In Memoriam: Clifford Andreoli

The College sends condolences to the family and friends of former registrar Clifford Andreoli. He started here as assistant registar in 1965 and was then promoted to registrar in 1973 and worked in that position until he retired in 1995. 


Services and Visitation:


Visitation will be Monday, July 22, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at JACOBS FUNERAL HOME, Iron Mountain. Iron Mountain-Kingsford Masonic Lodge No. 388 will conduct a memorial service at 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Paul Mallory will officiate.


In Memoriam: Clifford Andreoli


IRON MOUNTAIN, MICH. - Clifford V. Andreoli, age 75, formerly of Iron Mountain, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013, at Select Specialty Hospital in Madison.

He was born Oct. 22, 1937, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Victor and Florence (Tousignant) Andreoli. Clifford married Karyl Hoyle on July 20, 1963, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Iron Mountain. They moved to Madison in 1963, and in 1965, Clifford received his master's degree from University of Wisconsin Madison in education-administration. In 1965, Clifford became the assistant registrar at Madison Area Technical College and in 1973 was promoted to registrar, retiring in 1995.

While living in Madison, Clifford was an active member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Madison Lodge No. 5 of the Masonic Temple, The Zor Shrine, where he served as a bagpiper, and the Madison Curling Club for 40 years. He enjoyed many hobbies including woodworking and fishing.

Clifford is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Karyl; two sons, Aric Andreoli of Madison, Aren (Evie) Andreoli of Shakopee, Minn.; a sister, Anita (Jan) Bovee of Appleton; four grandchildren, Kaiden Andreoli, Brennen Andreoli, Whitney Dow, and Alexus Dow; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Monday, July 22, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at JACOBS FUNERAL HOME, Iron Mountain. Iron Mountain-Kingsford Masonic Lodge No. 388 will conduct a memorial service at 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Paul Mallory will officiate.

Memorials can be made to the Iron Mountain High School Clifford and Karyl (Hoyle) Andreoli Scholarship Fund, 205 South Owen Drive, Madison, WI 53705. You may light a candle in remembrance of Clifford or leave a condolence to his family online at The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, to honor Clifford's Legacy of Life.

Published July 22, 2013.

In Memoriam: Patricia Halpin Bennett

The College sends condolences to the family and friends of former faculty member Patricia Halpin Bennett. She was an instructor in the nursing program and a founding faculty member of the College's ADN/RN program in 1972. 

A joint memorial service is scheduled for Pat and her late husband Bob on Monday, August 5. Bob Bennett passed away in March. A visitation is at 9:30 a.m., followed by a mass at 10:30 a.m. A luncheon will follow the mass. Family and friends are invited to this informal gathering. 

Services will be at:

Blessed Sacrament Parish Church
2116 Hollister Avenue
Madison, WI 53726
(608) 238-3471

In Memoriam: Patricia Halpin Bennett

MONTGOMERY, Ala. / MADISON -  Patricia “Pat” Halpin Bennett died June 23, 2013, at her son, Charles' (Melody) home in Montgomery, Ala.

Pat was born Dec. 27, 1922, and raised in Racine, Wis., and graduated from Washington Parks High School in 1940, where she was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1988. Patricia Halpin married Robert Bennett in 1951 and the two remained married for 62 years until 2013 when death took them both in 2013. Pat graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing (La Crosse), then worked as a Public Health Nurse in Detroit, on staff at St Mary's Hospital in Madison and later as faculty in the AD Nursing (RN) program at Madison Area Technical College where she was a founding faculty member of the MATC ADN/RN program in 1972.

Pat was a lifelong teacher and learner. She obtained graduate degrees from the UW Madison in Nursing, Education and Nutrition. In May of 1984, Pat received one of these graduate degrees on the very same day that three of her children also graduated from the UW-Madison; two chemical engineers and another nurse! Pat also served on the UW-Madison Alumni Board for several years. She was celebrated by students during and long after her tenure at MATC and coauthored several papers and books including Fundamentals of Nursing (McGraw-Hill, 1980).

