Distinguished Alumni Award

Madison Area Technical College Alum Mark Schmitz has won the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association.

Mark is owner and creative director of ZD Studios in Madison.

He's the second alum from Madison Area Technical College to win this prestigious award. The first was Robin Roberts.

Published October 23, 2009.

Fashion Marketing Career Fair

Here's your chance to hear what local industry professionals have to say about fashion marketing.

Madison Area Technical College is hosting a Fashion Marketing and Career Fair in the Gourmet Dining Room until noon today (Friday, October 23).

Please tell your students about this event and stop by yourself!

Call (608) 246-6003.

Published October 23, 2009.

Ahedo Nominated for ATHENA Award

Valentina (Tina) Ahedo has been nominated for the ATHENA Young Professional Award! The award recognizes emerging leaders (age 25 to 40) who work to improve the lives of women in our community. 

Tina is the program coordinator of our Diversity and Community Relations office. She has worked at Madison Area Technical College for the past five years.

Last year, Arts and Sciences Associate Dean Shawna Carter won the ATHENA award. Hopefully we can make it two straight!

Congratulations Tina!

Published October 21, 2009.

PSRP Halloween Party

Looking for some ghoulish games, freaky fun and frightening good food?

Then you don't want to miss the PSRP Halloween Party on Saturday, October 24 at Dream Lanes (13 Atlas Court) in Madison. The fun starts at 5 p.m.

This is a family friendly event, so feel free to bring the kids! Costumes are optional.

Don't forget to send in your RSVP.

Published October 21, 2009.

October SalonBizz Newsletter

Coupons, beauty tips, decorating news, and food for thought.

The October SalonBizz Newsletter is here!

Call Barber/Cosmetology Services at (608) 258-2404.

Published October 20, 2009.

Consumer Reports and Math

Most of us have read Consumer Reports...but did you know the magazine uses a lot of math when it tests everything from DVD players to washing machines?

Professor Michael Saccucci, the Director of Statistics and Quality Management at Consumer Reports, will test paint and beer at the 88th monthly Math Club presentation on Friday, October 23. The presentation gets underway at 3:30 p.m. in Truax room 209.

Professor Saccucci will talk about some of the ways they use statistics and mathematics at Consumers Reports. His discussion will include how they design their experiments, a brief introduction of how they develop ratings, and an algorithm he developed to help identify CR Best Buys.

Contact Sri at (608) 243-4313.



Published October 20, 2009.

Ireland is Calling

This spring the college is offering a three-credit class called “Global Studies Seminar" that includes a 10 day trip to Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The focus of the class is sustainable business practices, however the content is very flexible and projects can be tailored to be of value to any student. Again, the course requires a 10 day trip to Ireland and Northern Ireland. During this trip, students will have a chance to study at Southwest College in Enniskillen, North Ireland with Irish and German students (who will also be visiting from our sister college in Marburg, Germany). In addition, students will tour Irish businesses and have time for sightseeing. This is a great opportunity to earn three credits, study with Irish and German students, and see some of the world!

There will be an information session at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27 in the Gourmet Dining Room.

Contact Jack Hart or Holly Mercier for more information.

Published October 20, 2009.

Financial Workshops for Adults

Do you need help reducing your debt? Do you want to create a savings plan and stretch your budget?

Then you'll want to attend the "Financial Education Workshops for Adults". The workshops run for six weeks (17 hours total) and will be offered this November (some in Spanish).

To learn more about the workshops or to the College Preparedness and Academic Advancement Center at (608) 258-2440.

Published October 20, 2009.

Watertown "Relay for Life" Team Raises Big Bucks

Members of the Madison Area Technical College-Watertown "Relay for Life" team raised $3,110 for the annual American Cancer Society event held at the Watertown High School athletic field in August. This is the fourth year in a row that the campus group has qualified for a Bronze Team Award by raising more than $2,500.

The team has participated in the local Relay for Life since 2004. During the past six years, the group has raised $15,677.

The theme for this year’s event was Music for a Cure, and the MATC-Watertown team chose "The Lion King Circle of Life" for their campsite emphasis. Team members collected pledges online and in person, put together a Lion King gift basket for the silent auction, and conducted a rubber duckie pond game for children at their site.

Previous team camp sites have featured the Olympics, Star Wars, Alice in Wonderland, Happy Days, and Friday the 13th. Fundraisers throughout the years included silent auction baskets, bake sales, chili dumps, hot dog days, and pizza and salad sales.

Watertown clerical technician Susan Padron chaired the Relay for Life team all six years.  Faculty and staff members who also participated included Jackie Arndt, Paul Barribeau, Cindy Bingham, Maryann Dubree, Cris Folk, Georgene Hughes, Kent Koebke, Sue Kotur, Joyce Otterstatter, Chris Owens, Pat Polensky, Don Wegner (pictured right), Susan Wollin, and Chris Yero.

This is another great example of how our college gives back to the community!


Published October 19, 2009.

Special Service Award Deadline is Friday

Mid-Year Graduation is right around the corner and we need your help!

Do you know students who have provided service to fellow students, the community and/or the college outside the classroom through club participation, tutoring, or other volunteer activities? Please consider nominating them for a Special Service award. These students will receive a gold cord to wear at graduation, a designation in the graduation program and a Special Service certificate will be sent with their diploma.

The deadline to nominate a student is 4 p.m. on Friday, December 4.

The mid-year graduation ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 17 in the Redsten gym.

Please contact Mary Robbins at (608) 246-6228.


Published October 19, 2009.