WTCS Sustainability Summit and Exposition presents opportunities

As a sponsor of the 15th Annual WTCS Sustainability Summit & Exposition in Milwaukee this April, Madison College is able to offer a unique opportunity to faculty, staff and students. The summit is a chance to demonstrate leadership in the emerging sustainability industry by signing up to be a presenter. Presenters will share information about successful programs and initiatives to more than 1,000 students, business leaders and community members. 

In addition, anyone from the college who wishes to attend the summit may do so free-of-charge. Advance registration is required. Transportation arrangements are being reviewed for students who wish to attend. Faculty are encouraged to spread the word to their students. Learn more about the summit, including call for proposal information and registration here. The proposal deadline has been extended until March 1. 

For additional information, please contact Schauna Rasmussen.

Published January 26, 2018.

Career Pathway maps available

Want to learn more about connections among Madison College programs? Career Pathway maps illustrate how the building blocks of a program fit together, including stacked/embedded credentials, bridges, apprenticeships, Early College options, four-year articulation and employment opportunities.

A map is a helpful tool for those who advise and support students, helping show the relationships among elements of a pathway. Find Madison College career pathway maps here:

If you have any questions about Career Pathways at Madison College, please contact Annette Kornell, Career Pathways liaison at 608-246-6433.

Published January 26, 2018.

Transmutations at Gallery 211

Transmutations, a selection of recent paintings, drawings and sculptures by Karen Laudon will be showcased at Gallery 211, located at 211 N. Carroll St. in DTEC Room D011. The exhibit opened Monday, Jan. 3, and will remain open until Friday, March 30.

The opening reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 1, from 4-6 p.m. The reception will feature a poetry reading by Emilie Lindemann. 

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays. 

Published January 26, 2018. Updated January 31, 2018.

'columbinus' play opens Friday, Jan. 26

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 7:30 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 January 24, 2018. Updated January 28, 2018.

Student jobs available

Do you know any students looking for a part-time, student help or work study job? There are still more than a dozen positions available. Student employment promotes campus involvement and provides students with valuable work experience.
Explore available jobs on Wisconsin TechConnect:
1.Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find “Miscellaneous Job Categories” (this will be located in an orange box)
2.Select “Madison Area Technical College” from the list of colleges
3.Choose a category that is of interest to you or the last one “Work Study/Student Help”
Questions? Please contact the Career and Employment Services, stop by Room A1003 at Truax or call 608-243-4598.

Published January 24, 2018.

IRE Team offers training for the new unit planning tool

The Institutional Research and Effectiveness Department (IRE) is excited to announce that the new unit planning tool has been developed in SharePoint and it is ready for the 2019-20 Unit Planning cycle beginning this February.

The IRE team will be conducting several training sessions over the next few weeks. These training sessions are open to all unit planners and anyone else you would like to involve in your planning process. It is important that you attend one of the training sessions listed below.

Training dates and times:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Room B3230
  • Thursday, Jan. 25, from 1-2 p.m. in Room E3830A
  • Friday, Jan. 26, from 10-11 a.m. in Room B3230
  • Monday, Jan. 29, from 10-11 a.m. in Room B3230
  • Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 1-2 p.m. in Room E3830A
  • Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Room E3830A

Questions?  contact Jennie May or Ali Zarrinnam.

Published January 22, 2018. Updated January 24, 2018.

Office of Equity and Inclusion to provide training

The Office of Equity and Inclusion will provide a series of training modules open to all employees in the spring semester. "The Bicycle and Bias," covers the concept of implicit and explicit bias, the role of the brain and how a backwards bicycle demonstrates the steps to eliminate bias.

This experience will provide participants an opportunity to better recognize their own individual bias and understand how bias influences actions, behaviors, and decisions in the workplace.

