Capital request process begins Jan. 2

Based on employee comments, the Capital Work Team has made some enhancements to the capital request process, one of which is leaving the process open longer. The FY19-20 capital request process will be open from Jan. 2, 2019, through Feb. 28, 2019. Capital equipment and project requests for FY19-20 should be made during this time. The Capital Request Form is housed in SharePoint within the Budget Office site. In the spirit of inclusion and collaboration, capital requests should be discussed with your budget manager before being entered in SharePoint.

For more information, email  Questions and comments are welcome.


Published December 14, 2018.

Book club invites all to read 'The Body is Not an Apology'

The Madison College Book Club (MC-BC) invites community members and book clubs to join the Radical Self-Love Book Club Movement and read this year's selected book, "The Body is Not an Apology" by Sonya Renee Taylor.

Taylor will speak at Madison College at 7 p.m. Monday, March 11 in the Mitby Theater. 


Published December 14, 2018.

Employees, students now have access to

Madison College faculty, staff and students now have access to, an on-demand learning solution designed to help people gain professional skills and advance their careers. users get:

  • Free unlimited access to more than 7,000 video courses covering business, creative and technology topics.
  • Personalized recommendations that will allow users to explore the most in-demand skills based on their experience.
  • Access to courses from industry leaders on the user's schedule, from any desktop or mobile device.
  • Helpful resources to reinforce new knowledge, including quizzes, exercise files and coding practice windows.

Faculty can share videos and playlists with students to complement classroom learning and help build professional skills. Staff can use the material for professional and career development.

Faculty, staff and students can create personal Madison College accounts, explore videos and courses, FAQs and more.  


Published December 12, 2018.

Honors Program Competition is Dec. 14

The Fall 2018 Honors Program Competition will take place Friday, Dec. 14 from 1-5:30 p.m. in Room A2119 in the Truax Main Building. Honors students from across the college will present their projects to a panel of judges. Winners will receive a trophy, cash prizes and a trip to  the next Upper Midwest Regional Honors Council Conference. Everyone is welcome. 


Published December 8, 2018. Updated December 12, 2018.

Semester's final open house for pet adoptions nears

This semester’s final open house for pet adoptions will be Tuesday, Dec. 11, 5-7 p.m. Rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, cats and two dogs are looking for the ultimate Christmas gift, a forever home. Stop by the Vet Tech area, Room E1818 in the Truax main building, to visit the animals still available for adoption.


Published December 7, 2018. Updated December 12, 2018.

'Printer Wonderland' features handmade gifts

Looking for a fun and unique gift for a special person? Check out the "Printer Wonderland" holiday pop-up shop in the Truax Gallery. The shop will be open Dec. 10-14 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Shelves will be stocked with screen- and letterpress-printed cards, posters, notepads, aprons, T-shirts and much more, all made by students. Sales will be cash only. 

Published December 7, 2018. Updated December 10, 2018.

Library podcast focuses on student stories

The 18th episode of the "Overdue Podcast" was recently launched highlighting Madison College student Michael Edwards, who is finishing up his degree in the Graphic Arts program.  He talks about his experience in the program and how it has already contributed to his success as an illustrator of a graphic novel series.

The podcast also has a tribute to the late Stan Lee of Marvel Comics, recommendations for graphic novel reading, and the "Trivial Observations" and "Anything Goes" segments.

The library is excited to announce the podcast is now available on iTunes. It is also available via YouTube for captioned versions and through the Overdue Podcast libguide. Subscribe to learn more about students and Libraries and Academic Support Services.

Anyone who has a story or interest in being part of the podcast series is asked to contact Kelley Minica at 608.243.4086.



Published December 7, 2018. Updated December 12, 2018.

What's for lunch?

Here's what's on the menu at the Atrium Cafe for the week of Dec. 10.

MondayFried catfish, red beans and rice, collard greens, cornbread.

TuesdayBaked potato bar with assorted toppings.

WednesdayGrilled chicken with Dijon caper cream sauce, wild rice pilaf, vegetable, roll.

ThursdayBarbecued beef brisket, fries, slaw, Texas toast.

FridayBeer-battered cod, fries, cole slaw, roll.

Published December 7, 2018. Updated January 2, 2019.

Renovations progress; many projects near completion

Madison College is continually investing in our facilities to allow us to better serve our mission, vision and values. Projects range from small updates to existing spaces to large-scale maintenance to new construction. Each project includes an overview, current status, and estimated completion date.

Contact Fred Brechlin with any questions.

2018 Projects:

Project Name: D19008: Truax – Music, Rooms A1033A & A1033B

Overview: This remodel project will renovate two existing music labs to accommodate the music instruction from the DTEC campus. It includes new sound wall separation around the perimeter of both rooms, moveable partitions and structure support to better separate the two labs acoustically, an improved ventilation and lighting system, and new acoustic ceiling system. New secure storage rooms will store instruments and sheet music from the current archive room at DTEC.

Timeline: The remodeled space is open for the spring semester. All programming will remain at DTEC until project completion. Credit courses are temporarily located in B1200.

