Air Force jazz band to perform April 30

The United States Air Force Airmen of Note Jazz Band will perform in the Mitby Theater at Madison College Tuesday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. Madison College's jazz band will open the show with a few numbers featuring local talent.

The concert is free. However, reservations are required. To order four tickets or less visit the Mitby Theater website. For larger groups, contact the theater box office at 608.243.4000.

The Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., it is one of six musical ensembles that comprise the U.S. Air Force Band. Created in 1950 to continue the tradition of Major Glenn Miller's Army Air Forces dance band, the current band consists of 18 active duty airmen musicians including one vocalist.


Published April 17, 2019.

Commercial Avenue Campus hosts Gallery Night

What do tiny homes, pottery and jewelry have in common? Visit the hidden gems at Madison College's Commercial Avenue Campus on Gallery Night, May 3, from 5-9 p.m. 

See the new digs for the ceramics and jewelry departments and learn why the little houses and sheds are being built. Tour the little houses, and watch wheel-thrown pottery and creative jewelry being made. There will be an exhibit and sales. 

The event will include food, sales, tours and music to inspire.

  • 5-6 p.m. Big Squeezy Accordian Band
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Madison Area Ukulele Initiative(MAUI)
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m. Hoot’n Annie (American string band)

The Commercial Avenue Campus is located at 2125 Commercial Ave., on the corner of Packers Avenue and Commercial Avenue. 

Published April 17, 2019. Updated April 19, 2019.

IBPS holds 'Intro to Facilitation' Friday, April 19

Join the Office of IBSP for a full day of sharing, lunch and learning April 19, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., in Room 309 of the Health Building.

After morning activities and lunch, two afternoon breakout sessions will be held:

Afternoon Breakout Session I – Accelerated Action Planning

Trainers: Angie Asa-Lovstad and Karie Terhark, HueLife

Energize and align your team toward a common goal in the time it takes to have a regular staff meeting. Learn how to successfully plan a project, initiative or event in a matter of hours. After taking this course, participants will confidently be able to go from having no direction in a meeting to having a vision, realistic plan, identifying points of contact for completion and a calendar of deliverables with measures for accountability. Accelerated action planning helps groups plan, organize resources and build commitment in a time effective and inspiring way – keeping everyone in the room a part of the plan.

Afternoon Breakout Session II – Introduction of Facilitation

Trainer: Janice Mettauer, Associate Dean School of Academic Advancement

How can we assist teams in reaching their goals? What is the role of the facilitator in this process? Introduction to Facilitation will help you to build a foundational understanding of facilitation strategies and gain a deeper understanding of the core responsibilities of a facilitator.  Learn strategies that encourage participation and cooperation within teams while managing difficult behaviors within groups.  Participants will practice several Liberating Structures intended to foster lively, inclusive, participation, while sparking innovative thinking.   

RSVP with Madison College Learn.



Published April 15, 2019.

Robotics students exhibit capstone projects

The Robotics and Automation Program Capstone Project Showcase will be held Thursday, May 9, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in Room A1102A in the main building on the Truax Campus.

AMST Capstone Showcase 2019

Published April 15, 2019.

Sanding and finishing seminar a success

Over 50 individuals from industry and education gathered at a recent Lunch and Learn, which focused on sanding and finishing applications for woodworkering professionals. The event was sponsored by Stiles Machinery and hosted by Truax.

The event provided rich learning opportunities for students and professionals. Industry experts demonstrated and presented on various sanding topics such as wide-belt sanding, proper use and care of the D/A sander, repair techniques along with veneer and seal sanding.

Following the lunch, courtesy of Stiles, an overview on the latest finishing trends was given. Many participants won door prizes from vendors and one participant won a D/A sander provided by 3M.

Since 2008, Madison College has hosted over 20 woodworking seminars. For the 2019-2020 school year, the Cabinetmaking Program is planning at least two seminars. In September, the program hosts The Festool Roadshow and in spring, the program hosts a seminar on edgebanding.

