Fall Convocation schedule update

The 2017 Fall Convocation is Tuesday, Aug. 22, and Wednesday, Aug. 23. 

Tuesday, Aug. 22

Madison College’s Convocation begins at 8 a.m. with coffee and tea in the Truax Gateway. At 8:30 a.m., Dr. Daniels will share his message in the Mitby Theater outlining how we, as a college community, continue to live the elements of our mission – access, quality, success and sustainability.

The first break-out session regarding our efforts to improve student course success – our Focus on Focus work session will be at 9:45-10:15 a.m. We will celebrate the role of faculty in student success by highlighting their own stories. We’ll discuss best practices to use in the classroom to create a Madison College experience that will engage each of our students and support their success.

The second break-out session will take place from 10:30-11:00 a.m. in the Mitby Theatre. Attendees will learn about the planning process associated with the development of the college's next 10-year Facilities Master Plan. The plan will guide recommendations for facilities that:

  • Enhance the learning environment
  • Align with and are informed by the Academic, Student Services and Equity and Inclusion Plans
  • Promote long term vision and align with the College’s mission, vision and values

Food Services will open for lunch at 11:30 a.m.

School and Departmental meetings are scheduled from 11 a.m. and throughout the afternoon.

End of day one:  The first day will conclude with the College Community Social from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the South Atrium.  


Wednesday, Aug. 23

The second day of Convocation will begin with coffee and tea in the Truax Gateway at 8 a.m. Joint Learners Success and Student Development and Success Assembly will take place in the Mitby Theatre from 8:30-10 a.m. Additional School and Departmental meetings will be scheduled that day. Campus Community Volunteer Opportunities will begin at 12 p.m. Register to volunteer on the SignUpGenius website

Food Services will open for lunch at 11:30 a.m.

If you have questions, please contact Administrative Assistant Kimberley Brudny.

Published July 31, 2017. Updated August 23, 2017.

July 19 College Assembly recap

The College Assembly met on Wednesday, July 19.

Educational Spotlights

Kristin Gebhardt, interim co-chair of the Employee Relations and Professional Development (ERPD) Council, shed some light on the Employment Eligibility Verification Administrative Regulation. Madison College will begin strictly enforcing this federal regulation which legally requires employers to have new employees to complete a Form I-9, per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, within the prescribed time limits.

The Form I-9 enables employers to verify employees’ identities and establish that new employees are eligible to accept employment in the United States. Section I of the Form I-9 must be completed by the employee no later than their first day. Section 2 of the Form I-9 must be completed within 3 business days after the employee begins employment. A new employee cannot be allowed to continue to work for the college and must be discharged if the form is not completed within the specified timeframes. 

Sylvia Ramirez, budget manager, and Mark Thomas, co-chair of the Fiscal Council, provided an educational spotlight on the college contingency fund.

The contingency budget line item in the general fund is allocated for costs resulting from known risks, unanticipated costs (unknown risks) and one-time expenditures. The District Board requested a three percent contingency for the 2017-18 budget.

Over time the percentage of contingency used has risen, even as the overall budget has increased. Contingency has been tapped into to cover expenses related to FTE student shortfall and state aid/property tax shortfall, new initiatives, among other reasons. In the past, unused contingency funds have been transferred to capital funds for the following year.

The current contingency amount is $4.5 million. The cabinet has established draft guidelines for the college contingency, and the District Board has final approval.

Student Senate

Tina Marshalek, president of the Student Senate, reported that the Senate is hard at work on determining measures to combat student hunger and homelessness. The Senate will survey students on this issue in the fall.

Marshalek added that all Madison College councils have now been assigned a student representative. An issue-oriented Student Senate radio show (“Voice of the Student”) is expected to begin on the new Madison College radio station as well.

Technology Investment Policy

The IT Council gave a second presentation of their Technology Investment Policy, addressing concerns shared after the initial read. The policy aims for a thorough vetting process including impact analysis prior to the purchase of significant technological purchases at the college. The policy was thumbed by the Assembly and forwarded to President Daniels for approval.

