First ever Veterans Stress Reduction Luncheon

The Veterans Resource Team is hosting their first ever Veterans Stress Reduction Luncheon Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Truax room B3253.

Information and/or representatives from local gyms, animal therapy groups and other businesses and organizations - all designed to provide healthy living and reduce stress - will be in attendance. There also will be tire flipping.

Assistance with VA Health Care enrollment will be available.

Think you have what it takes? Come out and show us what you've got.

Questions? Contact Sabrina Madison.

PRSA-Madison names Heyer ‘Communicator of the Year’

Cary Heyer, director of Communications and Strategic Marketing, has been named the Public Relation Society of America-Madison chapter’s Communicator of the Year. The award is given to an individual who has exemplified superb consensus-building and two-way conversation skills, issues communications skills and participation in debates or other dialogue important to any south-central Wisconsin issue, crisis, cause or event.

President of PRSA-Madison Kara O’Keefe said Heyer was chosen for the honor, presented at the chapter’s annual Alchemy Awards dinner, “by an overwhelming vote.” 

Among the accomplishments cited by the selection committee were leading the integration of two separate units – communications/public relations and marketing – at Madison College, his work as an IBPS facilitator and Fellow, serving as a discussion leader at the Rotary Club of Madison’s annual Ethics Symposium and his mentorship and advocacy on behalf of the profession.

Past Communicator of the Year recipients include Wayne Larivee, voice of the Green Bay Packers; Stephanie Klett, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism; Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council; and Governor Tommy Thompson.

Textbook adoptions

As mid-terms approach, Spring 2016 textbook adoptions are due by Sunday, Nov. 1. It is critical that the bookstore gets as many adoptions entered as quickly as possible.


  • Enrollment dates
    Continuing student registration begins on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The sooner information about course books and materials is available, the better.
  • Buyback
    The bookstore must confirm what books will be used in the spring to insure inclusion in our buyback period. The quantities of books bought from students, as well as the paid value, are determined by the adoptions received.
  • Rentals
    This popular option requires timely adoptions. Many factors must be considered to determine the best rental candidates, including how many adoptions are received.
  • Used books
    The sooner orders are placed, the better the chances of securing used copies for students.
  • Returns
    Knowing what will be re-used determines what books are sent back to publishers and what can be kept for spring.

Ready to adopt?

Use the Online Textbook Adoption System (instructions also are available online.)

Faculty members that have used the system before should have a “history” available after login. If using the same textbooks, simply “copy” them from a previous term. For first-time users, a “history” will be available as a future record after creating an account and starting adoptions.

Paper adoptions are still accepted. Blank forms are available online. Complete the form and send to the bookstore via interdepartment mail or by emailing the form to the Campus Bookstore.

Questions? Contact Mike Panten.

Wolfpack Techies repair your computer for free

Wolfpack Techies, a free computer repair service at the Truax campus (Room C2445), is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

If your personal computer is running slow or the hard drive is making a funny noise, bring it in to the Wolfpack Techies.

Can't make the open hours? Call (608) 246-6805 to make an appointment.

Reception for visiting faculty from the Netherlands

Join the Center for International Education for a reception welcoming two visiting faculty exchange membersTuesday, Oct. 20, from 9:30-11 a.m. in the CETL office (Truax B2208). Drop in for coffee, tea, or snacks and introduce yourself to our exchange visitors.

Both are from technical colleges in the Netherlands and come to Madison through the college’s participation in an annual faculty exchange program. They will be hosted by Madison College faculty members and will themselves host Madison College faculty for a reciprocal visit in May 2016.

Nina Mulder – Mulder is an IT instructor at DaVinci College in Leerdam. Her areas of focus include information technology support, service and design. She is also a registered counselor and provides support for students with autism and other special needs. She will be jointly hosted by Ana Turk, Allie Berenyi and Annette Kornell.

Gerardus Johannes – Johannes is an instructor of construction installation at Summa College in Eindhoeven. His areas of focus include the fundamentals of plumbing, heating and renewable energy technologies. He will be hosted by Katherine Cahir, Madison College construction program.

Madison College supports annual faculty exchange programs as a means for faculty to gain international perspectives on teaching and learning in their fields of study, and to explore opportunities for institutional partnership.

Applications for the ICISP exchange program are announced each spring. A competitive selection process and field of study matching are used to select participants. Each participant will use CETL professional development funds towards the cost of their exchange and are personally responsible for all additional expenses.

