Dr. Daniels recaps July 11 District Board meeting

Madison College Faculty and Staff,

The following business was conducted during the July 11, 2016, meeting of the Madison College District Board. Follow this link to access the complete meeting agenda and supporting documents.

Annual Organizational Meeting of the Board
The oath of office was administered for new Board member Marcia Whittington, along with reappointed Board members Joseph Hasler and Shawn Pfaff. The Board accepted the slate of officers of the Ad Hoc Nominations Committee and for FY 2016-2017, Frances Huntley-Cooper will serve as Board chair, Joseph Hasler will serve as vice-chair, Arlyn Halvorson will serve as treasurer and Shiva Bidar-Sielaff will serve as secretary. The Board also decided that they will continue to meet the first Wednesday of each month.

Madison College Financial Report
Dorothy Conduah, lead for the College financial report, and the Finance Department were recognized for receiving a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the annual comprehensive annual financial report. This is the highest recognition in government accounting and financial reporting.

Personnel Actions
Chuck McDowell, retiring vice president for Human Resources, was recognized for his more than five years of service to the College. During that time he led human resources through the Act 10 transition, Workday implementation, and actively participated in the development of shared governance.

Capital Projects Borrowing
The Board adopted a resolution awarding the sale of $4,235,000 in general obligation promissory notes. These funds will be used for building remodeling and improvement ($1.5 million) and acquisition of moveable equipment and technology ($2.735 million).

Legal Services
The Board authorized staff to execute letters of engagement with Boardman and Clark for legal services related to real estate, development and property management; and with Quarles and Brady for bond counsel for FY2016-17.

New Program Approvals
The Sustainable Farm to Table one year technical diploma and the Addiction Studies less than one year technical diploma were approved by the Board. 

Consent Agenda – All Items Approved

  • General fund financial report as of May 31, 2016
  • Request for proposals/request for bids/sole sources
  • Supplier payments greater than or equal to $2,500 for the period May 16, 2016, through June 15, 2016, and schedule of checks issued for the period May 14, 2016, through June 17, 2016
  • Employment of personnel
  • Resignations and Separations
  • Retirements

Jack E. Daniels, Ph.D.


Published July 15, 2016.

Construction Update: Culinary Addition and Childcare

What’s new?

Phase one of construction is really coming together. Tiling finishes are being installed in the freezers and dry storage area. The large aluminum overhead doors of the lounge have been installed, as well as ceiling grid, mechanical, electrical and plumbing finishes. Childcare finishes are close to completion.

Projects completed in the past weeks:                                                         

  • The aluminum storefront in the demonstration room was installed
  • Slab-on-grade concrete was poured in part of phase two of the cafeteria area
  • Demolition continues in the existing Student Development Center, Student Life and UW Credit Union

Coming up in the weeks ahead:

  • Removal of the temporary material access and installation of the last aluminum storefront windows
  • Installation of ceiling grid in the seating and lounge area
  • The custom overhead doors will continue to be installed in the demonstration, culinary and bakery outlets
  • Food service equipment will continue to fill the skills lab, advanced lab and bakery rooms

Published July 13, 2016. Updated August 10, 2016.

Dr. Daniels reports reaffirmation of accreditation

To All Faculty, Staff and Students;

As we enjoy the summer, I share with you our recent notification of continued accreditation through 2026 from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Comprehensive Quality Review involved a multi-campus site visit in March of this year. The central purpose was to ensure we met the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation, Federal Compliance Requirements and Continuous Quality Improvement commitment. We successfully met all Core Components in each of the five Criteria, and consistent evidence of high performing organizations across the institution was displayed.     

With HLC’s Institutional Actions Council reaffirmation of accreditation, we are eligible to select the next pathway. Currently, presentations outlining our choices are being made to the Deans’ Council, Student Development and Success managers, and several Shared Governance Councils. A determination on the next pathway will be made by the end of July with collegial involvement and guidance. 

Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this exceptional and successful process.   

Jack E. Daniels, Ph.D.


Published July 13, 2016.

Dr. Daniels announces 2016 Convocation

Madison College Faculty and Staff,

Early in November 2015, Sarah Fritz, dean of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, convened an impact team to determine the purpose of Convocation, and to assess if Convocation in its current form was an engaging, mission-centered event that met the needs of college employees.

During the early meetings, the team identified interests related to Convocation’s purpose. They looped out and collected feedback from deans and managers across campus. They were attentive to the responses received, constructing the foundation of Convocation as celebrating, community building and information sharing.The criteria were activities that would be fiscally viable, logistically feasible and, ultimately, serve students. The common interests articulated were:

  • Engaging
  • Opportunity for team and community building
  • Time for collaboration (both within units and across units, schools, departments)
  • Deliver and share information – especially to hear from the President and other college leaders
  • Training
  • Professional development
  • Time for prep and planning (faculty interest)
  • As many people as possible are able to participate 

A recommendation, which met as many of the identified interests as possible, was brought to Cabinet in early May. Of note was an omission of professional development and training. The impact team intentionally removed this interest from Convocation as they believe the need for professional development can be met through expanded Tech and Learning Academies, along with additional ongoing professional development and training opportunities throughout the year.

