Tips offered for employees who changed health plans

For employees who are changing health plans and have questions about the transition, the college asked each of the health plans offered through Madison College to provide answers to 11 common questions. Examples of these questions are when to expect to receive an ID card, how to transition prescriptions and what to do in regards to a chronic condition

Employees with a new health plan will receive their welcome packet and ID cards via mail.


Published December 19, 2018.

Combined Charitable Campaign ends today

Dec. 19 is the last day to make a contribtion to the Combined Charitable Campaign to benefit local organizations who help people in need.

Employees can either return paper pledge forms to Chelsey Bowers in the Communications and Strategic Marketing Department office or pledge online at

The deadline to submit the pledge form is Wednesday, Dec. 19, by the end of the business day.

Published December 19, 2018. Updated January 2, 2019.

Professional Development Council seeks new member

The Professional Development Council has a full-time faculty vacancy. If interested, complete an application and forward it to Shared Governance. The council meets 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., the first and third Monday of each month. If you have any questions about the council or the member selection process, contact Shared Governance.

The responsibilities of the council are:

  • The Council manages the issues using an IBPS process.
  • The Council is responsible for discovering and understanding the variety of interests surrounding the issues being managed.
  • Those interests must be considered in the option creation phase, but every interest does not need to be met when selecting the best option.
  • The council is responsible for demonstrating that the process has integrity, is based on interests, informed by data and any recommendations are reached by consensus.
  • Members should be very aware of what we are hearing from employees about their issues and Shared Governance in general.
  • Council members should become experts in their field and use that expertise to inform decisions about issues.
  • Council membership is a time-consuming leadership position in the college.


Published December 19, 2018. Updated January 2, 2019.

Youth Career and College Fairs coming up

Recruiting and Community Relations will host its annual Youth Career and College Fairs. All fairs will be held in the spring of 2019 at the Truax Campus from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nearly 700 students from the district will come to learn about programs offered here.

Recruiting and Community Relations is currently seeking volunteers and presenters for each fair. Please go to and click on either drop down box "Interested in Presenting" or "Volunteer at a Youth Career and College Fair" to register.

Fairs are as follows:

  • Feb. 15: African American Youth Career and College Fair
  • March 1: Asian Youth Career and College Fair
  • March 21: Latino Youth Career and College Fair

Published December 19, 2018. Updated January 11, 2019.

Matters will not publish during winter shutdown

Matters will not publish during the winter shutdown Dec. 23-Jan. 1. Matters will resume publication Wednesday, Jan. 2.

The deadline for submissions for the Jan. 2 edition will be noon on Friday, Dec. 21.

Published December 18, 2018. Updated January 2, 2019.

Help students travel the world

The Center for International Education will host the annual Faculty Development Workshop. This workshop is for faculty and staff that will be leading study abroad programs this summer, fall, spring or over next year’s winter break. Faculty and staff leading or planning to lead a study abroad program must attend a Faculty Development Workshop once every two years and must be current to lead a program.

The Faculty Development Workshop will take place Wednesday, Jan. 16, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Truax in Room E1886. This is a mandatory session for any faculty or staff that will lead a program between now and winter break 2019. It is also a mandatory session for those who have not attended a workshop in the last two years. Faculty and staff interested in developing a Study Abroad program or learning more are welcome.

Faculty and staff can contact Tammy Gibbs to register and ask questions. Walk-ins are welcome. 

Published December 17, 2018.

Students get extra help for spring

Students enrolling for the 2019 spring term, who need help with career exploration, admission applications, FAFSA assistance, assessment testing and registration can find assistance at the following locations:

  • Students in need of help with basic career exploration, admission applications and FAFSA assistance can visit Room A1003, next to Enrollment Services. This will be a walk-in lab.
  • Testing and Assessment staff will host walk-in course placement testing. The course placement testing will be held in the Testing and Assessment Center, Room D2603.  
  • Advisors are available to assist students with course planning and required college or financial aid standards of academic progress paperwork through individual appointments. Students can make an appointment up to one day in advance or walk-ins are welcome. Staff and student employees are also available to assist with registration. Advising and registration assistance will be held in Room C1434, across from the cafeteria.

The enhanced services will be available during these dates and times:

  • Monday, Jan. 14, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 15, 1p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 16, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 17, 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 18, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.       
  • Tuesday, Jan. 22, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m
  • Wednesday, Jan. 23, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 24, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 25, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Published December 17, 2018.

ETF offers live webinars to explain retirement benefits

The Department of Employee Trust Funds is offering a series of 30- to 60-minute live, interactive webinars designed to increase employees’ understanding of the Wisconsin Retirement System benefits. Visit the ETF webinar page to learn more about the following webinars. Employees are welcome to ask questions at the end of each session.  

Annuity Options
This webinar covers all of the WRS annuity options to help employees make an informed decision. The important differences between a beneficiary and a named survivor will also be explained. The last date for this webinar is Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Additional Contributions
This webinar discusses how making additional contributions to your WRS account can potentially increase employee retirement. The last date for this webinar is Friday, Dec. 21.

WRS Annuity Adjustments and Effective Rates
This webinar covers the process of how account effective rates and annuity adjustments are calculated, starting with the investment return reported by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board. The webinar will also offer explanations of the Core and Variable Trust Funds and the calculations specific to each fund for effective rates and annual adjustments. The last date for this webinar is Monday, Jan. 28.

5 Basic Steps to Your Retirement
This webinar covers choosing a termination date, how to request a retirement estimate and how to understand it. The last date for this webinar is Thursday, Jan. 31.
WRS Benefits: For New and Mid-Career Employees
This webinar covers vesting, ways to enhance a WRS retirement benefit, purchasing service, military service credit, the Core and Variable Trust Funds, contribution rates, the importance of a beneficiary form, how to complete one and how life event changes affect retirement benefits. The last date for this webinar is Thursday, Jan. 31.

Register for the webinars immediately. 

Published December 14, 2018. Updated January 4, 2019.

What's on the menu?

Here's what the Atrium Cafe will be serving Dec. 17-21.

Monday: Nacho Palooza! with assorted toppings.

Tuesday: Lasagna, garlic bread and mixed greens in house-made vinaigrette.

Wednesday:  Barbecue chicken, macarone and cheese, baked beans and biscuit.

Thursday: Chicken tikka masala, jasmine rice, vegetable and naan.

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

Published December 14, 2018. Updated January 2, 2019.

'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign begins

As you prepare for the college holiday break and embark on traveling, you should consider the safety of you and your passengers as well as other highway users. The national campaign called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” starts Dec. 14 and runs through Jan. 2, 2019. This campaign is intended to watch for drivers who may be under the influence of alcohol.

The facts are sobering. In 2017 there were 169 deaths and 3,303 injuries due to alcohol related crashes. Over 28 percent of traffic fatalities were alcohol related and there were 24,211 OWI convictions.  Please do your part to help make this holiday a safe one. Make sure you and your passengers are buckled up, and don’t drive after consuming alcohol. Also minimize distractions to your driving. 

James "Harry" Barger,
Instructor/Training Coordinator
Madison College Public Safety Training Facility

Published December 14, 2018.