IBPS offers information, training opportunity

Wondering who the folks are at Madison College who facilitate and offer training for Interest-Based Problem Solving? Are you familiar with the benefits of Shared Governance for the college and the students we serve? Would you like to get involved? Here is an opportunity to find out.

IBPS and the Office of Organizational Excellence will host a full day of sharing, lunch and learning Friday, April 19, starting at 9 a.m., in Room 309 in the Health Building. This event is an opportunity to learn about facilitation, training and professional development opportunities. Find out more about some of the trainings and projects that IBPS and the Office of Organizational Excellence have been facilitating during the past year, along with upcoming 2019 events, enjoy lunch (provided) and participate in an afternoon of training.

Everyone is welcome. Anyone interested in learning more about the IBPS Fellows, training, Shared Governance support and facilitation services offered by the Office of IBPS is welcome to attend. The group is working to expand its talented pool of IBPS facilitators and trainers, so those who attend can learn about upcoming opportunities to work with the team. 

Those who have been involved with IBPS training and facilitation are encouraged to attend. This is an opportunity to reflect on some of the great work being done and to share experiences among those who have found great success in applying IBPS as a tool to influence positive change and others who want to learn more about best practices in facilitation, negotiation and arriving at a solution everyone can agree upon. Additionally, attendees will learn about training and facilitation service to college opportunities.

The event will include lunch and refreshments.

Accomodations can be made for anyone able to make if for just part of the day. Please contact the Office of IBPS and RSVP for this special event by registering for this session through Madison College Learn.

For more information about IBPS training and facilitation services, please contact M. Jill List, Office of Interest-Based Problem Solving, at 608.243.4700 or mjlist1@madisoncollege.edu.

Published March 18, 2019. Updated March 20, 2019.

Wireless infrastructure upgrade coming to Truax

During the week of spring break, Madison College’s Truax Campus wireless infrastructure will be upgraded.

Technology Services will be working on the installation March 18-22.  Work includes upgrading the wireless access points and connecting them to the upgraded software.

During the installation, access for faculty, staff, students and guests will be tested and once the upgrade is complete, the network at Truax and Health Services will be put into production use. This should have no impact for people using the network.

It is very important that Tech Services is aware of any issues that may come up, and the department welcomes and encourages employees' feedback. 

Anyone who notices any issues is encouraged to reach out to the Technology Services Help Desk and ask that the ticket be sent to the Networking Group. Tech Services is constantly working to ensure that the products and support it provides are meeting employees' needs and working as they should.

The Help Desk can be reached by calling 608.246.6666.

Published March 13, 2019.

New QPR training to support student mental health

As part of College-wide efforts to support students' mental health and well-being, two QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) trainings will be held in March and April at the Truax campus. All faculty and staff are invited to participate. Additional future training dates will be added at all campuses starting in Fall. 

QPR: Helping Distressed Students and Preventing Suicide

  • Friday, March 22, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Room 311, Health Education Building, Truax
  • Wednesday, April 24, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Room C2448, Truax Main Building, Truax

QPR offers three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. In this 90-minute training you will learn to:

  1. Recognize signs of distress
  2. Recognize warning signs of suicide
  3. Intervene and offer hope
  4. Connect people with help

After completing this training, all participants will become "Certified QPR Gatekeepers." Please bring a phone or mobile device as a large part of the presentation is interactive.

How to register: 

Please register via the new “Madison College Learn” platform. Search for “QPR.” Employees can contact Alex Secrest in CETL if there are problems registering. 

Would you like this training for your department or school?

To schedule a future QPR training for a school or department, contact Lisa Lanting

Other questions about the training? Please contact Lisa Lanting.

Published March 12, 2019. Updated March 13, 2019.

Limited tickets remain for March 11 'Body is not an Apology' presentation

Dear Colleagues and Students:

Sonya Renee Taylor is an internationally renowned author, humanitarian and poet who has won multiple poetry slams in the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Scotland, Sweden and the Netherlands. In equal measure, she is an educator, social justice advocate and founder of “The Body is not an Apology” movement.

