Foundation announces Giving Tuesday a success

Madison College and the Madison College Foundation hosted a Giving Tuesday social media event Tuesday, Nov. 28, to raise money toward the South Campus Match.

Donation totals for the South Campus Match:

  • Total Giving Tuesday contributions for South Campus Match fund: $40,740
  • Total contributions to date for the South Campus Match: $48,027
  • Total contributions to date plus the Great Lakes Match: $96,054

The Combined Charitable Campaign will run through the end of December. Pledges can be made online or via paper pledge form and sent to Chelsey Bowers.

Please note: River Food Pantry (#1232) is listed online—but was mistakenly missed on the list of charities. If you are completing a paper form, simply write this organization in to support it.

For general questions about the Combined Charitable Campaign, please contact CCC Chair Chelsey Bowers. For questions related to the Madison College Foundation, please contact Jenny Mulligan.

Published November 29, 2017. Updated December 6, 2017.

Truax Campus holiday celebration announced

The President’s Holiday Gathering will be held Thursday, Dec. 21, from 1-3 p.m. in Room D1630B/C. 

Light refreshments and cookies will be provided.

Published November 29, 2017.

Double your impact on Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, Nov. 28, is Giving Tuesday. This year, consider a donation that will double your impact and donate toward the South Campus Match. No dollar amount is too small, and each dollar will be matched by Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation. 

The Combined Charitable Campaign will run through the end of December. Pledges can be made online or via paper pledge form and sent to Chelsey Bowers.

Please note: River Food Pantry (#1232) is listed online—but was mistakenly missed on the list of charities. If you are completing a paper form, simply write this organization in to support it.

For general questions about the Combined Charitable Campaign, please contact CCC Chair Chelsey Bowers. For questions related to the Madison College Foundation, please contact Jenny Mulligan.

Madison College Combined Charitable Campaign - Grow South

Published November 27, 2017. Updated November 29, 2017.

Nov. 8 College Assembly recap available

The College Assembly gathered on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Several members of the Academic Council attended in support of the first read of their Workload Policy’s Issue Statement reads: How might we design a flexible faculty workload system to utilize faculty talent and expertise in alignment with the college mission, values and goals?

The policy’s driving interests are quality of instruction, flexibility, shared decision making, honoring unique talents of faculty, transparency and inclusion.

Following a college-wide loop-out process, 42 programs are now participating in the workload pilot. The most popular workload models are:

  • Contact hours, with 15-20 student contact hours
  • Seesaw model-heavy workload in one term and light workload in the following term
  • WITGID model-the flexible “What it Takes to Get It Done” model

The policy recognizes three areas of faculty focus—teaching, non-teaching and professional development plus core responsibilities. Departments, with guidance from their deans, will select the model that best suits their team.

The Academic Council will consider the questions and feedback gathered from the Assembly as they prepare for an upcoming second read of the policy.

The Employee Relations and Professional Development Council gave a first read of their Investigation Policy.

The policy states: A disciplinary investigation may be initiated by the college against any employee on receipt of a credible complaint and/or if the college has a reasonable basis to believe an employee has engaged in conduct in violation of a work rule. Administration will implement and assure documentation of a fair, impartial process that includes a thorough investigation.  

Under the policy, Human Resources will assure bias and conflicts of interest are minimized, will provide information and advice to all involved parties and will act as a liaison to college legal counsel.

The Investigation Policy will receive a second reading at a future Assembly meeting.

The ERPD also presented their Grievance and Dispute Resolution Policies for the first time. The policies were presented together, as that’s how they were originally conceived under the C.A.C.

The Grievance Policy lays out six steps of the grievance process including personnel with whom an employee must meet. There was discussion over hearings that might result from a grievance as well as the policy’s operational guidelines.

The Policy Dispute Resolution Procedure was created to address employee concerns about misapplication, misinterpretation or violation of an applicable employee policy or college administrative regulation. It is not related to Title IX.

