Dr. Daniels summarizes Sept. 7 District Board Meeting

Madison College Faculty and Staff,

The following business was conducted during the September 7, 2016, meeting of the Madison College District Board. Follow this link to access the complete meeting agenda and supporting documents.

Madison College Grants Office

In the past year, Madison College received 15 of the 18 grants for which the Grants Office applied, totaling almost $20 million.

Organizational Changes

Senior Vice President Dr. Keith Cornille will assume the responsibilities of the regional and metro campuses, as well as fundraising for student services initiatives. Dr. Cornille’s title will change to executive vice president and chief student services officer. Vice President Mark Thomas’ title, based on his broad financial responsibilities, will change to vice president of administrative services and chief financial officer.

Diverse Business Utilization Policy

With the assistance of a consultant, Dr. Floyd Rose, Madison College developed a Diverse Business Utilization Policy. This policy will be an amendment to the college’s current Policy P-100 District Purchasing. The policy amendment states, “Madison College will utilize diverse suppliers in acquiring goods and services of the greatest value.” Diverse businesses include businesses owned by minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans. The policy will be presented to the Board in October for approval.

Tentative Agreements

The Board approved the tentative agreements with both the Full-Time Faculty and PSRP Union (Local 243-AFT Wisconsin), for a contract covering July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017. The agreements provide for an increase of 0.12% in base wages for 2016-2017.

Named Gifts

The Board approved the naming gifts for Culvers VIP Foundation, Vollrath Company, Brakebush Brothers, James and Joan Johnston, Mark and Peggy Afable and the named room change for Diane Ballweg from the Demonstration Kitchen to the Gourmet Dining Room. The Board also approved Tribute Gardens memorial gift requests made through August 25, 2016.

Capital Projects Borrowing

The Board adopted a resolution awarding the sale of $4,235,00 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).

Consent Agenda – All Items Approved

  • General fund financial report as of July 31, 2016
  • 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 July 16, 2016, through August 15, 2016.
  • Employment of personnel
  • Resignations and Separations
  • Retirements

Jack E. Daniels, Ph.D.


Published September 12, 2016.

Construction Update: Continued progress for Phase Two

What’s new?

This week, the hallways are filled with students again as Phase One is occupied. Culinary faculty and students are utilizing the new Skills and Advanced Labs and Bakery. Landscaping in the South Plaza is nearing completion. Work on the Administration Building is progressing and will be complete in the coming weeks. Work continues to progress in Phase Two.

The final slab-on-grade pour has been completed which means wall studs and mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-in work is underway. Phase Two will include the new Barber and Cosmetology space, Student Life and Food Service areas.

Projects completed in the past weeks:

  • Pots, pans and other small wares have been moved into the Skills and Advanced Labs.
  • The last concrete pour in Phase Two was completed.
  • Sitework nears completion in the South Plaza.

Coming up in the weeks ahead:

  • The second floor atrium opening will be cut in. This will require shoring of the second floor slab from below and installation of three new beams.
  • Work on the Administration Building HR offices will be completed.
  • In-wall mechanical, electrical and plumbing work and metal stud framing will continue in Phase Two.

Published September 7, 2016. Updated September 19, 2016.

Jessica Feggestad named interim associate dean

Madison College Faculty and Staff, 

Faculty member Jessica Feggestad has joined the team in the School of Business and Applied Arts as interim associate dean. Jessica has been an outstanding faculty member in our school for the past 11 years, serving seven years as program director for the Interior Design program, and recently completed her master's degree in Adult Education through UW-Platteville.

She recieved a bachelor's degree in Interior Design from UW-Madison in 1998. After graduating, and prior to becoming an educator, Feggestad worked at American Family Insurance as a workplace environment consultant and project manager. She then began to teach as an Interior Design instructor at Gateway Technical College before beginning her career at Madison College.

Feggestad has extensive leadership experience with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), having served in several leadership positions for the Wisconsin Chapter of ASID. She also recieved the ASID National Chapter Medalist award in recognition of her volunteer efforts. 

