FANUC Robotics certifies College for 2D iRvision programming

Madison College is the first higher learning institution (High School, two- or four-year College/University) in the state of Wisconsin to be established as a certified Training and Education site for FANUC Robotics' Vision (2D iRvision) programming.
Around the country only 11 schools have achieved the highest level of FANUC Robotics C.E.R.T (Certified Education Robot Training) program. Madison College has been certified as a robot programming site since 2010.
The first class in Vision for Robotics Programming (PDF, 586 KB) will be offered for free at the Watertown campus starting March 13 through the EDA grant.
This course and certification is also part of the Automated Manufacturing Systems Technology (AMST) program beginning in Fall 2013. Students who successfully complete the course will receive FANUC Robotics industry certification in vision and robot programming.

Published February 27, 2013.

Apparel blowout sale at Truax

Don't miss your chance to buy apparel at great prices. Come to the Truax cafeteria on Wednesday, Feb. 27!
Much of the inventory, clothes and accessories, will be marked down as much as 40 percent. 
$2 WolfPack bags and t-shirts! 
Check out great deals for the whole family!

Published February 25, 2013.

To Kill a Mockingbird: Faculty gets into the act!

Madison College Performing Arts presents ... To Kill a Mockingbird: The courage to live what you believe.
”Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.”  Atticus Finch explains to his young, adventurous daughter Scout why he agreed to lead the futile defense of a black man accused of attacking a white woman in a 1936 small town of Alabama. “The main reason – if I didn’t defend him, I couldn’t hold my head up.”
The Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most compassionate and beloved stories ever told. Christopher Sergel’s dramatization of Lee’s timeless tale brings to life the struggle of social injustice, the pain of human frailties and the definition of heroism. Madison College Performing Arts presents this story to Madison audiences for two weekends only.
Included in the cast of players is Communications and Performing Arts faculty member, Michael Lussenden playing the role of Sheriff Heck Tate.
“I’ve had a lot of fun.” Lussenden says of his rehearsal experience and with a hearty laugh, he adds “It’s also been a lot of work!” As Lussenden talks of his work on the show, he reflects on the process of developing the character of Sheriff Tate. “It takes discipline, focus and effort. But I’ve loved every minute of the process. More important, it’s a great reminder of what I expect from my students every day.”
The event dates are as follows:
Friday, Mar. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 10 at 2 p.m.
Friday, Mar. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 17 at 2 p.m.
The event will be held at:
The Mitby Theatre, Madison College                               
1701 Wright Street                                                    
Madison WI , 53704
BOX OFFICE (608) 243 - 4000                                 
$13 general admission
$11 groups, seniors
students (with valid identification)
Free to OneCard students

Published February 20, 2013. Updated March 1, 2013.

Is your "check engine" light on?

Our second year Driveability classes are looking for work. We are interested in vehicles that are experiencing problems such as:
-Check engine light (service engine soon light) illuminated
-Poor acceleration
-Rough idle
-Hard starting
Dave Heinzen's morning class runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 11 a.m. and John Palacios's class runs Monday through Friday from  12:30 to 3:30 p.m. If you have a vehicle that you would be interested in having us check out please email the following information to for morning scheduling, and for afternoon scheduling.
-Vehicle: Year, Make, Model
Thanks for the support of our program.

Published February 15, 2013.

In Memoriam: Tom Gering

"VERONA - Thomas Allan Gering, age 79, passed away on February 1, 2013 after courageous battles with Leukemia and lung disease.
Tom was born November 29, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Albert and Marie (Steinke) Gering. He graduated in 1952 from North Division High School in Milwaukee and delivered his class graduation speech. His school classmates voted him Prom King and President of the Senior Class, Student Council and Booster Boys. Additionally, Tom served as captain of the football team, playing quarterback, safety and linebacker.
Tom earned a Pre-Theology Ministerial Associate Degree from Concordia College and furthered his education with a Psychology Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he was a student leader at Calvary Lutheran Chapel. He initiated teaching ballroom dance as the first UW-Madison Mini Course which has expanded and is thriving today.
Through ballroom dancing at “Young Adult Club” (YAC) in 1960, Tom met his future bride, Joan Argue. They married in Madison on October 21, 1961 and raised three children.
Professionally, Tom worked for the Social Security Administration for 30 years before retiring. His career began in the Chicago area, and led to the Lancaster, Wisconsin office where he served as Manager. Later, he relocated his family to Verona, Wisconsin and worked in the Madison office. Throughout his career, he conducted more than 20,000 interviews. After retirement, Tom enjoyed teaching college-level psychology courses for 12 semesters at Herzing College and a retirement planning course at Madison Area Technical College for 15 years.
Because of his genuine interest in people, Tom could carry on a meaningful conversation with anyone and encourage them to talk about themselves. He has served in various leadership roles within the community, clubs and church. Tom was known for telling jokes, as well as portraying Benjamin Franklin. As an avid reader, Tom was a frequent patron of libraries. He also had a personal collection of thousands of books.
Tom loved spending time with his family and took great pride in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. He was a loving husband, devoted father, and cherished grandfather. His passing leaves a void in the lives of many. He will be deeply missed by those whose lives he touched.
Tom is survived by his wife Joan (Argue) Gering; and their children: Dawn (Randy) Dorning; Diana (Les) Howles; and David (Heidi) Gering; and seven grandchildren: Jacob and Caleb Dorning; Karra Howles; and Kailey, Kendra, Keegan and Korbin Gering. Tom was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Agrace HospiceCare and Dean Care for their exemplary care.
A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Salem United Church of Christ, 502 Mark Drive, Verona, Wisconsin. Visitation will be held at the church from 9-10:45 AM. A luncheon will follow the service. Memorials may be made to the Verona Public Library, 500 Silent Street, Verona, Wisconsin, 53593."

