Save the date for College Community Days

Mark your calendars for our annual event: College Community Days (formerly known as Convocation).


College Community Days will be on Aug. 27-28. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Dr. Daniels, reconnect with other faculty and staff, and get excited for the year ahead.

Expect to see some exciting changes to this college-wide event!  Watch your email and Matters for more information.






Published July 17, 2019. Updated July 18, 2019.

Network outage begins tomorrow

DATE:              July 16, 2019

TO:                  All Students, Faculty and Staff

FROM:             Shawn Belling, Chief Information Officer

RE:                   Planned Web and Network Outage, Thursday July 18, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

Technology Services will be upgrading equipment in the Truax data center starting at 10 p.m., Thursday, July 18, until 1:00 a.m. on Friday, July 19.  This work will interrupt Madison College’s network and web services.

Students, staff and faculty will not have access to Madison College hosted web/network services during this outage. Services affected will include myMadisonCollege, Blackboard, Workday, Madison College email, VDI,  H:/ drive and VPN.

Shawn Belling
Chief Information Officer

Published July 17, 2019.

College Assembly approves Sustainability Policy

The College Assembly met at the Fort Atkinson Campus Wednesday, July 10. Discussion of how items are placed on the Assembly meeting agendas continued. 

The approved process states items for the next meeting should be submitted to Ann Camillo within one week after a College Assembly meeting. She will email to all members for comments during a two-week period. If an item is not added to the agenda, both the submitter and the co-chairs must submit the item with rationale for inclusion or non-inclusion to Dr. Daniels for his decision.

Action items:

The Facilities Planning and Investment Council presented the Sustainability Policy for second reading.

The policy reads as follows: Madison College will establish, promote and monitor a culture of environmental, social and economic responsibility for saving energy, conserving resources, reducing our carbon footprint and building awareness, to create a more sustainable community.

Assembly members thumbed the policy. The policy recommendation now goes to Dr. Daniels for approval.

Discussion items:

The Financial Council presented a Budget Input Policy for loop out. Although managers have responsibility for budgets, there should be a way for others to participate in the process. Council will develop an Issue Analysis Sheet and continue to work on the policy.

During the second half of the meeting, College Assembly and Council members participated in Accelerated Action Planning on the following topics:

  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Membership and elections
  • IBPS and facilitation
  • Vision, purpose, clarity and culture
  • Shared Governance structure

These topics were generated from the recent town hall meeting then expanded through a Consensus Workshop. Through the facilitator-led action planning, groups identified priority items and created an action plan for each one with the goal of completing the plans by December.

The next Assembly meeting will be held Wednesday, August 14 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Truax Campus, Room E3850.

Published July 17, 2019.

Website changes coming soon

Updates to madisoncollege.edu roll out Tuesday, Aug. 6. These changes improve the following four segments of the college’s website:

  • Navigation
  • Call-to-actions
  • Contact information
  • Mobile experience

Website function and the location of pages will not change with this release.

More details will be published in Matters soon. 

Contact the Web Strategy Group with questions.


Published July 15, 2019.

Web Group seeks employee feedback

The Web Strategy Group rolls out updates to madisoncollege.edu., Tuesday, Aug. 6.

Visit the beta site to view the updates and provide feedback.

Enhancements improve:

  •  Navigation-The navigation update allows for a wider page size, call-to-actions in the header, more defined main navigation and a simplified page navigation

  • Call-to-actions (apply, register, visit, request info)-Call-to-actions are more prominent with icons and color updates. The left-hand column features only call-to-actions to reduce visual clutter

  • Contact information-Contact information appears at the bottom of the page with a more consistent format. Only one contact department appears on a page

  • Mobile experience-The updated mobile experience optimizes screen space on small devices and simplifies navigation.

Additional updates include:

  • Larger image carousel with more defined action on homepage.
  • Public newsroom where featured stories, news releases, media stories and announcements appear.
  • Careers, Programs and Classes page integrates areas of study as recommended by the CT3 Admissions working group.
  • Continuing Education pages have an updated look.

Contact the Web Strategy Group with questions.


Published July 15, 2019. Updated July 17, 2019.

FTF/PSRP receives 2.44% wage increase

The college is pleased to report that collective bargaining agreements have been reached with the Full-Time Faculty and Paraprofessional School Related Personnel (PSRP) Union (Local 243). Local 243 members have voted on the tentative agreements and approved them. The Madison College District Board approved the implementation of the pay increases Monday, July 8.

The collective bargaining agreement provides a 2.44% negotiated increase to the base wage effective Monday, July 1, for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

For PSRP salaried employees, the increase will be reflected in the gross pay beginning with the payslip dated Monday, July 15. For PSRP hourly employees, the increase will be reflected in the gross pay beginning with the payslip dated Friday, July 19. For Full-Time Faculty employees, the increase will be reflected in the gross pay beginning with the payslip dated Friday, August 30.

