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Please contact Kristin Polywacz with any questions.

Help students learn their trade

The Construction and Remodeling Program is seeking a home-remodeling project for the third quarter (January-March) Remodeling Techniques class. 

The project must meet the criteria below to be considered:

  • The project is no more than 20 minutes by car from the Commercial Avenue campus.
  • The project has sufficient scale and scope that eight to 10 students could be on site working. A kitchen remodel is possible but remodeling one bathroom is not sufficient. 
  • The project must be mostly remodeling, so building an addition, even if it does tie into an existing home, would not be appropriate.
  • The property owner will work with a general contractor that manages the project. The program provides the carpenters, but the college is not able to create building plans, obtain permits, schedule subcontractors or order materials. General contractors can be recommended.  
  • The class meets three times per week (16 hours weekly) for eight weeks. The project wouldn’t need to take up the full time. The class ends Wednesday, March 11. The class wouldn’t be available to work after that date. The general contractor will finish the project if necessary.
  • The project must offer a breadth of remodeling work. For example, the class would not take on a project that requires eight weeks of plaster demolition work. 

The owner is not charged for the students’ or instructor’s labor, but pays all other project costs. 

If employees have a project that is mutually beneficial, contact Instructor Allie Berenyi. Please give a brief overview of the project in the email.

Published November 14, 2019.

Questions about the part-time faculty portfolio?

CETL will host open house events focused on the part-time faculty portfolio process. 

The sessions address these questions:

  • What are the benefits of a portfolio?
  • How do I get started? 
  • How long will it take? 
  • Who will review my portfolio?
  • Who is available to help me? 

The sessions are offered on the following dates, times and locations:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 20, Room 139, 6 p.m., Fort Atkinson campus
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4, Room B3230, 6 p.m., Truax campus

CETL will add additional sessions as time allows.


Published November 14, 2019.

Employers visit Truax

Career and Employment Services is announcing upcoming employer visits. Please stop by the table in Truax’s Atrium Café to learn about their career opportunities. Representatives will be available to answer questions.

  • Monday, Nov. 18, Covance, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, Cadre, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20, Connect Search, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Thursday, Nov. 21, GO Riteway Transportation, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Published November 14, 2019.

Need dog-powered stress relief?

“Dogs on Call” will be in the Protective Services Building, EMS Bay, Monday, Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Students and employees are welcome to visit the dogs and de-stress.


Published November 13, 2019.

Faculty are invited to SurveyMonkey Workshop

The SurveyMonkey Workshop "Design a Course Feedback Survey" was announced.

Details below:    

  • Date: Friday, Dec. 6.
  • Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Instructor: Robin Nickel
  • Location: Truax, Room D3612

Learn how to easily get feedback from your students with SurveyMonkey. Using the Madison College template, start with 10 questions and use “as is” or modify to meet your needs.

This is a hands-on session in a computer lab. Participants will take a practice survey, access the template, customize it to a specific course and create a collector link to use with students the very same day. In addition, discuss deployment, analyze sample results and set up a plan to organize future surveys. 

To register, click here. For more information, please contact Robin Nickel.

Published November 13, 2019.

New student club at Madison College

Madison College has a new club of students called the Deaf Community Association (DCA). The Madison College DCA will support the Deaf community, provide a social opportunity for students to use ASL (American Sign Language) and address inequalities on campus for Deaf students.

This past Saturday, Nov. 9, students from DCA volunteered at the annual community Thanksgiving event at the Madison Association of the Deaf on Williamson Street. Students were surprised by how well they connected over serving mashed potatoes and by cleaning up at the night’s end. 

Published November 13, 2019.

First epledge donors thanked

The Combined Charitable Campaign would like to recognize the donors who were first to pledge using the e-plege site. We originally planned on five thank you gifts for the first five donors to pledge $100, but we had such a great response that we decided to give gifts to the first 10 donors.

The winners all received a gift bag of items with the Combined Charitable Campaign logo. Those items were a coaster, water bottle, a soup/coffee mug and choice of a winter hat.

The winners are:

  • Maria Nelis
  • Shalako Thomas
  • Tammy Gibbs
  • Catalino Tolejano
  • Elizabeth Eggemeier
  • Jodi Goldbeck
  • Erin Kohl
  • Kenneth McCullough
  • Nancy Johnson
  • Ann Mac Laughlin-Berres

Keep an eye out for other incentives through the campaign.


Published November 13, 2019.

Faculty, staff and employees invited to fitness classes

Fitness and Recreation Management students who are enrolled in Group Fitness Development will lead 45-minute fitness classes.

Classes are open to all Madison College staff, faculty and students upon signing a program waiver. Instructors will offer options for all to be successful. 

Registration is free. To sign up please email the Recreation Management department. After signing up, participants will be sent an email with a waiver attached. This waiver needs to be printed and signed before attending class. Participants are asked to bring the

waiver to class.

Times and dates:

  • Dance Fitness: Monday, Nov. 18 – 12:15-1 p.m.
  • Strength Training for Active Aging: Wednesday, Nov. 20 – 12:15-1 p.m. (all are welcome) 
  • Kickboxing: Monday, Nov. 25 – 12:15-1 p.m.

Published November 13, 2019.

Local Veterans welcomed to Veterans Day Celebration

The Native American Student Association at Madison College invites all local veterans, their friends and families to the third annual Veterans Day Celebration. The event is Friday, Nov. 15, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Gateway, Truax campus. The celebration includes:

  • Native American Color Guard and drum group
  • A feast of traditional Native American food 
  • Gifts and door prizes given to all veterans
  • Entertainment from a local blues band

Please contact NASA TO RSVP or use the event’s Facebook page. Those interested are encouraged to share this information with veterans.




Published November 11, 2019. Updated November 13, 2019.

PSRP holds bag lunch

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 243 Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) brown bag lunch will be Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Truax, Room A1119.

Come join your fellow PSRP to find out what AFT Local 243 is working on and share your interests. All PSRP and other interested employees are invited to attend.

Published November 11, 2019.