Windows 10 migration for faculty and staff continues

Technology Services is working on the Microsoft Windows 10 deployment to faculty and staff. With 79 percent completed thus far, the project goal is to complete upgrades by the end of semester break. 

There are a few ways for faculty and staff to help the process run smoothly. As the team is working diligently to schedule the remaining upgrades before the end of the semester, those who have not yet recieved the upgrade should watch for the invitation from the project mailbox (Windows 10 Phase III Project) and accept the scheduled upgrade. It is important for instructors to accept the upgrade before May 18. The invitation contains information needed to prepare for the upgrade; the upgrade itself will take place after hours by the deployment team, so being present for it is unnecessary. 

When the machine is upgraded, the team will leave a Windows 10 Quick Reference Guide at the desk to help with initial questions. Additionally, an individual from the team wil be in the area the morning after to address any immediate issues. 

Frequently asked questions may be answered here. All training will be provided by CETL for Windows 10/Office 2016. This can be done online via the Atomic Learning site (now called Hoonuit). Please reach out to CETL with any additional training requests or assistance. 

Published May 7, 2018.

WomenLEAD meets fundraising goal

WomenLEAD is pleased to announce that the student leaders have met fundraising goals to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at the University of Maryland, College Park. Many of them have additionally applied and recieved partial or full scholarship to cover the registration cost. 

The student leaders will be leaving May 30 and returning June 3. Lucía Nuñez will be leading the group at the conference, which will feature many opportunities including interacting with more than 80 different colleges and employer representatives at the career and graduate fair, presentations from keynote speakers, and participating in workshops focusing on leadership, professional development, activism, women's issues, identity and diversity. 

This year's featured speaker is Tarana Burke, social justice activist and founder of the #MeToo Movement. The student leaders wish to thank those who supported fundraising effort to attend this conference. 

Please contact Masaya Xiong or Lucía Nuñez to learn more about WomenLEAD or with questions about the conference.

Published May 7, 2018.

Veteran Resource Services to commemorate vets

In honor of May being Military Appreciation Month, Veteran Resource Services would like to highlight those who have served by displaying pictures and biographies of faculty and staff who are veterans. This also shows student veterans that other vets have become prosperous and valuable members of society.

Information should include:

  • Photo
  • Branch of service
  • Degree earned
  • Subject taught/position held

Please send biographies to Allan Locia

Published May 7, 2018.

Mechanical Design Technology program to showcase student projects

The Mechanical Design Technology program will hold its annual Student Project Fair Wednesday, May 9, from 12-1 p.m. The event is open to the entire college community and public, located in the MDT Suite, Truax Room A2108-A2114. 

Published May 7, 2018.

Madison College, Edgewood College to ink articulation agreements

Officials from Madison College and Edgewood College will formalize two agreements that will benefit transfer students from both schools. The agreements will be signed during a brief ceremony 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 11, in the Intercultural Exchange area at Madison College’s Truax Campus.

The first is a reverse transfer agreement that allows students who have transferred from Madison College to Edgewood College to receive credits for classes taken there who wish to return to Madison College to receive their associate degree. The second is a dual-degree agreement that will facilitate a smooth and successful transition for international students from Madison College to Edgewood College, offering them an opportunity to earn their associate and bachelor’s degrees in as few as four years.

Dr. Todd Stebbins, dean of Madison College’s School of Arts and Sciences, says the agreements continue a rich tradition of partnering with institutions that share Madison College’s commitment to student success. “It’s a commitment that focuses on academic rigor, experiential learning and the development of critical thinking, creative problem-solving and interpersonal skills,” he said.


Published May 4, 2018.

Register for summer’s Process Improvement Applied Training Series

Registration for the Process Improvement Applied Training summer series is open to staff, faculty and administrators. This series is an introduction to and application of continuous improvement concepts and Lean tools.

The goal is to empower employees with tools and techniques to improve how we accomplish our work at Madison College.

Training dates (six sessions in series): Tuesdays 9-11 a.m.

  • June 12 - Your manager is also required to attend the first hour.
  • June 19
  • June 26
  • July 17
  • July 24
  • July 31
  • Aug. 16 - Graduation from 9-10:30 a.m.

