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New Student Information Sessions to be hosted by Recruiting Office

Academic advising has developed and hosted New Student Information Sessions (NSIS), formerly called “Jumpstart”, since 2013. These sessions provided an opportunity for prospective students to get information about the college, credentials we offer, financial aid and steps for getting started. Beginning April 1, 2016, the new student information sessions will be hosted by the college’s Recruiting Office.

The reasons for this change include:

  • Aligns with recruiting’s outreach plan to have more contact with prospective students
  • Provides prospective students with consistent message at all recruiting events
  • Allows recruiters to case manage/provide personal outreach to all prospective students from application to admission

Who should be referred to an NSIS? Any prospective student who is looking for information about the college and how to get started. Application assistance will also be available. Prospective students can register for an upcoming session from the NSIS web page.
If a student has indicated they are unable to attend one of the sessions, they should be referred to the recruiting office where they’ll find contact information for each of the recruiters.
Questions? Please contact Chelsey Bauer at (608) 246-6022.

Published March 4, 2016.

Truax Fitness Center's Family Swim event on Friday, March 4

Jump in Friday, March 4, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. for the Truax Fitness Center’s Family Swim event.

This event is the perfect way to get out of the cold and start the weekend right! The pool will be converted into a family swim format with toys, diving boards and a basketball hoop available for use.

Bring friends and family for a fun filled time and work up an appetite for pizza and snacks after the event, available in Truax B3253 from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. The event is free for all attendees.

For more information on the Truax pool, visit their website.

Questions? Contact the Pool Coordinator at (608) 245-2115.

Published March 2, 2016.

Madison College salon special available until May 6

Madison College's downtown and Truax campus salons will be offering a special deal Tuesday, March 1, until Friday, May 6.

Patrons who book a haircut will be able to get any facial wax (including eyebrow, lip or chin) at half off the original price. This offer is valid for same day appointments only.

Both salons are open Monday through Friday. The spring semester hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. After Friday, March 11, hours will change to 12:30 to 4:15 p.m.

For more information, call Trustyle Salon at (608) 246-6068 or the North Carroll Street salon at (608) 258-2404.

Published February 29, 2016.

Military priority registration tabling

Students with prior military experience are eligible for priority registration at Madison College. This means student veterans may register for Fall 2016 classes a few days earlier than their peers.

This week, student veterans will be available at Truax to distribute priority registration forms and help students fill them out. They will be located in the main Truax hallway, between the Public Safety office and the Bookstore, Tuesday, March 1, Wednesday, March 2, and Thursday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tell students about this event without making veterans self-identify. Veteran Services aims to promote a veteran-friendly environment while at the same time informing everyone about this event. 

Published February 29, 2016.

Math club celebrates mathematical constant pi with pie

Dr. aBa Mbirika, professor of mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will lead math club's discussion of pi Thursday, March 3. The title of Dr. Mbirika's colloquium is "PI is Transcendental." 

The meeting will be in celebration of Pi Day, March 14, which occurs over spring break. Additionally, there will be free pie available from Hubbard Diner in Middleton.

Dr. Mbirika's research interests include combinatorics, such as combinatorial representation theory and algebraic geometry/topology.

Join him and others at the math club meeting on Thursday, March 3, at 3:30 p.m. in Truax A2448.

Published February 26, 2016.

Individuals needed for mock trial

There is a unique opportunity for Madison College staff, faculty and students to learn more about the trial process from a juror's perspective in the College's state of the art e-court.

Individuals are needed to participate in a mock trial and provide feedback on the experience Friday, April 8, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Your time is valuable, so incentives will be offered. Please let your students know about this unique opportunity.

Interested in participating? Contact Paralegal faculty member Bill Bedker at (608) 243-4762.

Published February 26, 2016.

Madison College Performing Arts presents Clybourne Park

Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award, Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris is a dark comedy that is wickedly funny and sharply provocative. Continuing the conversation Lorraine Hansberry started with Raisin in the Sun, Norris reveals the expected and unexpected dangers of defining community. No one is left unscathed as characters debate the value of race, sexuality, gender, disability and the ultimate cost of grandstanding. 

The play centers on the Clybourne Park neighborhood and one particular home over a span of 50 years. Act I, set in 1959, focuses on Russ and Bev Stoller as they are confronted by the neighborhood association for selling their home to a black family. Act II, set in 2009, refocuses the perspective as the now predominantly African-American Clybourne Park fights to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. 

The battle over territory will leave you wondering how far we've come or how little we've progressed in the last half-century.

Faculty member, department chair and well-known local actor and director Miranda Hawk leads this talented cast who play different characters in each act. Cast includes George Connelly, John Jajewski, Nick Kaprelian, Reginald Kellum, Brieann Robbins, Emily Rockwell and Antonia Villalon.

Clybourne Park runs in the Mitby Theater for two weekends starting Friday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Due to construction, please allow plenty of time to park. There is a drop-off is located off Wright Street.

BOX OFFICE (608) 243 - 4000

$13  General Admission
$11  Groups & Seniors (62 & over)
$6    Youth (21 and under)

Published February 24, 2016. Updated February 26, 2016.

Learn about pets dental health

Please join the veterinary technician program Wednesday, March 2, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Truax Gateway to learn more about your pets dental health.

Did you know? According to veterinary dentistry experts, small dog breeds are more likely to develop periodontal disease than large dogs because their teeth are often too large for their mouths.

Published February 24, 2016.

Wisconsin Technical College System Tech Expo 2016 call for proposals

The WTCS Tech Expo Program Committee would like you to consider presenting
at the upcoming WTCS Tech Expo. 

The 2016 Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Tech Expo call for proposals is now open and the deadline for submitting is Tuesday, March 1. Presenters of accepted proposals will attend Tech Expo for free. 

The Expo is Friday, April 8, at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) in Appleton, Wisconsin. 

The WTCS Tech Expo is focused on exploring the future and expanding boundaries of technology use in postsecondary education. Tech Expo is devoted to enhancing learning through the use of current and emerging technology.

The keynote speaker for this year’s expo is Dr. James May, the Faculty Fellow for Innovation and Technology at Valencia College in Orlando, FL where he also teaches English as a Second Language with a special emphasis on Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). May enjoys pushing boundaries and engaging both faculty and students through various technologies and innovative digital and communication strategies.

May also consults and presents nationally on a wide variety of ever-changing technologies and digital innovations related to Computer Assisted Language Learning, the iPad, Web 2.0, Social Media, Millennial Shift, Video-on-Demand, Cellphones in the Classroom, Digitally Transactive Learning, and more.

Register for the expo today

Published February 24, 2016.

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth maps student debt

It’s a staggering number. According to the latest federal data, more than 42 million Americans owe a total of $1.3 trillion in student debt.

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth has put together an interactive map that shows how borrowing for college affects the nation, cities and even specific neighborhoods. The map compares zip code data on average household student loan balances, delinquency and median income.

Check out the interactive map to see how the Madison area compare to the rest of the nation.

Published February 24, 2016.