New Deputy Director for Public Safety announced

Dr. Daniels has appointed Joe Steffen deputy director for Madison College Public Safety Services. 

A graduate of Madison College's Criminal Justice degree program, Steffen began as a Public Safety student employee in 2006. He also completed the Madison College Law Enforcement Academy.

While working full time, Steffen completed his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Upper Iowa University. He was promoted to sergeant in 2009.

In addition to his duties at Madison College, Steffen serves as a part-time officer with the City of Lodi and the Village of Fall River Police Departments.

Published November 2, 2018. Updated November 5, 2018.

College kicks off 2018 Combined Charitable Campaign

TO:               All Employees
FROM:        President Jack E. Daniels, III
DATE:         October 22, 2018
RE:              Madison College Combined Charitable Campaign

Dear colleagues,

As the seasons change, many of us anticipate “sweater season,” walks in the woods to enjoy the fall colors, cheering on our favorite teams and pumpkin spice everything. Before we know it, autumn pastimes shift to winter necessities such as shoveling, hanging strands of lights and squeezing in holiday shopping.

In the coming busy days, take time to remember those in our community who do not have the luxury of enjoying the colder months, the homeless family worried about where to sleep, your neighbor unable to afford hot water and parents heartbroken that they cannot afford transportation, healthcare or food for their children, let alone buy them presents.

There is a way you can help. Give to the Madison College Combined Charitable Campaign. No contribution is too small as stated in our tagline, “Give a little, help a lot!”

Choose from charities under four umbrella organizations (details arriving in your mailbox soon) and donate via payroll deduction or by check. See your pledge form for details or make your pledge online at madisoncollege.edu/ccc.

If you wish to give to our students, donate funds to the Scholars of Promise program, Big Dog’s F.I.S.H. (Food Insecurity Stops Here) Scholarship or our South Campus initiative. The matching grant to support our new South Campus has been extended, so act now.

Watch your inbox for Matters updates on CCC events and opportunities to give. We hope you will participate in events that are fast becoming Madison College traditions. These include our Cutest Pet Contest, Give Thanks event (featuring root beer floats, 50/50 raffle, accessory market and nut hut) and our online auction.

Join me in sharing our gifts and warm hearts with the community. Let us prove again that Madison College cares.


Jack E. Daniels, III



Published November 1, 2018. Updated November 28, 2018.

College observes First-Generation Student Day Nov. 8

Student Development and Retention Services is pleased to present the second, First-Generation Student Day. This is part of a nationwide college campaign to celebrate the achievements of first-generation students. Madison College invites more than 6,000 first-generation students to participate in the event.

The First-Generation Student Day will be Thursday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Room D1630 at the Truax campus. The event will include:

  • The Resource Fair
  • Opening remarks given by President Jack Daniels III
  • Keyimani Alford, Director of Student Financial Support Services as the keynote speaker 
  • First-Generation experience including a staff video and the I’m First Club will unveil the SDRS I’m First Scholarship
  • The First-Generation Community Professionals Panel

Madison College will be showcased as a first-generation friendly institution where all students thrive. Please encourage students and staff to support the First-Generation Student Day celebration which is organized by the RISE Programs along with Student Development and Retention Services. Here are some of last year’s stories to help share the vital impact Madison College has on first-generation students.  

For more information or to get involved, contact Janine Wilson, RISE Director.  



Published October 31, 2018. Updated November 7, 2018.

President's open office hours Tuesday, Nov. 6 cancelled

President Jack Daniels open office hours scheduled from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, have been cancelled. The next open office hours will be Dec. 4.

In the 2018-19 school year, Dr. Daniels will hold open office hours from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month, except for January, when his office hours will be scheduled for Jan. 9, due to the New Year’s holiday falling on the first Tuesday.

During open office hours, faculty and staff are welcome to stop by President Daniels’ office to discuss any topics related to Madison College.




Published October 31, 2018. Updated November 6, 2018.

Provost will hold open office hours

Provost Turina Bakken will hold open office hours on Friday, Nov. 9 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. This is an opportunity for faculty and staff to discuss matters of concern, share success stories or propose new ideas.

Published October 31, 2018. Updated November 9, 2018.

Interim Director of Human Resources appointed

The search process for a Chief Human Resources Officer is continuing. In the interim, Dr. Daniels has appointed Rose Buschhaus as Interim Director of Human Resources. Buschhaus will assume the management of the day-to-day HR operations. She will continue to report directly to Vice President Mark Thomas until Nov. 1, at which time she will report directly to Dr. Daniels.

If any questions arise, please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Daniels.


Published October 19, 2018. Updated October 24, 2018.

Seats are limited for Faculty Best Practice Summit Nov. 2

An Inaugural Faculty Best Practice Summit will be held Friday, Nov. 2, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. in D1630 on the Truax Campus.

The event is designed to share best practices, uncover issues, raise questions, uncover insights and build a community of practice around aspects of the Professional Workload Model.

All faculty are invited. Teams/departments are encouraged to attend together. Moderated panels will cover Adding Value through Non-Teaching Service, Overcoming Team Obstacles and Challenges and Best Practice Models. Time will be available for conversation at tables related to the panel content.  

Stay tuned for more details. 

For questions, please contact Jennifer Zarrinnam at jzarrinnam@madisoncollege.edu.

Faculty can now register through Eventbrite. Seats are limited. 

To learn more about faculty workload, watch this brief video

Published October 19, 2018.

Assembly discusses faculty compensation, syllabus policy

The College Assembly met on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Minutes of the previous meeting were thumbed without changes.

