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Last chance to donate

Dear Madison College Employees,

Have you brought in your spare change yet?

This week is the last chance to contribute to the "Be the Change" spare change event as part of the Combined Charitable Campaign. Remember, no contribution is too small. "Give a little, help a lot."

Change is being collected at the following locations:


  • School of Business and Applied Arts Office
  • SDS Staff Break Room
  • SDS Front Desk
  • Center for Entrepreneurship
  • School of Academic Advancement Office
  • School of Arts and Sciences Office
  • School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology Office
  • School of Human and Protective Services Office
  • Main Welcome Desk (Gateway)
  • President's and Vice Presidents' Front Desk
  • STEM Center Office
  • TruStyle Salon
  • Enrollment Center-internal staff area

Goodman South front desk
West Campus front desk
Portage Campus front desk
Fort Atkinson Campus front desk
Watertwon Campus front desk
Reedsburg Campus front desk
Commercial Avenue front desk

Thank for for helping make this a successful campaign.

The Combined Charitable Campaign Committee


Published November 22, 2019. Updated November 25, 2019.

Student Achievement Center renews vital certification

The Student Achievement Center has been granted a three-year continuation of its College Reading & Learning Association certification. This is a Stage Two approval for one program at six locations. The standards promulgated through CRLA and the International Tutor Training Program underlie our high quality academic support services.

Found below are the reviewers’ comments:

“Coordinating services at 6 different campuses—impressive!”

“It’s great that you have such a positive culture on your campus that does not stigmatize tutoring as remedial. Keep looking at your student populations, and reporting on the common themes among your participants.”

“The number of training participants is small, which allows you to give more specific feedback and guidance during training. I also love how closely you’re working with your guest facilitators to make sure that your learning objectives are being met and that your trainings are focused on helping your employees become better tutors.”

“Well-structured, iterative evaluation process that collects and collates feedback from supervisors, students, and tutors, along with tests and other assessment opportunities.”



Published November 22, 2019.

The Bakery announce Thanksgiving week updates

The Bakery will be closed Monday, Nov. 25, in order to prepare for the Thanksgiving pies, quick breads, cupcakes and dinner roll orders for Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Please note the The Bakery hours will be Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. for those who have placed orders for pick-up. The Bakery will have a limited supply of extras for purchase. 

The Bakery thanks all for their patronage this semester.

Published November 22, 2019.

Combined Charitable Campaign update

Thank you to those of you who participated in the Free Throw Bonanza and Scoops for Change events on Tuesday, Nov. 19. The event was a great success, raising over $1000 for the Campaign's recipient organizations.

Winners of the Free Throw Bonanza are:

  • 1st prize ($250): Student Arran Krantz
  • 2nd prize ($100): Employee Matt Ammerman
  • 3rd prize (2 UW Badgers Basketball tickets): Employee Kevin Foley
  • 4th prize ($50): Student Rachel Mangiulli

Congratulations to the winners!

A quick update regarding pledges, so far. Over 140 employees have pledged a total of nearly $40,000 as of Wednesday, Nov. 20. There is still a month left of the campaign and lots of exciting opportunities to participate.

Watch your email and for Matters articles for more information about how to get involved. There may also be another chance to receive a Campaign thank you for online pledges, so stay tuned.

Published November 22, 2019. Updated November 25, 2019.

Facilities announces testing on main electrical panels

Facilities will be conducting breaker testing on main electrical panels Friday, Nov. 29, at the following campuses: Truax Main Campus, Health Education Building and Protective Services Building.

This will result in total loss of power for periods of time in all areas of the building at different times.