The collective bargaining agreement will expire on June 30, 2020.

Published July 10, 2019. Updated July 12, 2019.

Shared Governance seeks new representative

Shared Governance is currently seeking a PSRP Representative to join the College Assembly. As a PSRP representative, you will have the opportunity to participate in the process of recommending policies, strategies and priorities to our college president. A familiarity with Interest Based Problem Solving is recommended.

The term of service will be July 2019 – April 2020. We meet one afternoon a month, on the second Wednesday, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. during the summer and 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. during the fall and spring. If you are interested, please submit your application to sharedgovernance@madisoncollege.edu.


Published June 28, 2019. Updated July 3, 2019.

Dean named for School of Health Education

I am pleased to introduce Dr. Kendricks Hooker as the new Dean for the School of Health Education (SoHE). He has been serving as interim dean since November first and prior served as associate dean in the School of Arts and Sciences. 

Prior to joining Madison College, Kendricks served as the Chair of the Biomedical Sciences and Pre-Health Studies programs at Baptist College of Health Sciences in Memphis, TN. He concurrently held the position of Professor of Biology and taught Biology, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Pathophysiology. In other roles, Kendricks served as a Biology instructor at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis, AR; Director of Upward Bound Math and Sciences at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, MS; and research technician at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS.

Kendricks holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University, a Masters of Business Administration from Bethel University, a master's and bachelor's of Science in Biology from Jackson State University, and an associate of arts degree in Biology from Coahoma Community College.  Kendricks is an educational enthusiast that thrives on preparing and motivating faculty, staff and students for success. 

Kendricks loves spending time with his family and is the proud father of one daughter, Keendra Hooker, of Memphis, Tenn.  In his spare time, Kendricks loves to travel, cook, watch sports and is an avid runner.

Special thanks to all who participated in the search process, the other finalist candidates and Dr. Denise Reimer who led the search process. 

Please join me in welcoming Kendricks to our leadership team in this role. With Kendricks, Sandy Docter, Lisa Marie Greenwood, Ernise Watson and the outstanding staff and faculty, SoHE is set to fly higher than ever before. 


Turina Bakken, Ph.D.

Published June 21, 2019. Updated June 28, 2019.

Shared Governance welcomes new members

Due to various job changes in the college, Shared Governance is welcoming new members. The members of Shared Governance thank the following former members for their service in building a culture of inclusion, shared responsibility and collegiality. Those individuals are listed below:

  • Beth Eggemeir, co-chair of the Student Affairs Council, who is moving to Student Affairs Council support
  • Jim Falco, co-chair of the Professional Development Council
  • Kevin Foley, co-chair of the Student Affairs Council
  • Lisa Hollman, PSRP Representative to the College Assembly

Shared governance welcomes the following new members:

  • Rosemary Buschhaus, co-chair of the Professional Development Council
  • Dr. Howard Spearman, co-chair of the Student Affairs Council
  • Chris Henker-Purves, new PSRP Representative to the College Assembly

The Student Affairs Council will soon elect their other co-chair. That announcement will follow.   

Published June 14, 2019. Updated June 19, 2019.

College Assembly discusses agenda process

The College Assembly met at the Watertown Campus Wednesday, June 12, for a brief business meeting and a two-hour working session to develop action statements in response to ideas from the recent Town Hall meeting.

Co-chair Laura Osinski introduced new members and thanked those who are leaving the Assembly at this time. Jim Falco, associate vice president of regional campuses, welcomed those present and introduced the Watertown Campus.

The co-chairs introduced a new process for submitting future agenda items. Ann Camillo, Shared Governance administrator, will send out a message requesting submissions for the next agenda. Submissions should indicate if the item is for education, discussion or action.

These will be distributed in advance for comments. Co-chairs will consider requests and feedback before setting the agenda for the next Assembly meeting. When the formal agenda is sent, it will include a second page containing a list of unmet requested Educational Spotlights and reactions received on items not included in the agenda.

After some discussion of this new process, Jill List, senior project and process analyst, led those present through a consensus workshop. With the help of IBPS facilitators, six work groups crafted action statements from input gathered at the Town Hall meeting.

The six workgroups focused on improving shared governance in the areas of:

  • Elections and membership
  • Shared Governance vision, purpose, clarity and culture
  • IBPS and facilitation
  • Communication methods, responsibility and organization
  • Shared Governance structure
  • Accountability and consensus

Participants gave brief reactions to the activity at the close of the meeting.

The next College Assembly meeting will be July 10 at the Fort Atkinson Campus.

Published June 14, 2019.