Question of the Week

What are registration labs?

Registering for classes can be confusing to many students, but it doesn’t have to be. Registration labs are an opportunity for both new and continuing students to work with advisors to build their schedules and register for classes.

Labs will be held:

  • On August 23, 24, 28, 29, 30 from 8:30a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • On August 25 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • On August 26 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The labs will take place in Room C1453 at Truax.

Just knowing this information and referring students to these labs is helpful. If faculty and staff want to get more involved, they can also volunteer at the registration labs. Email advising for more information.


QOTW • Registration lab

Published August 21, 2017. Updated August 22, 2017.

What is Convocation?

Tim Casper, vice president of Institutional Learning and Effectiveness, met with Team Matters to talk about the upcoming Fall 2017 Convocation, which is Tuesday, Aug. 22, and Wednesday, Aug. 23. 

Casper answered questions about the Focus on Focus initiative, which is the topic of the first break-out session on Tuesday, from 9:45-10:15 a.m. Focus on Focus is a college-wide project that focuses on faculty engaging students with evidence-based practices that improve student course success. 

The sessions will be recorded, so those who cannot attend Convocation may watch them later.

QOTW • Fall 2017 Convocation

Published August 14, 2017. Updated August 15, 2017.

What is the current exhibit in the Gallery at Truax?

A photographic display at Madison College's Gallery at Truax shows how the college has developed over the past 105 years. "Appreciating Our Past: A Photographic History of Madison College" will be on display through Aug. 24.

This exhibit uses historic photos to show how the college has served students throughout the district. Beginning with 63 students in a single classroom, the college now has nine campuses with more than 36,000 students enrolled.

The Gallery at Truax is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

QOTW • Truax Gallery Exhibit

Published August 9, 2017. Updated August 11, 2017.

How do I become a Scholars of Promise coach?

Team Matters spoke with Javier Neira Salazar, manager of the Scholars of Promise program, in this video originally shot in May.

The Scholars of Promise team seeks coaches to mentor incoming Scholars of Promise students. Training sessions are available to provide employees with information on student support services and expectations and roles of both mentors and mentees. Participants will recieve a handbook and connection to a mentoring and coaching program that will provide them with program-specific expectations and additional support.

Register for any of the training dates below on CETL Thrive




Tuesday, Aug. 1

8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Truax, Room E3892

Thursday, Aug. 3

8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Truax, Room E3892

Monday, Aug. 7

12:30-5 p.m.

Truax, Room E3892

Questions? Please contact CETL.

QOTW • Scholars of Promise

Published July 31, 2017.

What is CampHERO?

Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of girls in firefighter turnout gear around the Protective Services building—CampHERO is currently underway.

The summer camp was founded by firefighter, paramedic and Madison College instructor Jen Roman in 2012. It is designed to help girls develop courage, gain confidence, build character and introduce them to the protective services. 


Published July 17, 2017.

What construction projects are happening at Truax?

Team Matters met with Fred Brechlin outside the Bookstore, one of the areas of the Truax Campus currently under construction. Brechlin talked about the projects currently taking place. 

  • The asphalt replacement project 
  • A refresh of the Bookstore and addition of Auto Parts window 
  • The conversion of the old boardroom in the Administration Building into smaller rooms for Human Resources 
  • New Financial Aid and Scheduling Events offices in former Career and Employment Services space 
  • A 5,000 square-foot second-floor building addition for the Recreation Management program and the Fitness Center

QOTW • Construction updates


Published July 10, 2017.

How do faculty and staff celebrate Independence Day?

With Independence Day drawing near, the Matters Team asked faculty and staff how they celebrate Independence Day. A large percentage of the answers they received involved cookouts, cabins, boats and lakes. A much smaller percentage included a weimaraner dog. 

Stay safe and have a happy Independence Day. 

QOTW • Independence Day?

Published June 28, 2017.

What enrollment trends are we seeing?

The Matters Team sat down with Keith Cornille, executive vice president and chief student services officer, to talk about two-year college enrollment trends. They learned about national and statewide trends, and how Madison College stacks up. 

The college's 2017-2018 goal for enrollments is 8,800 FTEs (full time equivalents). This is a realistic target, since enrollments for 2016-2017 were 8,938 FTEs.

Cornille also talked about how faculty and staff can help increase enrollments.

"Each and every one of us as educators has the responsibility of helping people to achieve their dreams that transform their lives," he said.

QOTW • What enrollment trends are we seeing?

Published June 21, 2017. Updated August 11, 2017.

What is the Center for Operational Excellence?

Are you looking for ways to implement new ideas and improve operations in your work area? The Center for Operational Excellence (COE) leads collaborative work teams to improve processes and reduce waste in all areas of the college. 

The Matters team met with COE Senior Process Analyst Kristin Polywacz to define COE’s role at Madison College and how the department works with faculty and staff to improve complex, multi-departmental processes.

COE’s three main objectives are to lead projects, support continuous improvement through the Process Improvement Applied Training Series and solicit project ideas by offering consultation.

“We’ve had around 50 participants go through the training, and we’ve had about 40 projects being worked on at any given time, which is exciting, and it really shows an improvement culture here at our college,” explained Polywacz.

The School of Academic Advancement received the first COE Team Award for demonstrating commitment and devotion to excellence. The department plans to grant more Team Awards in the future.

What is the Center for Operational Excellence?


Published June 12, 2017.

How do I become a Scholars of Promise coach?

Team Matters spoke with Javier Neira Salazar, manager of the Scholars of Promise program. The college expects to help more than 400 students through this program. Applications are currently under review, and the inaugural class will enter college this fall.

The Scholars of Promise program helps low-income recent high school graduates attend college by removing financial barriers. The program provides funds to cover any remaining tuition after other financial aid is applied. In addition to funds, Scholars of Promise receive guidance through the admissions, financial aid and class enrollment processes and advising support throughout their Madison College career.

The Scholars of Promise team is assembling a body of coaches to mentor these incoming students. Over the summer, training sessions will be offered to faculty, staff and administrators to provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to be an effective mentor or coach.

Interested in becoming a coach for a Scholars of Promise student? Email Javier Neira Salazar for more information.

QOTW • Scholars of Promise

Published May 31, 2017. Updated June 7, 2017.