Happy Holidays from President Daniels

Madison College Faculty and Staff:

This has been a busy and productive year. I’m very proud of the work the various Councils and the Assembly initiated this past year and accomplished. We have a brand new culinary and baking facility and will open our new food service area for the start of the spring 2017 semester. We closed one campus and will open another site on the west side. We have established an intentional focus on inclusion and equity that spans from students to faculty and staff. We have taken steps to better serve the south Madison communities. We moved forward with establishing the Entrepreneurship Center and creating the framework for a STEM Center. We have continued to learn and increased our maturity in addressing varied issues. Regardless of our changing environments, we can build upon the successes of the one thing that drives us all – our students. All of the progress we have made is in whole part due to your commitment to students, our community, and our college. I am greatly appreciative of the work all of you do each and every day.

My wishes to you for a safe and Happy Holiday Season, and Happy New Year!

Jack E. Daniels, III, Ph.D.

Published December 21, 2016.

Dr. Daniels summarizes District Board meeting

The following business was conducted during the December 7, 2016, meeting of the Madison College District Board.  Visit the website to access the complete meeting agenda and supporting documents.

Wisconsin Job Honors Award

A former Middle College student and current Madison College student, Alondra Reyes-Ponce, will receive the Wisconsin Job Honors Award at the Future Wisconsin Economic Summit, hosted by Wisconsin Manufacturer’s and Commerce on December 15, 2016.  The award recognizes individuals who have overcome significant barriers to employment and the employers who hire them.

Board Appointments

The timeline for appointing new Board members was announced:

  • Advance advertisement will be placed January 13, 2017, announcing the vacancies
  • Notice of Intent to fill vacancies will be published January 20, 2017
  • The deadline for applications will be February 3, 2017
  • Applicant information will be mailed to county board chairs on February 10, 2017
  • The list of applicant names will be published February 17, 2017
  • The Appointment Meeting will be March 6, 2017
  • New Board members will be sworn in at the July 2017 Board meeting

The Madison College District Board must include at least three females, at least three males, and one individual representing a minority group.

Madison College Grants Office

The Board received an update on the activities of the Madison College Grants Office, including the types and amounts of grants that have been awarded, the student activities and supports that are funded by those grants, and grant funding opportunities and challenges.

New Program Approval

The Web and Digital Media Design 2-year associate degree program was approved by the Board. 

Budget Items

The Board approved the following budget-related items:

  • Revised Resolution on District Reserves and Designations
  • Fiscal Year 2015-16 Budget Adjustments and Transfers
  • Fiscal Year 2015-16 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
  • Fiscal Year 2016-17 Budget Amendment

Consent Agenda – All Items Approved

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

Jack Daniels, Ph.D. 

Published December 19, 2016.

Faculty, staff warned of phishing scam

Chief Information Officer Mir Qader reminds all employees of Madison College to be wary of phishing – the attempt to fraudulently obtain confidential information such as passwords, usernames and credit card numbers by posing as a legitimate organization. Recently, the college has received messages titled “Important Announcement from President Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III” that originate from an outside email address (e.g. k12.in.us) rather than from madisoncollege.edu. Staff in IT have blocked the messages in question and are removing these emails from employees’ Outlook in-boxes.

Should you receive an email that appears to be from President Daniels:

  • Review the email address from which the message originated. If it is not from our proprietary URL, madisoncollege.edu, immediately delete it.
  • Do not open the attachment to this email, click any links or provide your username/password.
  • If you inadvertently share your password, you must change it without delay.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Help Desk at ext. 6666.

Small changes can make a big difference in informational security. Everyone is encouraged to complete the security training videos to ensure that all information is secure and handled accordingly. 

Published December 14, 2016. Updated December 16, 2016.

Mark Thomas reminds employees of December payroll guidelines

Dear Colleagues,

I know all of us are busy at the end of another great semester and preparing for a well-deserved holiday break, so what better time to make sure we all know how to get paid. Please pay close attention to the guidelines (follow the link for the full list). If time is not entered correctly by the deadlines identified, payments will not occur until the following pay cycle.

Due to the Winter Shutdown, payroll processes will begin early. The guidelines will assist you in recording time. 

Thank you so much for your continued support and cooperation with our Payroll staff’s efforts to ensure everyone is paid correctly. If you have any questions, please contact the Payroll Office at (608) 246-6900.

Wishing everyone a safe and fun holiday break,

Mark Thomas, vice president of Administrative Services and chief financial officer

Published December 12, 2016. Updated December 16, 2016.

Construction Update: Terrazzo flooring and equipment installation

What’s new?

Terrazzo floor installation is near completion as crews move towards the final section near the elevators and Bookstore. Ceramic wall and floor tile is progressing throughout the food service space as the equipment is being delivered and installed. The Culinary and Bakery Outlets are also close to being finished, as equipment is installed and light fixtures are turned on. Ceiling grid installation is ongoing throughout Phase 2, and the first of the ceiling tile was dropped in the diagonal hallway this week.

Projects completed in the past weeks:

  • The information desk installation was completed.
  • Ceiling tile has been installed in hallways and Student Den.
  • Carpeting and flooring was installed in the Barber/Cosmetology area.

Coming up in the weeks ahead:

  • Stone installation will continue.
  • Feature Wall installation will progress.
  • Coffee Bar wall and floor tile will commence.
  • Equipment for the Food Service Kitchen and Servery will continue to be delivered and installed.

