Tech Services announces development freeze of PeopleSoft

The Madison College Campus Community Team and Technology Services will be upgrading the PeopleSoft Campus Solutions environment to the latest release of version 9.2. This major upgrade is mandatory before our current version becomes unsupported by the vendor. Technology Services has a target implementation date of Friday, March 9, 2018.

There will be a Development Freeze from Dec. 22, through March 23, 2018.

  • To keep the systems in sync and control the scope of the upgrade, there is a development freeze to the PeopleSoft application beginning Friday, Dec. 22, through March 23, 2018

What does this freeze mean to me?

  • You will not be able to change or create new queries - However, existing queries can be ran to access data during this time
  • You will not be able to change or add to existing functionality - No additions or changes to PeopleSoft components in 9.0 or 9.2

What are the exceptions to the development freeze?

  • Regulatory and statutory changes are required to be in production before the PeopleSoft version 9.2 is active on March 9
  • Operational support issues affecting students or impacting financials, which do not have a viable workaround
  • Operational support issues involving performance improvements
  • Data can be queried during the freeze

When incidents and project requests are received during this time, the PeopleSoft staff will apply an analysis to requests determining if it needs immediate action, or if it can wait until after the update is implemented.

The look and feel of PeopleSoft will be changing with the implementation. Look for more updates as the project moves along including snapshots of the new PeopleSoft 9.2 and training opportunities to learn the new environment.

If you have any questions regarding the freeze or the project, email PeopleSoft Upgrade. Thank you for your support.

Published December 13, 2017. Updated December 14, 2017.

Winner of blanket raffle announced

The Native American Student Association (NASA) recently held a raffle for a Chief Joseph Pendleton wool blanket.  Proceeds from the raffle benefited the student club, which works to serve the needs of Native American/Alaskan Native Students at Madison College.  With all the raffle ticket sales, they were able to raise $480.

The winner of the NASA blanket raffle is CC Sheldon, Vet Tech Instructor.

Congratulations CC!   

NASA would like to thank everyone who helps to support our club.

Published December 11, 2017.

Register to learn Blackboard portfolio tool through CETL

A new course on Blackboard’s portfolio tool is available for registration in CETL’s Thrive registration system. This self-paced course is entirely online and will run January 8-29. 

Blackboard portfolios can be used for:

  • Student projects
  • Rubrics
  • Applying for advanced part-time instructor or senior part-time instructor in the new Part-time Faculty Compensation System.

In order for the course to count towards Continuing FQAS credit, participants will need to create a portfolio that demonstrates the basic features of the tool.



Published December 11, 2017.

Foundation announces Grow South Madison fundraising updates

Madison College was challenged to raise $3.5 million before March 30, 2018, to complete our South Campus Match, which includes construction of a new Madison College South Campus. If we do, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates will match that number dollar for dollar.

We are pleased to announce these major gifts received over the recent weeks:

The Rennebohm Foundation donation—$250,000 to the South Campus. The Rennebohm Foundation has a long history of supporting the College and STEM education.


The Housing Ministries of American Baptists in Wisconsin (HMABW) donation—$25,000. HMABW supports underrepresented communities throughout Madison.


Johnson Bank donation—$5,000 to the South Campus Match. Johnson Bank is dedicated to making a difference in the Madison area.


We are thankful to all Madison College faculty and staff who have donated or pledged more than $18,000 in contributions toward the South Campus Match.

Raising $3.5 million is a mighty challenge. But it’s not unrealistic by any stretch. Madison College’s new South Campus must get done. It needs to be done. And, thanks to your support and that of your colleagues and the community-at-large, it will get done, because it means so much for so many people.

Published December 11, 2017.

CETL offers training sessions

CETL will be hosting new trainings in the next two weeks focusing on PDF and Office document accessibly and mobile photography. Registration for these trainings is done through the CETL Thrive website.

Questions? Contact Alan Natachu, technology training coordinator, at 608-246-6050.

Training Dates and Times:

Adobe Acrobat: Creating Accessible PDFs - Beginner
Online sessions:
Monday, December 11
11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-2 p.m.

Adobe Acrobat: Creating Accessible PDFs - Advanced
Online sessions:
Tuesday, December 12
11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-2 p.m.

Microsoft Office - Office Documents Accessibility Checklist
Online sessions:
Thursday, December 14
11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-2 p.m.

Mobile Photography
Face-to-face sessions:
Monday, December 18
11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-2 p.m.
Online Sessions:
Tuesday, December 19
12-1 p.m.
Wednesday, December 20
12-1 p.m.

About Adobe Acrobat: Creating Accessible PDFs - Beginner

In this session, learn to take a Word Document and use Adobe Acrobat Pro DC to make it accessible to screen readers.