The Cabinetmaking Program at Madison College is a Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) EDUcation™ member and hosts several seminars annually that are open to industry members.

Contact Patrick Molzahn at 608.246.6842 to receive information on future events.  

Published April 15, 2019.

Learning and Tech Academy being held jointly this year

Connectivity: Learning and Tech Academy registration opened Monday, March 25. Learning Academy has been combined with Tech Academy this year to provide innovative and free professional development for Madison College faculty, staff and administrators. It takes place over seven days (May 20-May 23 and May 29-31). The event includes courses focused on designing, delivering and assessing holistic student experiences, as well as sessions that showcase innovation, technology and productivity. The courses are open to all Madison College employees.

Learning & Tech Academy will open Monday, May 20, with a keynote by Kirsten T. Behling, co-author of, "Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education." She will also host a workshop for interested faculty. Check out all of the sessions on the Yapp app.

To register for Learning Academy, click on the Learning Academy Library Learn link, or access Madison College Learn, on the Fac/Staff Computer/Tech Resources page and click the Madison College Learn link.


Published April 15, 2019. Updated April 19, 2019.

Paralegal program offers retirement advice

The Madison College Paralegal program presents two sessions of “Ready, Set, Retire" to help people gather valuable information for making key decisions before (regardless of age or financial circumstance) and after retirement. 

This is a free event offering sessions and resources on life planning issues. Sessions will include:

  • Estate Planning: Wills and trusts, probate vs. non-probate and beneficiary designations
  • Advance Directives: Powers of attorney for health care and finance (any one over 18 should have these)
  • Health Insurance: Medicare and Social Security

Complimentary refreshments will be available.

Sponsors include: State Bar of Wisconsin, Dane County Bar Association and Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources Inc. (GWAAR).

Reserve a seat by calling GWAAR at 608.243.2881.

Choose from two sessions:

  • April 27, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Verona Public Library, 500 Silent St., Verona
  • May 10, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Madison College Protective Services Building on the Truax Campus, 1702 Pearson St., Madison



Published April 12, 2019.

Poet, spoken-word artist coming to Truax April 18

Poet and Spoken-Word Artist Marty McConnell is performing a featured reading Thursday, April 18, 6 p.m., Truax, Intercultural Exchange (Room C1430).

McConnell is a seven-time National Poetry Slam Team member and the 2012 winner of the National Underground Poetry Individual Competition. McConnell also co-founded the New York literary nonprofit louderARTS Project and started their sister organization Vox Ferus in Chicago.

The event is sponsored by the Yahara Journal and open to the public.


Published April 12, 2019.

Dessert Gala features treats from around the world

You don't have to jump on a plane to sample dessert from around the world.

The World Students Association in collaboration with the WolfPack Diamonds dance team and Okami Taiko Japanese drumming club presents their 2019 Dessert Gala fundraiser Wednesday, April 17, with desserts ranging from flan to sesame balls to mochi. Desserts will be sold in the Atrium Cafe in front of Student Life from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The students will also be offering options for faculty and staff to buy vouchers to give out as gifts to students and/or fellow co-workers.  

  • One voucher for $3
  • Two vouchers for $5
  • Three vouchers for $7

Questions can be sent to

Published April 12, 2019.

Foundation seeks volunteers to review scholarship applications

The Madison College Foundation invites Madison College employees to participate in the fall 2019 scholarship application review process May 6-May 20. This is a very important part of the scholarship scoring process and volunteer help is needed and appreciated.

Anyone who has not participated in the process before will find it a very rewarding experience. This process is a unique opportunity to appreciate the diverse backgrounds of students since applications include personal stories, experiences and goals for their futures.

The entire review process is handled online through the scholarship management system, which gives reviewers flexibility to score applications at their convenience.

Please contact Meghan Garlow-Urban at or 608. 243.4145 to confirm participation and/or for more information.


Published April 12, 2019.