In the works

The ERPD shared a second read of their Transfer and Promotion Policy. The language of the original was by all accounts ambiguous, so a subcommittee formed to rewrite and clarify the content. Thumbing was tabled until further discussion could take place.

The Institutional Effectiveness Council gave a second read of their issue statement: “How does the college encourage ongoing and meaningful assessment of the college’s broader strategic plans?” The statement was thumbed by the Assembly.

The Finance Council led an activity requiring present Assembly members to share their written feedback on four topics: contingency, communication and education, college budget calendar and personnel cost percentage to inform the council of their next topic.

Next meeting

The College Assembly will meet again on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m. in Truax, Room C2402.

Topics will include a first read of the Diversity and Community Relations Council’s issue statement on campus climate, and a loop-out on hiring diverse faculty and staff. The educational spotlight will feature a discussion about the academic calendar and a presentation on the Madison College Educational Reimbursement plan. 

Published July 31, 2017. Updated August 23, 2017.

Bakken updates college on leadership transitions

Madison College faculty and staff,

As we fast approach a new semester at Madison College, here is an update on some of the exciting strategic transitions in the academic arena that I first previewed in May. These changes bring in new perspectives and leverage existing talent—something that Madison College is blessed to have in abundance. These new leadership transitions also illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of our work, and the breaking of silos between both school and employment categories. Congratulations to all and get ready for a great year.

Thanks to President Daniels, Associate Vice President of Human Resources Kristin Gebhardt, and the HR team for their collaborative support.

Bryan Woodhouse has been named associate vice president of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation. The units reporting to Woodhouse include:

  • Entrepreneurship Center
  • School of Professional & Continuing Education
  • School of Workforce and Economic Development

Dr. Erin Kohl will serve as interim dean of the School of Business & Applied Arts. She will be joined by two Interim Associate Deans:

  • Dr. Marsha Tweedy, formerly full time faculty and program director in Dental Assisting
  • Anne McIntyre, formerly Student Support Advisor
  • Jessica Feggestad who served as Interim Associate Dean in 2016-17 returns to her full-time faculty and program director role in Interior Design. Feggestad’s many contributions and strong leadership are greatly appreciated.

Dr. Kevin Mirus, formerly associate dean of Arts & Sciences, is now the dean/director of the STEM Center.  He is supported by a talented faculty team, including Bethany Sansing-Helton, who serves as a faculty associate director.

Dr. Mark Lausch and the School of Health Education (SoHE) will be joined by:

  • Sandra Docter, associate dean, formerly associate dean of ASET
  • Dr. Kerry Kliminski, interim associate dean, formerly full-time faculty in the Nursing program

The School of Applied Science, Engineering & Technology (ASET) led by Dr. Denise Reimer, will add:

  • Lucas White, interim associate dean, formerly Senior Student Support advisor

The School of Arts & Science, led by Dr. Todd Stebbins, welcomes two new Associate Deans:

  • Brian Short, named associate dean on a permanent basis
  • Dr. Kendricks Hooker, who joins us from Baptist College of Health Sciences in Memphis, TN, where he served as chair of the Biomedical Sciences and Pre-Health Studies programs

In addition, a reminder that as of July 1:

  • Veterinary Technician program is now part of SoHE
  • Information Technology is now part of ASET
  • College and Career Transitions (K-12) and Juanita Comeau’s team are now housed under the School of Academic Advancement and Dean Chris Vandall.

The Interim positions noted above are for the 2017-18 year. Full searches will commence at some point during the year. More details will be shared via school communications. Updates on other organizational realignments will be shared as they progress. There is exciting momentum at Madison College …. thank you all for your part in it. 

Please share this update as you wish.


Turina R. Bakken, Ph.D.

Published July 26, 2017. Updated August 9, 2017.

Revisions made to Employee Scholars program

For those Madison College employees interested in taking Degree Credit Madison College courses, the process to participate in Employee Scholars has changed.

Beginning fall 2017, Employee Scholars will pay their tuition bills, complete the course and then submit for reimbursement via Workday.

Download the new intent form.

Review the new program details.

