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The Truax Mail Center, Room B1253, is offering free paper clips and binder clips. Stop at the window from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., weekdays. The Mail Center will continue to recycle and repurpose items whenever possible. Bring any extra inter-office envelopes so they can be redistributed to areas in need.

 

 

Published August 12, 2019. Updated August 19, 2019.

Volunteers needed for Combined Charitable Campaign

Madison College is proud to support each year the Combined Charitable Campaign to benefit a number of charities in the district. In 2018, college employees raised nearly $48,000 for a variety of charities, including the college’s Foundation. The greatest hope is to increase the level of participation and raise the bar even higher by bringing all faculty and employees together for the greater good. To achieve this year’s goal, a league of extraordinary planning committee members with big hearts who are committed to this cause and the served communities is needed.

Committee members will bear several important responsibilities:

  • Contributing time and expertise at meetings and functions (between two and four hours per month for meeting attendance; time commitment might increase closer to event dates)
  • Soliciting others for their help/assistance/contributions
  • Endorsing and promoting fundraising events
  • Assisting with events as needed
  • Serving as an ambassador/liaison for the campaign


Those interested in volunteering to be part of the Combined Charitable Campaign planning committee, please reach out to Jennifer Zarrinnam or Jennie May by Friday, August 16.

Published August 9, 2019.

Climate change in Wisconsin event coming up

The Madison College Retiree Association will host Bob Lindmeier Monday, September 9 at 9 a.m. in the Protective Health building Room 211. Lindmeier will share about the impact of climate change in Wisconsin. The Retiree Association invites current faculty and staff, those who are newly retired and those close to retirement. A full breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. and the program begins at 9:30 a.m.

To participate in this event, please register here. In addition, those interested can see the full fall schedule here.

Published August 9, 2019.

College launches online newsroom

Madison College has a new location for college news, announcements and feature stories about faculty, staff and students. Madisoncollege.edu/news also allows a web presence for news stories from outside media sources.

The online newsroom offers the ability to share stories and highlight successes to the media, community and prospective students on the Madison College public website.

Online newsrooms reflect current best practices for higher education websites. They provide a starting point for reporters to find news releases, images and media contact information. Users can search for specific content, browse announcements and features by date or topic.

Any stories that previous appeared on the Madison College Medium site will now be in the newsroom. The Medium site will be deactivated this week.

The page will go live Tuesday, Aug. 6.

 

Published August 5, 2019. Updated August 7, 2019.

Want to add more innovation to courses?

Madison College is hosting a Regional Workshop sponsored by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) this fall. Register today for "Ignite, Inspire, and Innovate: Integrating Innovation Into Today’s College Courses." The workshop is Friday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Truax, Room D1630. The workshop offers the following:

  • An introduction to design thinking
  • Becoming more aware of the tools and techniques used by the world’s leading designers
  • Gaining an understanding of how faculty can enhance and model innovative mindsets
  • Learning a step-by-step approach to applying innovative thinking to coursework
  • Learning seven distinct ways to brainstorm with students

 
For more information and to register visit the NISOD website.

Contact Carly Brady or Tina Rettler-Pagel with questions.

 

Published August 5, 2019.

Follow these steps to protect college and personal data

Understanding the risk cybercrime poses is a first step to embracing cyber security. Taking personal responsibility on what information is provided, using caution in suspicious situations and contacting the proper person if an incident occurs are also important.

