Virtual storefront for branded business essentials launched

The Communications and Strategic Marketing department has unveiled a new Madison College virtual storefront – www.matcstorefront.com. This online resource will serve as a one-stop shop for college-branded business essentials, such as business cards, name badges and other frequently purchased specialty items. It will replace and simplify the process of ordering from multiple vendors.

This new site provides a central location for which to order branded items and downloadable templates. As the storefront progresses, more items will be added to include customized, department-specific materials that will be uniquely visible under each department’s username and password. 

Department leaders will assign a department or program specific master-user who will be able to both place and approve orders. Some departments may also opt to have sub-user accounts, which will permit others to place orders while still allowing master-user final approval. Please note that you must set up an account before you are allowed access to the storefront.

This new online storefront is meant to complement our internal resources such as strategic marketing requests, educational graphics and/or duplicating requests. It is simply a supplemental resource that makes it easier for authorized college staff and faculty to order branded print materials and merchandise.

If you have questions regarding this new process or wish to create an account please contact Chelsey McKay Bowers, senior marketing and operations liaison.

Learn more about ordering instructions, including how to set up a user account.

Published April 19, 2017.

President Daniels summarizes District Board meeting

Madison College Faculty and Staff,

The following business was conducted during the April 5, 2017, meeting of the Madison College District Board. Visit the Madison College District Board page to access the complete meeting agenda and supporting documents.

Capital Projects Borrowing

The Board adopted a resolution awarding the sale of $4,235,00 in general obligation promissory notes to Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley & Co. These funds will finance the acquisition of moveable equipment and technology ($2.735 million) and building remodeling and improvement projects ($1.5 million).

New Program Approval – Risk Management and Insurance Technical Diploma

The Board approved the expansion of the current certificate program to a technical diploma. The expansion will expose students to broader topics such as business organization, marketing and finance.

Named Gifts

The Board approved the naming of the Tommy G. Thompson Health Simulation Center in the Health Education Building by TGT Charity Inc. and The New American Policy Institute, Inc.

Budget Items

The Board approved the following budget-related items:

  • Fiscal Year 2016-17 Budget Amendment
  • Fiscal Year 2017-18 Student Help Pay Rate
  • Establishment of May 3, 2017, as the annual budget public hearing for the proposed Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget

Consent Agenda – All Items Approved

  • General fund financial report as of February 28, 2017
  • Request for proposals/request for bids/sole sources
  • Supplier payments greater than or equal to $2,500, and schedule of checks issued for the period February 16, 2017, through March 15, 2017
  • Employment of personnel
  • Resignations and Separations

Jack E. Daniels, Ph.D.


Published April 12, 2017.

Chef Bonanno to demonstrate at next Chef Series

Chef Daniel Bonanno will present “The Making of a Pig in a Fur Coat” at the next Chef Series on Wednesday, April 19, from 6-8 p.m. in the Truax demonstration kitchen.

Born in Kenosha, Bonanno grew up in an Italian household where he discovered his passion for food at an early age. Upon graduating high school, he attended Le Cordon Bleu in Minnesota. He then interned at Grand Geneva Resort and began working at Mangia Trattoria in Kenosha.

Having a love for Italian cuisine, Bonanno decided to study abroad at Apicius Culinary School in Florence, Italy. There, he worked at a number of Michelin-rated restaurants and submerged himself into the culture. When he returned to the states, Bonanno began working at the nationally-acclaimed restaurant Spiaggia in Chicago.

Madison was the perfect location to put what he learned in Italy to use; he opened A Pig in a Fur Coat with co-owner Bonnie Arent. Within months, A Pig in a Fur Coat was named “Best New Restaurant” and by the end of the year Bonanno was nominated for the “Rising Star Chef” award. 

Published April 10, 2017. Updated April 24, 2017.

Recap of Assembly meeting—March 22, 2017

The College Assembly met on Wednesday, March 22.

Mark Thomas updated the Assembly on the status of the Downtown Campus ground lease. At the time of the meeting, the proposals were close to being shared with the public. Next steps are a review by the District Board of Trustees, Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) review, and hopefully a lease agreement in late fall.

The five proposals (since released to the public) came from:

  • Alexander Company
  • Baum Revision/Gardner Capital
  • CDSmith/HKS Holdings
  • Hovde Properties
  • Sherman Associates

Dr. Keith Cornille led a detailed enrollment and recruitment update. He shared that the College has experienced a 3.9 percent overall enrollment decrease since the 2013-14 academic year. Other WTCS colleges have seen similar decreases, although those decreases happened earlier and more gradual than the more recent, sudden dips Madison College has had.

