Question of the Week

How are you beating the heat this summer?

How are you beating the heat? Team Matters asked staff and students how they've been staying cool as the temperatures heated up this summer.

How Do You Beat the Summer Heat?

Published August 1, 2018. Updated August 6, 2018.

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 July 20, 2018. Updated July 23, 2018.

What's in the new Recreation Management space?

Team Matters spoke with Recreation Management program director Tracie Bowers to learn about their space on the second floor of the Truax building.

What's in the new Recreation Management space?

Published July 8, 2018. Updated July 9, 2018.

When is the Madison College swimming pool open?

The Madison College Pool, located on the Truax campus next to the Redsten Gymnasium, is open year round to staff and students as well as neighbors and community members.

The pool, which is kept at an average temperature of 82.5 degrees, is a six-lane, 25-yard configuration with two diving boards and two starting blocks. 

The Matters team talked to Marnie Cordio, pool coordinator since 2010, about what the pool has to offer. Check out the schedule here.

Madison College swimming pool

Published June 18, 2018. Updated July 9, 2018.

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 May 30, 2018.

What services are available to faculty and staff?

The Matters team met with Provost Turina Bakken to learn more about the services that are available to faculty and staff at Madison College.

These services include:

“Madison College is like a little town. There are so many services that faculty and staff can take advantage of here,” says Bakken.

Question of the Week: What services are available to faculty and staff?

Published May 29, 2018. Updated May 30, 2018.

What is the Virtual Storefront?


Chelsey Bowers from the Communications and Strategic Marketing Department at Madison College explains what the Virtual Storefront is and how the staff and faculty of the college can utilize it for their branded essentials.

If you would like to order some items for your department, please contact Chelsey Bowers.

What is the Virtual Storefront?

Published May 18, 2018.

What's happening at the regional campuses?

Last January, Nicole Thompson was hired on as the new regional workforce and economic development, strategic community relations and marketing director for Madison College's campuses in Fort Atkinson, Portage, Reedsburg, and Watertown.

She recently spoke with the Matters team about what she has learned in her position, as well as about events held at the regional campuses.

Madison College's regional campuses

Published May 9, 2018.

What is the Madison College Pow Wow?

The 2018 Madison College Pow Wow will be held all day Saturday, May 5, in the Truax Redsten Gymnasium. Doors open to the public at 11 a.m. The Grand Entries are at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is $5. 

The Native American Student Association and United Common Ground are looking for volunteers to sign up in 3-hour shifts. If you are interested in volunteering, please click on the following link. At this site, volunteers can choose tasks and timeslots, which are broken up into three-hour increments. Volunteers receive a wrist band for free entry into the pow wow and an Indian taco after their shift.

A pow wow is an event where Native people gather for dancing and singing, visiting with friends and relatives, renewing old friendships and making new ones.  Most importantly, it is a time to think of the old ways and to preserve centuries-old heritage. As with all cultures, the songs cover a wide variety of subjects important to the lives of tribal members such as: honor and family, war and conquest, festivity and spirituality, sadness and mourning, joy and celebration. Pow wows, however, are not just for Native people. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend and participate. 

Questions or concerns can be directed to Student Program Advisor Katie Ackely.

Madison College Pow Wow

Published May 2, 2018.

What is the Madison College solar panel project?

More than 5,000 solar panels, each producing a little more than 300 watts apiece, will be installed on the roof of the main Truax Campus building begins May 21.

Team Matters spoke with instructor Ken Walz to learn about what will be the largest rooftop solar panel system in Wisconsin.

Solar Panels

Published April 25, 2018.