Things that have NOT changed:

  • Only Degree Credit courses are eligible
  • Eligible employees are active Faculty, PSRP and Admin employees
  • Employee Scholars enrollment date is the Friday before the course begins
  • Employees may be reimbursed up to two courses per semester
  • Employee is responsible for fees other than program fee

Find more details in the updated Employee Scholars Reimbursement Process Details Document and download a current version of the Employee Scholars Reimbursement Intent Form on the Employee Scholars page

Published July 26, 2017.

Dr. Daniels shares District Board meeting summary

Madison College faculty and staff,

The following business was conducted during the July 10, 2017, meeting of the Madison College District Board.  Visit the District Board page to access the complete meeting agenda and supporting documents. 

Annual Organizational Meeting of the Board

The oath of office was administered for reappointed Board members Kelly Crombie and Frances Huntley-Cooper.  The three-year term of newly appointed Board member Dr. Elton J. Crim, Jr. began at the July 10th meeting also.  The Board accepted the slate of officers of the Ad Hoc Nominations Committee and for FY 2017-2018: Joseph Hasler will serve as Board Chair, Arlyn Halvorson will serve as Board Vice-Chair, Shiva Bidar-Sielaff will serve as Treasurer, and Frances Huntley-Cooper will serve as Secretary.  The Board also decided that they will continue to meet the first Wednesday of each month.

Faculty Awards

Several Madison college faculty members were recognized for awards they recently received: Mary Hoffman, instructor and co-program director in Dental Hygiene, has been named the American Dental Hygienists Association's 2017 Educator of the Year;  Lisa A. Seidman, Ph.D., adjunct instructor and recently retired Biotechnology program director, was named 2017 Educator of the Year by the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC); Janet Sperstad, CMP, Meeting and Event Management program director for Madison College, will be inducted into the Events Industry Council Hall of Leaders at an October industry event in Las Vegas.

Skills USA

Madison College Skills USA participants who recently competed at the National Leadership and Skills Conference at Louisville, Kentucky, were congratulated by the Board for their accomplishments.  Alexandra Christensen received a gold medal in the Advertising Design competition, and Amadeo Verstegen and Timothy Myers competed as a team in the Additive Manufacturing completion and received a bronze medal.

Personnel Actions

The Board welcomed Jeff Reeves as the new Madison College Vice President of Human Resources.

Capital Projects Borrowing

The Board adopted a resolution awarding the sale of $8,290,000 in general obligation promissory notes.  These funds will be used for site work ($245,000), for building remodeling and improvement ($1,255,000), and for the cost of acquisition of movable equipment and technology ($6,790,000).

Consent Agenda – All Items Approved

  • General fund financial report as of May 31, 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 May 16, 2017, through June 15, 2017
  • Employment of personnel
  • Resignations and Separations
  • Retirements

Jack E. Daniels, Ph.D. 

Published July 19, 2017.

Casper announces change to unit plans

Madison College faculty and staff,

As you know, unit planning at Madison College has changed significantly in the last few years. Currently, the Unit Plan IMPACT Team is working with Technology Services to create a new planning tool in SharePoint that we will begin using in spring 2018.

Planning has most recently been completed in SurveyMonkey (2016-17, 2017-18). From 2012-15, unit plans were completed on a web-based platform. Technology Services will be archiving these older plans, and as of September 10, 2017, this web-based platform will no longer be accessible. If you wish to preserve these records, please follow the instructions below to download a copy for future reference.

  1. Go to this webpage
  2. Choose the name of the unit and the year of the plan you would like to download from the dropdown lists at the bottom of the page. Unit plans that were approved/finalized are available for 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15.
  3. Click ‘View!’
  4. Below the ‘Finalized by:’ name click on the printer icon, this will open the unit plan on one page.
  5. Click ‘Print’ in the top left corner.
  6. If you want to print the document, choose the printer you want to use and click ‘Print.’
  7. If you want to save an electronic version, choose Adobe PDF from the list of printers. Name your file and choose your preferred location, then click ‘Save.’

If you would like a copy of your 2016-17 or 2017-18 unit plan, please contact your supervisor or dean as those are housed within SurveyMonkey.

Please contact Senior Research Speacialist Jennie May at 608-243-4042, or Institutional Research and Effectiveness Director Ali Zarrinnam at 608-246-6446 with any questions.

