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Question of the Week: How do I submit to Matters?

For this quick Question of the Week, the Matters team shows our readers how easy it is to submit stories to the our newsletter. (If you're in an office setting, you can watch this video on mute.)

1. Click the "Submit Your Story" button at the lower right corner of the main Matters page.
2. Enter your basic information (name, email and phone number).
3. You may write or copy and paste your story into the field below, under "Story Information." You also may attach your story to the submission as a Word document. This is recommended if you want to incorporate specific formatting.
4. In the "Additional Comments/Questions" section, give us guidelines so we know how best to help you and your story. You can use this field to suggest other stories for the Matters team.

(Note: We strongly suggest attaching images to your story, but it is not required!)

After we receive your submissions, we edit grammar and style according to the Associated Press Stylebook. We also reorganize content, prioritizing the most important information at the top of the article and moving general or background information towards the end.

Please try to keep submissions fewer than 250 words. Submissions about events should be sanctioned by or otherwise benefit Madison College. The content of submissions should be directed to Madison College faculty and staff.

Question of the Week: How do I submit to Matters?

We hope this encourages some of our readers to start submitting content to Matters and clarifies the process for others!

Published February 3, 2016. Updated November 28, 2016.

Interested in ordering glasses from the Optical Dispensary?

Looking for new glasses? Dress glasses, safety glasses and prescription sunglasses are available at the Optical Dispensary. The students and staff of the Optometric Technician Program, who operate the dispensary, will happily help you select lenses and frames.

Interested? Bring a written, signed and dated copy of your valid prescription. Services are available to all current students, staff, faculty, Madison College alumni members and retirees.

Hours of operation:

  • Thursdays, 1 – 2:50 p.m.
  • Fridays, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Appointments are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling (608)-246-6272. The dispensary is in room 271 of the Truax Health Building.

Published February 1, 2016.

Bakery opens for the semester

The Bakery at Truax will open on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come see the new products offered this semester!

Published February 1, 2016.

Emergency funding available for students

Has a student reached out to you that is having financial challenges? Could these challenges keep them from being successful?

There is emergency funding available to help cover eligible expenses that come from an unexpected financial emergency. Madison College has counseling services available to discuss their situation and provide assistance to connecting the student to community resources.

For eligibility criteria and more, please see the attached PDF. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to rent, child care and medical bills.

Questions? Contact the Financial Aid Office at (608) 246-6170.

Published January 29, 2016.

Substance abuse interferes with students' academic performance

Alcohol and other drugs impact some students’ lives and diminish their academic performance. Faculty have significant power to change students’ lives when these issues arise.

Please review the attached PDF, which outlines a range of faculty actions that can lead to healthier choices among their students.

Many students return to school after entering recovery from alcohol and other drug dependence. "Live Free" is a student group on campus built to support students in recovery, as part of a wellness initiative across the nation.

Live Free meets at Truax on Mondays at 4:30 p.m. in D1618N in the Student Development Center. For more information, Patrick Kempfer, the club’s student leader, has developed a presentation describing the movement and student club.

Consider inviting John Boyne or Patrick Kempfer to your class to talk to your students about these issues.

Questions? Contact John Boyne, counselor, at (608) 616-3418.

Published January 29, 2016.

Mail Center needs interoffice envelopes

The Mail Center needs interoffice envelopes to redistribute and recycle throughout the college.

If you see extras or empty envelopes lying around, please bring them to the Mail Center at Truax — do your part to save money and be green!

Questions? Call the Mail Center at (608) 246-6305.

Published January 25, 2016.

Join Madison College Library to talk Game of Thrones

Winter is coming! Well, it’s actually here.

The Madison College Library hopes you will join them for the Madison College Libraries' Game of Thrones book discussion group.

All students, instructors and staff are welcome. Whether you’re simply curious or an avid fan of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, then this is the place for you.

Learn more about the Game of Thrones book discussion group by going to Madison College library.

Published January 20, 2016.

January CETL News Blast now available

The latest News Blast includes the month's schedule, the Convocation app, the Spring 2016 calendar and an article by James L. Lang about creating wonder before class begins.

Published January 11, 2016.

Giving back moves everyone forward

There is still time to make your year-end gift to support students.

Because of you, the Madison College Foundation is able to open doors for deserving students who otherwise may not be able to continue their education.

As the students aim for success, it is you helping them reach their dreams.

Any gifts made by Thursday, Dec. 31, will count towards the 2015 Employee Giving Campaign “You Matter” goals.

The Madison College Foundation thanks you for your generosity this holiday season and all year round.

Published December 18, 2015.

Poster presentation on racial inequality on Thursday, Dec. 17

Thursday, Dec. 17, students in Diane Soles’ section of the Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. class will be leading a public poster presentation in the Truax Gateway. The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Earlier this week, students in this class presented their research on “The Access Hour,” a program on WORT 89.9 FM.

Continuing her efforts from last year, Soles has built the course as a response to the "Race to Equity Baseline Report." Over the second half of the semester, students have analyzed the report, identified sources of inequality and worked in groups to develop solutions.

Come to the poster session this Thursday to listen to the students discuss their research.

Published December 16, 2015.

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