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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.

Architectural lecture series opener

The Architectural Technology department kicks off its lecture series with architect Pascale Sablan of FXFOWLE Architects Thursday, Feb. 25, at 11:30 a.m. in Truax A2031, the Blackbox Theater.

Pascale’s presentation will discuss the design process and integration of architectural software– Ecotect, 3DMaxx, Rhino, Revit and AutoCAD– used to design the Museum of the Built Environment. One of eleven projects designed by FXFOWLE Architects (New York, Washington DC) within the King Abdullah Financial District, a new 55 million-square-foot mixed-use urban development currently under construction in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

She will also focus on the rational use of technology by the project’s diverse design team to advance architectural and environmental goals as well as lessons learned during the design development.

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

Blackboard Mentors learn new tips and tricks

A group of Madison College Blackboard Mentors spent the day learning new tips and tricks in using Blackboard at the WTCS state-wide Bb Day at Waukesha County Technical College on Friday, Feb. 19. 

Some of the topics covered included Bb Collaborate Ultra, Blackboard Badging, Quality Course Design in Bb, Using Bb for Authentic Assessment and the Bb Future Roadmap. 

The Bb Mentors are a group of faculty available to help you with your Blackboard questions.

Questions? Please contact CETL at 608-246-6646.>

Published February 22, 2016.

Edgebanding Seminar at Madison College Sponsored By AWI-Wisconsin

Everything related to edgbanding, including materials and adhesives were discussed recently at Madison College as more than 60 manufacturers, vendors and others gathered to learn how to attain that perfect edge treatment for wood panels.

Madison College’s Cabinetmaking & Millwork Program partnered with the AWI-Wisconsin chapter to co-sponsor this one-day seminar which featured in-depth presentations and demonstrations from Rehau, Kleiberit Adhesives and machinery supplier Biesse-America.         

“Demystifying the Dreaded Edgebander” was the over-riding theme of the February 18th event held at the college. While the program has an edgebander, Biesse-America chose to ship in a mid-size Jade 225 edgebander just for the seminar so they could feature additional options.    

“Our plan was to cover all the basics of edgebanding, while at the same time getting as in-depth as possible with a topic that can be somewhat of a mystery for many manufacturers,” Patrick Molzahn, director of the Cabinetmaking and Millwork Program at Madison College, said. “All of the participants reported being extremely satisfied.”

The Cabinetmaking & Millwork Program at Madison College hosts three to four seminars annually open to the public. This seminar was the largest yet, with 63 attendees. These seminars offer tremendous networking opportunities for students and employers.

“The topic for our next seminar has not yet been determined, but we are always open to new ideas and presenters”, said Patrick Molzahn. “We have one of the best facilities in the country and can demonstrate just about any process.”

If you have something you’d like to see, contact Patrick Molzahn.

Check out photos from the seminar.

Published February 22, 2016.

The Spring College Transfer Fair is right around the corner

On Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 Madison College will host over 30 schools to provide transfer students with information about their institution.

The Fair will be open from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Gateway and is open to all students. Please refer students to this great opportunity to explore some of their transfer options.

Published February 22, 2016.