Published February 8, 2013.

Embrace culture at the 4th annual Global Showcase

The Center for International Education in collaboration with the World Student Association, United Common Ground, and Student Life is happy to announce the 4th annual Global Showcase! This event highlights the cultural diversity of Madison College. Students, faculty and staff share their cultural backgrounds with oral presentations, music, dance, fashion and other cultural displays.
This year, the Global Showcase took place on Tuesday, March 19, at the Student Lounge at Madison College Truax Campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join us for a wonderful celebration of culture! The College Bakery provided international treats at the event as well as selling them the week prior.

Published February 6, 2013. Updated April 8, 2013.

"Multiplication without Numbers:" Math club's 122nd presentation

Join the Math Club, faculty, students and staff:
Multiplication without Numbers: A First Look at Groups
Speaker: Professor Anders Hendrickson, St. Norbert College
Math Club's 122nd Presentation will be held on Friday, February 8, at 3:30 p.m. in room 209 (Truax).
Open a book of advanced mathematics, and you might be surprised at how few numbers there are on the pages. When asked to help split the check at a restaurant, many a professional mathematician has responded, "Ask my friend the engineer; I haven't used numbers in years." How is it that so much mathematics has so little to do with numbers? What kinds of multiplication involve no numbers at all? We will use these questions as an introduction to the fascinating subject of group theory.
Anders Hendrickson grew up in Iowa and attended St. Olaf College in southern Minnesota before completing a Ph.D. in mathematics at UW-Madison. After four years teaching at Concordia College in western Minnesota, he recently returned to Wisconsin to teach at St. Norbert College in Green Bay. His specialty is the representation theory of finite groups, but he also enjoys reading Latin, baking bread, and playing with his three children.
To learn more about the speaker, check him out on the St. Norbert College website
To learn more about the future math club presentations, please visit the math club website
Contact Jeganathan Sriskandarajah at (608) 243-4316.

Published February 4, 2013.

Donate to the new fund for veterans

A new fund has been established just for veterans events at Madison College for Madison College students! The Veteran Service Program Fund will be used to sponsor events for veteran students and their families. Events will be geared towards providing enrollment and VA benefits-related services to supplement or enhance existing services offered to veteran students. Events held in the past included a Veterans Day event, 6-week check-up (held 2x/year) and a schedule review (held 2x/year). Funds will be directed to the administration and costs of these events including refreshments, decorations, venue booking, prizes, etc.
We need your help to make this fund grow so that events can continue to be offered. Donations can be made in two ways: at the online donation page or by completing the Employee Campaign Brochure.
Please contact Madison College Veteran Services at or (608) 246-6038.

Published January 30, 2013.

Barber/Cosmetology Club announces raffle winner

The winner of the Barber/Cosmetology Club's 50/50 Raffle is Liz Bach. Thanks to all who contributed to this successful fundraising event!

Published January 30, 2013.

In Memoriam: Ron Hess

"Waunakee-Ronald William Hess, age 74, passed away on January 20, 2013 from lung cancer. Ron was born in Madison, the son of Cyril William Hess and Rosemary (Soehle) Hess on October 3, 1938. Ron worked for the State of Wisconsin for 12 years in the Duplicating Center and then worked for MATC for 28 years. After his retirement, he was employed by Print Tec for 4 years where he met his good friends Gary & Kim Welscher, Onalaska and Terry & Diane Bowen, Middleton. Once a month Ron, his wife and friends would meet at Ho Chunk for dinner which he enjoyed. Then he was employed by the University of Wisconsin Transportation Department emptying parking meters where he met Ed Gormican, Madison and they became good friends and would enjoy their lunches at the Silver Eagle ...
Honoring Ron's wishes there will not be a service, he will be laid to rest at Sunset Memory Gardens, Madison. 
Thanks to the doctors at UW Health and the people at Agrace HospiceCare that helped to make the end of his life comfortable."
Funeral services are to be announced. Read more by clicking here

Published January 25, 2013. Updated January 30, 2013.