Published December 12, 2016. Updated January 4, 2017.

2017 Convocation schedule announced

Convocation will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 10, and Wednesday, Jan. 11. Please make sure all room reservations are made before Friday, Dec. 9, so a Convocation schedule can be posted on the website and Convocation app. Listed below is a schedule for your convenience.

Tuesday, Jan. 10:

  • Celebratory kick off activity (8 a.m.)
  • Opening Session in Mitby (8:30-10 a.m.)
  • College Engagement Sessions (10:15-11:30 a.m.)
  • Lunch (on your own, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
  • Learner Success Assembly (12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.)
  • Afternoon (2-4 p.m.) — Open for schools, units and departments to schedule meetings as needed.
  • End-of-day Celebration: College-wide celebration in the Truax Gateway (4-5 p.m.)

Wednesday, Jan. 11:

  • Morning (8:30-11:30 a.m.) — Open for schools, units and departments to schedule meetings, and also for faculty prep time.
  • Lunch (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
  • Afternoon (12-5 p.m.) — Open for schools, units and departments to schedule meetings as needed.

Visit CETL’s Convocation page for more information. 

Published November 28, 2016. Updated December 5, 2016.

Search continues for Human Resources VP

Madison College faculty and staff, 

As most of you are aware, the College has been in the process of a search for the Vice President, Human Resources. Many of you attended forums last week and met and heard the three finalists. I had the opportunity to meet with the finalists and query them in several areas inclusive of their experiences, understanding of Madison College and their ability to lead the HR Division in a strategic direction.

I reviewed all of the materials the candidates submitted, responses from those who attended the forums and cabinet input. Subsequent to the interviews, one of the finalists took another position. Though the remaining finalists had strengths in some areas, I felt we needed to continue the search for an individual to fulfill the role and strategic direction that the College is seeking.

We will continue the search for the Vice President of Human Resources beginning in late February to late March with the objective of having a Vice President, Human Resources in place by July 1, 2017. Kristin Gebhardt, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources,  will continue to lead the HR division until the next Vice President for Human Resources has been selected. If there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Jack E. Daniels, Ph.D

Published November 23, 2016.

Payroll Office moves to new location

The Payroll Office is moving from the Human Resources department over to Financial Services in the Foundation Centre effective Thursday, Dec. 1. All payroll functions will report to Controller Laurie Grigg.

The following staff are relocating to the Foundation Centre:

  • Payroll and Benefits Specialist Yolanda Cruz Perez
  • Payroll and Benefits Specialist Diana Paynter
  • Payroll and Benefits Specialist Lorena Schreiber
  • Administrative Coordinator Lisa Syse
  • Human Resources Administrator Jenny Bentley

Enrollment and administration of Benefits will remain with the Human Resources department. Benefits Specialist Laurie Popp supports these functions.

Questions? Please contact the Payroll Office or call (608) 246-6900. Please contact Human Resources for human resources-related questions. 

Please note that Payroll Office staff phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.

Published November 18, 2016.

Construction Update: Phase 2 progresses

What’s new?

Progress continues throughout the Phase 2 construction area. Terrazzo floor installation has advanced into the far north seating area. The Barber/Cosmetology area is undergoing painting, overhead mechanicals, ceiling grid installation, as well as casework and locker installation. Drywall taping and painting of walls continues throughout Phase 2. Walk in coolers and freezers have been delivered and installed for the Food Service area. Ceramic wall and floor tile installation has progressed in the Food Service Outlet, as well as in the Bakery Decorating Room.

Projects completed in the past weeks:

  • Lockers and casework installation has begun.
  • Soffit framing is completed in the Seating Area.
  • Door and hardware installation has started in the Barber/Cosmetology area.

Coming up in the weeks ahead:

  • Interior stone will be delivered and installed.
  • Luxury vinyl tile will be installed in the Barber/Cosmetology area.
  • Overhead door installation will start soon. 

Published November 11, 2016. Updated November 23, 2016.

Madison College awarded grant for internationalization

Madison College continues to lead in international education. The college is one of only seven community colleges in the U.S. to receive a Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The grant will provide just under $185,000 over the next two years. The college will match these funds through a combination of staff time, matching Foundation scholarships and other support to provide more than $370,000 in combined federal and local resources to support internationalization projects.

A key focus is engagement of underrepresented students in study abroad and global education.  A portion of funds will provide scholarships for students to study abroad. Geoff Bradshaw, director of the Center for International Education, explains they want to use this fund to provide resources to get those students involved, and help them realize opportunities are available.

Part of the grant will support programming in a new global and multicultural center opening in summer 2017. The center will provide global learning through speakers, performers, and interactive events and is designed to engage all students in looking at diversity both locally and globally.

The project is also aimed at systematic review of the curriculum and infusion of global learning in programs of study throughout the college. Funding will support analysis of program outcomes and linkage to defined global competencies and development of assignments, units and courses to link student learning to global skills. 

“Employers are looking for people who are able to work with diverse suppliers, customers and coworkers,” says Bradshaw. “This award is designed to help build skills such as cultural understanding and intercultural communication into the associate degree curriculum.”

Lastly, the project builds on a unique partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison to allow students to enroll in UW-Madison global studies and languages courses and earn dual credit at both institutions.  

Published November 2, 2016. Updated November 4, 2016.