Session Topics:

  • Optimizing a Word document for screen readers
  • Exporting a Word document to Adobe PDF
  • Setting up Adobe Acrobat Pro DC for accessibility checks
  • Run the accessibility checker to check for ADA issues
  • Correcting accessibility issues
  • Software utilized
  • Microsoft Word 2013 or greater (PC or Mac)
  • Adobe Acrobat DC (PC or Mac)

Published December 8, 2017.

'columbinus' play explores sensitive subjects

Madison College Performing Arts will present "columbinus," a play that looks at issues of alienation, hostility and social pressure in high schools and was suggested by the April 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colo.

Two teenagers traumatized their school and shocked the nation when they gunned downed 12 classmates, one teacher and wounded many others. Almost immediately, the media termed the event as the Columbine High School Massacre and sparked a national conversation on the topics of campus bullying, adolescent mental health and gun violence.

"columbinus," a show Variety called “highly theatrical and deeply disturbing,” was developed using interviews of witnesses and video documentaries made by the shooters. The show walks audiences through the events leading up to, during and following the Columbine High School Massacre.*

“With our production of "columbinus," we hope to reflect on Madison College and our local community to engage in productive dialogue; hopefully preventing a similar tragedy from shattering our hallways and our neighborhoods,” said Miranda Hawk, chair of Communications and Performing Arts.

Public performances dates:

  • Friday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. - with community conversations after performance
  • Friday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. - with community conversations after performance
  • Saturday, Feb. 3, at p.m.

Madison College students and staff performance and conversation dates:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m.

To support this effort, Madison College Performing Arts will be hosting facilitated conversations immediately following designated shows.  

Facilitators include local law enforcement, community leaders and members of our own professional staff and faculty. A discussion guide including historical timelines and media coverage will be available to all participating.

Hawk encourages Madison College instructors to include the show in their spring 2018 curriculum.

*Because of mature content, this performance, images and language may not be suitable for all audiences.

Contact Miranda Hawk if you would like more information about the production or facilitated conversations.

Published December 8, 2017.

WomenLEAD plans holiday sale

WomenLEAD (Leaders for Equity and Diversity) will be conducting a holiday sale on Tuesday, Dec. 12, and Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 10:30-1:30 p.m. in the Atrium Café.

The sale is the perfect place to do last minute shopping and buy gifts at a discount. All sale items range between $1-10 and include toys, games, make-up, bath sets, technology items, books, crafting kits, jewelry, outdoor wear, drinkware.

All proceeds will go toward the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in May 2018. 

Published December 8, 2017.

Commencement ceremony to be livestreamed

The December 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be held Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the H. Douglas Redsten Gymnasium at Madison College Truax Campus.

Anyone who is unable to attend the 2017 Winter Commencement Ceremony in person can watch a live video broadcast.

If the link is not working the day of the ceremony due to high traffic or other reasons, try this backup link for the video broadcast.

By choosing the link for the broadcast, you will be presented with either the video page or a page recommending you download software. Note that this will only be live on a computer. It will not be able to be viewed on any mobile device.

However, the 2017 Winter Commencement Ceremony will be trans-coded and will be available for on-demand viewing approximately two hours after the end of the ceremony on a computer at this same link. It will also be available for on-demand viewing at the same link on mobile devices within 24 hours after the end of the ceremony.

Published December 8, 2017.

Complete Workday finance tasks before winter shutdown

As we approach the end of the semester and winter shutdown, it is important that staff properly manage their Workday finance tasks. This includes verifying and allocating any purchasing card transactions, submitting expense reports and reconciling travel card purchases, approving any transactions in Workday, and submitting invoices for payment prior to leaving for winter break.

Please remember the process is not complete until your supervisor or manager approves your transactions, so please build in time to allow them the opportunity to perform their tasks. If all approvals are done no later than Wednesday, Dec. 20, the college will be able to ensure our outstanding obligations to both our suppliers and employees are met prior to the winter shutdown.

If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate following areas:

  • Purchasing and PCard Transaction questions – Purchasing, 608-258-2010
  • Expense Report questions – Financial Accounting, 608-258-2349
  • Accounts Payable and Invoice Payments – Accounts Payable, 608-258-2055
  • General Financial Resource questions – 608-259-2955

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation with our efforts to ensure everyone receives their payments in a timely manner.

Published December 8, 2017. Updated December 18, 2017.

CETL announces Blackboard drop-in sessions

The Blackboard Mentors and the Focus on Focus Team will be available for help with Blackboard. If you need help setting up classes for next semester or you are interested in learning some new features you haven’t used before, stop into CETL for some on-on-one assistance. No appointment is needed.

Times and locations:

  • Monday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in CETL
  • Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in CETL
  • Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Protective Services Building- Room TBD
  • Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in CETL
  • Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Health Education Building-Room 218
  • Thursday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in CETL

There is also support available via Blackboard Collaborate. Call CETL for the link to connect to live support.

Can't make it to campus or you have questions? For phone support Call CETL at 608-246-6646.

Published December 6, 2017. Updated December 8, 2017.