Madison College News

College announces November closure

All Madison College campuses and district buildings will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22 – Sunday, Nov. 25 in observance of Thanksgiving. Classes and services will resume on Monday, Nov. 26.

Published November 14, 2018. Updated November 15, 2018.

Madison College celebrates Hmong New Year

The Madison College Asian American Student Association is hosting a Hmong New Year Celebration Thursday, Nov. 15, 3-5 p.m., in Room D1630 at the Truax Campus. The event will highlight local singers, dancers, a ball tossing activity and an invitation to try on Hmong clothing, traditionally worn during New Year celebrations. The Asian American Student Association will also host a 50/50 raffle fundraiser to support programming. 

Students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome to attend.

Published November 12, 2018.

Emeralds to Ashes art show opens Nov. 13

An opening reception for Emeralds to Ashes, a solo exhibition by Katherine Rosing, artist and College Transfer Art faculty, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 13, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Truax Gallery Room A1005. Students, staff, faculty and the public are invited.

The exhibition is an elegy to the ash tree with a nod to the emerald ash borer, an invasive species which is decimating ash tree populations in Madison and beyond. The exhibition runs through Thursday, Nov. 29 and is open Monday - Friday. A large wall is filled with graphite drawings of stumps from infested trees, that were created using a rubbing technique. The drawings document and acknowledge ash trees lost throughout the Madison community. 

Large scale beaded and embroidered sculptural elements explore patterns abstracted from the life cycle of the emerald ash borer. These suspended and abstracted trees create a quiet space to contemplate nature's processes. The sculptural elements were created with the help of Madison College staff, students and Spring Harbor School seventh grade students.

Published November 9, 2018.

Event presents options after high school

Disability Resource Services will host “Looking Forward – Options After High School,” for high school students with disabilities and their families Monday, Nov. 12, from 5-7:30 p.m.

Engaging and informational sessions will be led by professionals, current students and representatives from local organizations offering a variety of post-high school opportunities and support for individuals with disabilities.

The event provides an opportunity for students to start planning for their future, whether life after high school involves college, working full-time or both. Students will learn about how to discover their strengths and use them in their transition to college or work careers. 

Register online at or by emailing To register by phone, call Alix Brandt at 608.243.4317 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday or Kalli Massop at 608.243.4061 on Tuesday or Thursday.

Published November 7, 2018.

Chef will demonstrate use of local ingredients and French techniques

Heather Terhune, executive chef of Milwaukee's Tre Rivali and The Outsider restaurants, will be the guest for Madison College's Chef Series, Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6-8 p.m. The series is sponsored by the Volrath Company and hosted by Kyle Cherek host of Wisconsin Foodie.

Terhune grew up enjoying the natural bounty of Vermont where her family hunted, fished, gardened, tapped trees for maple syrup and even raised pigs. A graduate of the New England Culinary Institute, Terhune began her career in Washington, D.C. at The Willard Hotel. She also worked at Jean Louis restaurant at The Watergate Hotel and Pop's Trattoria in North Carolina. Other positions took her to kitchens in Chicago and San Francisco. Now she enjoys gathering ingredients from Wisconsin farms.

Terhune will share her climb up the culinary ladder and demonstrate some of her French techiques in Madison College's demonstration kitchen at the Truax Campus at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Published November 1, 2018. Updated November 2, 2018.

Madison College observes Veterans Day with assembly

Veteran Resource Services staff at Madison College will host an event honoring veterans on Wednesday, Nov. 7 with a program beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Room D1630 of the Truax campus.

Allan Locia, Veteran Resource Services coordinator, will introduce the VRS staff. The ceremony includes presenting of the colors, the national anthem and pledge of allegiance.

Kenneth Cole, president of the Veterans Club, will give a short speech.

Dajon Ferrell, who served as active duty and traditional soldier in the Army National Guard for 13 years, will give the keynote address. Through her own struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, Ferrell eventually chose meditation over medication. She founded several veterans organizations in the Minneapolis area and provides classes, workshops and other events to unite others on a mission. Her personal goal is to help individuals rise up and live their most authentic lives.

Madison College President Dr. Jack Daniels III will give closing remarks. At 1:45 p.m. refreshments will be served followed by a break-out session on Embracing Diversity presented by Luke Matthews, Anthropology department chair.

The event is sponsored by Retention Initiatives and Student Engagement Programs and Student Development and Retention Services.

Published October 24, 2018. Updated November 5, 2018.

Workshop teaches how to manage farm financials

Instructor Randy Zogbaum will provide an introduction to the tools for understanding the financial part of running a farm business. Students will explore some simple and free tools that can help any farm start to use their financial information to make decisions. Some of the tools are balance sheet, income statement, cash flow budgeting, enterprise budgeting and partial budget analysis.

The workshop will be held on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., November 9 to December 14, at Madison College's Reedsburg Campus.

Cost for the workshop is $199. More information and registration information available here.



Published October 23, 2018. Updated October 26, 2018.

Tickets available for Chef Series Oct. 23 event

Chef Justin Carlisle, owner of Ardent and two other restaurants in Milwaukee, will open the new season of the Madison College Chef Series Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6-8 p.m. in the demonstration kitchen at the Truax Campus.

Carlisle is a graduate of Madison College’s Culinary Arts degree program and for the past four years was nominated for the James Beard Award Best Chef in the Midwest. He will talk about his entrepreneurial journey and demonstrate his skills providing samples to taste.

Food expert and television host Kyle Cherek is the new celebrity host for the series and Vollrath Company, producer of commercial food service equipment and supplies, is the presenting sponsor.

Tickets for the event are available now.


Published October 19, 2018.

Urban League offers College Scholarship Day event

Madison area high school students and their parents are invited to College Scholarship Day, Saturday, Oct. 20, 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Urban League of Greater Madison, 2222 S. Park Street.

Students will learn about scholarship opportunities from Madison College, Edgewood College, UW-Madison and other colleges and universities. Seniors and recent grads can get guidance and assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at the event.

The event begins with breakfast followed by a welcome and presentation on Paying for College. There will also be a student panel for questions and answers. Optional workshops include FAFSA Completion and Tips on Scholarship Essay Writing.

Register in advance here.


Published October 17, 2018.

Students offer Car Care Clinic Saturday, Nov. 3

The annual Car Care Clinic will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Truax Campus. Enter along the north side of the building from Wright Street and look for signs leading to the Center Court.

Automotive Technician students and instructors will be checking belts, hoses and other key items—plus topping off any needed fluids. Owners will be notified of any car problems but no repair work will be done at the clinic.

Those attending the clinic are asked to donate a non-perishable food item for the student food pantry.

Published October 17, 2018. Updated October 19, 2018.