Who makes Madison College life better?

As you may have heard, Convocation has become College Community Days-- a series of engagement and professional development opportunities for employees throughout the year.

Ahead of our time together at the end of August, the College Community Days Team encourages you to participate in a creative staff engagement activity. We invite you to share a brief shout-out about someone here at the college who inspires you with their daily engagement with students, staff and/or faculty, by answering the following question:

“What Madison College employee makes your work life better and why?”

We want to capture this acknowledgement in a fun way, so we are asking that you create a short video using Flipgrid, following the directions below. We will collect video shout-outs from across all campuses and show highlights during the Mitby Theater presentation on the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 27. A collection of all recordings will be available for additional viewing following College Community Days.

A laptop or mobile device is all you need to make this short video. If you’re at Truax, you’re welcome to use equipment provided in CETL room 2208C to record a message. If you’re at a regional or non-Truax metro campus, please feel free to use the iPad sent by CETL to your campus manager.

The details and steps to create the video are below:

  • No need to create an account to access the College Community Days Grid 
  • Our team has provided you with the Flip Code: a31e5c08
  • Enter this code on the Flipgrid app or at flipgrid.com     

On the College Community Days Grid, select the topic: “Recognizing Workplace Rockstars” and click green plus. From the topic page, record your message in three easy steps. Those steps are:

  • Record a video - flip the camera and pause while recording
  • Review or Edit the video - trim, add more, or include a video title
  • Take a selfie - customize the image to add style


Please contribute by end of day: Monday, Aug. 19.

Published August 12, 2019.

Community Service Day volunteers needed

As part of College Community Days (formerly Convocation), a college-wide community service day will be held, Wednesday, Aug. 27 between 12:30 p.m-4 (specific times vary by opportunity). There are opportunities for 200 volunteers. This is a great way for employees to support the communities where our students and families live and work.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • School year preparation, Madison East High School, Shabazz City High School, or Madison Memorial High School
  • Community school volunteer, Leopold Elementary School
  • Clothing Center Volunteer, Community Action Coalition
  • Food bank volunteer, Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Reading project volunteer, Madison Reading Project
  • Brush removal, UW Arboretum
  • Community garden volunteer (outdoor), East Madison Community Center
  • Farm and garden work (outdoor), Troy Community Farm

For more information and to sign up for a volunteer opportunity, please visit the College Community Days site  and click the Volunteer! button.  

For those who cannot volunteer in August, there will be another opportunity during October College Community Days. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Published August 12, 2019.

Energy sustainability is a priority at Madison College

The Shared Governance Facilities Planning and Investment Council conducted an Energy Conservation Survey during the Spring semester and received over 1,000 responses. A 91% of students and 96% of employees stated saving energy is important.

The Facilities Council is capitalizing on this enthusiasm by collecting ideas from students and employees on how to improve the college’s energy sustainability efforts.  

The survey also revealed employees and students are taking energy saving actions on their own, in and outside the college. Likewise, the council learned that improving communications about energy initiatives is needed. Over half of respondents said the college doesn’t do enough to inform stakeholders.

Students and employees reported their willingness to do more if asked. These results are consistent across all campuses. The Facilities Planning and Investment Council is developing recommendations for action, based on this input. Contact the Facilities Planning and Investment Council with questions.

Published August 7, 2019.

Convocation changes announced

“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety.” Abraham Maslow

Changes are happening to Convocation. We will continue to post articles in Matters to keep you informed of different elements as we get closer to Aug. 27-28.


Convocation will become College Community Days.


We will host several events through the year in addition to the welcome back event on Aug. 27-28. Stay tuned.


We will serve bagels and pastries in addition to coffee and tea before the opening session on Aug. 27. We want you to be able to reconnect with each other while enjoying some good food.

Breakout sessions

We are reducing the number of breakout sessions and developing them in relation to our theme for the year. If you have an idea for a workshop, please consider offering on a different date, outside of College Community Days.

School and department meetings

These will occur on the second day, Aug. 28, to allow for all-college events on Aug. 27. We will not print times and locations of these meetings. Please be sure to document where and when your meetings scheduled.

Turina’s presentation

This is moving to the afternoon of the first day and we encourage all employees to come. By moving it to the first day, we hope more people from the regional campuses can attend in person.

Items remaining the same

• Volunteer opportunities: We are looking for 200 people to head into our community to lend a helping hand. Please consider if you and your team can be part of the fun. Registration coming soon.

• Opening session in the Mitby Theater: Come to be inspired and energized for the new school year.

• Opportunities to celebrate our college community.

• SharePoint site: We will be updating our site soon so you have access to information anytime.

Wishing you a great rest of your summer, 

The College Community Days Team

Amy Russell                                     
Anne McIntyre
Ann Mac Laughlin-Berres                  
Bernie Hoes
Brianna Stapleton Welch                   
Caitlyn Clark
Chelsey Bowers                                  
Corey Helser
Jodi Jensen-Schuelke                           
Kim Brudny
Kris Glodoski Wolf                               
Kristin Polywacz
Mark Lausch                                         
Renee Alfano




Published July 31, 2019. Updated August 23, 2019.

Convocation Becomes College Community Days

Convocation is now College Community Days. Mark your calendars for the start of the school year event on August 27-28.

College Community Days will be a series of engagement and professional development opportunities for employees throughout the year. More information will be coming on future events. For now, here is a glance at the August schedule:

Tuesday, August 27

7:45-8:30          Food and Reconnections, Gateway Atrium, Cafeteria, and D1630

8:45-10:00        Welcome Back and Strategic Direction, Mitby Theater

10:15-11:00      Breakout Session

11:15-12:00      Breakout Session

12:00-12:45      Lunch (on your own)

12:45-1:30        Breakout Session

1:45-3:15          Provost’s Address - Turina Bakken, Mitby Theater

3:15-4:00          Celebration with a snack, Gateway atrium

Wednesday, August 28

8:30-12:00        School and department meetings

12:00-12:30      Lunch (on your own)

12:30-4:00        Volunteering – Community Service Day

                           Department and school meetings if needed

Thursday/Friday, August 29-30

Department meetings as needed

Volunteers needed

August’s college-wide community service day will be held on Wednesday, August 27 between 12:30 and 4:00 p.m. (specific times vary by opportunity).There are opportunities for 200 volunteers. This is a great way for employees to engage and support the communities where our students and families live and work. For those who cannot volunteer in August, there will be another opportunity during October College Community Days.










Published July 24, 2019. Updated August 2, 2019.

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 August 2, 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. Updated August 2, 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. Updated August 2, 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. Updated August 2, 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 24, 2019.