Black & Brilliant Forum to be held Feb. 28

The Madison College Black Student Union (BSU) will hold its annual Black & Brilliant Forum. This year’s theme is "Mental and Physical Healthcare and the African American Community," with an emphasis on lack of access to affordable mental and physical healthcare and the criminalization of mental illness.    

This event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Madison College Truax Campus, Room D1630BC. Food will be served at 11:30 a.m. A panel discussion will begin at 12:30p.m.

For more information, contact the Madison College BSU via its advisors: 


Published February 15, 2019.

Transfer Week helps students explore options

Transfer Week, Feb. 18-21, is full of activities to help students explore their transfer options and connect with admission representatives from four-year institutions.  Below is a schedule of events for the week.    

  • Exploring Majors. Tuesday, Feb. 19, Truax, Transfer Center.  Students will explore career options and majors within Liberal Arts Transfer pre-majors.  
    • Arts and Humanities, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
    • Science, Technology and Math, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
  • What Should I Major In?  Wednesday, Feb. 20, 12–1 p.m., Truax, Transfer Center. Students will assess their interests and learn how to use online tools to explore majors.
  • College Spirit Day. Wednesday, Feb 20, all day. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to wear their alumni gear or favorite college gear.
  • Transfer Fair. Thursday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Truax, Cafeteria Mall. Students can get transfer advice and connect with admission representatives from four-year institutions.

Please encourage students to register for the events at the following link:

Questions?  Contact Student Development and Retention at 608.246.6076.

Published February 15, 2019.

Edgewood art faculty to visit Feb. 28

Edgewood College Art, Art and Design Teaching, Art Therapy, Art History and Graphic Design faculty will be at Truax Campus on Thursday, Feb 28, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Room D3631A, 3rd floor conference room in the School of Business and Applied Arts.

These Edgewood Art Dept faculty will answer questions about transfer, areas of study, financial aid and pathways. They will also review art work and portfolios. All are welcome to walk-in during these hours. Questions? Email Sarah at



Published February 15, 2019.

What's on the menu?

Here's what the Atrium Cafe will be serving Feb. 18-22.

Monday: Fried catfish, red beans and rice, collard greens, cornbread

Tuesday: Baked potato bar with assorted toppings

Wednesday: Grilled chicken with garlic caper sauce, wild rice pilaf, vegetable, roll

Thursday: Barbecued beef brisket, fries, slaw, Texas toast

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

Published February 15, 2019. Updated March 1, 2019.

Walk like a penguin

Slips, trips and falls are the most frequent incident type at Madison College, accounting for 62 percent of all incidents. This includes slips in icy parking lots, tripping while walking through an office or falls while using stairs. Safe walking surfaces for students and employees is important, especially when winter storms hit. Preventing slips, trips and falls during the winter does not take much effort. When walking on a snow and ice covered surface, remember these tips:

  • Wear proper footwear for better traction.
  • Walk like a penguin. Feet should be pointed slightly outward. This technique holds a person’s center of balance underneath them. 
  • Take slow, small steps.
  • The feet can be used as probes to detect possible slip, trip and fall hazards.
  • After an initial step, the feet should quickly be moved underneath the body to maintain balance.
  • Use rails or stable objects that you can hold onto.
  • If a fall occurs, protect the more vulnerable parts of the body which are the head, neck, and spine.
  • Carried items should not obstruct the view of a slippery surface about to be walked on.  

Tips for using salt and de-icers at home:

  • Mix ice-melt with an abrasive, such as sand. This mixture reduces salt on the pavement and provides traction.Spread ice-melt in layers. Spread a thin layer before a storm, then another light layer during the storm. Always apply any type of ice-melt to concrete, gently.
  • If the temperature is 5 degrees or warmer, regular rock salt is effective. Salt lowers the freezing point of water to five degrees.
  • Below 5 degrees, look for a salt blend containing calcium chloride. This compound can melt ice at -25 degrees.

To report a hazardous area or get more information, contact:

The Maintenance Hotline at 608.246.6030

The Custodial Hotline at 608.246.6020

Published February 14, 2019. Updated February 15, 2019.

Visit with the animals in the Vet Tech program

Visiting hours for the animals in the Veterinary Technician program will begin on Monday, Feb. 18. Exact hours are still being determined and will be listed outside the Vet Tech doors when finalized.

The first open house will be Thursday, Feb. 28, from 5-7 p.m. in Truax Room E1818.

Published February 13, 2019.

UW professor discusses quantum computing

The next presenter in the Spring 2019 STEM Center Speaker Series is UW professor Robert Joynt, who will talk about quantum computing and a new Master of Science degree program in Physics-Quantum Computing at UW-Madison. Joynt will speak Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room E2800 on the Truax Campus.

A complete list of STEM Speakers for the upcoming semester and videos of speakers from last semester can be found here.


Published February 13, 2019. Updated February 19, 2019.

Workshop series aims to help students succeed

Madison College’s Counseling and College Success Department is offering a workshop series intended to support student success.

Faculty and staff are asked to share information about these upcoming opportunities with students. For more information about the series, email

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Creating & Maintaining Balance
Truax Room D2609

Feel like you are stretched in 10 different directions? Attend this presentation to develop and enhance coping strategies and explore ways to prioritize your various life roles to create a healthier life balance. Students starting out on their college career or students wanting to tweak their habits further are encouraged to attend this workshop. Presented by counselor Gerard Xavier from the Counseling and College Success Department.

Thursday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Finding Valuable Resources—Campus, Community, Financial
Truax Room D1630C

Feel like you are on this journey alone? This workshop focuses on accessing and using campus and community-based resources to increase your level of well-being and success.

All students are encouraged to attend this workshop. Knowing what is available to you and how you can access resources is critical to your success. Presented by counselor Gerard Xavier from the Counseling and College Success Department.     

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Enhancing Your Study Skills
Truax Room D1630C

This workshop will focus on practical, ready-to-use study skills that can be easily incorporated into courses to improve learning.

This workshop can be taken by any one that may need a “refresher” of study skills to add to their current learning “tool box.” Presented by counselor Deb Olsen from the Counseling and College Success Department.

Published February 11, 2019. Updated February 13, 2019.

Madison College Bakery returns

The Madison College Bakery will open Monday, Feb. 11. Stop by to purchase Valentine's treats for a special someone.

The Valentine's week Store hours are:

  • Monday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Thursday, 9 a.m. until sold out.

Published February 8, 2019.

What's for lunch?

Here's a look at the Atrium Cafe lunch menu for the week of Feb. 11-15.

Monday: Beef burritos, rice, black beans

TuesdayChicken Parmesan, penne pasta, vegetable, garlic bread

Wednesday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetable, roll

Thursday: Barbecued chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, roll

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


Published February 8, 2019. Updated February 15, 2019.