Make a case for the Buckys new homes

Madison College faculty, staff and students played a big role in the Bucky on Parade initiative last year. Nine programs collaborated to get the 85 Bucky statues ready for the parade. Two statues, decorated by instructors Emmalee Pearson and Jeff DeWitt, will remain with the college.

Now it’s time to show them off and have some fun.

Think Bucky would look great in your department or program area? Let us know why. Employees are asked to meet all criteria when completing submissions. Please make a case for the Buckys' new homes. All submissions should be sent to Please include the following information:

  • Where would you place Bucky? (it must be inside our college buildings)
  • Why should your department or program have Bucky on display?
  • How would you connect Bucky to your department or program and tie him to your recruiting efforts?
  • What benefits would this offer the college?
  • How would you ensure Bucky’s safety (i.e. vandalism or theft)?

Visibility and access will be a primary consideration. Placement is not permanent.

Submit your suggestions by end-of-day May 24.

Published May 15, 2019.

Food Services summer hours announced

Food Services has announced their summer hours of operation, which are effective Monday, May 20-Friday, August 30. The hours for each food outlet are listed below:

  • Catering Services are available all summer
  • The Atrium Café’s hours are 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday. The sandwich and entree stations will be open during the normal summer hours. Breakfast from the entree station will be served 7:30 a.m.-10:30 and lunch from 11 a.m.-2 pm. The sandwich station will be open from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • The Atrium Coffee Shop’s hours are 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • The Health Education Building Café’s hours are 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Wednesday. The full Starbucks menu and Grab n' Go items are available. It is closed Thursdays and Fridays.

Published May 15, 2019. Updated May 24, 2019.

Mechanical Design Technology students exhibit creations

The Mechanical Design Technology second year program students are displaying their Team Design Projects in the Gateway, Wednesday, May 15, 8 a.m.-noon. This year's projects include a custom go-kart, an adaptive needs umbrella for a wheel chair, a sound and light system for a long board along with a custom vision system for a CNC machining center. Students will be on-hand to demonstrate and explain their project designs.


Published May 13, 2019.

Redsten Golf Classic coming up May 22 at The Oaks

The 24th annual Redsten Golf Classic will be held Wednesday, May 22, at The Oaks Golf Course. The Redsten Golf Classic honors the memory of Doug Redsten, who devoted 30 years to students and alumni as a teacher, coach and administrator. Proceeds from the event help fund student scholarships and program enhancements. Register for the tournament on Eventbrite.


Published May 13, 2019.

Check out the latest construction updates

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: 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.

2019 Projects:


Project Name: Summer 2019 Refresh Projects

Overview: Replace flooring, ceiling tiles and lights in main corridors at Truax, Commercial Avenue A & B and Watertown. Work includes paint at all locations.

Timeline: Work will begin on May 20 and be complete on June 28.

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: 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: 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 May 15, 2019 and be complete September 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 May 12, 2019. Updated July 19, 2019.

WRS Annual Statement of Benefits mailed

Each April, the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) provides employees who participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) an Annual Statement of Benefits. This year, ETF mailed the Statement of Benefits to each employee’s home address.

ETF prepares this statement as a summary of a member’s WRS pension account, including year-end balances, beneficiary designations and other important account information as of January 1, 2019.  Please review the WRS Annual Statement of Benefits to ensure that:

  • The reported earnings, years of creditable service and employee contributions are accurate. See Sections 1, 2, 3 and 4 of your statement. Contact HR Benefits with questions.



ETF tools are available to assist in understanding the Annual Statement of Benefits, including an interactive sample and frequently asked questions.


Published May 10, 2019.

Spring Commencement regalia ready for pickup

Regalia for the 2019 Spring Commencement must be picked up before Thursday, May 16, noon, in the shipping and receiving area. All regalia not picked up by that time will be transported to the coliseum. Please pick up the needed regalia to help the transportation process run smoother. Staff and faculty are thanked for their consideration. 


Published May 10, 2019.

Innovation Award recipients announced

The Madison College Innovation/Research & Development request process allows faculty and staff to submit promising new ideas, methods, product developments or opportunities that support the college's mission. Several Innovation Awards have been approved this year, including:

Culinary/Cafeteria Biodigester for Composting

The Culinary program and Food Services collectively produce 200-300 lbs. of compostable material a day. Currently, that waste is deposited into the landfill. Their Innovation Award is being used to purchase a biodigester, which allows them to compost that waste. The biodigester will reduce the college's carbon footprint and garbage disposal costs. 

Award Amount: $34,000

Mindset for Success Course

Lynea LaVoy, Lynn Baldwin and Jill Huizenga, instructors from the School of Business and Applied Arts, identified a need to help students gain key entrepreneurial thinking skills. Their Innovation Award was used to develop a Mindset for Success course that can be used for credit, non-credit, and business/industry courses. The course effectively delivers the Ice House Student Success program designed to equip students with perseverance and determination.

Award Amount: $6,000

Anna Purnell, an Arts and Sciences instructor, identified a gap in helping students find inspiration in their research topics. This Innovation Award is being used to develop the framework for a learning game that guides students down different brainstorming paths to identify topics that align with their interests and increase engagement with the topic.

Award Amount: $40,000

To see other approved projects and proposals or to submit a proposal, visit the Innovation Fund SharePoint.

Published May 10, 2019.

What's on the menu?

Here's a look at the Atrium Cafe menu for May 13-17.

Monday: Lasagna with meat sauce or marinara, garlic bread and mixed greens in housemade vinaigrette 

Tuesday: Pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, Texas toast

Wednesday: Chicken tikka masala, jasmine rice, vegetable, naan 

Thursday: Pot roast with gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetable, roll

Friday: Beer-battered cod, fries, coleslaw, roll

Published May 10, 2019.

Volunteer Center celebrates non-traditional students

Student leaders from the Volunteer Center are hosting an end-of-semester celebration for non-traditional students on Thursday, May 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Truax Gateway. This event will celebrate the achievements and the overcoming of barriers of all non-traditional students. The event will feature family-friendly activities such as face painting and board games (children are welcome to attend). A free taco salad bar will be served.     

Volunteers are needed to help this event run smoothly. If you are interested in volunteering please sign up on signup genius.



Published May 10, 2019.