Foundation hosts Mallards game event

The Madison College Foundation (MCF) invites all faculty and staff to a night at the Mallards ballpark on Thursday, July 11. The MCF team reserved the Pepsi Pre-Game Party, which means purchased tickets include unlimited ballpark food and drinks (there are soda and beer options available) beginning at 5:35 p.m. The first pitch is at 6:35 p.m. Kids and families are welcomed and children ages five and under who do not require a seat are free.

Important information:

  • Reserved seats are in section 204.
  • Tickets available until Thursday, July 4.
  • Pepsi Pre-Game Party will start when gates open and run for 90 minutes.

Tickets can be purchased here. For questions, contact Meghan Garlow-Urban via email.

Published June 19, 2019.

Celebrate National Safety Month with more sleep

Fatigue and a lack of sleep can have crippling effects on the body. Listed below are links providing helpful information to better understand those effects and how to sleep better:


For additional information, contact Manager of Risk Management/Environmental Health and Safety Joshua L. Cotillier or call at 608.246.6291.

Published June 19, 2019.

Opportunity to mentor students of color available

The Scholars of Color Mentoring Program (SCMP) is undertaking new program expansions this summer. In addition to the traditional program, SCMP will offer men's basketball, nursing and HPS programs. As SCMP finds new and innovative ways to reach students of color at Madison College, more mentors are needed.

Employees interested in mentoring can pick up an application at the TRiO office, Room D1651. The application can be emailed to Emily Halberg or returned to the TRiO office. All employees are encouraged to apply.

The SCMP is also hosting a barbeque to welcome returning SCMP students, mentors and anyone interested in becoming a student or mentor of SCMP. The barbeque is Wednesday, Aug. 14, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in front of the Health Education and Technology Building. RSVPs can be sent to Emily Halberg



Published June 19, 2019.

Buckys' new temporary home revealed

The Communications and Strategic Marketing team received several requests for the “Bucky’s new homes” case. Most of the submissions met the requirements for all five criteria questions—including intricate and detailed information directly tying their requests to recruitment. The team was delighted to see everyone’s ideas.

The winning submissions are: 

  • Bucky Bot will be featured in the Ingenuity Wing to promote Design Technology/Electro Mechanical Programs
  • Bucky Grow will be on display in the Business Lab area of the Business Technology Department

Just a reminder that these departments/programs will only have Bucky temporarily. In roughly seven months, we will invite all employees to submit their requests for the following year so our Bucky’s can be featured in different areas and locations of the college.

Published June 19, 2019.

Update on Madison College's modern intranet

During the last few months, Madison College's intranet team and advisory group have focused on:

  • Learning and understanding faculty and staff needs.
  • Confirming ownership and overall governance for faculty/staff content in Drupal that will be migrated.
  • Determining strategy and scope for the first release. One of the great benefits of a modern intranet is that new features can be easily added.  The intranet team is expecting continuous improvement, adding capability approximately every six months.

Once the modern intranet is launched, faculty and staff can expect news and events, tailored to them based on location. There will be easy to find employee resources such as job openings, pay and benefits, an employee handbook, professional development opportunities and pertinent policies and tech support. Faculty and staff will be able to create their own customized list of tools, own list of frequent web/SharePoint sites and/or needed documents. Moreover, a greatly enhanced enterprise search will allow discovering both information the user know exists but do not know where it is, and even information he/she doesn't know exists. Everything will be available 24/7 via WiFi, mobile enabled to work on any device and fully ADA compliant.

The first prototype will be unveiled during the Fall Convocation, but before then, the intranet team and advisory group will be reaching out to faculty and staff, asking for ideas and opinions.

For more information on “What is a Modern Intranet?,” watch this Question of the Week video published Monday, April 15.

Published June 17, 2019.

Office of Risk Management shares tips for summer

Tips for preventing heat-related illness include:

Stay cool

  • Stay cool indoors: Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If a home does not have air conditioning, it is recommended to go to the shopping mall or public library—even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help their body stay cooler when going back into the heat, and to call local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in the area.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully: Try to limit outdoor activity to when it is coolest, like morning and evening hours. Rest often in shady areas so that the body has a chance to recover.
  • Pace: Cut down on exercise during the heat. If a person is not accustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, it is suggested to start slowly and pick up the pace gradually. If exertion in the heat makes a person's heart pound and leaves him/her gasping for breath, stop all activity. Get into a cool area or into the shade, and rest, especially if become lightheaded, confused, weak or faint.
  • Wear sunscreen: Sunburn affects body’s ability to cool down and can make people dehydrated. If there is need to go outdoors, protect from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going out. Continue to reapply it according to the package directions.
    1. Tip: Look for sunscreens that say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels.
  • Do not leave children in cars: Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open. While anyone left in a parked car is at risk, children are especially at risk of getting a heat stroke or dying. When traveling with children, remember to do the following:
    1. Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
    2. To remember that a child is in the car, keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the child is buckled in, place the stuffed animal in the front with the driver.
    3. When leaving the car, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook any children who have fallen asleep in the car.
  • Avoid hot and heavy meals: They add heat to the body