A component of this procedure is the creation of a Policy Review Board. Pros and cons of this proposed body were discussed. It was agreed that the policy requires some additional work. Assembly co-chair Keith Cornille recommended the ERPD Council revisit the policy.

The Institutional Effectiveness Council shared an initial read of its issue statement related to assessment of broad strategic plans: How does the college encourage ongoing and meaningful assessment of the college’s broader strategic plans?

The Impact Initiative and Facilities Master Plan are examples of broad strategic plans. Interests of this developing policy are establishing common language in reporting plan results, informing the college community of plans and allowing feedback from stakeholders.

The Council recommends that each broad college strategic plan includes a section on how to assess it. They also recommend using research based or industry best practice frameworks for assessing the plan’s subject matter in a specific and definite way.

Student Senate President Tina Marshalek provided an update. She raised questions about the new continuing student registration deadline. Keith Cornille shared that enrollment numbers have increased as a result of the deadline.

The Senate is working on a statement regarding academic retention and enrollment. They’re also coordinating a food drive as part of the student hunger initiative.

The Assembly will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 22, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Agenda items will include an enrollment update and the second read of the ERPD Council’s Investigation Policy.


Published November 22, 2017.

Give Thanks event breaks previous records

The Combined Charitable Campaign’s Give Thanks event took place Thursday, Nov. 16, and broke previous records.

Highlights of the event included:

  • Hope Floats station took in $334
  • Pop-up Sale took in $2,212.54—$331.88 (15 percent) was donated to the CCC
  • 50/50 Raffle took in $604—Sheryl Hursh won $302 (50 percent) of the drawing (pulled by Provost Turina Bakken)

Thank you to the many volunteers as well as participants who took time out of their busy day to make this event a success. 

Photo above: Dylan and Julie sell raffle tickets and bagels

The Combined Charitable Campaign will run through the end of December. Pledges can be made online or via paper pledge form and sent to Chelsey Bowers. Please note: River Food Pantry (#1232) is listed online—but was mistakenly missed on the list of charities. If you are completing a paper form, simply write this organization in to support it.


Photo above: Jeff Reeves serves root-beer floats

Photo above: Kristen and Norma sell Raffle tickets and bagels




Photo above: Susan and Steve sell Raffle tickets and bagels

 For general questions about the Combined Charitable Campaign, please contact Combined Charitable Campaign Chair Chelsey Bowers. For questions related to the Madison College Foundation, please contact Jenny Mulligan.

Photo above: Chelsey Bowers serves root-beer floats


Published November 17, 2017. Updated November 20, 2017.

Faye reigns supreme as Cutest Pet Contest winner

The tally is in and we have a first and second place winner of the Madison College's Combined Charitable Campaign, Cutest Pet Contest.

First place winner with 97 votes:


Winner- Cutest Pet contest- Faye

Second Place winner with 35 votes:


Farrah- Second place winner- Cutest pet contest

Becuase of you, $438 votes were cast for Cutest Pet this year! The contest took in $703 in total—including $265 in entry fees. The top ten are listed on the far right—with tenth place being a 4-way tie.

The final tally of all votes:

































































































Published November 15, 2017. Updated November 29, 2017.

Give a gift, support South Campus Match

Madison College’s Combined Charitable Campaign (CCC) will once again be hosting an online auction to raise money for the campaign—with this year’s proceeds going specifically toward the South Campus Match. Last year’s auction hosted more than 80 items and raised more than $3,000.

This year we are asking faculty, staff, colleagues, small business owners, neighbors and friends to help us with donations for our campus-wide, online auction. Your donations to the silent auction will help us in helping our students as well as the communities we serve.

Examples of items donated this year and/or in years past include an autographed football from the Green Bay Packers, restaurant gift cards, overnight hotel says, company gift baskets, Badger (and other athletics) tickets, electronic items, miscellaneous products, books, program/service vouchers, tickets to special events and more. Organizations may even consider sponsoring an item that has been sold to us at cost from a local business.