Project Name: D18026: Truax – New Photovoltaic System

Overview: Pursuant to an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), MG&E has granted $500,000 to a new solar Photovoltaic (PV) project at the Truax Campus. The MG&E grant funds combined with a Madison College contribution of $2,587,500 will fund a new 1.868MW rooftop PV system. The system includes 5,750 panels and will be the largest roof-mounted system in Wisconsin.

Timeline: Construction is underway, but due to weather, will be complete May 2019.

Project Name: D19017: Truax Roof Replacement 2018

Overview: This project includes replacing various roofs (gymnasium, fitness center, theater, entire third floor roof, south standing seam sloped metal roof) at the Truax Campus in advance of the new photovoltaic panel system from MG&E.

Timeline: The south facing sloped metal roofs, gymnasium, fitness center, theater and third floor main roofs are complete.

Please note: The East Court parking partially opened on Nov. 26. All parking stalls from the semitrailer to the north are open. See project folder for plan. All parking stalls against the building will remain closed until April 30, 2019.

Project Name: D18016: Truax Campus Fire Alarm Replacement Project 2018/19

Overview: This project will expand the new fire alarm systems from the culinary addition to the remaining main campus, all floors, B, D, E wings, and large animal barn. Original fire alarm equipment will be removed after new systems are in place and operational summer 2019.

Timeline: Construction will begin September 2018 and be complete August 2019.

Project Name: D18046: Regional Campus Fire Alarm Replacement Projects 2018/19

Overview: This project will provide new fire alarm systems at Fort Atkinson, Portage, Reedsburg and Watertown. Original fire alarm equipment will be removed after new systems are in place and operational summer 2019.

Timeline: Construction has started at Portage and Reedsburg. Fort Atkinson and Watertown will begin over winter break. All four regionals will be complete August 2019.

Project Name: Truax PV Observation Deck

Overview: Renovate an existing third-floor room to provide public access to the new roof mounted solar panel system. The project includes a new ADA compliant interior ramp, new exterior door and a roof mounted platform with railing system. The interior roof access area will be upgraded with new flooring, ceilings, lighting and several student workstations.

Timeline: Construction is underway with completion February 2019.

Project Name: Health Education Building — Center for Health & Well-Being

Overview: Create a staff wellness center adjacent to the first floor main office. The project includes a new second floor office/conference area.

Timeline: Construction is underway and will be complete February 2019.

Project Name: Health Education Building — Food Service Expansion

Overview: Expand the current small food service area into an adjacent open seating area. This expanded serving area will increase food service options for students and staff.

Timeline: Construction is complete and the venue will open, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019.

2019 Projects:

Project Name: Portage Campus – Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Improvement/Office Addition

Overview: A small addition at the main entry plaza will provide a new ADA compliant entrance and space to expand the adjacent main office area to improve customer service.

Timeline: Construction will begin spring 2019 and be complete prior to Fall 2019 semester.

Project Name: Truax Bookstore/Duplicating Remodel

Overview: Accommodate additional programming from the Downtown Education Center (DTEC), provide necessary space for the college’s textbook rental program, and relocate the college duplication center from the second floor to space within the bookstore and adjacent to the loading dock.

Timeline: Construction will begin March 2019 with textbook rental complete by Thursday, May 30, electronics lab complete by Thursday, Aug. 15, and duplication complete in November 2019. 

Project Name: Truax Academic Advancement (AA) Offices

Overview: Reconfigure existing space adjacent to the A&S Office for AA staff relocating from DTEC to Truax.

Timeline: Construction will begin March 2019 and be complete prior to June 1, 2019.

Project Name: Truax Scholars of Promise

Overview: Reconfigure existing first floor space near TRiO to create a new permanent office. Scholars of Promise has moved to B1200 and is open for Spring semester. 

Timeline: To be determined.

Project Name: Renovate Truax Athletics Locker/Shower Rooms

Overview: The locker/shower rooms adjacent to the gymnasium, pool, and fitness center will be reconfigured and upgraded to better service students and meet current ADA standards.

Timeline: Project in design. Completion date to be determined.

Project Name: Truax Faculty Multimedia Studio

Overview: Reconfigure existing open workstations to create a multimedia studio within the existing Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) office area.

Timeline: Construction will begin May 2019 and be complete prior to Fall 2019 semester.

Project Name: Foundation Center — Consolidate Finance Department

Overview: Merge Finance, Payroll, and Purchasing Departments into a single connected area on the first floor of the Foundation Center.

Timeline: Construction will begin March 2019 and be complete June 1, 2019. 

Project Name: Truax - Convert Tennis Courts to Student Parking 

Overview: Reconstruct tennis court area into student parking with lights, landscaping, drainage and sidewalk along Wright St. the project may include rebuilding Straubel Street to the Robin Roberts baseball field.

Timeline: Construction will begin in summer 2019 and be complete prior to the fall semester.

 Please visit the college SharePoint site for more information including PDFs and updates.


Published December 7, 2018. Updated January 16, 2019.

Employment Services announces employer visits

Career and Employment Services announces the following employer visits:

  • Full Spectrum Health Services, Dec. 10, noon-2 p.m.
  • National Mutual Benefit, Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Home Depot, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Nedrebo's Formal Wear, Dec. 13, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Students are encouraged to stop by the table in the Truax Cafe Atrium during the scheduled times to talk to representatives about career opportunities.

Published December 5, 2018. Updated December 7, 2018.