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Nominate a Mid-Year Graduation Speaker

As the end of the fall term nears, it's time to consider nominating a student graduate to be the Mid-Year Graduation speaker. This is an honor for the student and the program they represent.

Please fill out the nomination form and email it to Student Life or drop it off at the Student Life office by November 12. Be sure to get the permission of the student you're nominating before submitting the form. Also, it's essential that we have a current phone number and active email address so we can contact the student directly.

Ceremony information:
-Thursday, December 17, 2009           
-6:30 p.m.
-H. Douglas Redsten Gymnasium, Truax Campus
-3550 Anderson St.
-Madison, WI

Thank you!

 

Published November 4, 2009.

Payroll System Down Thursday

The Payroll system will be down on Thursday, November 5, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. During this time you will not be able to access the "time entry" area or view your "pay advice" information.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Questions?
Contact the Payroll Office at (608) 258-2341.

 

Published November 4, 2009.

WPS Changes Coverage Guidelines for H1N1

The H1N1 flu virus is something we're all concerned about.

We wanted to let you know WPS Health Insurance has changed its coverage guidelines for Tamiflu and Relenza (the medication used to treat the illness) to coincide with the Center for Disease Control guidelines.

If you have WPS insurance, please take time to review these changes.
 

Published November 4, 2009.

Help Desk Convocation Day Support

Technology Services will offer minimal support on Friday (October 30) so staff can attend Convocation Day activities.

The Help Desk will be closed to walk-in traffic. The Help Desk phone will offer emergency support for critical system failures from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Word Processing, Graphics, and Duplicating will also be closed for the day. The copier area (room 226) will be open...but not staffed.

Questions?
Contact Terrie Thorstad at (608) 246-6113.
 

Published October 29, 2009.

Textbook Adoptions Due November 1

Don't forget to send your textbook adoptions and class supply lists for spring 2010 to the bookstores by November 1.

Textbook adoption forms have been distributed in your mailboxes. Please contact your bookstore with any questions. If you did not receive the forms or need more, please let your bookstore know, and we'll make sure that you get what you need from us.

It's critical that we receive this information from you to allow us time to prepare the used buyback list. Used book buyback will be held during final exam week (December 14-18).

We continue to offer the option of placing your textbook adoptions online. Please indicate the campus that your course is held. Start by going to the Madison Area Technical College Bookstore webpage, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Faculty”. Fill in the boxes on this page, and then click “Submit” when finished. Upon submission, you will receive an e-mail confirming your order.

Questions?
Contact the matcbookstore@madisoncollege.edu " rel="nofollow">Bookstore at or (608) 246-6017.

Together We Can Help Students Save Money!
Two students benefit from one used book! Your current student receives cash back at buyback, and your future student saves money purchasing the same book next semester!  The bookstores will be buying used books based on the information provided by you. When selecting your textbooks, keep in mind that we will order whatever book you choose. If it's your intention to order a custom or bundled textbook, please keep in mind that the ability to buy back used copies is affected. Custom publications and bundles will not be available from a used book wholesaler. After completing a course, students may not be able to sell the bundled or custom books to the bookstore due to missing or incomplete components. If ordering a bundled textbook, it's critical that you inform us which components (CD’s access codes, study guides, etc.) are used for your class so we can collect them at buyback.

Questions?
Contact Bettie Coffey (Truax) at (608) 246-6017.
Contact Kathy Last or Don Wesolowski (Downtown) at (608) 258-2417.

Thank you for your support in this continuing effort to better serve our students!
 

Published October 29, 2009.

Updated Convocation Schedule

Just a reminder that the Mid-Semester Convocation will be held on Friday, October 30. This year's theme is “Taking Risks to Foster Student Success.”

The program includes:
-President Barhorst's message
-New College logo preview
-Employee Recognition Award winners
-Devi Bhargava Award winner
-Breakout sessions on H1N1, TelePresence and more!

Thursday evening's abbreviated convocation is intended for part-time faculty who cannot attend on Friday, but any employee is welcome to attend.

The Truax Marketplace Cafeteria will be open for lunch with special deals for those employees pledging to the Combined Charitable campaign.