Sponsored by the Madison College Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, Taylor will bring her message about global, radical, unapologetic self-love to the Mitby Theater from 7-9 p.m. Monday, March 11. This “self-love,” Taylor says, translates to human love and action toward a more just, equitable and compassionate world. It strives to reduce body terrorism – lynching, slavery, internment camps, rape and other extreme attrocities against people who have been marginalized – by empowering individuals to accept who they are and claim their space in conversations in which they have been noticeably silent.

Taylor is a plus-sized African-American Woman who identifies as queer. Though many themes will be woven throughout the fabric of her presentation, her overarching message is one to which we can all relate: "Our society tells us fatness is not beautiful. Blackness is not beautiful. So even while reclaiming size diversity as beautiful, the presence of Blackness complicates the narrative. It is this unwillingness to wade through the murky waters of race that make Black and Brown women invisible even in the places where we say we are trying to make people seen." It’s a provocative message that transcends race, gender identity, socio-economic status and demographics.

Tickets to the event are free and will be available until all seats are filled. To reserve yours, click here. We hope you’ll join us for a presentation that promises to motivate, inspire and challenge you to look at yourself pridefully – with no apologies.



Lucía Nuñez
Vice President
Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement


Published February 27, 2019. Updated March 1, 2019.

College Assembly hears updates on program chair pilot, Facilities Master Plan

The College Assembly met on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019.
Cat Larsen shared that the Student Senate is looking for new members and reminded the Assembly the Senate meets weekly and that everyone is welcome.

Spotlight: Enrollment and Recruiting

Lori Sebranek, VP of admissions, and Cary Heyer, director of Communications and Strategic Marketing, shared a look at enrollment trends. They posed the question, “How can we use the resources we have to meet prospective students where they are?”

Our enrollment and marketing teams have analyzed how the college’s strategic, academic and facilities plans address enrollment. Sebranek reported that national studies show 61 percent of college students enroll in the first college they touch.

Recruitment, enrollment, marketing and admissions outreach teams are devising new ways to corral new inquiries toward starting at Madison College. In 2020, they plan to introduce a new application, a streamlined admissions process and more progressive targeted communications.

Program chair pilot program

AVPs Shawna Carter and Bryan Woodhouse, and Dean Erin Kohl presented an update on the program chair model. The pilot began with a directive from President Daniels.

The Schools of Business and Applied Arts and Human and Protective Services have implemented the pilot program so far. The pilot has evolved, with program chairs supporting part-time faculty and incorporating learned best practices.

Carter reported that having program chairs has helped push decision making to an appropriate level. Deans and associate deans still oversee supervisory relationships. 

Being a program chair is viewed as professional development. The goal is to eventually tailor opportunities to each individual chair. The team is developing a job profile that will incorporate appropriate compensation and contracts. 

Concerns were raised over additional work for faculty and little to no consideration of PSRP staff for the roles. Kohl reminded the group the model is still in pilot form.

Facilities Master Plan update

Members of the Facilities Council reported on the 10-year Facilities Master Plan and “what happens next.” 

The council reached out to all stakeholder groups at the college to create a program-driven framework that addresses long-term facility needs.

General themes of the plan include:

  • Offering more online courses to reduce space needs
  • Providing more services and classes at regional campuses
  • Creating more active learning classrooms
  • Using existing space more efficiently

Action items

The first action item came from the part-time faculty union. They want the College Assembly to create a task force to establish mandatory minimum criteria for the course assignment process before fall 2019 courses are assigned. 

The issue is part of the operational guidelines discussed in the Professional Workload Policy, which was approved in fall 2018. As such, the policy was thumbed down in College Assembly and ultimately overridden by President Daniels. 

Many questions were raised and the action item was thumbed down. 

The Institutional Effectiveness Council asked for thumbs on the concept of their issue, “How can Madison College promote, sustain, and develop an evidence-based culture?” 

The Assembly thumbed requested edits to the Professional Development Council’s issue statements regarding opportunities for employee professional and career development.

Next meeting

The Assembly will meet again on Wednesday, March 13 from 2-4 p.m. in Truax Room E3850.

Published February 25, 2019.

March open office hours rescheduled

President Jack Daniels has rescheduled his open office hours in March. His next open office hours are scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, from 1-2:30 p.m. In April, faculty and staff can visit with him Tuesday, April 2, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. 

