Chef Series returns Sept. 25

The 2019-2020 Chef Series lineup at Madison College, sponsored by Vollrath, kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 25. The series launches with culinary stars Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp, co-owners of Honey Butter Fried Chicken and the Sunday Dinner Club in Chicago.

Honey Butter Fried Chicken serves homey comfort food made right—from the slighty spicy creamed corn from organic Midwest corn and Thai green curry made in-house to the signature condiment of whipped butter with Wisconsin honey.

“I describe it as the kind of food people really want to eat, but done well with great ingredients and in a thoughtful way so everything is accessible,” said Kulp.

Those interested can Register on EventBrite.


Published September 16, 2019.

Learn about renewable energy at Madison College

Dr. Ken Walz, Madison College instructor and director of CREATE Renewable Energy Center will speak about solar and wind energy Thursday, Sept. 19, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Room D1630B at Truax.

Solar and wind technicians are two of the fastest growing jobs in America. Renewable energy is the lowest cost form of electricity in history. Learn more about renewable energy technology and how Madison College is working with industry to advance safe, reliable, affordable and clean renewable energy.

Registration is recommended but not required.


Published September 16, 2019.

Reception held for Enchanting Africa exhibit

Employees are invited to a closing reception for the Enchanting Africa exhibit Thursday, Sept. 19, noon-1:30 p.m., Truax Gallery, Room A1005.  The event is sponsored by the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement. The exhibit features photography from student Tara Olivia’s journey in Africa.          

Published September 16, 2019.

Food available for students in need

Students reported a number of negative impacts of food insecurity on their academic experiences and performance. These include not being able to concentrate in class, failing an assignment or exam, missing a class, failing or withdrawing from a class and planning to withdraw from the college.

To help these students improve academically, the Center for Health and Well-Being is offering students free food items. The Truax food pantry, “Madison College Cupboard,” opens mid-September.

The food pantry is located in the Health Education building, Room 122 and will be open:

  • Tuesdays, noon-2 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 9 -11 a.m.

All students with a valid OneCard and currently enrolled in at least one degree credit course will be able to visit the pantry once a week. Students will be able to self-select up to 10 pounds of free non-perishable food.

The food pantry is well-stocked and offers many non-perishable, healthy food choices that are easy to prepare.

Discussions are underway to enhance food pantry operations and food stock at the regional campuses too. More information on those efforts will be shared soon.

For more information contact Mark Lausch or Denise Holin at Student Wellness.  

Published September 13, 2019. Updated September 16, 2019.

Banned Books presentation coming to Truax

The Yahara Journal is hosting a Banned Books Week presentation featuring ACLU's Emma Shakeshaft at Truax. The presentation is Tuesday, Sept. 24, 3:30 p.m., Intercultural Exchange, Room C1430.

Emma Shakeshaft is an Equal Justice Works Fellow with the Wisconsin ACLU. Shakeshaft will present on banned books and censorship, highlighting threats to free speech and the freedom to read in Wisc.

Banned Books Week is an annual event endorsed by the American Library Association. It spotlights attempts to censor books in libraries and schools and draws attention to the harms of censorship. Banned Books Week is Sunday, Sept. 22-Saturday, Sept. 28. 


Published September 13, 2019.

Help pick who gets dunked

Student Ambassadors are holding a coin and cash war to decide who will be in the dunk tank during the Truax Campus Fun Day, Thursday, Sept. 26.

The top six staff members and top three students from the coin and cash war will each spend 20 minutes in the dunk tank. Stop by Student Life, Room B1260G, to cast votes today. Voting ends Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Staff members participating in the dunk-tank fundraiser are:

  •     Renee Alfano, Director of Student Life
  •     Chelsey Bauer, Transition Specialist, ABE
  •     Mike Davenport, Instructor and Baseball Coach
  •     Ro Encizo, Men of Excellence Advisor & Student Life
  •     Brenda Farrell, Student Life Senior Administrative Coordinator
  •     John Flannery, Director of Public Safety
  •     Miranda Hawk, Performing Arts Instructor
  •     Doug Kirchberg, Student Life Advisor
  •     Rhoda McKinney, Welcome Center Clerical Technician
  •     Mario Quintana, Photography Instructor
  •     Scott Ritter, Director, DRS and Testing
  •     Gretchen Rixie, Director, Advising and Career and Employment Services

Students participating in the dunk-tank fundraiser are:

  •     Spencer Allen, United Common Ground
  •     Cassandra Cullen, Clarion Radio Music Director
  •     Jason Dou, Smash Bros Club President
  •     Jonathan Jones, Student Senate President
  •     Andrew Kicmol, past Editor of The Clarion
  •     Deyshia Kinsey, United Common Ground President
  •     Tessa Morhardt, Editor of The Clarion
  •     Kalia Vang, past President of Phi Theta Kappa

Last year, $700 was raised via the dunk tank event. With help, Student Life hopes to exceed that amount.


