Matters is moving to the new modern Intranet in SharePoint. The Matters site will no longer be accessible after 12/19/19.

Please contact Kristin Polywacz with any questions.

Veterans Appreciation Week schedule announced

Veterans Appreciation Week events schedule:

  • Monday, Nov. 11: Thank you card display and Operation Pack-a-Bag, a collection of winter clothing items for homeless veterans.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12: Diane's Diner Veterans Appreciation Lunch (12-2 p.m.) Space is limited. Sign up with

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13: Vets Club Meet and Greet and National Guard Pull-Up Challenge from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Intercultural Center.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14: Annual Veterans Day celebration from 1-2:30 p.m. at Truax, Room D1630. Keynote: Karyn German.

  • Friday, Nov. 15: Vets Club and National Guard Pull-ups and Pizza from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Goodman South Campus in TRIO/Student Life.

Published November 6, 2019. Updated November 11, 2019.

Employees invited to this month's Chef Series

Join the Entrepreneurship Center for November's Madison College Chef Series. Yia Vang, founder of Union Hmong Kitchen, will be presenting on Monday, Nov. 13.

This will be an exciting talk and culinary presentation, presented by The Vollrath Company and hosted by Kyle Cherek, who is a culinary historian, food essayist and 11-year host of the Emmy Award-winning television show Wisconsin Foodie on PBS.

  • When: Wed, Nov. 13.
  • Time: 5-8 p.m.
  • Where: Truax Campus, Room B1285.

Click here to purchase tickets.


Published November 6, 2019. Updated November 11, 2019.

Madison College Foundation seeks volunteers

The Madison College Foundation invites employees to participate in the spring 2020 scholarship application review process. The process runs Monday, Dec.9-Monday, Dec. 23. This is a vital part of the scholarship scoring process, help is needed and appreciated.

The entire review process is handled online through the scholarship management system. This allows reviewers to score applications at their convenience.

The process is a unique and rewarding opportunity to appreciate the diverse backgrounds of students. The applications include personal stories and future goals.

Contact Meghan Garlow-Urban with questions and to confirm participation.

Published November 6, 2019.

Faculty rate FQAS Courses

A new report provides a glimpse of what faculty members are saying about their experience in the initial Faculty Quality Assurance System courses. For four years, participants were asked to provide feedback at the end of each course:

  • Course Design and Assessment
  • Data and Evidence Analysis
  • Embracing Diversity
  • Student Success and Behavior Management
  • Teaching Methods and Technology

Designed using SurveyMonkey and deployed in spring 2016, data collection relied on facilitators to share the survey link with participants over a four-year period (2016-2019).


  • 1,082 faculty responses were received out of 2,817 total attendees (38.4%)
    • Of those responding, 60% were part-time and 37% were full-time faculty
    • 25% of the courses were offered online and 75% were face-to-face

Courses were rated in terms of their overall value. In general, attendees found the FQAS courses of high or very high value. On a scale of one to five, most ranked the overall value as four or five.

Other Questions Asked:

  • Rate the following concepts covered in this course (this is unique to each course).
  • The feedback provided by the instructor was constructive and useful.
  • How will you apply what you learned?

The majority of opinions are positive and responses indicate facilitators provided constructive and useful feedback to attendees.

Dr. Shawna Carter, associate vice president-Strategic Academic Initiatives, led the charge to assess the effectiveness of the courses. She said that it is important to assess the value professional development FQAS courses provide faculty at Madison College. Faculty are committed to FQAS and we need to be committed to providing high quality experiences.

With the upcoming FQAS curriculum review, this survey will sunset in fall 2019.

The full report, including links to faculty ratings of individual course competencies, is published as an Assessment Project in SharePoint.

For more information or question, please email Robin Nickel.

Published November 6, 2019.

Employer comes to Truax

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

  • Covance, Thursday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-noon.


Published November 4, 2019.

Students celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Madison College students celebrate Dia de los Muertos at South and Truax Campuses. In collaboration with Magdalena Coll-Carbonell's Spanish course at the South Campus and the United Common Ground student group at Truax, students had the opportunity learn about the Mexican tradition, build and contribute to altars at both campuses and decorate sugar skulls.