All donations for the online auction will need to be secured by Thursday, Nov. 30. Donated items should be sent to Chelsey Bowers at the Madison College Truax Campus, Administration Room AB161-L. You are also welcome to email Chelsey to coordinate donations or if you need a gift tax receipt for a business.

Please consider how you might give back to our community by making a donation to the CCC—South Campus Match. Each dollar we raise will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation. This is an unprecedented opportunity.

“Greatness is not what you have … it’s what you give.”—Anonymous

Warm Regards,

Chelsey Bowers

Senior Marketing & Operations Liaison
& Combined Charitable Campaign Chair
Communications and Strategic Marketing
1701 Wright St., Madison, WI 53704
608-246-6717 cbowers1@madisoncollege.edu


Please print or share the official donation request letter.

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Published November 15, 2017. Updated November 17, 2017.

Last day to vote for Cutest Pet Contest

Today is the last day to cast your votes for the Combined Charitable Campaign Cutest Pet Contest. Place your votes at the following places:

  • Truax Campus: Voting slips can be purchased at the cafeteria, Starbucks or Bookstore registers
  • Regional Campus: Voting locations are marked with the "Cutest Pet Contest" posters or at cash registers

Voting is $1 per vote—vote as many times as you like. All proceeds go toward the Combined Charitable Campaign-South Campus Match.

If you have questions, please contact Combined Charitable Campaign Chair Chelsey Bowers

Published November 13, 2017.

President Daniels announces South Campus Match Challenge

Dear colleagues,

Recently, Madison College was challenged to raise $3.5 million before March 30, 2018, to complete our South Campus Match, which includes construction of a new Madison College South Campus. If we do, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation will match that number dollar for dollar. I accepted the challenge with confidence, recalling an African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Our faculty and staff are never averse to doing the difficult work that needs to be done, together, if it is for the long-term benefit of our students.

A few hours after the matching gift was shared by our media friends, one of our colleagues wrote the first check to the Madison College Foundation as part of the matching campaign. I was touched by the note that accompanied this gift and share it with you in the hope that it will inspire you to take advantage of this opportunity to double the impact of your contribution. 

"For many years, it has been my privilege to be a part of Madison College, an organization that provides an opportunity to pursue the American dream. Like so many community colleges, we are the first stop for many first-generation and underrepresented students. The generosity demonstrated by the Goodman Foundation and American Family, and today’s news from Great Lakes show that there are people and organizations in our community that believe in the vision and mission of our college and are choosing to back up their belief in us with generous funding.

I believe Madison College’s presence in South Madison will bring hope and development to the local community, bringing the American dream within reach of a population that may not have considered higher education as something they could ever attain. Working in Institutional Research & Effectiveness, I’ve seen much of the data on our student population and how much they need the support of all faculty and staff to be successful.

I was excited to see that the programming in South Madison would involve partnering with the high schools for STEM education. The plans to have full wrap-around services, in addition to so much “community” social services, is quite inspirational to me. Being a Hmong-American and first-generation college graduate, I understand that it takes a village to raise a child. I have personally experienced how education changes lives. How could I not be involved in this campaign? I know my monetary contribution in this campaign is just a drop in the bucket, but together, we can do much greater things, not only for the present, but for generations to come! I hope my colleagues will join me to make a difference in South Madison, empowering those students to make a difference in our community and the world around us.”

I thank Zong Her for allowing me to share her testimony with you. I know many of you can relate to her motivations to support the construction of a new South Campus, and I have no doubt you also have similarly powerful stories to express your commitment to our mission of access to quality higher education for all.

As in the past, many of you are approaching these last three months of the year with plans to contribute to our Combined Charitable Campaign. Your support of this campaign plays a crucial role in improving the lives of our neighbors, students and staff. I applaud and encourage your continued participation.

This year, thanks to the generosity of Great Lakes, you can double the impact of your gift to the Combined Charitable Campaign if you designate your gift to the South Campus Match. Your contribution, combined with the Great Lakes match, means $7 million toward a campus with 75,000 programmable square feet. Building a new South Campus illustrates in a most conspicuous way our commitment to our mission to provide access to quality higher education for all.

