Question of the Week

What is Bucky on Parade?

Bucky on Parade is a free public art event that will bring approximately 100 life-size Bucky Badger statues to the streets of Madison and Dane County. Local and regional artists will transform these Bucky statues into unique works of art. The parade itself begins Monday, May 7­, and continues through the summer. After the public art display, the Bucky statues will be auctioned off to raise funds for organizations including Garding Against Cancer, Madison Area Sports Commission and other community charities.

Provost Turina Bakken serves on the Madison Area Sports Commission board, a subset of the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau. Bakken was placed on the executive committee for Bucky on Parade, as well as chair of the marketing committee. Team Matters interviewed her about the event.

She is excited about Madison College’s involvement in the project. The college is storing the Bucky statues, and students from Applied Science and Engineering Technology will spray the statues with a protective coating.

The college gets two statues for the parade, both of which will be designed by Madison College faculty, Emmalee Pearson of Visual Communications, and Jeff Dewitt in Animation. Their designs will reflect some of the stories of the college and the value it creates for the community. 

Learn more by visiting the Bucky on Parade website.

What is Bucky on Parade?

Published January 17, 2018.

Looking forward with President Jack Daniels

Team Matters spoke with Dr. Daniels about what he wants faculty and staff to know as we enter a new year.

Topics he covered include the Facility Master Plan, the South Campus Initiative and why Interest-Based Problem Solving (IBPS) is moving to Human Resources.

Looking forward

Published January 10, 2018.

What is the focus of the Spring 2018 Convocation?

Tim Casper, vice president of Institutional Learning and Effectiveness, met with Team Matters to talk about the upcoming Spring 2018 Convocation, which is Tuesday, Jan. 9, and Wednesday, Jan. 10. 

Casper answered questions about the Focus on Focus initiative and the Facility Master Plan, which faculty and staff will learn more about during Convocation.

What is the focus of the Spring 2018 Convocation?

Published January 5, 2018.

What are you doing for winter break?

Winter break is coming soon. The Matters Team asked faculty and staff what their plans are during the during their time off.

What are you doing for winter break?

Published December 18, 2017.

How is Madison College positioned on Social Media?

Maureen Alley took over as Social Media Coordinator for Madison College a year ago. She was only the second person to hold that full-time position. 

Alley, who worked as an instructor at Madison College before striking out as an editor and independent social media consultant, shared some insights as to how Madison College uses various social media platforms to tell its story and whom the school is trying to reach. 

The goal for the college’s social media channels is to introduce the school to potential students. It’s also reaching out the community as a whole and showing them what we offer.

Is there something interesting happening in your area? Contact Maureen Alley in Communications and Strategic Marketing to help share your story.

Social Media

Published December 11, 2017.

What is the Creator Studio?

When students are busy and stressed from their finals, sometimes they need to place to get away and take a break from it all. The Madison College Libraries Creator Studio is a great place to relax, but students can also tinker, build, explore and create. 

Team Matters took a trip up to Truax Room B3211, the location of the Creator Studio, and met with a group of librarians. Erika Linzner, Kris Glodoski Wolf, Mark Perkins and Donna Marconnet answered their questions, and the Matters interns got to check out some of the games, activities and projects the studio offers. Although this is a student-first space, faculty and staff are encouraged to come in and enjoy the studio.

The Creator Studio is open Monday through Friday, from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Visit their website to learn about upcoming events. 

What is the Creator Studio?

Published December 4, 2017. Updated December 6, 2017.

A special message from President Daniels

The Combined Charitable Campaign will run through the end of December. Pledges can be made online or via paper pledge form and sent to Chelsey Bowers.

Please note: River Food Pantry (#1232) is listed online—but was mistakenly missed on the list of charities. If you are completing a paper form, simply write this organization in to support it.

For general questions about the Combined Charitable Campaign, please contact CCC Chair Chelsey Bowers. For questions related to the Madison College Foundation, please contact Jenny Mulligan.

Madison College Combined Charitable Campaign - Grow South

Published November 22, 2017. Updated November 29, 2017.

What is the Innovation/Research and Development request process?

Bryan Woodhouse met with the Matters team to talk about the Innovation/Research and Development request process. The process allows faculty and staff to submit promising new ideas, methods, product developments or opportunities that support the college's mission, vision, and values. The primary source of funds is the Contingency Fund, which is managed by the College Cabinet and the President. 

This process is designed to support:

  • One to two-year pilot projects that investigate and implement ideas initiated by creative faculty and staff
  • One-time planning projects by a faculty/staff member (or team) to investigate whether an idea is feasible

Vist the SharePoint site to submit a request.


What is the Innovation/Research and Development request process?

Published November 20, 2017. Updated January 5, 2018.

What is the South Campus Match?

Team Matters spoke with Dr. Daniels to learn about the South Campus Match from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation. The college was challenged to raise $3.5 million before March 30, 2018, to complete the South Campus Match, which includes construction of a new Madison College South Campus. If that goal is met, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation will match that number dollar for dollar. 

Faculty and staff can double the impact of their gift to the Combined Charitable Campaign if they designate their gift to the South Campus Match. This contribution, combined with the Great Lakes match, means $7 million toward a campus with 75,000 programmable square feet. 

What is the South Campus Match?

Published November 13, 2017.

How do I submit stories to Matters?

This week, meet the Matters team and learn how to submit stories to Matters.

1. Click the “Submit Your Story” link on the homepage of the Matters website, which is located in the bottom right corner.

2. Enter your contact information, including your name, email address and phone number.

3. Under the “Story Information” section, you may write or copy and paste your story in the blank field. Also, choose the publication date for the date you wish your story to be published.

4. The “Additional Questions/Comments” field may obtain any additional information you want us to know about your article, as well as questions you want answered by the Matters team. They will send you a quick reply if any questions arise.

5. You may also attach a word document, pdf file or image in the “Attachments” section. Please provide an image with your story.

After they have received your submission, the Matters team will edit content, grammar and style according to the Associated Press Stylebook. Please limit your submission to 250 words. Content of each article should be of interest to Madison College faculty and staff. Items regarding special events will be published only if they are sanctioned by Madison College or directly benefit the college's students.

The Matters newsletter is published on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (unless there is a holiday).

Remember that the submission deadline is always noon of the business day before Matters is published.

  • Friday by noon for Monday stories
  • Tuesday by noon for Wednesday stories
  • Thursday by noon for Friday stories

Please note that Matters is managed by the Communications and Strategic Marketing interns. Please do not email other employees in this department requesting that your story be submitted.

How do I submit stories to Matters?

Published November 6, 2017. Updated January 8, 2018.