There will also be a Silent Auction. Department and unit meetings will round out the afternoon.

Thanks.

Patrick Barlow
(608) 246-6910
Employee Development Director
 

Published October 29, 2009.

H1N1 Vaccine Update

We had hoped to reschedule our flu shot clinics at a later date, but a nationwide shortage of the vaccine will most likely prevent that from happening. 

State officials just released an update of the amount of H1N1 vaccine available and who will be the first to receive it. Pregnant women, small children, health care professionals and people with underlying health conditions are at the top of the list.

At this time we recommend you contact your local hospital/clinic to find out when the vaccine will be available.

We'll continue to work with public health officials to keep you informed on the H1N1 flu.

In the meantime, it's very important you follow these guidelines:
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water.
• Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers between hand washings.
• Avoiding rubbing your eyes, nose, or mouth.
• Avoid close contact with sick people.
• Stay home if you're sick.
•If you have flu-like symptoms stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).

Questions? Contact:
Employee Wellness at (608) 243-4133.
Joshua Cotiller at (608) 246-6291.
Anna Marie Hoffmann at (608) 246-6027.

 


Published October 28, 2009.

Blackboard Course Retention Procedure

Our Blackboard storage capacity is full. That means we need to make more room or our Blackboard software systems may be jeopardized.

A Blackboard Learning System Term Course Retention Procedure has been developed to address elimination of course copies no longer needed. Implementation of this new procedure will help to free up some much needed space for new courses.

Here's some preliminary information regarding our plan to begin implementation of this procedure:
1. As of November 24, 2009, term course shells older than two (2) years will be removed from Blackboard. Master and other course shells will continue to be retained on the Blackboard system (see below for definitions of term, master, and other course shells). Going forward, this process will regularly occur after each term as part of regular routine maintenance.
2. Retaining copies of the syllabus, electronic gradebook and electronic student work is the sole responsibility of the instructor. Instructors should always make copies of the gradebook or download student work prior to removal of the course. CETL is developing training and resource materials to help faculty save and store any necessary content. A session at Convocation will be available to faculty and staff regarding this effort and additional resource materials will be available in the near future.
3. An email message to individual faculty and staff indicating the specific term courses that will be affected by this process is coming in the next week.
4. Please check back periodically for updated information on the Blackboard Resource page.  

Definitions:
Term class shell - A class shell created for single term use (i.e. Fall 2009).  A term shell must be created for each term Blackboard is used for the class, and will automatically receive daily updates of student rosters. A term shell is the only class shell that should be used for students.

Master class shell - A class shell created in Blackboard for use as a template to copy to term class shells. A master shell is for development only and will not receive student rosters.

Other class shell - a class shell created for institutional usage, for groups or departments. Other class shells will not receive student rosters, and rosters must be maintained by the class shell owner.

Questions?
Contact Andrea Deau at (608) 243-4503 or Sandy Philip at (608) 246-6361.

 

Published October 28, 2009.

Flu Clinics Cancelled

Due to a national seasonal flu vaccine shortage, we had to cancel our on-campus flu vaccine clinic scheduled for Wednesday, October 28 and Friday, October 30.

We hope to reschedule the clinic for later in the year (depending on the availability of the vaccine).

Our H1N1 vaccination clinic scheduled for October 29 and 30 has also been cancelled. We will continue to work with the Madison Public Health Department and Dane County health officials on having a future vaccination clinic (again depending on availability of the vaccine).

In the meantime, it's very important you follow these guidelines:
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water.
• Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers between hand washings, or when soap and water isn’t available.
• Avoiding rubbing your eyes, nose, or mouth.
• Avoid close contact with sick people, preferably 6 feet or more.
• Stay home if you're sick. If you have flu-like symptoms stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).

Questions? Contact:
Employee Wellness at (608) 243-4133.
Joshua Cotiller at (608) 246-6291.
Anna Marie Hoffmann at (608) 246-6027.

 

Published October 27, 2009.

CETL News: October 26, 2009

Learn about upcoming programs, new resources and special events in this week’s CETL News Blast. (PDF: 107 KB).

Questions?
Call CETL at (608) 246-6646.

Published October 26, 2009.

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