Stay hydrated

  • Drink plenty of fluids: Drink more fluids, regardless of the degree of activism and do not wait until being thirsty to drink.
    1. Warning: If the doctor limits the amount to drink or prescribes water pills, ask how much is recommended to drink while the weather is hot.
    2. Stay away from very sugary or alcoholic drinks—these actually cause lost of more body fluid. Also avoid very cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Replace salt and minerals: Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body that need to be replaced. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals lost in sweat.
    1. If a person is on a low-salt diet, have diabetes, high blood pressure or other chronic conditions, him/her should talk with their doctor before drinking a sports beverage or taking salt tablets.
  • Keep pets hydrated: Provide plenty of fresh water for pets and leave the water in a shady area.


Stay Informed 

  • Check for updates: Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips and to learn about any cooling shelters in the area.
  • Know the signs: Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them.
  • Use a buddy system: When working in the heat, monitor the condition of co-workers and have someone do the same in return. Heat-induced illness can cause a person to become confused or lose consciousness. If a person is 65 years of age or older, he/she should have a friend or relative call to check twice a day during a heat wave. 
  • Monitor those at high risk: Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others:
    1. Infants and young children
    2. People 65 years of age or older
    3. People who are overweight
    4. People who overexert during work or exercise
    5. People who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure or who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia or poor circulation.


For additional information, contact Manager of Risk Management/Environmental Health and Safety Joshua L. Cotillier or call at 608.246.6291. Also, visit the Office of Risk Management SharePoint for risk related resources.

Published June 17, 2019.

Tour the farm

Employees, students and community members are invited to the “Wisconsin Farm Experience” at the Fountain Prairie Farm in Fall River. The farm is leased by Madison College. The two-hour tour includes a wagon ride across the property while learning about the farm's history, conservation practices and local food production. Guests also have the opportunity to observe native wildlife, meet farm animals and take a guided walk through the historic farm house that hosted country dances and served as a bed and breakfast.

The cost and schedule for the tour are listed below:

  • The tour cost is $5 per person. Children two and under are free.  
  • The first tour day is Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m.-noon
  • The second tour day is Sunday, June 30, 1-3 p.m.
  • Registration is required and space is limited.

Published June 17, 2019. Updated June 18, 2019.

CETL offers summer online class

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is offering an additional online FQAS Student Success and Behavior Management class this summer, which starts Monday, July 8, and ends Friday, August 2. The online class will be facilitated by Phil Gasper.
Registration for the class is open at Madison College Learn through Sunday, July 7.

Published June 17, 2019.

Registration is open for student employee training

Student Development and Retention Services (SDRS) will again offer a day-long student employee training opportunity this summer. SDRS thanked managers who sent student employees last year—100 percent of participants said they would recommend the training to other student employees in the post-training survey. This training is now open to all student employees on campus.

Information about the training:

  • When: Thursday, Aug. 15, 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Where:  Truax —Health Building, rooms 309 and 311
  • Target audience: Any student employees working in a front-line, customer service, reception or other related capacity.
  • Student Registration: Eventbrite's link to register for the training.

 Learning outcomes for participants:

  • Learn about a variety of services within Student Affairs. 
  • Develop skills in professional communication (writing and speaking)
  • Participate in role plays and activities to develop critical thinking problem solving, self-management and cultural perspective.

 Expectations of managers:

  • Invite student employees to attend the training and submit a list of student names and emails to Luz Arroyo by Monday, August 5.
  • Pay student employees from work study or department budget for the seven hours of training.
  • Participate in student’s development plan. A copy of this plan will be sent to the manager and student after the training.

It is important to notice that this training is not a replacement for unit-specific training. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

For questions, contact Director of Retention Initiatives and Student Engagement Janine Wilson.

Published June 14, 2019.

How to prevent main cause of injury at Madison College

Learn how to prevent the number one cause of injury at Madison College while also celebrating week two of National Safety Month. 

Information available on how to prevent slips, trips and falls in tip sheet both in English and Spanish (Español).

Related articles:


For additional information, contact Manager of Risk Management/Environmental Health and Safety Joshua L. Cotillier or call at 608.246.6291.

Published June 12, 2019. Updated June 17, 2019.