Currently, the Fall 2016 Convocation will be held on Tuesday, August 23, and Wednesday, August 24. The format for this new event is being finalized in Cabinet while a steering team was appointed to attend to details. Items that will be included are: Opening Session, Learner Success Assembly, Cabinet Engagement Session, College Engagement Sessions, Faculty Prep Time, Campus Celebration Event and Community Outreach/Volunteer Activities. CETL will have additional information on its website soon. 

I invite all faculty and staff to participate in the Fall 2016 Convocation as we build together, upon our successes and create strategies to meet new challenges. 

Jack E. Daniels, Ph.D. 


Published July 8, 2016. Updated August 22, 2016.

UW Credit Union construction completed

What’s New?

The UW Credit Union space has been completed. Workers installed asphalt in the center court loading dock, though stripes still need to be painted. More concrete was poured at the south plaza site this week. Ceiling grid, paint and terrazzo flooring installation continued.

Projects completed in the past weeks:

  • The UW Credit Union was completed.
  • Concrete and gutter work was completed at the center court, and the front entry of the addition was started.
  • Demolition of the existing kitchen, bakery and WolfPack Den walls is nearing completion.
  • Ceiling grid installation began in the skills lab, meeting rooms and storage rooms.

Coming up in the weeks ahead:

  • Terrazzo flooring installation will continue in Hallway B13 and move into Hallway B16.
  • The last aluminum storefront window will be installed at the south elevation. This was the temporary material entrance.
  • Slab on grade concrete will be poured as the underground plumbing is completed.

Published June 27, 2016. Updated July 1, 2016.

Construction update: terrazzo flooring installation

Findorff will be installing terrazzo flooring in the north/south corridor from the Fitness Center stairs to the Public Safety Office. There will not be access to the music practice rooms and limited access to the music faculty offices A1023 between June 27 and July 15.

Please contact Fred Brechlin if you have any questions or concerns with this work.



Published June 22, 2016.

Randy Way named ASET associate dean

Please welcome Randy Way as the new associate dean in the School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology (ASET). Way comes to ASET from the School of Human and Protective Services where he served as a full-time faculty member in the Fire Protection Technician program, emphasizing in the science, technology, engineering and math aspects of the Fire program.

Way brings a great deal of experience to the role of associate dean. He was an Oregon High School technology education teacher, developed leadership skills as a fire lieutenant and village trustee and served the Wisconsin Army National Guard as a heavy wheeled vehicle technician. Way earned master's and bachelor's degrees in Career & Technical Education from UW-Stout and a certificate as a Certified Public Manager from UW-Madison. Way clearly has the passion and commitment for career and technical education. He will begin his new role in ASET on Friday, July 1.

Denise Reimer 

Dean of  Applied Science, Engineering, and Technology    

Published June 22, 2016. Updated June 29, 2016.

Terry Webb's retirement announced by Dr. Daniels

Madison College Faculty and Staff,

Provost Terry Webb has been the administrator co-chair of the College Assembly since its beginning. Over the past two years the shared governance framework has taken shape and has made substantial progress. Terry’s leadership and guidance has been instrumental in the evolution of our shared governance framework and processes. Dr. Keith Cornille, senior vice president for Student Development, will assume the role of the administrator co-chair of the Assembly upon Terry’s retirement. Please join me in the appreciation of the shared governance leadership that has been provided by Terry over the past two years.

Jack E. Daniels, III, Ph.D.


Published June 20, 2016.

Construction update: drainage along service drive

The City of Madison drainage swale project has begun in the ditch along the north side of the service drive at the north end of the wings. The drive will remain open but limited to one lane at periods during the day. Depending on weather, the project is scheduled to be complete Friday, July 22.


Published June 15, 2016.

Construction update: culinary additions and renovations

What’s New?

The UW Credit Union space is just about complete as the cabinetry and ceiling tile have been installed. The center court loading dock has been graded in preparation for curbs, gutters and asphalt. Workers continue to take down walls in the existing kitchen area. Additional slab-on-grade demolition and underslab plumbing will begin next week. Food service equipment will be installed as each room takes shape.

Projects completed in the past weeks:

  • Structural steel for the aluminum overhead doors has been installed for phase one
  • Tile setters have completed the floor tile in the bakery and installed the culinary and bakery outlets
  • UW Credit Union has been painted and flooring has been installed
  • Terrazzo flooring has been installed in the new mailroom hallway

Coming up in the weeks ahead:

  • UW Credit Union will have cabinetry, ceiling and lighting installed
  • Concrete will be placed in center court and the front entry
  • Demolition of the existing kitchen, bakery and student den will continue
  • Ceiling grid installation will begin in the skills lab and meeting rooms


Published June 13, 2016. Updated July 18, 2016.