Register for summer’s Process Improvement Applied Training Series

Registration for the Process Improvement Applied Training summer series is open to staff, faculty and administrators. This series is an introduction to and application of continuous improvement concepts and Lean tools.

The goal is to empower employees with tools and techniques to improve how we accomplish our work at Madison College.

Training dates (six sessions in series): Tuesdays 9-11 a.m.

  • June 12 - Your manager is also required to attend the first hour.
  • June 19
  • June 26
  • July 17
  • July 24
  • July 31
  • Aug. 16 - Graduation from 9-10:30 a.m.

You will apply concepts to an actual project and see real results. Help will be provided – from selecting an appropriate project to individual coaching throughout the project life cycle (even after the training is completed). Visit the SharePoint site for more details and to register.

Keep in mind:

  • Registration is open until Friday, May 25.
  • You will receive a short pre-work PowerPoint after you register.
  • A meeting is required before the training with the facilitator and your manager to choose a project (the pre-work PowerPoint explains this).

Questions? Contact Kristin Polywacz for more information.


Published May 4, 2018. Updated May 16, 2018.

Center for Printing Arts holds spring Pop-up sale

Handmade goods designed and produced by students at the Center for Printing Arts are for sale today until 3 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the hallway by the Truax cafeteria. The Pop-Up will offer candles, bath bombs, car kits, t-shirts, paper plants, cards, posters and notebooks, proceeds of which will go to support students and help cover printing material costs. 

Published May 2, 2018.

Darboe named Student Representative to the District Board

The students of Madison College have elected their Student Representative to the District Board. 

Ousman Darboe was elected by a district-wide vote to serve as the representative for the 2018-19 academic year. Originally from Gambia, Ousman now resides in Madison and is an accounting student at the Truax Campus. 

Most recently, he has served as the President of the African Students Association, a voting member on the Student Activities Funding Board and the vice-president of Finance for the Clubs Executive Leadership Team.      

The Student District Board member represents a student voice on the Board, and is expected to attend District Board meetings and retreats.  Ousman is expected to express opinions and preferences on votes taken during regularly scheduled district business meetings, and report to the Student Senate and Student Activities Board on a monthly basis.  

Ousman will replace Alex Hipler and will begin his term on July 1, 2018.  More information about Ousman can be found at the Link.

For more information, contact Renee Alfano, or call 608-243-4539. 

Published May 2, 2018. Updated May 4, 2018.

PTK announces Distinguished Teachers of 2018

The Madison College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for Two-Year Colleges has announced Charles Benton, Ph.D., Natalie Pinkovitz, (full-time), Jan Schaefer (part-time), and Jennifer Gavinski, Ph.D., (regional campuses) have been selected as the 2018 Distinguished Teachers of the Year by the Madison College student body. The faculty were recognized at the Celebration of Student Success Banquet Thursday, April 26.

Benton teaches anatomy and physiology. He has taught at Madison College for 10 years. He also serves as a mentor for students in the Minority Male Mentoring Scholars Program and is co-coordinator of the WiscAMP Scholars Program focused on increasing the number of students of color who pursue a degree in STEM fields.

Pinkovitz teaches mathematics. She created all of her lessons and class materials from scratch in an effort to reform students’ experiences in the mathematics classroom. Pinkovitz also works in the Student Achievement Center every week as a tutor, advisor and mentor to students.

Schaefer teaches part-time in the Physical Education program and has taught at Madison College for more than 20 years. She developed a research-based core curriculum for physical education courses and assisted with the expansion of P.E. courses at the West Campus

Gavinski is a full-time instructor in the biology department of the School of Arts and Sciences.  She has taught anatomy and physiology at the Reedsburg Campus for the past two years.

Members of student body received a ballot that included more than 25 full and part-time and eight regional campus faculty who had been recognized as a PTK Golden Apple recipient or nominated by students during the 2017-2018 academic year. Over 200 students voted in this year's survey. After reviewing information submitted by the finalists, feedback from students and the votes, the PTK executive board made the final decision. 



Published May 2, 2018.

Applications for membership on Shared Governance Councils are due Friday

Applications for membership on Shared Governance Councils are due no later than 4 p.m. Friday, May 4.

This is a separate and distinct process from the ongoing at-large College Assembly elections. It is the second major step in populating the Shared Governance system.  Anyone can apply to become a member of a council. Councils will make important recommendations on specific issues to the College Assembly. Selection processes and application materials are found in SharePoint, on the Madison College webpage, or via the College Assembly email.

Everyone is encouraged to apply for membership on a council.  The college needs council members with interests and/or expertise related to the council’s charge.  

Update on At-Large College Assembly Elections

In regard to the election for employee and regional representatives to the College Assembly, more than 400 votes were cast as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 1. Anyone who hasn't voted yet is asked to search their Outlook inbox for an email from IRE and vote.  