Schedule for shutdowns below:

  • 5-7 a.m. - Truax - Description: PC1F Main Breakers
  • 7- 8 a.m. - Truax - Description:  PC1FB Main Breakers
  • 9-10 a.m. - Truax - Description: PC2C Main Breakers
  • 10:30- 11:30 a.m. - Truax - Description:  PC2A Main Breakers (Affects large animal holding building)
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m. - Truax - Description:  PC2E Main Breakers
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Truax - Description: PC-ING Main Breakers

  • 5-7 a.m. - Health Education building - Description: Main Breakers

  • 7:30-9:30 a.m. - Protective Services building - Description:  Main Breakers


Please contact Wes Marquardt in Facilities if you have any questions.

Published November 22, 2019.

What's on the menu?

Here's what the Atrium Cafe will be serving the week of Nov. 25:

Monday: Lasagna with meat sauce or marinara, garlic bread and mixed greens in house-made vinaigrette.

Tuesday: Pulled pork, mac n’ cheese, cole slaw, Texas toast.

Wednesday: Chicken Tikka Masala, Jasmine rice, veg, naan.

Thursday: Pot roast with gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetable, roll.

Friday: Beer battered cod, fries, cole slaw, roll.

Published November 22, 2019.

Learn Spanish, advance your professional skills

Did you know that faculty can participate in the Costa Rica Spanish Immersion Education abroad experience and that it will count towards professional development hours?

The 4-week trip to Alajuela, Costa Rica (May 16-June 13 2020) is a great way to immerse yourself in the Spanish –language and Costa Rican culture.

The trip will offer the following: 

  • Small, relaxed classes that are available for every level of Spanish student
  • Learn from native speakers
  • Study with teachers and students from around the world
  • Engage in service-learning experiences working on rainforest restoration or similar projects.

On top of that, you will enjoy excursions to historical, cultural and recreational sites including Isla Tortuga, Volcán Poas and Volcan Arenal.

For more information, please visit the Education Abroad page or contact Caitlin Beduhn.



Published November 20, 2019.

Interested in studying abroad during the summer?

Have you been meaning to study French to advance your professional skills? Did you know that you could participate in the Dijon, France French Immersion Education abroad experience and that it will count towards your professional development hours? The 4-week trip to Dijon (late June-late July 2020) is a great way to immerse yourself in the French language and culture.

You will experience small, relaxed classes that are available for French students of every level, learn from native speakers, study with teachers and students from around the world and visit other culturally and historically significant sites such as Provence, the Roman cities of Arles and Orange, the Popes’ Palace in Avignon, the Pont du Gard, Les Baux de Provence, the Camargue and the Mediterranean coast.

This study abroad experience is open to both students and faculty.    

For more information, please click here or contact Mary Haight.

Published November 20, 2019.

Discover three perspectives on wood

Whether you are a builder, designer, or woodworker, you need to understand how to source and use wood properly for best performance.

Join the Cabinetmaking and Millwork Program Thursday, Dec.3, 11:30 a.m.-2:20 p.m., Truax, for a speaking event that explores this material.

The guest speakers and their topics are listed below:

Chris Hunt, PhD, Research Chemist, Forest Products Laboratory
Topic: Why does wood do that?

August Hoppe, Chairperson, Wisconsin Urban Wood
Topic: Urban wood utilization

Roger Rowell, PhD Professor Emeritus, UW Wisconsin
Topic: Chemical modification to improve the performance of wood

This event is free and registration is required. More information is available here.


Published November 20, 2019.

Next STEM Speaker arrives Dec. 5

Bryce Sprecher is a research assistant in the Virtual Environments Group at UW-Madison. Bryce will give a talk titled “The Art and Science of Photogrammetry.” This speaking event is Thursday, Dec. 5, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Room D3620, Truax.

Bryce will present a primer on the workflow and technical background of photogrammetry and its place in 3D reconstructions. Case studies will be discussed for 3D modeling in archeology, video games, animation and more.

Prior to researching at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, the group held positions in Audio Visual support at the WID, Information Technology, software testing and studio photography. They enjoy photography, sour apples, comfy over the ear headphones, and fountain pens.

See the full list of STEM Speakers as well as videos of past speakers.

Published November 20, 2019.