Advising is a community effort

Every time a student asks how to enroll or a community member inquires about the programs Madison College offers, your answer plays a crucial role in college advising.

Student Development and Success presents Levels of Advising, a video series on college advising. The first set of videos covers information that can be answered by all college staff. These videos work to ensure all college staff members have the information needed to provide an answer instead of a referral, as needed.

Think of advising as a layered approach, rather than a standalone part of student support.

  • LEVEL 1: All college staff
    Level 1 advising is the largest layer of advising due to the type and frequency of questions, as well as the number of staff able to perform this type of advising.

  • LEVEL 2: Faculty and career advisors
    Faculty advisors in level 2 provide information regarding transfer opportunities, future majors and course selection. For more information on faculty advising, visit the Transfer Center website.
    Interested in becoming a faculty advisor? Contact Carlotta Calmese or Kevin Piper.

  • LEVEL 3: Professional advisors
    The professional advisors in level 3 include academic, retention and transition advisors among others. This group works with students on educational planning, admission requirements and course selection, as well as graduation requirements and career planning.

The videos currently available are for level 1 advising only. Check for updates in Matters as additional series are added.

Questions? Contact Audra Cooke.

Combined Charitable Campaign

Fostering success within our communities is a fundamental element of Madison College’s mission. It’s time to walk our talk and give back to the communities we serve by contributing to this year’s Combined Charitable Campaign. Dr. Daniels’ goal is 100 percent employee participation in this effort. Though 100 percent participation may seem to be a stretch, getting there will be easy if we bear this year’s campaign slogan in mind: “Give a little, help a lot!” If everyone gives even a modest amount, we can make a huge difference in the lives of those who need a helping hand in the communities we serve.

Donating has never been easier. Simply fill out the pledge form you receive via internal mail OR, for the first time ever, visit our Combined Charitable Campaign donation web-page. (You will use your full email – all lower caps – for your login and your employee ID is your password.)

Monday, Oct. 19, is the start of this year’s campaign, which will continue through Dec. 19. You will receive a pledge form via internal mail soon. If you return your pledge by Nov. 7, your name will be entered into the “Early Bird Raffle” for a chance at some great prizes. Also, all service registers (cafeteria, coffee shop, bookstore and salon) are equipped to receive one dollar donations at the touch of a button. Please consider the many ways you can contribute to helping others who depend upon the support of United Way-affiliated agencies.

Thursday, Nov. 19, marks the inaugural “Give Thanks” event during which the winner of the Early Bird Raffle will be announced. There will be a silent auction and many other opportunities to get great deals while contributing to a worthy cause! If you are able to donate prizes or are willing to volunteer your time for this first-time event, please contact Chelsey Bowers (x6717) or Jill Spilde (x6037).

Your participation will make this year’s campaign one for the history books! Show our community why we’re “Madison College proud!” 

Family Halloween party features movie Hotel Transylvania

Wednesday, Oct. 21, families are invited to come to Truax C2408 from 5-8 p.m. for a Halloween party screening of Hotel Transylvania, an animated film featuring the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Steve Buscemi.

Kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes! All Madison College students, staff and guests welcome.

Get along swimmingly at the family pool party, Oct. 16

From 6-7:30 p.m., families are invited to swim together in the Truax pool Friday, Oct. 16. After swimming hours, from 7:30-8:30 p.m., there will be a pizza party held in room A2029.

All Madison College students, staff and guests are welcome!

FQAS Data, Evidence and Program Analysis workshop

All full and part-time faculty are invited to attend the Faculty Quality Assurance System (FQAS) Data, Evidence and Program Analysis workshop Friday, Nov. 20, from 9-11:30 a.m. in Truax Room B3230. 

Future sessions will run each semester, during convocation and online.

This course meets the FQAS Data and Evidence Analysis requirement for all faculty.
Participants explore a variety of data analysis tools used for evidence based decision making and program improvement. Analyze data related to student satisfaction, program health and employment trends.

Use the College’s Cognos data warehouse to complete a customized program analysis, including:

1) Program applications, admissions and enrollment trends.
2) Success by instruction mode, campus, gender, age and ethnicity.
3) Goals for moving forward.

You must have Cognos access in order to attend this course.
Complete the Cognos Access form, have it signed by your supervisor and submit it to Alissa Tambone no later than Friday, Nov. 13.

Register, or look under “Quick Links" for the “Register for CETL Events” on the CETL home page. The workshop will be found under the “FQAS Initial Requirements” category.

Questions about the course? Contact Robin Nickel at (608) 246-6413.