Question of the Week

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.

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 October 30, 2017.

What is the Madison College STEM Center?

Team Matters spoke with Kevin Mirus, director of the STEM Center, about the new Madison College STEM Center. The Center began providing programming, services and guidance to foster engagement and success in Science Technology Engineering and Math careers. The STEM Center provides a speaker series, tours of STEM related programs at the college and presentations about transfer opportunities for students in those programs.

Check the current STEM flyer for upcoming events.

For further information and future programs contact the STEM Center or 608-246-6285.


What is the Madison College STEM Center?

Published October 23, 2017.

What is the Madison College Turkey Trot?

Team Matters spoke with Jason Verhelst, assistant athletic director, about the 31st Annual Madison College Turkey Trot 5K and 5M Run/Walk, and Kids Race on Sunday, Nov. 5, at Warner Park in Madison.

This event is a unique cross country style run/walk laid out over the terrain of Warner Park. Last year's event drew almost 400 participants.

In addition to the best technical race t-shirts in the area, the unique cross country style race and the top quality custom-made medals, they also have a fun 1/4 mile Turkey Trot Kids Race. Kids taking part in the race receive a free t-shirt, race bib and finisher's medal for just $12 (before Wednesday, October 18).

All proceeds from the event benefit Thursday's Child and the Madison College Foundation. Thursday's Child makes dreams come true for terminally ill children at no cost while the Madison College Foundation provides educational assistance to students. Both serve Dane County and the surrounding areas.

For more information on the event and online registration, visit the website. To get a race t-shirt and a discount on your entry fee register before Wednesday, Oct. 18. Registration after Oct. 18 is also available, including race-day on-site registration starting at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Like them on Facebook to vote on this year's t-shirt color and to receive a promo code for a discount on your race registration.

What is the Madison College Turkey Trot?

Published October 16, 2017. Updated October 19, 2017.

What is the Pet Adoption program?

To learn about Pet Adoption at the college, Team Matters met with Melissa Hayden, lead coordinator for the Veterinary Technician program, and Zorro, one of 20 dogs up for adoption.

The Veterinary Technician program at Madison College can help Madison College staff, students and the greater community add a pet to your household. The Wisconsin Student Association of Veterinary Technicians partners with several area animal shelters to provide pet adoption services at our Truax campus.

All of the animals are spayed or neutered. Dogs are tested for heartworm disease and are current on routine vaccinations, and cats are vaccinated for distemper and upper respiratory disease. Adoption fees go directly to the shelter from which the animal came. 

The Veterinary Technician Program will open its doors for adoptable pet visitation Monday, Oct. 9. Come and meet the pets that are available for adoption during open visiting hours.

  • Monday: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m. and 2:30-3:20 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-3:20 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.-3:20 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8:30-9:20 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-3:20 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:30 a.m.-3:20 p.m. 

Call 608-246-6553 for more information.

Pet Adoption

Published October 9, 2017.

What can I find at the Bakery store?

The Bakery store at Truax offers a selection of fresh-baked breads, breakfast pizza, cakes, bars, cookies and chocolates. They are located in Truax Room C1416.

Team Matters spoke with Suzanne Daly, Baking and Decorative Arts program director, about some of the many treats available. They toured the space and watched Baking and Decorative Arts students in action.

Students in this program receive practical and theoretical training on producing bakery products from scratch (like pastries, tortes and hearth breads) cake decorating, sugar and chocolate work, and plated dessert presentations. They learn real-world merchandising and sales training by working in the Bakery store. 

The Bakery store will be open from Oct. 3, through Dec. 7.

Weekly schedule:

  • Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursdays from 12 to 2 p.m.
  • Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tip: There may be announcements that go out from the Bakery and Decorative Arts department’s Facebook page of last minute events. 

Bakery Store

Published October 4, 2017.

What is the Facility Master Plan

Team Matters spoke with Mike Stark, director of Facilities, about the Facility Master Plan. The college completed a Facility Master Plan in 2009. That plan lead to the successful $133.8 million referendum in Nov. 2010 and all new district-wide construction, remodeling and maintenance work the college has seen over the last seven years.

The work identified in the last Master Plan is essentially complete and now the Facilities Planning and Investment Council will begin the process to update a new Facility Master Plan to guide construction and remodeling across the college and create big picture guidelines for the next 10 years.

A college work team that includes college leadership, the Facilities Planning and Investment Council (FPIC), deans, faculty and students has begun the process of updating the college’s Ten-Year Facility Master Plan. With the assistance of Plunkett Raysich Architects, the workgroup will assess current facilities, including regional campuses, to determine how the college can best meet upcoming and future needs of students. A final plan will be submitted to the Board for approval in 2018. 

What is the Facility Master Plan?

Published September 25, 2017.

How are new programs created?

Team Matters met with Provost Turina Bakken and Carly Brady, Institutional Effectiveness coordinator, to talk about how the college creates new programs. New programs for the fall 2017 term are:

Risk Management and Insurance
Addiction Studies
Digital Marketing
IT-Cloud Support Associate
Fitness and Wellness Specialist
Sustainable Farm to Table: Modern Meat Production


Published September 18, 2017. Updated September 20, 2017.

Where will the new South Campus be located?

Team Matters spoke with Dr. Jack Daniels, president of Madison College, about the South Campus initiative.

After a search of nearly one year, facilities planners for the college say the site currently occupied by the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds at the intersection of Badger Road and Park Street best suits the needs for serving students and the South Madison community.

The college also announces $11.3 million in contributions from the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Foundation and the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation to cover costs associated with Phase One of the South Campus Initiative.

More information is available in the full news release.

QOTW • South Campus

Published September 11, 2017.