Tim Casper
Vice President of Institutional Learning and Effectiveness


Published July 19, 2017. Updated July 21, 2017.

MATC Library introduces new video-streaming database

The Madison College Library launched a new video-streaming collection and purchasing model called Kanopy, which includes 26,000 global films and documentaries from publishers such as New Day Films, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, Criterion Channel, PBS and more. Public performance rights are also part of the agreement.

This classic and modern collection is available to all Madison College faculty, staff and students 24/7 on or off campus. The availability of this program is driven by the demands of the Madison College community and allows the college to only pay for what is used. 

According to Disability Resource Services Administrator Scott Ritter, most materials from this collection, with exception of some older films, are closed captioned. Kanopy will also caption free of charge. 

“Captions are not just for people with disabilities—they are a powerful learning and literacy tool for all students we serve, particularly those who are not native English speakers,” Ritter said. 

Workshops will be offered at a later date. Watch Madison College Matters for details.

Meanwhile, if you have any questions about Kanopy, please contact the Madison College librarians at ext. 6640. 

Published June 16, 2017.

View the June 14 College Assembly recap

June 14 College Assembly recap

The College Assembly met on Wednesday, June 14.

Student Senate report

Tina Marshalek, Student Senate president, reported that the Senate:

  • Sent a letter to the College Assembly supporting the Technology Investment Policy
  • Tina and Senator Ansorge sent a letter to the College Assembly highlighting proposed best solutions in response to the impasse on the course assignment process
  • Academic Council loop out to discuss the course feedback policy
  • Conducted a brainstorming session on first steps to address student hunger and homelessness
  • Will elect vice presidents soon
  • Plans to meet with Employee Relations and Professional Development Council (ERPD) and Teresita Torrence from Retention and Advising soon
  • Will hold an IBPS workshop next week

Employee Pathways

Kristin Gebhardt, Employee Relations and Professional Development Council (ERPD) co-chair, presented the following Employee Pathways issue statements for second reading:

1. Professional Development 
“How can Madison College provide professional development opportunities that support Employee Pathways?”

2. Position Design 
“In what ways can Madison College design positions with the goal being to optimize employee talent, offer flexibility and capitalize on innovations to support Employee Pathways?”

3. Hiring Practices 
“How can Madison College modify its hiring practices to support Employee Pathways?”

4. Talent Management and Tracking 
“What system can Madison College use to identify and communicate the talents and skills of its employees?” 

Gebhardt said there will be subcommittees of ERPD working on these issues. Amy Wiersma, vice president of PSRP/ESP Local 243, asked to help choose PSRP members for the committees. The Assembly thumbed the issue statements.

Time Off Donation Policy and Procedure Discussion

The ERPD Council also presented changes to the Time off Donation Policy and Procedure for information. The policy was thumbed by the Assembly many months ago, but the council felt there was need to clarify and define “immediate family” and “catastrophic event,” in the policy.

During the discussion, suggestions were made for further clarification and Gebhardt said further wording changes will be made.

Laura Osinski, Assembly co-chair, said this situation could be a test case for future policies that need additional clarifications after they are thumbed by the Assembly. She will help ensure that the Assembly proceeds with caution in future policy processes to assure that they are clear before being approved.

First Reading for Transfer and Promotion Policy

Rose Buschhaus, member of the Diversity Council and member of sub group, presented the Transfer and Promotion Policy revisions for a first reading. Assembly members had received documents showing the previous and proposed language. Changes are being made in the Position Posting, Selection Process and Trial Period sections of the policy. The Council will ask for thumbs on the revisions at the next meeting of the Assembly.

Next meeting

The Assembly will meet on July 12, at 2:30 p.m. at the Truax Campus, Room C2402. The agenda will include an Educational Spotlight on College Contingency, a second reading and thumbing of the Technology Investment Policy, thumbing of the Institutional Effectiveness Council issue statement and a possible discussion of how the academic calendar is built.

Published June 16, 2017. Updated June 19, 2017.