You will apply concepts to an actual project and see real results. Help will be provided – from selecting an appropriate project to individual coaching throughout the project life cycle (even after the training is completed). Visit the SharePoint site for more details and to register.

Keep in mind:

  • Registration is open until Friday, May 25.
  • You will receive a short pre-work PowerPoint after you register.
  • A meeting is required before the training with the facilitator and your manager to choose a project (the pre-work PowerPoint explains this).

Questions? Contact Kristin Polywacz for more information.


Published May 4, 2018. Updated May 16, 2018.

Center for Printing Arts holds spring Pop-up sale

Handmade goods designed and produced by students at the Center for Printing Arts are for sale today until 3 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the hallway by the Truax cafeteria. The Pop-Up will offer candles, bath bombs, car kits, t-shirts, paper plants, cards, posters and notebooks, proceeds of which will go to support students and help cover printing material costs. 

Published May 2, 2018.

Darboe named Student Representative to the District Board

The students of Madison College have elected their Student Representative to the District Board. 

Ousman Darboe was elected by a district-wide vote to serve as the representative for the 2018-19 academic year. Originally from Gambia, Ousman now resides in Madison and is an accounting student at the Truax Campus. 

Most recently, he has served as the President of the African Students Association, a voting member on the Student Activities Funding Board and the vice-president of Finance for the Clubs Executive Leadership Team.      

The Student District Board member represents a student voice on the Board, and is expected to attend District Board meetings and retreats.  Ousman is expected to express opinions and preferences on votes taken during regularly scheduled district business meetings, and report to the Student Senate and Student Activities Board on a monthly basis.  

Ousman will replace Alex Hipler and will begin his term on July 1, 2018.  More information about Ousman can be found at the Link.

For more information, contact Renee Alfano, or call 608-243-4539. 

Published May 2, 2018. Updated May 4, 2018.

PTK announces Distinguished Teachers of 2018

The Madison College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for Two-Year Colleges has announced Charles Benton, Ph.D., Natalie Pinkovitz, (full-time), Jan Schaefer (part-time), and Jennifer Gavinski, Ph.D., (regional campuses) have been selected as the 2018 Distinguished Teachers of the Year by the Madison College student body. The faculty were recognized at the Celebration of Student Success Banquet Thursday, April 26.

Benton teaches anatomy and physiology. He has taught at Madison College for 10 years. He also serves as a mentor for students in the Minority Male Mentoring Scholars Program and is co-coordinator of the WiscAMP Scholars Program focused on increasing the number of students of color who pursue a degree in STEM fields.

Pinkovitz teaches mathematics. She created all of her lessons and class materials from scratch in an effort to reform students’ experiences in the mathematics classroom. Pinkovitz also works in the Student Achievement Center every week as a tutor, advisor and mentor to students.

Schaefer teaches part-time in the Physical Education program and has taught at Madison College for more than 20 years. She developed a research-based core curriculum for physical education courses and assisted with the expansion of P.E. courses at the West Campus

Gavinski is a full-time instructor in the biology department of the School of Arts and Sciences.  She has taught anatomy and physiology at the Reedsburg Campus for the past two years.

Members of student body received a ballot that included more than 25 full and part-time and eight regional campus faculty who had been recognized as a PTK Golden Apple recipient or nominated by students during the 2017-2018 academic year. Over 200 students voted in this year's survey. After reviewing information submitted by the finalists, feedback from students and the votes, the PTK executive board made the final decision. 



Published May 2, 2018.

Applications for membership on Shared Governance Councils are due Friday

Applications for membership on Shared Governance Councils are due no later than 4 p.m. Friday, May 4.

This is a separate and distinct process from the ongoing at-large College Assembly elections. It is the second major step in populating the Shared Governance system.  Anyone can apply to become a member of a council. Councils will make important recommendations on specific issues to the College Assembly. Selection processes and application materials are found in SharePoint, on the Madison College webpage, or via the College Assembly email.

Everyone is encouraged to apply for membership on a council.  The college needs council members with interests and/or expertise related to the council’s charge.  

Update on At-Large College Assembly Elections

In regard to the election for employee and regional representatives to the College Assembly, more than 400 votes were cast as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 1. Anyone who hasn't voted yet is asked to search their Outlook inbox for an email from IRE and vote.  

Published May 1, 2018. Updated May 2, 2018.