Published May 1, 2018. Updated May 2, 2018.

Robotics & Automation Program Capstone Showcase is May 3

The Robotics & Automation (AMST) Program will hold its fourth annual Capstone Showcase Thursday, May 3  from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will feature demonstrations of the students’ automated robotic systems in action.

This year the program has eight Capstone projects. Students partnered with local and regional industry and employers to complete a "proof-of-concept" workcell. Each group designed, built and programmed a fully functional automated robotics system.    

Industry partners included: ECHO USA, Tormach Inc., Flambeau Plastics, Plastic Ingenuity, Sub-Zero & Wolf, Inc., TEEL Plastics, UW Crop Sciences Center, PANDATA and Madison College.

The eight projects range from CNC Machine tending, part inspection, and part handling, to assembly, packaging and automated bagging systems. All systems are integrated with robotics, machine vision, conveyors, PLCs, and HMIs. We will also be demonstrating the basics of Industry 4.0, by showcasing a cloud-based Microsoft Azure IIoT Dashboard and data collection system, displaying real-time data from one of the workcells.

The event is free and open to the public.

Published April 30, 2018.

Spring 2018 graduates present 'Shine' Portfolio show

The spring 2018 graduates from the Graphic Design, Visual Communications and Photography programs will host a portfolio showcase May 3 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Shine will be a presentation of their design, video, and photography projects for the public and Madison College community in Truax Room D1630B/C near the cafeteria mall. 

Attendees may RSVP by Facebook. 

Published April 30, 2018.

Spring Commencement Ceremony is Friday, May 11

Madison College announces the 2018 Spring Commencement Ceremony will be held Friday, May 11, at 5:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way in Madison.

Guests should arrive by 5:25 p.m, as the processional will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. The ceremony will last approximately two hours. There is no charge for admission or parking. 

This year’s ceremony offers a number of notable features. Faculty members in full academic regalia will lead the processions both in and out of the auditorium. Processional music will be performed by the Madison College Brass Quintet, while the recessional music will be performed by the Madison College World Drumming Ensemble along with alumni. The national anthem will be sung by student Evelyn Shields, and Herfrank Loyo will be the student speaker.

Students, family and friends are encouraged to use #mcgrads to post pictures and videos of this exciting milestone on social media.

There will be a live stream of the commencement available for those who cannot attend.


Published April 27, 2018. Updated May 16, 2018.

Southwest Plaza restoration project underway

Contractors have begun construction work at the south side of the administration building and pool.

This project includes removing the deteriorated brick privacy wall at the pool, replacing the adjacent site stair and handrail, new concrete sidewalks, new site lighting, regrading for drainage, new limestone retaining walls, new landscaping, waterproofing below grade at pool equipment room, sandblasting all exposed foundation and retaining walls, and new limestone wall and metal gates at childcare outdoor playground.

The construction project is set to be complete in July. 

Please refer to the staff and faculty SharePoint site for more information including PDFs and updates.

Published April 27, 2018. Updated May 2, 2018.

Cornille honors Kirchberg with Student Development and Success Outstanding Achievement Award

A note from Keith Cornille, executive vice president and chief student services officer:

Each year, my office recognizes a faculty or staff member in Student Development and Success for outstanding achievement in the field of student development.  The recipient is an individual who has demonstrated excellence in their work and commitment to the growth and development of students at Madison College.

This year, it is with great pleasure that I announce Doug Kirchberg as the 2018 recipient of the Madison College Award for Outstanding Achievement in Student Development and Success.

Kirchberg is a Senior Student Program Advisor with the Student Life Office. He is the lead advisor for The Clarion, the Madison College newspaper; The Yahara Journal, the college’s literary magazine; the new Clarion Radio station; and the Student Ambassador Program for the College.

A student nominator described Kirchberg as someone who “perfectly balances the tasks of helping students succeed and allowing them to learn from their mistakes.” The lead nominator stated that Doug has an “ongoing and continuous positive impact working with students and providing them with experiences that challenge and support their interest and passions.” A faculty nominator stated that Kirchberg's “passion for his work inspires our students” and the “constant and continual journalism awards for The Clarion reflect his high commitment to his job as advisor and helps students discover their own talents and gifts.”

The award was presented at the recent annual Student Development and Success staff luncheon at Madison College and the Annual Student Personnel Association (SPA) Awards Luncheon at UW-Madison. The luncheon is a joint award celebration between Madison College, Edgewood College and UW-Madison to honor our outstanding colleagues in the field of student development.

Please join me in congratulating and celebrating Doug for his unwavering commitment to students.

Keith Cornille

Executive Vice President/Chief Student Services Officer

Student Development & Success 


Published April 27, 2018. Updated April 30, 2018.