To help boost enrollment, a recruitment unit was established in Aug. 2015 and included a manager and five recruiters. The areas of concentration in the recruiting plan are prospective students in high schools, adult learners, community and faith based organizations, and community outreach that also includes campus tours.

Lucas Dock, recruitment manager, reported increases in outreach across the board. Highlights include a 129 percent increase in high school visits during the fall 2016 and more than a thousand applications resulting directly from “How to apply” sessions held in area high schools.

Dean of Enrollment Services, Lori Sebranek, reported a current increase in applications. She also detailed new summer and continuing student enrollment initiatives which include placing advisors in the classroom, faster awarding of transfer credit, hosting registration labs and intensive marketing efforts.

Provost Turina Bakken gave a presentation on “How Learner Success Allocates Positions.” She spoke of a flexible, holistic and situation-dependent process designed to manage staff talent, increase stability and quality of instruction, and grow even in the face of constrained resources.

Student Senator Tina Marshalek summarized work being addressed by the Senate. Topics on their table include textbook cost reduction, student homelessness and commuter services. Alex Hipler, Student Senate President shared with the Assembly that Tina has been elected as the Senate President for 2017-18.

Mike Kent gave a loop-out presentation on Career Pathways on behalf of the Employee Relations and Professional Development (ERPD) Council. The presentation touched on how to create and support effective career and employment opportunities for Madison College employees.

The Council is working on a policy that will establish and help sustain professional development and hiring processes and use talent effectively. The Assembly requested the PowerPoint presentation for further individual review and feedback.

Mark Thomas presented the Finance Council’s recommendations for budget reductions. This was the second reading of the proposal. The Assembly thumbed the recommendations.

Nominations for this year’s Terry S. Webb Leadership Award are being accepted until March 31. Any student or employee serving on a Shared Governance body is eligible. The award will be announced at the Student Leadership Banquet on April 20.

The College Assembly will next meet on Wednesday, April 12. Expected agenda items include a presentation on textbook affordability from the Student Affairs Council, a Workload update and a first report on a Facilities Master Plan Policy.    

Published April 5, 2017. Updated April 7, 2017.

Meet the new RCC counselor and advocate

Annette Haas is the new college campus counselor/advocate with the Rape Crisis Center (RCC), which serves all of Dane County. In her role at Madison College, she will work with individuals affected by sexual violence through counseling, advocacy services and outreach prevention.

Starting the week of March 27, Haas will begin to see new clients. She is located with Counseling Services at the Truax campus, Room D1450.

Haas’ regular office hours are Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To make an appointment with her or receive immediate support, please call the Rape Crisis Center 24/7 Helpline at 608-251-7273.

Published March 31, 2017. Updated April 6, 2017.

Website application URLs updated

The Madison College website functionality relies on a number of applications. Some of these applications include the forms database, calendars, an event request form, hardware/software requisition and the salary report. These applications have recently moved to an upgraded server which offers better security, a cleaner interface and faster page load times.

Moving to a new server means the applications will have new URLs. Instead of intranet.madisoncollege.edu/, the new URL will be apps.madisoncollege.edu/. All links to the applications need to be updated with the new URL. A redirect for the old URLs is in place for six months.

Web page content owners whose pages contain links to any of the above applications should work with their web author to ensure that the correct updated URL is used. If you need assistance identifying your web author for madisoncollege.edu, please contact the Web Strategy Group.

Questions or concerns can be logged with the Help Desk

Published March 22, 2017. Updated April 6, 2017.

Dr. Daniels to present at Shared Governance Forum

There will be a Forum on Shared Governance at Madison College moderated by Dr. Daniels Thursday, March 23, from 1-3 p.m. in Room D1630B at the Truax campus. All members of the college community are invited to attend.

Dr. Daniels will provide his observations regarding the maturation of our shared governance practice. Attendees will engage in discussion and activities to assess shared governance practice at the college. The forum will conclude with Dr. Daniels overviewing a process for how the college will continue to advance the practice of shared governance. 

Published March 20, 2017. Updated April 6, 2017.

Provost informs faculty of textbook adoption

Greetings faculty,

As the spring semester marches quickly to Graduation, I hope you are all doing well. As you likely know, this is the time of the semester that the textbook adoption notice is sent out from the Provost’s office. As I did in the fall, instead of simply sending what went out in the past, I wanted to connect the meaningful work being done by the Student Affairs Council (SAC) and the Bookstore team in developing and leading strategies to lower the cost of textbooks for our students. The information below was collaboratively prepared by the SAC and the Bookstore team. That good work is continuing, but this adoption reminder is a perfect time to generate some actions around the ideas generated so far. 

