Madison College News

Heritage Habitats show opens at Truax gallery

A new art show, Heritage Habitats, displaying works by Ginger Owen-Murakami and Vicki VanAmeyden will open in the Gallery at Truax on Monday, Oct. 9. The public is invited to an opening reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with artists lecture at 5 p.m.
 
Heritage Habitats is a series of physical spaces for contemplation and invocation of ancestry. Framed around nostalgia and memory, Kites, Cairn, Grove, Heartwood and Roots are large scale, sculptural and experiential installations that engage in viewers’ unique memories and experiences. In essence, the work emphasizes commonalities that bind people and cultures and serve as an expression of humanism.
 
Methods for creating these works involve appropriating imagery from our respective family albums then, framing ideas around the experience generated from remembering our past. The images we select are iconic in nature, typical of pictures that exist in all family photo albums. They reference concepts linked to blueprints of identity and help us to find our place in a larger historical picture. We value history and tradition as the staples of human life while acknowledging that representations of realities are altered by elapsed time and convoluted memories.
 
The show will continue through November 21.

Published September 27, 2017. Updated September 29, 2017.

Chef Bill Kim starts Fall 2017 Chef Series

Award-winning Chef Bill Kim will kick off the Fall 2017 Chef Series in the Truax Demonstration Kitchen Thursday, Oct. 19, from 6-8 p.m. Attendance is free for students and $25 for non-students. Register on Chef Series Eventbrite page.
 
Kim is a pioneer in the movement of fine dining casual concepts. In 2008, he opened Urbanbelly, a bustling, communal-seating restaurant featuring creative and soul-satisfying noodle, dumpling and rice dishes. Chef Kim opened BellyQ, a modern Asian barbecue concept on Chicago’s Randolph Street, in August of 2012.
 
After five successful years of operating Urbanbelly, Chef Kim expanded the menu and relocated the restaurant to reside alongside BellyQ in the West Loop. A second Urbanbelly opened in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood in early 2016.
 
Kim's first cookbook, "Korean BBQ: How to Master Your Grill in 7 Sauces" will be released in April 2018 by Ten Speed Press.

Published September 20, 2017.

College trains young fire fighters for Sun Prairie

Students from the Prairie Phoenix Academy are enrolled in a pilot progam at Madison College's Truax Campus training them to become fire fighters. They travel to the campus in the morning then return to their high school classes in the afternoons.
 
"This is a partnership that provides high school youth with the opportunity to take college credit by participating in our Fire Academy while in high school," said Shawna Carter, dean of the School of Human and Protective Services. "Upon completion, students will be prepared to be certified firefighters for our community."
 
NBC 15 News visited the class and interviewed a few of the students for this report.

Published September 20, 2017.

Next South Campus Smart Start session Oct. 14

Inividuals who want to become Madison College students can get hands-on help through the college application and financial aid process during Smart Start sessions at the South Campus. The next session will be offered Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Advanced registration is required and seats are limited to 20 students. Lunch is provided to registered attendees.
 
During the session participants will take the Accuplacer placement exam, briefly explore careers, compete an application for free and apply for financial aid. Bring a photo ID, official high school transcript (if available) and necessary documents to begin the financial aid process.
 
For more information contact the South Campus at southinfo@madisoncollege.edu or 608-243-4200.

Published September 20, 2017.

Presentation addresses would-be entrepreneurs

Individuals who have ideas and aspirations for business ownership can benefit from the next Madison College Business Planning workshop, "Dreaming of Becoming an Entrepreneur?", Monday, Sept. 18 from 6-8 p.m. in Room B3279 of the Truax Campus.
 
This informational and engaging workshop may spark your passion into a reality. Topics include the state of entrepreneurship (business ownership), the entrepreneurial mindset, characteristics of a successful entrepreneur, idea generation, and resources for your entrepreneurial journey.
 
The Business Planning Series is free to Madison College students and to the general public unless otherwise notedEntrepreneurs from communities surrounding Madison are encouraged to attend.

Published September 12, 2017.

College to hold Never Forget Blood Drive on 9/11

In honor of the lives lost in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Madison College School of Human and Protective Services will host an American Red Cross blood drive Monday at the Truax Campus Protective Services Building, 1701 Pearson Street. Donors should come to Rooms 229, 233 or 235 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
 
 

Published September 8, 2017.

Next South Campus Smart Start session Oct. 14

Inividuals who want to become Madison College students can get hands-on help through the college application and financial aid process during Smart Start sessions at the South Campus. The next session will be offered Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Advanced registration is required and seats are limited to 20 students. Lunch is provided to registered attendees.
 
During the session participants will take the Accuplacer placement exam, briefly explore careers, compete an application for free and apply for financial aid. Bring a photo ID, official high school transcript (if available) and necessary documents to begin the financial aid process.
 
For more information contact the South Campus at southinfo@madisoncollege.edu or 608-243-4200.
 

Published September 7, 2017. Updated September 19, 2017.

STEM Center events begin Sept. 5

This fall the new Madison College STEM Center began providing programming, services and guidance to foster engagement and success in Science Technology Engineering and Math careers. The Center will provide a speaker series, tours of STEM related programs at the college and presentations about transfer opportunities for students in those programs.
 
Dr. Rachel Lancor, associate professor of Chemistry, Physics and Geoscience at Edgewood College, will speak on her areas of expertise on Tuesday, Sept. 5 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Room C1454 at the Truax Campus.
 
On Wednesday, Sept. 6, Dr. Ross Radel, PE, president of Phoenix Nuclear Labs, will speak on High-Yield Neutron Generators of Industrial Applications. The event will be held in Room C1450 at the Truax Campus. His presentaion will focus on the technology behind a new gas target neutron generator recently developed by PNL.
 
Additional speaker series events in September include:

  • Sept. 13 - Andrew Santoso, Catherine Stefel and May Weisman, UW-Madison, "The Many Paths of a Medical Physicist"
  • Sept. 20 - Dr. Matthew Lazzara, Madison College faculty, "Observing Antarctica with the Next Generation Polar Climate and Weather Station"
  • Sept. 27 - Daryl Rothamer, ACS Design, Construction, Inegration, "An Engineer's Journey-It Began with an Interest in Engines"

 
For further information and future programs contact the STEM Center at stemcenter@madisoncollege.edu or 608-246-6285.

Published September 1, 2017. Updated September 5, 2017.

Madison College announces new South Campus location

At a news conference Monday, Aug. 28, Madison College revealed that its new South Campus will be located at the intersection of Badger Road and Park Street in Madison.
 
The college also announced that $11.3 million in contributions from the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Foundation and the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation will cover costs associated with Phase One of the project. The first phase includes the purchase of property and development of the a facility that will house learning spaces and student support services, plus science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education that will allow students, particularly those from the Madison Metropolitan School District, to earn college credits while earning their high school diploma.
 
Fundraising efforts are underway for Phase Two of the project, which will which will consist of an expansion of the complex to include enhanced services, additional classrooms and community space.

Published August 28, 2017.

Madison College leads the way in micro-credentials

Kate Radionoff, dean of the School of Professional and Continuing Education at Madison College, explained how the college has developed digital badges for 115 noncredit courses in an article published by InBusiness.
 
Radionoff began exploring the possibilities of issuing micro-credentials in 2011.
 
Digital badges document skill sets mastered by noncredit students and can be electronically shared with employers. Students can also share them on social media sites such as LinkedIn.
 
As the college provides training for many local employers, participants can earn these badges to verify the skills they have mastered.
 
For more information on employee training and digital badges contact Radionoff at 608-258-2309 or kradionoff@madisoncollege.edu.

Published August 25, 2017.

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