Pat was a penultimate giver. Shortly after an entrance exam at St. Francis, Pat was approached by a senior nun and was told she got a perfect score and completed the exam faster than they had ever seen. She was instantly offered a full scholarship. Pat's reply was that she already had her tuition money and requested the tuition be given to someone that needed it. She volunteered in her parish, Blessed Sacrament regularly during services and home visits for prayer and Holy Communion; all of her children attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School. Always loving and selfless for others; always an attentive ear to those around her was how Pat lived her life in marriage, bearing and raising her seven children, and mentoring the thousands of students her life impacted, day in and day out.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bob and daughter, Roberta. She is survived by her children, Beth (Ron), Robert (Emilie), Kathy, George, Chuck (Melody), and Patrick (Amne); and by grandchildren, Jessica, Emily, Ryan, Charlie, Gabrielle, Charles Jr., Patrick Jr., John, Annye and Robert. She will be missed always, but her eternal light has provided a great beacon for her children to follow and pass on to the next generation. We will always love you mom and we will never forget.

No service has yet been scheduled. Any memorial gifts in Pat's memory would best be served by supporting your parish, or any battered woman's shelter or food pantry, as our mother supported all of these groups. Inquiries or condolences may be made by email.

Source: Patricia Halpin Bennett obituary (Wisconsin State Journal)

Published July 1, 2013. Updated July 3, 2013.

Wish Bonnie Vandre-Blewett well on her retirement

A retirement celebration for Bonnie Vandre-Blewett, assistant to the vice president for administration and to the assistant vice president of Budget and Public Affairs, is planned for Friday, June 28, 2013 from 2-3 pm in the lower cafeteria.

Please stop by to wish her well and have some cake!

Contact Denise O’Rourke at 608-246-6080.

Published June 7, 2013. Updated June 26, 2013.

The Academic Quality Improvement Process (AQIP) Systems Portfolio has been completed!

Every four years as part of our accreditation process, Madison College is required to submit an updated AQIP Portfolio to the Higher Learning Commission. This portfolio consists of nine categories that exemplify high performing organizations:

  • Helping Students Learn
  • Accomplishing Other Distinctive Objectives (Addressing key processes and how they support our mission and goals)
  • Understanding Student and Other Stakeholder Needs
  • Valuing People
  • Leading and Communicating
  • Supporting Organizational Operations
  • Measuring Effectiveness
  • Planning and Continuous Improvement
  • Building Collaborative Relationships

Team leads were assigned: Shawna Carter, Denise McKay, Geraldo VilaCruz, Sandra Docter, Jennifer Hoege, Roxanne Zetzman, Zong Her, Jennifer Bakke and Laurie Beardsley; and nine work groups were assembled to tackle this project. These teams have diligently reviewed changes since the last portfolio (2009) by interviewing administrators, faculty and staff, collecting data and creating new visual references to include in the 2013 Systems Portfolio.

Once the information and data was gathered, it was then up to the writing team of Janice Mettauer and Paul Barribeau to tell our story.

Each team observed many improvements made since our last Systems Portfolio was submitted. The AQIP Systems Portfolio allows the College an opportunity to review improvements and identify processes that need to be elevated to a higher standard. These target areas are then turned into Action Projects as a part of the College’s ongoing Quality Improvement Process.

Thank you to all team members for the time and effort spent on this important body of work!

Click here to view the new Systems Portfolio (PDF, 1.71MB).

Please contact Ali Zarrinnam at 608-246-6446. 

Published June 5, 2013. Updated July 16, 2013.

In Memoriam: Charles John "CJ" Norwell

Many of you knew recently retired part-time faculty coordinator Nancy Meyer. We are saddened to announce the passing of her son Charles. His obituary is below. Memorial donations may be given to the Meyer Family Scholarship at Madison College Foundation.

