Cutest Pet Contest current voting tally

With over 150 votes casted so far, the title for cutest pet is a nail-biter.

The current top 10 in the running for cutest pet are shown in the graph—with Leroy presently in the lead. Many others have votes—just not enough to place them in the top 10.

Voting ends at the end of day on Monday, Nov. 13. If you have a favorite—cast your votes soon. 

  • Truax: voting slips can be purchased at the cafeteria, Starbucks or Bookstore registers
  • Regional Campus: voting locations are marked with the "Cutest Pet Contest" posters or at cash registers

You can also cast your vote internally by sending payment and votes to Senior Integrated Marketing Liaison Chelsey Bowers. Internal votes must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 10.

Voting is $1 per vote—vote as many times as you like. All proceeds go toward the Combined Charitable Campaign-South Campus Match.


Published November 8, 2017. Updated November 10, 2017.

Olympic chefs to prepare four-course meal at Truax

The USA Olympic Culinary Team is coming to Madison College for a once-in-a-lifetime event on Sunday, Nov. 12. The team will be preparing a four-course meal in the college’s culinary kitchens to raise money for the 2020 Olympics.

There are less than 50 tickets ($100) still available for this special dinner, which runs from 6-9 p.m. at the Truax Campus. The USA Olympic Culinary Team will arrive in town late Friday afternoon and practice Saturday at the college from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Published November 6, 2017. Updated November 8, 2017.

Virtual desktops to undergo maintenance

Technology Services will complete upgrades to the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure environment Saturday, Nov. 18, starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 2 a.m. Sunday. Virtual desktops will be inaccessible during this maintenance.

If you have a persistent Employee Virtual Desktop, please be sure you have no unsaved work open as it may be lost. Please log off all virtual desktops before leaving on Friday.

Instructors who believe this will negatively affect them or their students are asked to contact the Help Desk, ext. 6666, as soon as possible. 

Please note that access to other services will be available.

Published November 6, 2017. Updated November 8, 2017.

Facilities planning consultants seek feedback

The Facilities Council and the facilities planning consultants are collecting input on the Facilities Master Plan.

Consultants will be at the Truax Campus:

  • Thursday, Nov. 9, 8:30-11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Look for an informational table in the first floor atrium to learn more about proposed ideas for future classroom and college spaces. The Facilities Council is seeking feedback and hopes you will share your ideas.

Published November 6, 2017. Updated November 8, 2017.

Scholarship Review Committee seeks volunteers

Are you interested in taking part in the Scholarship Application Review Committee? The Madison College Foundation invites you to participate in the spring 2018 scholarship application review process Dec. 4-7. 

If you have not participated in the process before, you will find it a very rewarding experience. This process is a unique opportunity to appreciate the diverse backgrounds of our students since applications include personal stories, experiences and goals for their futures. The entire review process is handled online through our scholarship management system, AcademicWorks, which gives reviewers flexibility to score applications at their convenience. This is a very important part of the scholarship scoring process and your help is needed and greatly appreciated.

Please contact Ruth Hankes or call 608-246-6719 to confirm your participation or for more information.



Published November 6, 2017.

Order baked goods for Thanksgiving

The Baking and Decorative Arts students are currently taking orders for Thanksgiving. They’re offering Parker House rolls, banana nut bread and pecan and pumpkin pies. 

Place your order by Friday, Nov. 10, at the Madison College Bakery, located in the Truax Atrium, Room C1416. Orders can be picked up at the Bakery Tuesday, Nov. 21, and Wednesday, Nov. 22. 

Published November 6, 2017. Updated November 8, 2017.

Santa's Wish List seeks donations

Santa's Wish List is a program that provides gifts to children in need who are under the age of 12. This year, there are more than 300 children in the program.

Faculty and staff can assist in two ways:

  • Consider sponsoring a child (or children) by choosing an ornament that lists the "wishes" of each child. Purchase a gift $25 value and return the gift to Student Life unwrapped by Monday, Nov. 27. 
  • Donate funds, and the student leaders will shop for children still needing gifts. Donations are deposited into the Madison College Foundation and are tax deductible. This can be done at Student Life by check or cash. Checks can be made out to the Volunteer Center.

For more information, contact Student Life.

Published November 3, 2017. Updated November 22, 2017.

Dettmer, STEM Center host Robotics and Automation tour

The STEM Center has put together a series of tours of program spaces and transfer recruitment presentations every Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Truax Campus Room C1454. These events are free and anyone is invited to attend.

On Tuesday, Oct. 31, Peter Dettmer, faculty and program chair, will demonstrate industrial robots, explore the “automated” nature of robots, and share some of the capabilities and functions in Advanced Manufacturing Systems Technology (AMST). Participants will learn about the different career and education opportunities in the automation and robotics industry, including engineering, design, programming, installation, maintenance and integration.

The full program tour calendar can be found at Madison College STEM Center.

Questions? Contact STEM Center.


Published October 30, 2017. Updated November 1, 2017.

Guest speaker series calendar posted for November

The STEM Center has assembled a speaker series for November with presentations every Wednesday, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Truax Room C1450. No reservations are required.

Speaker series events in October include:

Wednesday, Nov. 1
Dr. Kit Carlson, faculty at Madison College
Growing a Career in the Biological Sciences: “Epic Wins” and Other Secrets to Success 

Wednesday, Nov. 8
Jason Veal, head distiller at Death’s Door Distillery
The life and science behind distilling vodka

Wednesday, Nov. 15
Dr. Claudio Gratton, UW-Madison Dept. of Entomology
Entomology Research and Opportunities at UW-Madison

Wednesday, Nov. 29
Dr. Stephen Levas, UW-Whitewater Dept. of Biological Sciences
The in-depth world of Coral Reef Research

Check out the full speaker series calendar for the entire list of events. For questions, contact the STEM Center.

Published October 30, 2017. Updated November 1, 2017.

Window cleaning to begin

The Facilities department has scheduled a cleaning of the outside and inside glass of the buildings at the Truax Campus. This will include the Gateway, Ingenuity Center, Health Education and Information Technology Building, Protective Services Building and the Foundation Centre. 

Work starts Monday, Oct. 30, and should be completed by Wednesday, Nov. 22.

The vendor will have signage up and will provide any safety restraints or barriers as needed. This work should not cause any interruption for those entering or exiting buildings.

Contact the Facilities department if you have any questions or concerns.

Published October 25, 2017.