To be sure, raising $3.5 million is a mighty challenge. But it’s not unrealistic by any stretch. Madison College’s new South Campus must get done. It needs to be done. And, thanks to your support and that of your colleagues and the community-at-large, it will get done, because it means so much for so many people.

A key element of our mission is fostering success within our communities.  Let’s show our friends and neighbors why we’re “Madison College proud” through our collective and generous support of the Combined Charitable Campaign and the South Campus Match.

If we go together, we will go far!


Jack E. Daniels III, Ph.D

P.S. This year’s pledge form is attached. Please consider designating your contribution toward #600—South Campus Match. (Please make checks payable to the Madison College Foundation.) You may also visit The Foundation website to donate online. If you wish to give to multiple charities, visit the CCC donation page. For general questions about the Combined Charitable Campaign, please contact Combined Charitable Campaign Chair Chelsey Bowers. For questions related to the Madison College Foundation, please contact Jenny Mulligan.

Published November 8, 2017. Updated December 6, 2017.

Oct. 25 Assembly recap available

The College Assembly met Wednesday, Oct. 25. The Assembly welcomed David Lange, the new co-chair of the Employee Relations and Professional Development (ERPD) Council. Lange is a part-time faculty in our Paralegal Program. Also welcomed were Kelly McFee, new IT Council co-chair and Karen Saari, who will serve as an alternate from the IT Council. She will be present at the College Assembly when a co-chair is unable to attend.

The Benefits Committee presented an educational spotlight giving an overview of employee benefits and the insurance landscape.

Open enrollment for benefits takes place Nov. 1-15. Only three percent of employees will see an increase in cost. These are employees who subscribe to the more costly WPS statewide non-Dane health plan.

Per a directive from the District Board, the Human Resources department continues to look at the viability of insurance plans and to review best practices in health insurance. They plan to distribute information on open enrollment earlier in 2018 than they did in 2017.  

Imad Mouchayleh, senior internal auditor for the college, was a guest who provided an educational spotlight on the internal audit process. The internal audit charter is available on the college website.

Internal Audit works to improve college operations by evaluating college processes for governance, risk management and internal controls.

Mouchayleh gave an update on the YouInform risk reporting tool. YouInform was introduced one year ago to provide employees a safe place to report concerns about behavior that could damage or put the college at risk. He shared that of 13 reports to date, only one merited follow-up.

The Student Senate shared results from their recent student hunger survey. Highlights of the 1,144 responses include:

  • 37 percent of the students said they skipped meals because they lacked enough money for food.
  • 30 percent reported they couldn’t afford to eat nutritionally balanced food on a regular basis.
  • 68 percent said they knew at least one food-insecure student.
  • 44.58 percent shared they would use Madison College housing if it was available.

Student Senate members are coming up with ideas to help students get easier access to nutritious food.

The Employee Relations and Professional Development (ERPD) Council, in its second reading, shared changes made to the Outsourcing Policy. The Policy now addresses equity and inclusion. After some discussion on the history behind it, the Outsourcing Policy was thumbed and will be shared with President Daniels for review and consideration for approval.

The ERPD next gave its second reading of the Layoff Policy. The Policy states that the college will make every effort to use employee talents appropriately and avoid layoffs as much as possible. The policy was thumbed and forwarded to President Daniels for potential approval.

The Assembly thumbed the IT Council’s second reading of its newest issue statement: “How can we effectively manage academic software assets to meet the current needs of students, faculty and staff?”

Assembly facilitator and Interim Director of IBPS Jeremy Kautza led Assembly members through an exercise revisiting the original Assembly ground rules. Some revisions to the rules were made and ultimately thumbed.

The College Assembly will meet again on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in room D1630C.      

Agenda items for this meeting include the first reading of the Academic Council’s Workload Policy, possible first reads of additional policies from the ERPD Council and a possible first read of the Assessment of Broad Strategic PlansPolicy from the Institutional Effectiveness 

Published November 3, 2017. Updated November 8, 2017.