She brings a wealth of experience to our team and will provide leadership for faculty, staff and in developing strategy for Business and Applied Arts. Please join us in welcoming Jessica to her new role. 

Bryan Woodhouse

Dean of Business and Applied Arts

Published September 2, 2016.

Construction Update: Moving equipment back into the skills lab

What’s new?

As we approach the start of the fall semester, Phase One of construction is nearing completion. Workers will move furniture and equipment into the skills lab this week. Projector screens hang in the meeting rooms, and shades along the South Addition have been installed. Carpet and base installation is now complete throughout Phase One.

In the South Plaza area, workers are installing brick pavers and light poles, and striping the new asphalt. Though the excitement is focused on the completion of Phase One, Phase Two continues to make great progress as only one slab-on-grade pour remains in the barber/cosmetology area.

Projects completed in the past weeks:

  • Brick pavers, landscaping, sidewalks and asphalt paving were installed
  • Finish carpentry has been completed in Phase One
  • Metal stud framing has continued to progress in Phase Two
  • The interior underground plumbing and electrical work is continuing to be installed in Phase Two

Coming up in the weeks ahead:

  • The skills lab, advanced lab and bakery pots, pans and other small wares will be moved back before students arrive
  • The second floor atrium opening will be cut in. This will require shoring of the second floor slab from below and installation of three new beams

Published August 24, 2016. Updated September 7, 2016.

Emotion, celebration, inspiration highlight 2016-17 Convocation

At the Convocation on Tuesday, Dr. Daniels announced three key priorites for Madison College in 2016-17. 

The priorities are:

  • Improving Student Access and Success -- Students First
  • Scholars of Promise
  • Internal and External Communities

The program included panel discussions and students sharing their compelling stories of how college faculty, staff and benefactors supported their success. To view the opening session in it's entirety, click here

Provost Turina Bakken kicked off her first Learner Success Assembly with a spotlight on student success, innovation and community partnerships. To view a video of the Learner Success Assembly, follow this link

Published August 24, 2016. Updated September 2, 2016.

Dr. Daniels announces the creation of YouInform

Madison College Faculty & Staff,

A new fiscal year is in full swing and it’s the perfect time to announce the creation of YouInform, which I will also speak about briefly during our Aug. 23 Convocation.

YouInform complements other tools already in place, including the WolfPack Alert, Title IX reporting and Public Safety hotline (ext. 2222) to ensure the well-being of our faculty, staff and students while being compliant with best practices related to the highest and wisest use of our resources. It is a safe place in the digital space where employees who witness a violation of trust, lack of financial stewardship, waste and abuse of college resources (including time); behavior that could be perceived by others as inappropriate, unethical, illegal or damaging to the college’s reputation may report these alleged events.

Via a dedicated phone line (608.616.3900) or web form you may share details of the activity you’ve witnessed and Imad Mouchayleh, our senior internal auditor, will investigate the incident and take the appropriate next steps to address it. Your identity will remain anonymous and reports will be encrypted to ensure maximum confidentiality. It is expected that all incidents that are reported are provable and they have not been reviewed and addressed through other channels. Filing false reports with the intent to harm a colleague’s reputation and position with the college will not be tolerated.

I am pleased to say that there is no incident that prompted this effort. YouInform is simply an extension of our efforts to manage our resources wisely, efficiently and with the best interest of our students and communities in mind. Every employee of Madison College is entrusted to be a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars. This new reporting tool empowers each of you to take action when you witness activity that violates this trust. Moreover, YouInform will enhance our efforts to preserve Madison College’s reputation as an institution whose employees are committed to conducting themselves with integrity, transparency and accountability to advance the common good.

In short, if you see something, say something. Madison College is a great place to work. You make it so, and I appreciate all you do to serve this outstanding institution and our students and communities.

Jack E. Daniels, III, Ph.D.


Published August 15, 2016. Updated September 28, 2016.

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.


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.


Published August 5, 2016.