Robotics & Automation Program Capstone Showcase is May 3

The Robotics & Automation (AMST) Program will hold its fourth annual Capstone Showcase Thursday, May 3  from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will feature demonstrations of the students’ automated robotic systems in action.

This year the program has eight Capstone projects. Students partnered with local and regional industry and employers to complete a "proof-of-concept" workcell. Each group designed, built and programmed a fully functional automated robotics system.    

Industry partners included: ECHO USA, Tormach Inc., Flambeau Plastics, Plastic Ingenuity, Sub-Zero & Wolf, Inc., TEEL Plastics, UW Crop Sciences Center, PANDATA and Madison College.

The eight projects range from CNC Machine tending, part inspection, and part handling, to assembly, packaging and automated bagging systems. All systems are integrated with robotics, machine vision, conveyors, PLCs, and HMIs. We will also be demonstrating the basics of Industry 4.0, by showcasing a cloud-based Microsoft Azure IIoT Dashboard and data collection system, displaying real-time data from one of the workcells.

The event is free and open to the public.

Published April 30, 2018.

Spring 2018 graduates present 'Shine' Portfolio show

The spring 2018 graduates from the Graphic Design, Visual Communications and Photography programs will host a portfolio showcase May 3 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Shine will be a presentation of their design, video, and photography projects for the public and Madison College community in Truax Room D1630B/C near the cafeteria mall. 

Attendees may RSVP by Facebook. 

Published April 30, 2018.

Spring Commencement Ceremony is Friday, May 11

Madison College announces the 2018 Spring Commencement Ceremony will be held Friday, May 11, at 5:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way in Madison.

Guests should arrive by 5:25 p.m, as the processional will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. The ceremony will last approximately two hours. There is no charge for admission or parking. 

This year’s ceremony offers a number of notable features. Faculty members in full academic regalia will lead the processions both in and out of the auditorium. Processional music will be performed by the Madison College Brass Quintet, while the recessional music will be performed by the Madison College World Drumming Ensemble along with alumni. The national anthem will be sung by student Evelyn Shields, and Herfrank Loyo will be the student speaker.

Students, family and friends are encouraged to use #mcgrads to post pictures and videos of this exciting milestone on social media.

There will be a live stream of the commencement available for those who cannot attend.


Published April 27, 2018. Updated May 16, 2018.

Southwest Plaza restoration project underway

Contractors have begun construction work at the south side of the administration building and pool.

This project includes removing the deteriorated brick privacy wall at the pool, replacing the adjacent site stair and handrail, new concrete sidewalks, new site lighting, regrading for drainage, new limestone retaining walls, new landscaping, waterproofing below grade at pool equipment room, sandblasting all exposed foundation and retaining walls, and new limestone wall and metal gates at childcare outdoor playground.

The construction project is set to be complete in July. 

Please refer to the staff and faculty SharePoint site for more information including PDFs and updates.

Published April 27, 2018. Updated May 2, 2018.

Cornille honors Kirchberg with Student Development and Success Outstanding Achievement Award

A note from Keith Cornille, executive vice president and chief student services officer:

Each year, my office recognizes a faculty or staff member in Student Development and Success for outstanding achievement in the field of student development.  The recipient is an individual who has demonstrated excellence in their work and commitment to the growth and development of students at Madison College.

This year, it is with great pleasure that I announce Doug Kirchberg as the 2018 recipient of the Madison College Award for Outstanding Achievement in Student Development and Success.

Kirchberg is a Senior Student Program Advisor with the Student Life Office. He is the lead advisor for The Clarion, the Madison College newspaper; The Yahara Journal, the college’s literary magazine; the new Clarion Radio station; and the Student Ambassador Program for the College.

A student nominator described Kirchberg as someone who “perfectly balances the tasks of helping students succeed and allowing them to learn from their mistakes.” The lead nominator stated that Doug has an “ongoing and continuous positive impact working with students and providing them with experiences that challenge and support their interest and passions.” A faculty nominator stated that Kirchberg's “passion for his work inspires our students” and the “constant and continual journalism awards for The Clarion reflect his high commitment to his job as advisor and helps students discover their own talents and gifts.”

The award was presented at the recent annual Student Development and Success staff luncheon at Madison College and the Annual Student Personnel Association (SPA) Awards Luncheon at UW-Madison. The luncheon is a joint award celebration between Madison College, Edgewood College and UW-Madison to honor our outstanding colleagues in the field of student development.

Please join me in congratulating and celebrating Doug for his unwavering commitment to students.

Keith Cornille

Executive Vice President/Chief Student Services Officer

Student Development & Success 


Published April 27, 2018. Updated April 30, 2018.

Fashion Marketing students to sell mannequins

Fashion Marketing Students will sell mannequins from the program at the Madison College Bookstore Tuesday, May 1, from 8-10 a.m. Half mannequins will be sold for $20, full mannequins for $35. Pick up is required at the time of purchase and no items will be held. 

Proceeds benefit the Fashion Marketing program. 

Published April 27, 2018.

Students to present in Honors Competition

The Spring 2018 Honors Program Competition will take place Friday, May 4, from 12-7 p.m. in Truax Room A2119. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Madison College Honors Program is a college wide, project-based program. Students work with an honors supervising faculty member over the course of a semester to develop an honors project within the faculty member’s discipline.  

As part of the Honors Program, an Honors Competition is held at the end of each semester, at which students present their honors projects to members of the Madison College community and a panel of judges. 

Winners will receive cash prizes and a trip to the next Upper Midwest Regional Honors Council Conference.

Published April 27, 2018. Updated May 4, 2018.

Interior Design students host portfolio showcase

The annual Portfolio Show will provide an opportunity for members of the Madison College community to meet the new Interior Design graduates and view their work.

Held Thursday, May 3, at the Truax Campus, the show is an open-house format event. Attendees may arrive between 4:30-7:30 p.m.

This event is for architecture and design industry professionals, as well as for community members and prospective students interested in learning more about the Interior Design program at Madison College.

Published April 27, 2018.

Recreation Management program celebrates new facilities

Program staff and students will host the grand opening of the new Recreation Management lab space at the Truax Campus, Room B2215, Friday, April 27, from 12-2 p.m.

There will be refreshments, demonstrations of the new equipment and networking opportunities with professionals in the fields of recreation, fitness and wellness.

The second-floor facilities include storage for equipment, faculty offices, exercise space and equipment, a fitness assessment technology room and client consultation room. Students in Recreation Management and Fitness and Wellness Specialist programs use the new lab.

Register for this free event through Eventbrite.

Published April 25, 2018.

Summit Credit Union to host 'Own Your Money' event

Join Madison College and Summit Credit Union at the Truax Campus, Room A2000, Thursday, April 26, for the Own Your Money event in the Student Achievement Center, Summit Credit Union Workshop room.

Enjoy free pizza, cupcakes, prizes, money tips and a quick room tour from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is not required.

Published April 24, 2018. Updated April 25, 2018.