In Memoriam: Charles John "CJ" Norwell

MADISON/OREGON-Charles John “CJ” Norwell, age 30, passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

He was born in Madison on Feb. 24, 1983, to parents John Norwell and Nancy Meyer. He graduated from Madison Memorial High School in 2001 and completed a Bachelor’s degree from UW Milwaukee in Art and Graphic Design in 2006. CJ also took the paralegal post baccalaureate program at Madison College. CJ was very active in sports and played hockey for the Madison West Flyers and football at Madison Memorial High School. He loved traveling and especially enjoyed family vacations to Florida, Disneyworld and Hawaii. CJ was passionate about fishing and loved to converse about fishing and the best spots for hours. He was also avid about movies and loved action movies such as Indiana Jones. CJ was also a history buff and was especially knowledgeable about World War II history.

CJ is survived by his loving parents, John (Mary) Norwell of Oregon and Nancy (Bruce Brownell) Meyer of Fitchburg. He is also survived by his brother, William (Brittany) Norwell of Oregon; a step-sister, Rebecca (Bryant) Welch of North Carolina; aunts and uncles, Gale (Mike) Rundle of Janesville, Duncan (Judy) Norwell of Huron, Ohio; cousins, Bryan Rundle of Janesville, Justin Rundle of Madison, Christina (Shayne) Fischer of Ohio, Douglas (Cathy LeValle) Norwell of Ohio, Patrick (Karyn) Norwell of Ohio, and Catherine (Justin) Cutcher of Ohio. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Wilma Meyer of Madison and Charles “Chick” and Evelyn Norwell of Ashland.

A memorial service will be held at PEOPLE’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 103 N. Alpine Parkway, Oregon, at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013. Visitation will be held at the church from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, and also from 2 p.m. until the time of service on Thursday.

If desired, memorial donations may be given to the Meyer Family Scholarship at Madison Area Technical College- Foundation, 1701 Wright Street, Madison, WI 53704 or People’s Methodist Church, 103 N Alpine Parkway, Oregon, WI 53575.

Gunderson Oregon
Funeral & Cremation Care
1150 Park St.
(608) 835-3515

Visitation will be held at the church from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, and also from 2 p.m. until the time of service on Thursday.

A memorial service will be held at PEOPLE’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 103 N. Alpine Parkway, Oregon, at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013.

Source: Charles John "CJ" Norwell obituary (

Published May 22, 2013.

Share your thoughts on graduation

The following is a note from Vice President of Student Development, Keith Cornille and Administrative Assisstant of Student Life, Brenda Farrell in regards to faculty involvement in the 2013 graduation ceremony: 

We would like to take a minute of your time to thank all of you that participated and assisted at the commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20, 2013. Commencement is a time for students, their families and the campus community to celebrate and reflect upon their accomplishments at Madison College. This spring, approximately 800 people attended the ceremony.

For those who attended or watched live on the Internet, we hope that you found the ceremony to be one of both dignity and celebration. If you didn’t have a chance to attend, and would have liked to experience the ceremony, it’s not too late. For the next 30 days the ceremony can be viewed onthe Madison College website's graduation page by clicking on the video link.

For those of you that were in attendance, we understand there are still opportunities to enhance the ceremony for the future and hope that you won't hesitate to share your thoughts. If you saw things that created problems or didn't work well, we would like to hear from you so that we can improve the functions of future ceremonies. At the same time, we ask that you share features of the ceremony that went well and should be continued.

Finally, there are some faculty gowns and hoods still floating around out there. If by chance you didn't return your academic regalia following the ceremony, we ask that you please bring them to the Student Life Office (Truax Rm. 140). You can also reach us phone at 608-246-6224.

Again, thank you for your participation, assistance and extra effort. 


Keith Cornille and Brenda Farrell


Published May 21, 2013. Updated May 22, 2013.

Instructor's play performed at Bartell Theater

The Kathie Rasmussen Women's Theatre (Krass) in partnership with the Madison Theatre Guild is delighted to announce its upcoming production of "Ten Thousand Moons from Here."

Written by Madison playwrights Kathleen Allison Johnson and Gail Sterkel, this space adventure play should attract theater and sci-fi lovers alike.  Sterkel is an academic writing instructor for Adult Basic Education (ABE) and the School of Academic Advancement.

