Webinar to explain online proctoring tool

Instructors who are interested in learning more about the online proctoring tool Respondus LockDown Browser can register for a free 45-minute webinar Tuesday, Jan 15, at 1 p.m.

In the spring of 2018 Madison College deployed Respondus LockDown Browser to the Health Education Labs in a pilot program. This software in now available on other campus computers via request to the Help Desk.

Published January 11, 2019.

School supply donation drive to benefit students

During convocation, faculty and staff can contribute to a school supply donation drive that will benefit Madison College students. 

Donate $10, $25, or $50 for school supply kits that will support students with financial need in the following Retention Initiatives & Student Engagement programs: TOPS, TRiO, Scholars of Color Mentoring Program and Veteran Resource Services. Donations will go toward school supplies distributed in fall 2019.

Checks can be made out to Madison College Foundation and dropped off during convocation. (Note “TRiO” in the memo line.) Staff will be collecting donations before convocation opening session Jan. 15. Donation collection will continue throughout convocation at the front desk in the Center for Student Life (Truax B1260).

Donate online at When donating online, select “Make a One Time Gift.” Then select “Other” as the designation and type in “TRiO.” 

Questions? Contact or call 608-243-4168.

Published January 11, 2019.

Technology Services asks Windows 10 users to upgrade

Technology Services will be performing a mandatory upgrade of Windows 10 on physical workstations. The goal is to have this completed by February 1, 2019.

 Technology Services offers the following information and recommendations:

  • A pop-up menu will appear each time an employee logs on. Employees will have the option to start the upgrade now or later.
  • All applications and data will be preserved.
  • The upgrade will take 1-2 hours and will restart the computer several times. The process will take 3 hours if employees use a Surface Pro.
  • If upgrading a laptop, be sure it is plugged in for the entire process.
  • Employees will not be able to use their workstations during the upgrade.
  • It is recommended to start the upgrade at the end of a work day, during a meeting or while on a long lunch.
  • Employees can start the upgrade any time by using the now available, desktop shortcut.
  • Employees will continue to see the alert until the upgrade is complete.
  • The upgrade must be done on campus. The upgrade can be started off campus but won’t function without a connection to college servers.

By April 2019, Microsoft will stop publishing updates for this version of Windows 10. If the upgrade is not completed by then, systems will be updated automatically by Technology Services.

Contact the Technology Services Help Desk with questions, at extension 6666.



Published January 9, 2019.

Enrollment Services offers extended hours

Enrollment Services will offer extended service hours on these dates:

  • Saturday, Jan. 12, Enrollment Services will be available from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 22 – Thursday, Jan. 24, Enrollment Services will be available from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 25, the regular Enrollment Services hours resume. They are 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Check the department directory to confirm service hours for other student service departments.


Published January 9, 2019.

College services will have limited hours Jan. 15

Most Madison College services will be closed for a collegewide staff in-service Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Services will resume at 1 p.m. Check the department directory to confirm service hours for specific student service departments. 

Additionally, the college will be closed Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The college will re-open, and the spring semester will begin Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Published January 9, 2019.

Virtual desktops will be down for maintenance

Technology Services will be completing upgrades to the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environment on Saturday, Jan. 12, starting at 8 a.m. with planned completion by 2 a.m. Sunday. Employees will not be able to access any virtual desktops until the maintenance is complete.

Faculty and staff who have a persistent Employee Virtual Desktop should be sure to have no unsaved work open as it may be lost. Technology Services recommends that employees log off their virtual desktops before they leave on Fridays.

Employees who believe the scheduled work will negatively impact them, a course or students, and who are unable to work around it, are asked to contact the Help Desk as soon as possible.   

Please note that access to other services will remain available.



Published January 9, 2019.

College hosts educators from Kuwait

On Thursday, Jan. 10, 12 educators from the Sabah Al Ahmad Center for Giftedness and Creativity in Kuwait will tour the college and meet International Education Director Geoff Bradshaw and Beverllyn Vasquez, international student recruitment and retention specialist. Additionally, the visitors are interested to hear about curriculum design and management practices from Robin Nickel.

The center provides gifted and talented programming for middle school and high school students.


Published January 9, 2019.

Student Development alters hours during Convocation

Student Development and Retention Services will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. for Convocation. The office will open at 1 p.m. with services until 6 p.m. 

Published January 9, 2019.

CETL announces new drop-in office hours

Starting Jan. 22, CETL’s open hours for drop-in appointments will be reduced to the following:

  • Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Friday (and all other times): by appointment only

Although the drop-in hours will be different, the services that CETL offers will not be changing. Services CETL will continue to offer include:

  • Blackboard and academic technology usage
  • FQAS guidance and support, including help with Professional Development Planning
  • Curriculum and assessment consultations
  • Teaching in flexible learning formats
  • Other teaching and learning assistance

The intent behind this shift in hours is to provide the same faculty development services, but also to open up more opportunities within the CETL unit for more strategic planning, growth and broader faculty development initiatives.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact members of the CETL Team directly to make appointments.


Published January 7, 2019.

What's for lunch?

Here's what the Atrium Cafe will be serving Jan. 7-11.

Monday: Goulash, elbow macaroni, mixed greens and roll

Tuesday: Chicken tikka masala, jasmine rice, vegetables and naan

Wednesday: Barbecue beef brisket, coleslaw, fries and Texas toast

Thursday: Barbecued pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, roll

Friday: Beer-battered cod, coleslaw, fries, marble rye


Published January 7, 2019. Updated January 11, 2019.