Student Senate Update

Student Senate President Steven Ansorge reported that there will be a Food Insecurity Resource Fair on Oct. 16 at the Truax Campus featuring local organizations fighting hunger. He will serve on the CARES Title III Steering Committee.

The Senate will hold a town hall meeting Oct. 29 on the Textbook Rental referendum. A joint meeting of the Senate and the College Cabinet is coming up this fall.

Educational Spotlights 

Budget Loop-out

Mark Thomas, vice president of Administrative Services/CFO, and Ben Monty, senior budget and policy analyst, presented an overview/loop out of the projected 2019-2020 college budget. Thomas noted an expected reduction in property tax revenues and increase in state aids. Fewer students are enrolling from out of state reducing revenue from student fees.

The projected budget reflects increases related to the new Goodman South Campus.

Monty explained the assumptions that influenced the budget projections. The college expects a 6 percent increase in net new construction that will influence the tax levy. Budget projections assume 8,500 full time equivalent students and a possible 1 percent tuition increase.

Expenditure assumptions include increases in salaries and wages, health insurance spending and dental insurance rates.

Thomas said managers are currently assembling their budget requests. He will give another update in December or January.

Full-Time Faculty Compensation Loop-out

Mike Lussenden representing a study team formed by Dr. Daniels, reported on work done to “revitalize” the pay system for full-time faculty. Faculty interests were collected at the Fall Convocation. The team is working to process 250 individual comments.

Jonathan Cole, PSRP representative, asked if the same process will be followed for Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel. Mark Thomas, Assembly co-chair, said the president has not called for that at this time.

The team expects to have a plan implemented by fall 2019.

Action Items

The Professional Development Council presented a new proposed charge for a first reading. Assembly members suggested a few further changes including putting back language previously removed language on hiring methodology and including the words “all employee types.” The Council will take these under advisement and present a document for second reading at the next Assembly meeting.

Representatives of the Academic Council presented a Syllabus Policy for first reading.

Presenter Chris Page pointed out the Focus on Focus initiative suggested a syllabus is central to student success.

The proposed criteria include requiring a concise and user-friendly syllabus for every student at the start of class. The draft policy includes 15 course-specific elements. It gives faculty the opportunity to add elements based on the course specifics and needs of students. It also included links to Student Support Services, College Policies and College Resources.

Matthew Sargent, Diversity and Community Relations Council representative, requested standard statements about diversity in the classroom environment. An English Language Learning instructor suggested the linked material should be presented in other languages for better accessibility.

The Academic Council will consider information gathered in this loop-out and return with another draft for second reading at the next Assembly meeting.

Discussion Items

Each of the eight councils presented the issue statements or categories they will work on during this academic year.

President Daniels appointed a Consultative Group on Employee Relations that will identify, prioritize and address employee relations matters at Madison College. Current members of the group are: Mike Lussenden, AFT Faculty Union president, Jonathan Cole, AFT PSRP vice president, Mike Kent, president of the Part-time Faculty Association, Provost Turina Bakken and Dr. Daniels. A representative from the Administrators’ Employee Group can be invited to join the group at a later date, if they decide to establish a representative group.

The next meeting of the College Assembly will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. in Room D1630, at the Truax Campus.



Published October 17, 2018. Updated October 22, 2018.

Training protects college from cyber attacks

TO:                 All Employees
FROM:            Jack E. Daniels, III, President

DATE:             October 3, 2018
RE:                  Madison College Annual Security Awareness Training

Madison College needs your help to protect our college, our work and our data from cyber-attacks.

We continue to see successful phishing attacks, compromised machines and other security events. Generally, these events start with a user giving away their credentials (your username/password), clicking a “bad” link or downloading malware. The consequences of users having their credentials comprised include malware, ransomware, access to personal health, financial, or social security information. Madison College sees targeted attacks at employee direct deposit, other personally identifiable information and email.

Effectively protecting Madison College against today’s cyber threats requires ALL employees to participate in security awareness training. I am fully supportive of this initiative and encourage you to complete the training. The training is available on Blackboard under the course titled “Information Security Awareness (Other)." A link to Blackboard is available on the Madison College website. Navigate to the Faculty/Staff page link near the upper-right hand corner of our public website and click on the Blackboard link under the All Employee Systems heading.

Security Awareness Program

You are our shield against today’s cyber-attacks. Over the next months, staff are ask to watch twelve cyber-security training modules. All of the awareness modules are ADA compliant. The required modules can be completed at one time (45min) or individually as your schedule allows. We would like all employees to complete the training before January 1, 2019. Our security awareness training includes several other modules that maybe helpful for individuals to improve their cyber hygiene. Please feel free to review any or all recommended training modules at any time.

Rice Krispy Treat, Cookie, or Healthy Alternative!

To support this initiative, all staff who complete the security awareness training on or before November 30, 2018 are eligible to receive a Rice Krispy treat, a large cookie, or a piece of fruit! Just present a copy of your completion certificate to Truax cafeteria staff (available under “My Achievements” section of the course). Other campus locations will be notified when treats are available at your location.

Please send questions or comments to the Madison College IT Security team at: ITSecurity@madisoncollege.edu.

This message is part of the 2018 Madison College security awareness training program. If you have questions about the program or the validity of this email, please contact the Madison College Help Desk at (608) 246-6666. Madison College is committed to meeting the needs of our students by facilitating innovative, educational and business driven solutions through information and technology leadership, service and support. 



Published October 5, 2018.

Provost will hold open office hours Friday, Oct. 12

Provost Turina Bakken will hold open office hours on Friday, Oct. 12 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. This is an opportunity for faculty and staff to discuss matters of concern, share success stories or propose new ideas.


Published October 2, 2018. Updated October 3, 2018.