Asphalt repaving scheduled for Truax

Beginning Monday, May 22, the service drive that leads to the East Court, and the parking areas and dog walk beyond that point, will be closed for resurfacing. Temporary ADA parking will be available in the Administrative Building Parking Lot on Anderson Street.

The existing asphalt, which was put in place in 1985, has deteriorated to the point that patching and spot replacement of these surfaces is not feasible. Resurfacing them is the best and most cost-effective, long-term option to ensure the integrity of these surfaces and minimize the need for intensive maintenance.

This work will continue through Aug. 1, which will lessen the inconvenience for faculty, staff and students, including prospective students and their families who will be visiting our campus during the summer.

Temporary signs have been installed this week to alert commuters of this impending work. When the project begins, barriers will be placed in the roadway. You will have access, however, to the North Court Lot from the service drive. This PDF provides a useful snapshot of what this project entails.

Your patience during this time is appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact me at ext. 6301.

Mark Thomas

CFO, Vice President of Administration 

Published May 3, 2017. Updated July 19, 2017.

Recap of Assembly meeting—April 12, 2017

The College Assembly met on Wednesday, April 12.

Bethany Sansing-Helton and Kevin Mirus shared an educational spotlight on the status and strategic goals of the Madison College STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Center. The STEM Center’s mission is to become the access point for STEM related education and career connections for the college and our surrounding community.

The STEM Center will officially open in fall 2017 and will host faculty workshops, facility tours and guest speakers, and foster ongoing support for anyone interested in STEM careers.

Keyamani Alford, manager of Student Financial Support Services, also shared an educational spotlight on his department and its services. Alford’s presentation addressed the department’s regulatory areas including academic program eligibility, funding and review of reporting documents.

Alford also highlighted the expected decrease in Pell Grant funding and federal work study and predicted there will be a need for additional student supports to cover the sudden lack of federal funds.

Outgoing Student Senate President Alex Hipler shared an update on Senate activities. Members attended a Student Affairs Council discussion on the issue of textbook affordability. They’re currently debating an issue on how the Student Activities fee should be assessed. Hipler and Tina Marshalek, the new Senate president, will report their plans and achievements to the District Board.

The Facilities Planning and Investment Council (FPIC) presented the first read of their Facilities Master Plan Policy. The Policy was created to provide direction, consistency and equity to future plans. FPIC welcomed questions which they will review at their next meeting.

The Student Affairs Council looped out to the Assembly on the heels of their recent discussion with Student Senate members. The Council plans to present their Textbook Affordability Policy at the April 26 Assembly meeting for the first reading.

The Employee Relations and Professional Development (ERPD) Council continued their their loop-out on Employment Pathways. When last presented, there wasn’t enough time to take feedback and that opportunity was given at this time.

ERPD member Mike Kent stated there was currently no single policy that governs and gathers collective professional development policies.

Keith Cornille followed up on his recent presentation on enrollment opportunities. He reported that 19 percent of district high school graduates enroll in Madison College directly after graduation. That number increases to 26 percent when you look at graduates over a two-year period. Cornille stated that the recruiting team is trying to reach the latter number sooner by increasing high school visits and application numbers.

Assembly co-chairs Cornille and Laura Osinski shared some of the findings from the March 23 Shared Governance forum. 

Forum attendees indicated they felt that shared governance had helped improve inclusiveness, relationships across departments and transparency.

Suggested opportunities included assessment and sharing of findings, better prioritizing of issues and clarification of the Assembly structure.

Dr. Daniels has charged Cornille and Osinski with the development of a survey to gather additional college-wide feedback on shared governance at Madison College and to assess and share their findings.

The College Assembly will meet again on Wednesday, April 26, at 2:30 p.m. 

Published April 26, 2017.

Focus on Focus steering team has first meeting this week

Madison College had its accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association re-affirmed in July 2016. The College demonstrated to the HLC its commitment to continuous improvement in academic services and support operations.

Moving forward, the college is embarking on an effort to focus college action on a defined set of college-wide interventions/strategies to improve student course success. The goal is to begin implementing the interventions/strategies during the spring 2018 semester.

This initiative, Focus on Focus, will be led by Dr. Turina Bakken, Provost, and Dr. Tim Casper, vice president of Institutional Learning and Effectiveness. Drs. Bakken and Casper will co-chair a steering team comprised of faculty and staff from across the college. Their first meeting will be on Tuesday, April 25. Dr. Brad Phillips of the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) will facilitate the committee and serve as an expert resource to the group. IEBC is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping educators make improvements in student success and related issues.

More information about the project will be shared at the August 2017 Convocation. Additional communication regarding the history and steering team can be found on the college’s SharePoint Intranet site under the Institutional Learning and Effectiveness area.  

Published April 24, 2017.

Chefs Gadau and Hurley to present at Chef Series

Chef John Gadau and Chef Phillip Hurley will present "Sardine, Marigold, Gates and Brovi" at the next Center for Entrepreneurship Chef Series on Wednesday, May 10, in the Truax demonstration kitchen. 

The chefs were introduced to one another in 1997 as neighbors living in the same apartment building. They both shared the same notions about local ingredients, simple but thoughtfully crafted flavor profiles and the importance of “place” and “classic tradition.”