Day of the Dead, otherwise known as Día de los Muertos, is a multi-day holiday celebrated annually in Mexico on the first two days of November. Principally a celebration of both life and death in which families commemorate their deceased loved ones, it finds its roots in Mexican culture, although its popularity nowadays is widespread. Día de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink and parties. The deceased are often honored with sugar skulls, marigolds and their favorite foods.

If you have ideas or would like to develop a class project or event along the theme of cultural awareness, diversity education, social justice issues and global citizenship, contact Ro Encizo at the Intercultural Exchange to discuss ways to collaborate and/or simply reserving the space.

Published November 4, 2019.

Kick Off Week a huge success

The Combined Charitable Campaign Kick Off Week was a huge success. Thank you to all who volunteered and or participated in Hope Floats, the 50/50 raffle and voted for your favorite chili. The on-campus events during Kick Off Week raised over $1,500 for our students and local communities. The 50/50 raffle winner (drawn by Kristin Rolling in the President’s Office) was Ali Zarrinnam, who graciously donated his prize back to the campaign. The VP Chili Challenge winner, Lucia Nunez, won with her spicy Cuban chili recipe. 

A big thank you to those who have pledged to the campaign using the epledge site. The campaign is off to a great start with over 50 donors and over $12,000 in contributions. We are well on our way to reaching our $76,000 goal. 

Please remember to keep an eye out for information on our upcoming November events.

“Give a little, help a lot”.

Published November 4, 2019. Updated November 11, 2019.

Benefits Committee seeks two new members

The Madison College Benefits Committee is interested in recruiting two new members. Membership with the Benefits Committee is a long-term commitment. Applications must be submitted no later than Monday, Nov. 11, by 4:00 p.m. There is no set term to serve on this committee. 

For questions and to receive an application, please contact Barb Meyer.

Published November 4, 2019.

CETL Connections Presentations

The CETL Connections Series (Connections) is a shared way for employees to learn from each other while exploring ideas and information surrounding technology, innovative software, effective teaching techniques, leadership, new trends and more. Participants can bring a lunch and enjoy snacks provided by CETL.

Those interested Connections events can register via Madison College Learn. Pre-registration is strongly appreciated.    

CETL Connections: Fostering an Inclusive College Community - Pronouns Matter

Thursday, Nov. 7, noon-1 p.m., Room C2408

Attend this panel discussion and Q&A to gain an understanding of gender pronouns and how to communicate effectively and inclusively with all college community members. Those attending are invited to offer their questions, concerns and insights while learning from their peers.

The panelists include:

  • Sociology Faculty and Gender & Women’s Studies Co-Coordinator, Autumn Behringer
  • Sociology Faculty and Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Advisor, Victor Raymond
  • Students, Shea Hintz and Noah Delamater

FQAS Continuing Professional Development Category: Student Success or Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

CETL Connections: Reflections on an Interior Design Service-Learning Project 

Thursday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m.-noon, Room B3230

If you enjoy feel-good stories and amazing interior design makeovers, this CETL Connections presentation is for you. “Design for a Difference” is the first-ever community driven movement that brings socially conscious interior designers and businesses together to makeover local charities’ spaces. This year the DFAD Madison group chose the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center as the recipient. Interior Design Instructor Emili Spencer will share the experience of the Madison College Student DFAD team, who redesigned the youth recreational areas of the community center.

FQAS Continuing Professional Development Category: Student Success or Instructional Effectiveness




Published November 4, 2019. Updated November 11, 2019.

Order Thanksgiving baked items now

The Baking and Decorative Arts program will host the annual Thanksgiving sale. There will be homemade pies, quick breads and dinner rolls.

Prepaid order forms are available at The Bakery (Truax, Room C1416) during regular open hours. Orders must be prepaid with cash or credit/OneCard and turned in at The Bakery between Tuesday, Nov. 5 and Wednesday, Nov. 13.

The Bakery hours for the fall semester:   

  • Monday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Tuesday 12-2 p.m. (Breads Day)
  • Wednesday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Orders must be picked up:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 26: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 27: 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Published November 4, 2019. Updated November 6, 2019.