995 by the Wisconsin Technical College Board and the Wisconsin Leadership Development Institute coordinating team. WLDI has joint certification through the WTCS and the Chair Academy, which has national and international recognition for leadership training.

 The goals of the Institute are to:

  • Develop future leaders for the Wisconsin Technical College System
  • Increase diversity of leaders across all management levels (creating a pool of qualified leaders in the WTCS)
  • Provide experiences in management and leadership through structured experiences and practicum opportunities with a college mentor

Madison College will select three candidates and fund their participation in the 2016-2017 programs.

Selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated interest in leadership skills
  • Active participation in department, school, or college wide committees, projects or initiatives
  • High leadership potential as indicated by supervisor
  • A completed WLDI Application

NOTE: Complete applications must include application form with supervisor’s signature and supervisor’s form.

Completed forms should be sent to WLDI by Monday, Feb. 15. View the fact sheet or WLDI brochure for more information.

View the list of WLDI Alumni 1996-2015.

Published January 15, 2016.