Madison College News

How to turn a hobby into a business

Jasmine Banks began creating personal care items for herself after realizing some of the chemicals they contained could be harmful. She started selling her natural products with other crafters at fairs and eventually formed her business, Perfect Imperfections in 2016.

Banks will share what inspired her to start Perfect Imperfections and what she learned along the way at a Lunch and Learn session at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Madison College's South Campus, 2238 S. Park Street. The free event is sponsored by the Madison College Center for Entrepreneurship. 



Published November 27, 2018. Updated December 3, 2018.

Get application help at Smart Start event Dec. 1

Madison College staff offer hands-on application and financial aid help at South Campus Smart Start events. The next Smart Start will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seats are limited and advance registration is required.

Activities include: placement testing, application preparation and completion, career guidance, financial aid assistance and academic advising. Lunch will be provided. Bring a form of identification and official high school or college transcripts (if applicable).

Madison College South Campus is located at the Village on Park, 2238 S. Park Street, Madison. For more information call 608.243.4200 or email

Published November 26, 2018. Updated November 27, 2018.

College chorale, show choir present Holiday Pageant

The Madison College Chorale and College Community Show Choir will present their Holiday Pageant Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. in the Mitby Theater of the Truax Campus.

Tickets can be purchased online at $9 general admission, $7 for Seniors and free for students with a One Card.


Published November 26, 2018.

Miller Park chef shares crowd-pleasing secrets

Chef Seth VanderLaan knows how to develop innovative menus to please a variety of tastes. As executive chef for Miller Park, he oversees culinary operations including foods served in luxury suites, the Club Level restaurant and the team clubhouse.

VanderLaan will be the next featured chef for the Madison College Chef Series presented by the Vollrath Company and hosted by Kyle Cherek. The event will take place Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6:00 p.m. in the Demonstration Kitchen at Madison College's Truax Campus. Reserve tickets now to hear his story and taste some of his cuisine. Come at 5:30 p.m. for beverages and appetizers.


Published November 23, 2018. Updated December 7, 2018.

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.