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Cornille to oversee regional, metro campuses

Keith Cornille, senior vice president for Student Development and Success, has been appointed by President Jack Daniels to provide oversight of Madison College’s regional and metro campuses.

“These campuses do more than offer instruction,” Daniels says. “They provide a broad range of services to ensure students receive the support they need to succeed in college and in their communities.”

He explains that Dr. Cornille’s expertise in student development, plus his knowledge of best practices related to recruitment and enrollment management, will help ensure the college has systems in place to maximize efficiencies and effectiveness that are consistent with those at Truax while being responsive to the unique needs of each campus.

Tina Ahedo, manager of the Downtown Campus; Jennifer Bakke, Eastern Region dean; and Jim Falco, dean of the Northern Region, will report directly to Cornille.

Published August 12, 2016.

Dr. Daniels reviews District Board meeting

Madison College Faculty and Staff, 

The following business was conducted during the Aug. 3, meeting of the Madison College District Board. Visit the new website to access the complete meeting agenda and supporting documents.

Personnel Actions

James Falco, new Northern Region dean, was introduced to the Board. He came to Madison College from McHenry County College in Illinois where he was the executive dean of Education, Career and Technical Education. Prior to that he was director of Educational Programs and Planning, and held several administrative positions with National-Louis University.

QTI will assist the College in the recruitment of a new Vice President of Human Resources. Kristin Gebhardt, who was recently promoted to assistant vice president of Human Resources, will manage the day-to-day operations of human resources and will report directly to Dr. Daniels until the vice president position is filled.

Capital Projects Borrowing

The Board adopted a resolution, totaling $4,235,000, authorizing the College to begin the borrow process. These funds will be used for building remodeling and improvement ($1.5 million) and acquisition of moveable equipment and technology ($2.735 million). A resolution will be presented at the Sept. 7, Board meeting to award the sale of the bonds to the winning bidder.

Consent Agenda – All Items Approved

  • 38.14 service contracts – April-June 2016
  • Quarterly investment report as of June 30, 2016
  • Request for proposals/request for bids/sole sources
  • Supplier payments greater than or equal to $2,500 for the period June 16, 2016, through July 15, 2016, and schedule of checks issued for the period June 18, 2016, through July 15 , 2016
  • Employment of personnel
  • Resignations and Separations
  • Retirements

Jack E. Daniels, Ph.D.

President

Published August 10, 2016.

Construction Update: Phase One close to completion

What’s new?

The countdown has begun as we come close to completion of Phase One. The South plaza sidewalks and asphalt have been installed, and landscaping and brick paver work is underway. Ceiling tile installation has begun, as the electrical and mechanical contractors complete inspections. The casework in Gourmet Dining and Demonstration has been installed. Carpet has been installed in Hallway B16 and in the Lounge. We are installing steel studs as we continue to make progress on Phase Two. More underground plumbing and electrical work is being completed so additional slab-on-grade can be installed.

Projects completed in the past weeks:

  • The terrazzo flooring for Phase One was completed
  • South plaza parking area first layer of asphalt was installed
  • Concrete slab-on-grade pours continued for Phase Two
  • Doors and hardware have been installed in Phase One

Coming up in the weeks ahead:

  • Site work will continue in the South Plaza area with additional brick pavers, landscaping and sidewalks installed
  • Finish carpentry will be installed in Gourmet Dining and Childcare
  • Metal stud framing will continue for Phase Two
  • A large amount of interior underground plumbing and electrical work will continue to be installed in Phase Two

Published August 8, 2016. Updated August 24, 2016.

Dr. Daniels announces next pathway

To all Faculty and Staff,

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) notified the College in June of our continued accreditation through 2025-26. With this reaffirmation, we were eligible to select our next pathway. Vice President Tim Casper, Office of Institutional Learning and Effectiveness, made several presentations to groups across campus including Shared Governance Councils, Leadership Brown-bag, Dean’s Council and Student Development and Success Managers to explain our pathway choices.   

These presentations illustrated aspects of the 8-year AQIP Pathway cycle and the 10-year Open Pathway cycle. Common elements of both pathways included institutional self-analysis; evaluation by peers; and concluded with a decision-process related to re-affirmation of accreditation. An overview of activities outlined in the Open Pathway introduced the Assurance Review which is submitted in the fourth year, and the Quality Initiative submitted once during the fifth and ninth year. In year ten, the Comprehensive Evaluation, or site review, is conducted. Interests identified from these meetings highlighted choosing the Open Pathway would conserve our organizational resources (money as well as the time of faculty and staff) and support our culture of continuous improvement. 

On July 28, Madison College formally submitted our declaration for the Open Pathway. HLC has confirmed our selection, and I informed the District Board of our choice at the August 3 meeting. We will provide additional information to the College about the Open Pathway in the upcoming 2016-17 academic year. 

Jack E. Daniels, Ph.D.

President

Published August 5, 2016.

Construction Updates: Food service equipment and glass overhead doors

What’s New?

Excitement is growing as we near the completion of phase one. Workers have been busy painting and installing ceiling tiles, carpet and glass overhead doors. Food service equipment continues to be delivered and installed as the skills lab, advanced lab and bakery take shape.

Projects completed in the past weeks:  

  • The last aluminum storefront window and glass were installed to close the addition
  • Ceiling grid was completed in the seating and the lounge areas
  • Custom overhead doors were installed at demonstration, culinary and bakery outlets
  • Phase two demolition work continued with additional slab on grade demolition and underslab mechanical rough-ins

Coming up in the weeks Ahead:

  • The last portion of the terrazzo flooring will be installed at the front entrance of the addition
  • South plaza parking area curb and gutter and asphalt work will be completed
  • Concrete slab-on-grade will be poured for phase two
  • Doors and hardware will be installed 

Published July 22, 2016. Updated July 25, 2016.

Dr. Daniels announces Gebhardt's promotion

Madison College Faculty and Staff,

Kristin Gebhardt has been appointed the permanent Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Human Resources. Kristin was chosen after the College advertised internally for the position. Kristin has been interim in that role since Spring, 2016. As the College proceeds with the process of hiring a new Vice President of Human Resources, Kristin will report directly to me and will manage the day-to-day operations of Human Resources. Additionally, Kristin will serve as the Interim Co-chair of the Employee Relations and Professional Development Council (ERPD) and as a member of the Presidents’ Cabinet. Please join me in congratulating Kristin on her new appointment.

Jack E. Daniels, Ph.D.

President

Published July 20, 2016. Updated July 25, 2016.

Board of Trustees selects officers for 2016-17

Joseph Hasler of Reedsburg, Shawn Pfaff of Fitchburg and Marcia Whittington of Waunakee were sworn in to fill three vacancies on the Madison College District Board of Trustees for terms beginning July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2019.

Samantha Arnold of Madison, will serve as the Student Representative to the Board. After completing her Liberal Arts Transfer degree Arnold plans to transfer to UW-Madison, majoring in Spanish. Eventually, she wants to become a lawyer and assist with adoption cases between the United States and South American countries.

Arnold is a U.S. Army Veteran, having served in Afghanistan in 2014 as a Horizontal Construction Engineer. She enjoys monthly book clubs, playing intramural sports and building homes for homeless veterans through Habitat for Humanity.

At the July 11 meeting the Board elected the following officers: Frances Huntley-Cooper, chair; Hassler, vice-chair; Arlyn Halvorson, treasurer, and Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, secretary.

Published July 18, 2016.

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.

President

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.

President

Published July 13, 2016.

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