Reeves named VP for Human Resources

A letter to all faculty, staff and administrators from Judith Castro-Romaker on behalf of Jack Daniels III:

I have selected Mr. Jeff Reeves as the next Vice President for Human Resources. Mr. Reeves has accepted the appointment effective July 10, 2017.

Jeff is currently a Human Resources Strategist for “N” Inspirations in Columbus, Ohio, where he serves as HR and Talent Consultant and Vice President. Previous to his current consultancy, he served as Senior Vice President (SVP) of HR and Chief Administration Officer at Allianz of America Corporation; Vice President of Human Resources with The Ohio State University (OSU) and OSU Medical Center; and SVP, Human Resources and Chief People Officer for the Sam’s Club Division of Walmart. Mr. Reeves has a wide depth and breadth of experience in HR and has been engaged extensively in the wider business and local communities where he worked and lived. 

Jeff holds a Master of Business Administration and a baccalaureate from the University of Michigan.

Please join me in welcoming Jeff to our college.

Published June 9, 2017. Updated June 12, 2017.

May 31 College Assembly recap available

The College Assembly gathered on Wednesday, May 31.

Student Senate news

Student Senate President Tina Marshalek reported that the Senate unanimously thumbed the new Textbook Adoption and IT Investment Policies, and urged College Assembly members to do the same. The Academic Council is visiting the Senate at their next meeting to loop out the Student Feedback Policy. 

Senate members also attended a City of Madison Planning committee meeting, where they discussed demographics and outreach, and how that might affect enrollment. They also discussed the availability and affordability of student housing in the area.

Student Affairs Council addresses Textbook Affordability

The Student Affairs Council presented their revised policy. Revisions included some language changes and moving of core principles and guidelines between addendums. After a brief discussion, the policy was thumbed, and the council was congratulated for its work.

Educational Spotlight

Mike Kent, Part-Time Faculty president, gave a presentation on the part-time faculty’s belief that the Shared Governance system is at impasse regarding the course assignment process.

He first related what it means to be at impasse, the procedures involved, why the part-time faculty believe this issue to be at impasse and some of the history of the issue. After a question and answer period and discussion, the Assembly thumbed that they were at impasse, as some members felt that sufficient meaningful progress had not been made.

The issue will now be referred to President Daniels.

Diversity Council addresses campus climate

Geoff Bradshaw and Mathew Sargent, representatives of the Diversity and Community Relations Council’s (DCRC) Academic Excellence subcommittee, presented their issue statement:

“How will Madison College develop annual metrics (at Academic School levels) that assess and respond to academic inequities to support the success of all students?”

The DCRC collected feedback until June 5. They will continue fleshing out the issue statement from there.

Institutional Effectiveness Council addresses strategic plan assessment

The Institutional Effectiveness Council (IEC) gave an initial presentation of their first issue statement:

“How does the College encourage ongoing and meaningful assessment of the College’s
broader strategic plans?”

The purpose of the policy is to include in college-wide strategic plans a mechanism for assessment. A request was made to not duplicate other efforts around the college. The IEC will ask for thumbs regarding their work on this issue at the next College Assembly meeting.

Employee Pathways  

The Employee Relations and Professional Development (ERPD) Council presented four issue statements encompassing Employee Pathways. They provided the purpose and definition of Employee Pathways, outlined four policy subcategories and presented the corresponding issue statements for the first read. The four issue statements are as follows:

1. Professional Development 
“How can Madison College provide professional development opportunities that support Employee Pathways?”
2. Position Design 
“In what ways can Madison College design positions with the goal being to optimize employee talent, offer flexibility and capitalize on innovations to support Employee Pathways?”
3. Hiring Practices 
“How can Madison College modify its hiring practices to support Employee Pathways?”
4. Talent Management and Tracking 
“What system can Madison College use to identify and communicate the talents and skills of its employees?” 

The ERPD Council will ask for thumbs regarding their work on this issue at the next College Assembly meeting.

Next meeting

The Assembly will meet on Wednesday, June 14 at 1 p.m. in Truax room C2402. The agenda will include a second read of the IT Council’s IT Investment Policy, the thumbing of the IEC’s issue statement and a loop-out on the third subcommittee of the DCRC.

Published June 9, 2017.