As faculty, you play a critical role in impacting our higher education access mission by helping lower the burden of textbook costs in whatever way is most meaningful to your course, program or department. I appreciate your consideration of these ideas, the importance of uniform and timely adoption as you think about what materials are the most relevant and valuable for your department/program team, course team and ultimately for students.

Special thanks to the Student Affairs Council, led by co-chairs Kevin Foley and Nadia Rahman. Also, special thanks to the Bookstore team, led by Mike Panten and Scott Heiman. As always, if you have ideas, interests, concerns or questions, please let the SAC team or Bookstore team know. This is another spotlight example of how we are all working together to advance our mission and make our student’s lives better.


Dr. Turina Bakken

Published March 20, 2017. Updated April 6, 2017.

Recap of Assembly meeting—March 8, 2017

As recently announced in Matters, the format has been changed for the College Assembly meeting recaps. Going forward, these twice-monthly updates will be similar in format to President Daniels’ monthly District Board summaries.

All employees can find more detailed information on Council and Assembly activity via the Shared Governance SharePoint site.

The College Assembly convened Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

Staff from the Grant Development and Implementation Office presented an educational spotlight on grant funding at Madison College. Their overview included some interesting facts:

  • An average of $19 to $20 million per year from roughly 40 active grants are in effect at any given time.
  • Grant revenue has recently increased by $2.5 million per year.
  • Grants have become increasingly more competitive.
  • Any employee seeking a grant must go through the college’s grant application process.

The Assembly heard an update on the Student Senate election. Tina Marshalek was elected Senate president. Marshalek reported that voter turnout was low, and the election took place earlier in the year than it typically does.

The Academic Council presented a slightly revised Faculty Emeritus Policy. The policy had been thumbed in September, but Dr. Daniels had concerns about the original version. He wanted the policy to be specific to faculty and felt the application process should be more rigorous. The revised Faculty Emeritus Policy was thumbed and will be shared with Dr. Daniels.

Several members of the Finance Council were present as Mark Thomas presented the latest budget update and led a discussion concerning further reducing the current budget deficit (the deficit currently is $1.5 million). The council boiled cost reductions down to three areas: personnel, non-personnel and services.

Due to a goal established by the District Board, the council and Budget Office team are making every effort to avoid tapping into the entire contingency fund. Contingency dollars exist to:

  • Cushion revenue shortfalls
  • Serve as support for particular volatile expenses, on a one-time basis
  • Support one-time initiatives

The council’s recommendations on personnel and non-personnel savings were estimated to save the college $1,105,000. These savings would result from establishing new or updated policies related to catering, cell phone stipends, professional dues/memberships/subscriptions and travel, and health insurance costs.

The college is still working on reducing personnel costs without layoffs, along with expenses for services. Another of the Board’s goals is to reduce personnel spending to less than 80 percent of the total general fund spending in 2017-18.

The Council plans to walk the District Board through the recommendations via a workshop on Wednesday, March 15. A complete view of budget recommendations and goals are available via SharePoint.

Topics likely to be covered at the March 22 Assembly meeting are spotlights on:

  • Recruiting/Enrollment
  • Faculty Position Allocations

Discussion items will include:

  • Finance Council – Budget presentation (second reading)
  • Academic Council – Workload presentation (first reading)
  • IT Council – (first reading)
  • ERPD Council – Career Opportunities (loop out)

The meeting is scheduled from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Truax campus, Room D1630B. Please remember that all approved meeting minutes, agendas, policies and memberships can be found in SharePoint.

Published March 20, 2017. Updated April 6, 2017.

Register now for Tech Academy

Register now for Tech Academy and take advantage of this free professional development opportunity on campus.

Tech Academy will be held during spring break this year, on March 14–16. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. The event will kick off at 9 a.m. with keynote speaker Scott Amyx, who is one of the foremost thought leaders in the Internet of Things. Breakfast is included with registration.

There will be three tracks of breakout sessions that include topics such as: augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR); SharePoint; must-have apps; Blackboard; MS Office 365; purchasing your own PC; soap making; data solutions; mobile photography; Kahoot and much more.

Other highlights include a health fair, nature walk, lab showcase and scavenger hunt. View a tentative schedule of activities here, and session descriptions here.

Register now on Eventbrite.

Published March 6, 2017. Updated April 6, 2017.