Published September 13, 2019. Updated September 16, 2019.

Cisco Webex trainings offered

Madison College has invested in Cisco Webex technologies. All employees now have access to an enterprise level online meeting space. Webex offers many services such as, virtual meetings that can include people in and outside the college, distance learning opportunities, virtual training and computer support.  

Online training sessions are being offered that introduce employees to using Webex as a participant and host. Employees will learn the following:

    •         How to start and end a meeting

    •         How to schedule a Webex meeting via Outlook

    •         How to screen share your screen

    •         How to manage participants, including how to remove people from a meeting

    •         How to troubleshoot basic Webex issues

All sessions are held Wednesdays and run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. via Webex. Registration is not required. Those interested are free to log onto any of the trainings below: 

    •         9/18

    •         9/25

    •         10/2

    •         10/9

    •         10/16

    •         10/23

    •         10/30

    •         11/6

    •         11/13

Contact Alan Natachu at extension 6050 with questions.

Published September 13, 2019.

Continuing FQAS offerings beginning soon

The Madison College Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) has several new offerings this fall to fulfill faculty Continuing FQAS Requirements. Many offerings start in mid-to-late September, so do not wait to register.

CETL Seminars
The “CETL Seminar” is a new model of faculty professional development. In a seminar, participants are introduced to a topic (along with theory and resources), and then plan a change they would like to make in their classroom, while engaging with colleagues in discussion and reflection. Each seminar meets three times for two hours.

Three seminar choices (select the blue “Register” button in Madison College Learn to see the course dates/times):

  • Dynamic Lecturing: How to Engage Students and Promote Critical Thinking, Facilitator: Luke Matthews
  • Flipping Your Classroom, Facilitator: Jessica Feggestad 

  • Enhancing Your Teaching Through Reflective Practices, Facilitator: Kate Stover


Communities of Practice
Meet with fellow faculty who share a passion about a topic, and who deepen knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis.

Three Community of Practice choices
(select the blue “Register” button in Madison College Learn to see the course dates/times):

  • Students with Mental Health Concerns - Best Practices for Madison College, Facilitator: Kate Stover

  • Online Teaching and Learning, Facilitator: Tina Rettler-Pagel

  • Fabulous Instructors Nurturing & Developing (FIND) Support Group – Best Practices, Facilitator: Jessica Feggestad


Faculty Learning Communities – Deadline to apply is Sept. 16th
A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is a group of 8-10 faculty who engage in an active, collaborative, year-long program with the goal of improving their classroom practice. Each FLC is led by a faculty facilitator and uses a scholarly approach to discussions, readings, seminars, activities, and community building that form the basis of each FLC. For more information or to apply, visit our FLC SharePoint site Faculty Learning Communities.

Three Faculty Learning Community choices:

  • STEM: Evidenced-Based Best Practices in Teaching and Learning, Facilitator: Christen Smith
  • Best Practices in Assessment & Grading, Facilitator: Jessica Feggestad
  • Supporting English Language Learners in Your Classroom, Facilitator: Ryan Rolling


Why join?

  • Connect with colleagues around a central theme

  • Take time to focus on an issue of interest related to your class or students

  • Conduct research, implement a project, or design an intervention for your class

  • Be funded to attend a conference with your FLC

Do you want to keep up with what is going on in CETL? Do you like FREE stuff? Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @MadColCETL and watch for our upcoming giveaways! Questions? Contact CETL at (608) 246-6646 or


Published September 11, 2019.

Wisconsin TechConnect promoted for usage

Students who are enrolled in one credit and accepted into a program already have an account. Ask students to use their MyMadisonCollege login and then on the left side of the screen click on "Wisconsin TechConnect."

Faculty, please encourage students to:

  •  Create a profile
  •  Upload a resume
  • Make their account publicly viewable

Faculty are encouraged to register for the site as well. Go to the webside and create the account under "Faculty/Staff."
Any questions? 
Stop into Career and Employment Services - Room D1624 Truax, call (608) 243-4598 or email

Published September 11, 2019.

Help raise money for Cosmetology Skills USA

The Cosmetology Skills USA students are selling Bucky Books to raise money to compete in the SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference in April 2020. The coupon books are available for $35, payable by cash or check. Checks should be made payable to SkillsUSA Club. Those interested can also contact Melissa Brainerd to purchase Bucky Books. 

Published September 11, 2019. Updated September 13, 2019.