Their culinary careers span from their native hometown of Chicago to the restaurant culture of California. Gadau and Hurley worked separately in establishments, such as Café Provencal (Chicago), Carlucci (Chicago), Michel Richard’s Citrus (Los Angeles) and Judy Rodger’s Zuni Cafe (San Francisco).

They decided to move their families to Madison to start a joint venture in 2000 with the launch of Marigold Kitchen, a breakfast and lunch restaurant one block off of the Capital Square.

Gadau and Hurley seized the opportunity to open Sardine, a lakeside bistro and bar, in the spring of 2006 when a space in the historical Machinery Row became available.

In October of 2012, Gadau and Hurley teamed up with bartender and manager from Sardine to open Gates and Brovi. They looked to create a niche in an area where some of Madison’s most prominent neighborhoods meet.

Paired with an “East Coast feel” and the environment of a supper club, Gates and Brovi serves seafood dishes as well as burgers and sandwiches. Their meat and vegetables are all locally sourced, and they have chosen sustainable seafood with an outfit called "Sea-to-Table," which bridges the gap between fishermen and chefs. 

Published April 24, 2017. Updated May 12, 2017.

Realignment of Regional Campuses leadership structure announced

I wanted to take a couple of minutes to share with you some upcoming staffing and leadership changes that will be taking effect over the next several months at the regional campuses.  

First, Jennifer Bakke made the decision to retire from the college effective June 30, 2017. I know this was not an easy decision for Jennifer, though is one that she knows is right for her and her family at this time. I want to thank Jennifer for her eleven years of service to the college and for all of her efforts and hard work over the past three years in moving the Fort and Watertown campuses forward as the Dean of the East Region. 

Also, Doug Holton has decided to move to the next phase of his life and will also be retiring from the college after eight years in various leadership roles, including three as the Associate Dean for the East Region.

Last summer, the decision was made to move the regional and metro campuses under the responsibility of the Executive Vice President/CSSO. At that time I indicated that I would take some time to work with the Regional Deans to better understand the regional campuses and determine how we might strengthen our structure to meet the needs of the campuses. During the past nine months, I have heard from many faculty and staff with thoughts on how we might move the campuses to greatness. Major themes include a greater need for strategic direction and the ability to help determine the “course portfolio” to ensure that the academic offerings are meeting the needs of the respective communities and students that we serve. There is also a need for more marketing/community outreach to further the viability of the campuses.  

Given the input from individuals and recent news of Jennifer and Doug’s decisions to retire, it was determined that now is the time to make several changes to the leadership structure of the regional campuses, effective July 1, 2017.

Regional Dean/Leadership

The first realignment of leadership is the change from two Dean positions with oversight of the North and East regions respectively, to one leadership position with responsibility for leadership of all regional campuses. Jim Falco will be filling this role providing leadership and direction in fulfilling the community and academic mission of the campuses. This change is being made to provide consistency of vision and direction across the regional campuses. Jim will work closely with faculty and staff in achieving this objective and will continue to provide direction to the leadership teams at each of the campuses. Jim will be working with the full-time faculty at the regional campuses, and will continue to foster community outreach as well as taking on a more active role in fundraising efforts in order to support scholarship and program needs in the regions.

Associate Dean Positions

After considerable consideration, the decision has been made to eliminate the two Associate Dean positions. The responsibility for the oversight of part-time instruction and course offerings will be addressed through the realignment of duties of the campus Managers and other administrative roles. One of the Associate Dean positions will be realigned to provide direction and development of a strategic academic (credit and non-credit) course portfolio. This position, Regional Director for Academic and Fiscal Strategy Planning, will be filled by Scott Beard, who will work closely with Jim, regional campus faculty, and School Deans to ensure that our academic offerings address the various educational and economic needs for the various campuses/communities. This position will be housed in the North Region and will provide backup to Jim in his absence.

Campus Managers

The Campus Managers will continue to ensure that the campuses are meeting the needs of students by providing support, guidance and leadership to the faculty and staff. The positions will also be taking on a greater role in community outreach in their particular communities as well as some other additional duties, which will be determined and developed in a collaborative manner with Jim and Jennifer. There are no changes in the personnel of the campus Managers as we are confident that Linda, Cindy, Glenn and Linda will continue to provide the leadership of the campuses as they have in the past.

Director, Economic Development, Outreach and Marketing

The final realignment of the leadership team will be the creation of a new position with responsibility for strategic planning of community outreach and marketing for the regional campuses. The position will provide strategic direction for our outreach efforts to local communities and businesses for degree credit and non-degree course offerings and to help us build a shared vision for the campuses among all of our internal stakeholders. This position will be housed in the East Region.

It is my belief that these realignments of leadership responsibilities will provide the vision and direction to grow enrollments, while also providing programs and services that enrich the campuses and communities that we serve. The plan represents near completion of the realignment of staff, though it should be noted that minor adjustments and additional re-engineering of some duties may be necessary to realize further efficiencies.

Keith Cornille, Ed.D.

Executive Vice President/Chief Student Services Officer (CSSO)

Published April 19, 2017.

Virtual storefront hosts branded business essentials

The Communications and Strategic Marketing department has a 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 simplifies the process of ordering from multiple vendors.

This site provides a central location 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 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 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. Updated January 29, 2018.

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.