The play is June 13-22. Opens Thurs June 13 at 8pm. Performances Fri June 14 at 8pm, Sat June 15 at 8pm, Sunday June 16 at 2pm, Wed June 19 at 8pm, Thurs June 20 at 8pm, Fri June 21 at 8pm, Sat June 22 at 8pm -- with a matinee Saturday June 15.
Where: Bartell Theater, 113 E Mifflin St. Madison, WI 53703
Tickets: $15 open seating. On Wednesday June 19 at 8pm, admission is by donation, whatever you can afford.
Reservations & information: 608-663-4814 or
Wheelchair accessible

Published May 13, 2013. Updated May 15, 2013.

Geoff Bradshaw published

An article by Madison College International Education Director, Geoff Bradshaw, is included for publication in a newly released volume entitled The Community College in a Global Context.

Bradshaw’s chapter, “Internationalization and Faculty-Led Service Learning” describes the history of Madison College international education efforts and uses Madison College as a case study for best practices in internationalization.  In particular, the article examines th College's role as a national trainer for the U.S. Department of State, Capacity Building for Study Abroad program, in the College is the lead institution in a consortium of 24 community colleges engaged in faculty-led service learning programs in Central America and the Caribbean.

Published as part of the New Directions for Community Colleges series by Jossey-Bass publishers, the volume makes a compelling case that international education is a crucial aspect of contemporary community college education and should be integrated into colleges’ mission and planning.  The volume also makes the case that the community college model has important potential for educational systems around the world where governments are struggling to find the right match between technical skills, economic development, and population growth.

Bradshaw was one of eleven individuals across the country asked to contribute to this volume. Writers were selected based on their national reputation as leaders in community college international education.

While online access is only available for fee, a hard copy of the publication has been placed on reserve at the Truax library.


Published May 13, 2013.

WiscAMP Scholars Program Awards Banquet Celebrates Student Achievements

The WiscAMP Scholars Program celebrated the accomplishments of our five student scholars with an awards banquet that took place on Wednesday, April 29, 2013. 
Throughout this academic year, the student scholars have been involved in internships in the fields of genetics, mathematics, engineering and bioscience. They have maintained high academic standards with a full course load. The scholars also participated in monthly meetings that included such activities as touring a small biotech firm, guidance in applying for future scholarships, and presenting their internship work to the other scholars.
Through their diligence and efforts, 2 of our students have been awarded additional scholarships for Fall 2013. In addition, four out of our 5 scholars have been accepted to UW-Madison for the Fall semester in the fields of Engineering, Mathematics and Genetics.
Madison College President, Dr. Bettsey Barhorst was present to give out the awards and share in the celebration.
The WiscAMP Scholars Program supports underrepresented minority students who plan to transfer from Madison College to four year colleges or universities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to complete baccalaureate degrees. The 2012/2013 school year was the first year for the program. The program includes mentoring support, internship opportunities, and an annual stipend of $4,800.
The application deadline to apply for next year’s WiscAMP Scholars program was April 30, however, late applications will still be taken and considered in the order they are received.
To find out more about the WiscAMP Scholars program or get an application, contact Dr. Charles Benton or Bethany Sansing-Helton.

Published May 6, 2013.

2013 soccer season kicks off with new coach

The Madison College soccer team will have a new head coach for the 2013 season. Cory Sims replaces former head coach Sam Ramirez, who stepped down after one season.

Coach Sims was an assistant coach for the WolfPack last season. For the past three years, he has been a coach for the U10-13 Boys at Magic Soccer Club in Madison. In addition to those duties, Coach Sims, a USSF 'C' Licensee, has coached and trained various players and teams from ages 8-18.

Cory believes in "Working on improvement every training session." A University of Wisconsin graduate, Coach Sims says, "The wider the base, the higher the pyramid. With a solid foundation and smart work, any goal is achievable." Outside of coaching, Cory is a strength coach and personal trainer. He currently resides in Madison.

"We are very pleased that Cory Sims will be leading our men's soccer program," said Director of Athletics, Steve Hauser. "Cory is an excellent communicator and we are eager to see him bring our program back to the level it needs to be at."  

Published May 3, 2013.