Here are some tips to reduce risks at work and home: 

  • Complete the Madison College IT Security Awareness Training annually. It includes viewing scenario-based videos and answering questions based on those scenarios. The training is an effective refresher and once completed, employees receive a free treat at the Atrium Café.  
  • Use an alphanumeric combination of characters and special characters when creating passwords.  
  • Never log in to websites and applications (apps) using social a media login from Facebook, Google, etc. If employee data is compromised, the attacker may have two login credentials instead of one.
  • Use a password vault and not just the password manager included in most major browsers.
  • Change passwords regularly for sites that contain the most sensitive data such as, Workday, bank or credit card sites. Experts recommend changing passwords every 1-3 months. Some password vaults can change passwords with only a few mouse clicks or finger taps.
  • Manage social media settings to protect private information. Criminals use social engineering, often based on shared content from social media platforms to deceive people, such as claiming to be Nigerian royalty wanting to share their fortune if money is sent to them first.
  • Strengthen home and public networks by choosing the proper settings. For example, WiFi security can be strengthened by creating a password instead of using the default password. Employees can also disable the guest network option.
  • When traveling, employees should consider using a Virtual Private Network or virtual Desktop Infrastructure instead of using the public or open WiFi to access private data. Madison College uses a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure called VMware with dual authentication via smartphone app or text message.
  • Keeping software updated is critical for Windows based operating systems and security software. New exploits are found daily. Doing day one updates is a personal preference, but employees should not be more than three versions behind. The college’s Technology Services department does this for all computers owned by the district. At home personal responsibly is vital when updating a computer. Employees should only download from a reliable website, such as updates found when running Microsoft’s update software.


Victims of a cybercrime must take action. The action taken varies based on the situation. The following is a start:

  • Employees should contact the vendor (e.g., bank or credit-card company) to alert them that their personal data may have been compromised. Every major online vendor has a fraud hotline.
  • Change the password(s) for the effected site(s) or app(s) if possible.  
  • Employees should freeze their credit with the three major credit bureaus and monitor for suspicious activity.

Published August 5, 2019.

Develop men of excellence this fall

The Men of Excellence (MoE) mentoring program begins this fall. The program’s purpose is to increase the completion rate of African-American and Latino males at Madison College. This will be done via quality engagement sessions and strategic interactions provided by academic success coaches and faculty mentors. There will be 30 African-American and 30 Latino students recruited. This initiative is vital because African-American and Latino males are not achieving similar levels of academic success as other populations at Madison College. MoE is in need of 60 faculty mentors and all are welcome to apply.

The time commitment for mentoring is 2-5 hours per month. Mentors are involved in one or more of the following ways:

  • Teaching a college success course
  • Exposing students to their discipline and current academic projects
  • Presenting as a guest speaker during group sessions
  • Guided research or service learning 


Mentoring is conducted through the existing Scholars of Color Mentoring program. Contact Jeff Galligan with questions.

Published August 2, 2019. Updated August 26, 2019.

Temporary telephone service outage begins Aug. 7

Technology Services is upgrading the call manager system Wednesday, Aug. 7, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. The upgrade takes place on the current call manager system and will cause a temporary, college-wide outage in telephone service. Employees working during the upgrade will not hear a dial tone from their phones. If issues with the telephone systems occur, please try again. 

Contact the Help Desk at 608.246.6666 if issues are encountered after the upgrade. 

Published August 2, 2019.

Spend money, save money at the bookstore

The Madison College Bookstore Loyalty program rewards returning customers by offering 5% back in reward points for certain purchases made in-store or online. The points are redeemed online for gift cards or in-store by presenting a ONE-Card or a student/employee ID number. The loyalty program offers many benefits such as, a birthday coupon, emails about upcoming events and sales, buyback alerts and more. 

Listed below are the details of the program:

  • Students and employees earn .05 for every one dollar spent online or in-store.  
  • The student ID/Employee ID number is the loyalty account number. 
  • Students and employees can register online or in-store for free. Customers immediately accrue points online after sign up.     
  • Points are earned with select purchases (some exclusions may apply).
  • To earn points for online purchases, customers must be logged into their accounts (using their Madison College username and password) before check out. Customers must also be sure that their student ID/employee ID is attached to their online profiles. A purchase made without logging into an account is not eligible for reward points.  
  • For in store purchases, customers must present a ONE-CARD or tell Bookstore staff their student ID/employee ID number (loyalty number) prior to payment.   
  • Points can only be earned on personal purchases. Department charges do not earn points. 
  • Points may take up to 14 days to be recorded in the system.   
  • Customer points remain active for 1,825 days. Customers receive an email notification when points near the expiration date.  
  • If a purchase is returned, the points earned from the purchase are deducted.  

