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Learn students' names with these resources

Most would agree that learning students’ names is an important factor in a student success. Daniel F. Chambliss, Sociology professor at Hamilton College, wrote, “The best thing I do to improve students’ work in my courses is … I will learn and use their names. It’s easy, and it works. Using those names in class is uniquely powerful.”  

While remembering names may seem like a simple and basic task, it sometimes takes time and effort. These resources below offer strategies that may help with learning students’ names.  

For more information on these and other course success strategies, please contact CETL. For more information on the upcoming spring 2018 Focus on Focus implementation of course success interventions, please contact any Focus on Focus team member listed on the SharePoint site.  

Published August 28, 2017.

How does solar eclipse affect energy use?

We all know that the solar eclipse can hurt your eyes, but did you know it can also affect energy consumption?

Even though Madison isn't in the direct path of the eclipse, renewable energy instructor Dr. Ken Walz says energy usuage will still be widely affected. 

"At its maximum, the eclipse will block about 85 percent of the light from the sun. This will occur at around 1:15 p.m. and will last nearly 3 hours. So even at this extreme, solar panels in Madison will still be producing some electricity - just a lot less than they would on a clear sky day."

The U.S. Energy Information Administration also provides a very thourough explaination of how the eclipse will affect solar photovoltaic generators.


Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Scientific Visualization Studio

Smart thermostats are popular because they give homeowners more control over their heating/cooling needs, which helps save money.


Published August 18, 2017. Updated August 21, 2017.

What does our district look like in numbers?

Madison College's district includes 40 other school districts, 12 counties, 224 municipalities and 749,727 residents. 

Within in our district, including all regional campuses, 29 percent of high school students enroll at our college within three years of graduating.


Published July 7, 2017. Updated August 30, 2017.

When is the midpoint of summer?

We at Matters seek to answer your burning questions, such as, “When is the midpoint of summer? I just can’t wait to go back.”

A look at the calendar reveals that July 5 is the midpoint between Spring Commencement 2017 on May 12 and the beginning of the fall 2017 term, which is Aug. 28.

Published June 14, 2017. Updated July 10, 2017.

ECE and WIC support breastfeeding in daycare and work facilities

Madison College Early Childhood Education students are working in cooperation with Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to support breastfeeding in child care centers and other workplace locations. WIC has received a grant that is allowing them to assist centers in how to establish a breastfeeding-friendly environment.

Our students have been trained by WIC on what makes a breast feeding friendly environment and to present this information with their practicum sites and workplaces.

Published March 24, 2017. Updated July 7, 2017.

Campus student enrollment facts

The total enrollment headcount for all campuses in the 2015-16 academic year was 37,164 students. Below is a breakdown for each campus.

Madison campuses:

  • Truax — 20,801
  • DTEC — 5,409
  • Commercial Ave — 1,857
  • Madison South — 999
  • Madison West — 3,727 

Regional campuses:

  • Fort Atkinson — 1,329
  • Portage — 1,232
  • Reedsburg — 1,387
  • Watertown — 1,097
  • Other — 1,844
  • Online — 7,886


Published January 13, 2017. Updated July 7, 2017.

How long is the Truax building?

The main Truax building measures 1,000 feet from the west face of the Gateway stair to the east face of stair E. 

Just how long is 1,000 feet?

  • 117 feet longer than the Titanic (883').
  • 92 feet shorter than a Nimitz class aircraft carrier (1,092').
  • 14 feet longer than the Eiffel Tower (986'), if the Eiffel Tower was lying sideways.
  • Approximately 75 times longer than a 1964 Volkswagen Beetle (13.33').
  • .00000000000003221738542107 light years.



Published November 18, 2016.

West Campus FAQ's provided

Do you have questions regarding the new West Campus? Follow this link for more information and the full list of frequently asked questions (FAQ's). 

Published November 16, 2016. Updated November 18, 2016.

Blackboard accessibility tip of the month

Did you know that screen readers (e.g. Kurzweil) cannot read Blackboard tests unless each answer has a number or letter before it?

A screen reader cannot read:

1. What day is it today?





A screen reader can read:

1. What day is it today?

     a. Monday

     b. Tuesday

     c. Wednesday

     d. Thursday

Blackboard tests, contact the Blackboard Mentors or CETL at 608-246-6646.

Published October 10, 2016.

How do I submit stories to Matters?

Below is a list of easy steps to take when submitting your story to Matters:

1. Click the “Submit Your Story” link on the homepage of the Matters website, which is located in the bottom right corner.

2. Enter your contact information, including your name, email address and phone number.

3. Under the “Story Information” section, you may write or copy and paste your story in the blank field. Also, choose the publication date for the date you wish your story to be published.

4. The “Additional Questions/Comments” field may obtain any additional information you want us to know about your article, as well as questions you want answered by the Matters team. We will send you a quick reply if any questions arise.

5. You may also attach a word document, pdf file or image in the “Attachments” section. Please provide an image with your story.

After we have received your submission, the Matters team will edit content, grammar and style according to the Associated Press Stylebook. Please limit your submission to 250 words. Content of each article should be of interest to Madison College faculty and staff. Items regarding special events will be published only if they are sanctioned by Madison College or directly benefit our students.

The Matters newsletter is published on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (unless there is a holiday).

Our deadlines include:

  • Friday by noon for Monday stories
  • Tuesday by noon for Wednesday stories
  • Thursday by noon for Friday stories

Please note that Matters is managed by the Communications and Strategic Marketing interns. Please do not email other employees in this department requesting that your story be submitted.

Published August 7, 2016. Updated October 18, 2017.