The training dates are:

  • Thursday, Feb. 8, 1-3 p.m.
    Truax Room B3230
  • Thursday, Feb. 22, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
    Truax Room C2455
  • Wednesday, March 21, 1-3 pm
    Truax Room C2428
  • Tuesday, April 24, 1-3 pm
    Truax Room C2448

Register for this training through the CETL Thrive website.

Published January 22, 2018. Updated January 29, 2018.

Timely reporting essential for student records

As faculty, you play an integral role in the accurate and timely reporting of ‘Never Attended’ or ‘Stopped Attending’ grades. At Madison College, this is accomplished by issuing a grade of ‘N’ for students who never attended your class and ‘F1’ for students who attended at least one class but stopped attending.

To help reduce the number of students who receive aid they are ineligible to receive, it is important to report non-attendance in a timely and accurate manner. Students who receive financial aid and/or veterans benefits but never attend or stop attending may be required to return, or pay back, all or part of the aid they received.

Other reporting agencies also require accurate enrollment records; timely entry of grades allows these agencies to provide our students up-to-date self-service records for housing, insurance, and other critical areas.

When to report:
Faculty are asked to post ‘N’ grades during the second week of class. Many students complete schedule changes during the first week of class; therefore, entering grades the second week allows students the ability to easily make these changes.

Faculty are asked to post ‘F1’ grades after the second week of class. This grade should be entered when a student has stopped attending and would be unable to successfully return and complete the class.

How to report:
The Faculty Center Overview has complete how-to instructions. The overview is published on Blackboard > Learner Success > Resources and Forms>Faculty Center Overview.

Frequently asked questions regarding the topic of nonattendance and grade reporting have been compiled and are available for your reference on the forms database.

If you require further assistance, please utilize the resources available to you:

  • Faculty Center: CETL, Truax Room B2208 or (608)246-6646
  • Financial Aid: Liz Hirsch, Senior Financial Aid Coordinator at 608-246-6456 or Patti Kenna-Brigson, Student Financial Support Services at 608-246-6565  
  • Records/Registration: Lori Sebranek, Registrar/Dean of Enrollment at 608-243-4185

Published January 22, 2018.

Enrollment Services updates section change process

The section change process has been updated effective this spring 2018 term. The changes include the following:

  • After the swap period has ended, students must obtain permission and complete the Section Change Approval Form (PDF, 794) to do a section change. The signature of the instructor for the class the student wants to drop is required; the signature of the class the student would like to add is required only after the last date to enroll has passed on this class.
  • Students must be in “good standing” in the class they would like to drop in order to complete a section change. It will be up to each individual instructor to determine what “good standing” is for their course.
  • Students may request a section change until the end of the refund period on the class they would like to drop. Students can find this deadline in the Academic Calendar Deadlines listed in their myMadisonCollege account listed as the Drop – Retain Record date.

The website has been updated with the new section change process, and the Section Change Approval Form will be updated shortly. It will be important for staff to remind students that the Section Change Approval form will be required for all section changes after the SWAP period has ended (first seven days of the term), and students will no longer be able to section change after the refund period has ended.

Please contact Enrollment Services with any questions you may have regarding this process.

Published January 19, 2018.

Dental Hygienist program to offer kids free dental cleanings

For the past 15 years, Madison College’s Dental Hygienist program has offered free dental care for kids (ages 3-18). The event has grown so popular that the students will host it on three days this coming February. An appointment is required due to limited space.

The appointment will include:

  • Dental cleaning
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Dental x-rays (as needed)
  • Dental sealants (as needed)

The dates and times are:

  • Monday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 a.m. or 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 a.m. or 12 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 a.m. or 12 p.m.

The clinic is located at:

Madison College Dental Hygiene Clinic - Room 151
1705 Hoffman Street, Madison, WI

Call 608-258-2400, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to schedule an appointment for your child/children. Adults must accompany children along with written permission to be given for services. You will be required to complete medical history and HIPAA forms for each child. If you have a BADGER CARE card, please bring it with you.

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Published January 19, 2018. Updated February 1, 2018.