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Program Activities Council presents: "Sex Signals"

Come to the Truax Student Lounge on Feb. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., to see "Sex Signals"
Sex Signals distinguishes itself by blending a unique combination of improvisational comedy, education, and audience participation. It also provides a provocative look at issues surrounding dating, sex, and the issue of consent. The show explores how social pressures, gender role stereotypes, and unrealistic fantasies can make social interaction a challenge. Ultimately, Sex Signals creates the kind of critical dialogue necessary to dissolve enduring rape myths and encourage thoughtful, accountable, intimate behavior. Students will be provided a safe space to have a candid, positive conversation about the confusion and realities of dating, sex, and non-stranger rape.
Contact Susana Valtierra at (608) 246-6495.

Published February 6, 2013.

Polar Plunge: BPA club to support Special Olympics Wisconsin

Madison College’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) club is taking the Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics Wisconsin on February 9, 2013! During the Polar Plunge, the Fearless Ladies of BPA and Their Advisor collect donations before leaping into icy water to raise funds for Special Olympics athletes.

You’re probably getting cold just thinking about it! But, while the cold is temporary, the positive impact you will have on the lives of Special Olympics athletes will last a lifetime. Your donations support competition and training in 18 sports for nearly 10,000 athletes. BPA members volunteer during the summer track and field events.
Please help BPA with a donation of any amount. The link below will take you to our team page. Scroll down and choose a member to submit a credit card donation online. If you prefer to make a contribution of cash or check, please contact M. Jeff Quinlan and I will make arrangements to receive your donation. If you're interested in joining us and taking the Plunge, you can also sign up at this website. Thank you!

Published February 4, 2013.

Employer visit: KU Consulting coming to Truax

The Career and Employment Center is pleased to announce an upcoming employer visit from KU consulting (PDF, 340 KB).
Please ask students to stop by the table in the cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 to learn about exciting career opportunities.
Katie will be available to tell you more and answer your questions.
Visit their website.
Contact Rachel Samuelsen at (608) 243-4129.

Published January 28, 2013. Updated January 30, 2013.

Employer visit: Speedway coming to shed opportunity

The Career and Employment Center is pleased to announce an upcoming employer visit from Speedway (PDF, 127 KB). 
Please ask students to stop by the table in the cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 to learn about exciting career opportunities.
Rico will be available to tell you more and answer your questions. Visit their website at
Contact Rochelle Wanner.

Published January 25, 2013.

Madison College collision repair students capture top honors at national trade show

The artistic talents of three students in the Advanced Automotive Collision Repair program earned Peoples’ Choice honors at the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) trade show in Las Vegas. Two students, pictured, won the award "Excellence in Airbrush Technique."
Brady Beth, Trevor Walmer and Brent Wilson’s entry in the Collision Artist Award category featured the transformation of the program’s logo embellished with additional graphic elements that were hand painted and airbrushed onto a car hood. “We took our program logo with the paint gun and two body hammers and added detail and shading to give it a three-dimensional look,” said Walmer.
The original illustration was one of five concepts chosen from entries nationwide to be transformed onto the blank canvas of a steel automobile hood. Wilson explained, “we used a high-tech program to create the vinyl stencils, and build the foundation for the design, and then we worked backward with the colors to create depth.” The students credited the knowledge they learned from taking the Introduction to Air Brushing class as providing the foundational skills necessary to complete the complex task.
The students learned they won the award via a 1 a.m. text from their instructor, Tim Hoege, who attended the SEMA show. “I was so happy, but not surprised, they won. They put a great deal of time and effort into the project and it really showed,” said Hoege. Details of the design include a reflection of an automobile added onto the paint gun, along with shadows, gradients and hand-striping to give the design a reflective look with depth and dimension.  
Photo caption: l-r Brent Wilson and Trevor Walmer (Brady Beth not pictured).

Published November 2, 2012. Updated January 23, 2013.

Golden Apple award winners - Phi Theta Kappa

Celebration of Phi Theta Kappa’s Golden Apple Award Winners Winners were nominated by Phi Theta Kappa members to show their appreciation for all the staff and faculty have done for them. 
Students will show their appreciation on Tuesday, October 23 with a luncheon and award.
Norma Kropp, Jackie Dahlke, Rocio Martinez, Susana Valtierra, William Bedker, Jr, Anna Hoffmann, Karen Natoli, Laurie Fitzgerald, John Opel, Barbara DuCharme, John Johnson, Sonja Sullivan, June Sarbacker, Elizabeth Collins, Ann Camillo, Ian Falu, Jessica Coggins, Thomas Thompson, Jonathan Lang, William Burke, Elizabeth Bremer Kathy Dreschler, Marjorie Cook, Ann Mortenson, Timothy Sharpe, Mara Eisch Schweitzer, Betty Hurd, Joseph Storrs, Bryan Witkowski, Emmalee Pearson

Published October 24, 2012. Updated November 5, 2012.

'Lee National Denim Day' for breast cancer results are in!

Results from the “Lee National Denim Day for Breast Cancer” fundraiser are in!
Thanks to a great group of volunteers and generous donations from staff and students, Madison College collected over $3,300 this year to help fight breast cancer.  Since its first year in 1996, Lee National Denim Day has raised more than $86 million for the fight against breast cancer.  This year’s donations will help the American Cancer Society provide:

  • life-saving screenings in communities nationwide,
  • hope and care to those traveling away from home for cancer treatment, and
  • investments in groundbreaking cancer research. 

We also appreciated the support of the salons at both the Downtown and Truax campuses.  Students in these programs proudly wore pink breast cancer t-shirts to help spread the word about the cause. 
Thanks to everyone who volunteered at our campuses and to all of the staff and students who contributed so generously.  Let me know if you’re interested in serving on next year’s planning committee!
-Ellen Hustad

Published October 24, 2012.