Published July 29, 2019.

ETF Offers Live Webinars for August and September

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) offers a series of live, interactive webinars designed to increase employees' understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) benefits. Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions.

Visit the ETF webinar events page to learn more about the sessions offered in August and September and to register for the webinars. Registration closes 10 minutes prior to the event.

Available sessions are listed below:

  • Additional Contributions: Adding money to the WRS account, via additional contributions, can enhance the employee's eventual WRS retirement benefit. Find out how in this 30 minute online webinar.

  1. Thursday, Aug. 1— 11:30 a.m.
  2. Wednesday, Aug. 7— 6 p.m.
  3. Tuesday, Aug. 13— 11 a.m.
  4. Wednesday, Aug. 28— 12:30 p.m.

  • Choosing When to Retire: When employees retire can change how much money they get in retirement. This webinar will discuss how retiring throughout the year can change retirement benefit. It will also answer one of the most common questions ETF receives "Should I retire in December or January?"

  1. Friday, Sept. 6— 11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  2. Monday, Sept. 9— 6–6:30 p.m.
  3. Thursday, Sept. 19— 12:30–1 p.m.
  4. Wednesday, Sept. 25— 12–12:30 p.m.

  • Five Basic Steps to Your Retirement: Thinking about retiring in the next 12 months? This webinar will walk employees through the process, where they will learn how to choose a termination date, request and a retirement estimate, schedule a retirement appointment and submit a retirement application.

  1. Thursday, Sept. 5— 11–11:30 a.m.
  2. Monday, Sept. 9— 11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  3. Wednesday, Sept. 18— 12–12:30 p.m.
  4. Monday, Sept. 23— 6-6:30 p.m.

  • How to Use ETF’s Online Retirement Calculator: This tool allows employees to know how much money they will get in the future. The webinar will address how to get to the calculator and how to use it, what information is needed and what the results mean.

  1. Wednesday, Sept. 4— 12:30–1:00 p.m.
  2. Tuesday, Sept. 10— 11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  3. Wednesday, Sept. 18— 6–6:30 p.m.
  4. Thursday, Sept. 26— 12–12:30 p.m.

  • Preparing for Your Retirement: Employees will learn about the steps to retire with the WRS, the impact of contributions and investment returns on their account, when they can retire, WRS annuity options, returning to work after retirement, health and life insurance and more. Questions are welcome during and after this two hour event. Employees can attend this event in a city near them or by live webinar. 

  1. Thursday, Sept. 26— 6:30-8:30 p.m.

  • Retirement Annuity Options: This 30 minute online webinar will cover the many options for receiving retirement benefit and how each option impacts the size of the payment and affects employees' loved ones.

  1. Wednesday, Aug. 7— 12 p.m.
  2. Thursday, Aug. 15— 12:30 p.m.
  3. Thursday, Aug. 22— 12:30 p.m.
  4. Thursday, Aug. 29— 6 p.m.

  • WRS Employee and Employer Contribution Rates: This 30 minute online webinar will review how employer and employee contributions help keep the WRS fully funded and will discuss how the contribution rates are calculated.

  1. Thursday, Aug. 8— 11 a.m.
  2. Tuesday, Aug. 13— 12:30 p.m.
  3. Wednesday, Aug. 21— 12 p.m.
  4. Tuesday, Aug. 27— 6 p.m.

  • WRS Retirement Benefit Calculation Methods: This 30 minute online webinar will explain the methods used for benefit calculations and the components of each method.

  1.  Tuesday, Aug. 6— 11:30 a.m.
  2. Wednesday, Aug. 14— 6 p.m.
  3. Wednesday, Aug. 28— 11 a.m.

 

Published July 26, 2019. Updated July 29, 2019.

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