Published February 20, 2019. Updated March 4, 2019.

Beware of secret shopper scams

DATE:  February 19, 2019

TO: All Students

FROM: Shawn Belling, Chief Information Officer (interim)

RE: Secret Shopper Email Phishing Scam

Throughout the past week, Madison College’s Technology Services department and the UW Credit Union have heard reports of students who have been targeted in a 'secret shopper' scam. We don't want any students to be victimized by this type of activity. Here are the common 'red flags' for this financial scam:

  • You, the student, receive a solicitation via your Madison College email
  • The so-called 'job' involves you being a secret shopper, completing surveys and/or buying iTunes gift cards
  • You, the student, are then told you will receive an out of state cashier’s check in the amount of $2,985. These checks are fraudulent and worthless.
  • The end game of this scam, is to have you, the victim of the scam, send money to the originator of the scam. This leaves you, the student, with the loss of any money you sent the scam originator from your bank or credit union.

In most cases, if something sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true. Scammers of this nature leverage our emotional reactions that can cloud rational thinking. Contact the Madison College Help Desk at 608.246.6666 if you are uncertain whether an email is a scam.  


Published February 20, 2019. Updated February 22, 2019.

Get involved in Gender and Expression

An interdisciplinary team is planning activities for this spring term that increase awareness and visibility of “Gender and Expression”. The goal is to unite efforts addressing the campus culture through a recognition of issues affecting students and the college community. To gain help promoting a “Gender and Expression” themed event and linking it to others, email genderandexpression@madisoncollege.edu.

The team includes representatives from the Center for International Education, Dean of Students Office, Office for Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, Student Life, Intercultural Exchange and a student representative.


Published February 20, 2019.

CIO Shawn Belling issues phishing warning

DATE:  February 18, 2019

TO: All Faculty and Staff

FROM: Shawn Belling, Chief Information Officer (interim)

RE: Technology Services Phishing Warning

Madison College Information Security has identified Phishing emails targeting Madison College faculty and staff who receive high volumes of invoices, purchase orders and payment-related messaging. These targeted spear phishing e-mails contain standard Microsoft Office files (.doc, .xls, etc) with embedded macros, which will download computer viruses when opened.

These cyber criminals are targeting Madison College administrators, payroll personnel and office assistants. These spear phishing e-mails appear to be individualized, but most of the email samples appear to be templates or forms.  They may even use spoofed Madison College users as the sender. This phishing campaign is deliberate, persistent, and presents significant risk to the college due to the advanced malware and techniques used.

The most prevalent virus is EMOTET. EMOTET is a banking Trojan, steals financial account information and sensitive personal data.  Trend Micro, an antivirus and security firm, tracked EMOTET and identified 8,528 unique URLs, 5,849 documents, and 571 executables between June 1, 2018 and September 15, 2018.  Since September, these numbers have likely increased substantially.  Trend Micro also tracked the source of this Trojan to a time zone in Eastern Russia.  The current versions of EMOTET could provide full remote access, collect Outlook contact lists, keystrokes, passwords and camera/microphone usage.

Madison College Information Security or the Helpdesk will reach out to you if our systems detect a virus. However, if you see a virus alert, please contact the Technology Services Helpdesk immediately at 608.246.6666 and someone will walk you through the next steps. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly or contact the Technology Services Helpdesk for assistance. 


Published February 18, 2019.

College raising awareness of gender expression

An interdisciplinary team is planning activities to address the campus culture and climate through awareness of issues affecting students and the Madison College community. The team hopes to increase visibility of important topics through a thematic approach, each semester. Team members Include representatives from the Center for International Education, Dean of Students Office, Office for Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, Student Life, Intercultural Exchange and a student representative.

The theme for spring 2019 is “Gender and Expression." This theme encompasses how people choose to express gender and how society expects people to express gender. Individuals are encouraged to consider how Gender & Expression can be joined into planned activities for spring. To learn more about Gender & Expression activities, visit the Diversity and Multicultural programming page or reach out via email for help in promoting a Gender & Expression event.


Published February 11, 2019. Updated February 13, 2019.