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.
Published May 9, 2018.
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.
Published May 2, 2018.
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.
Published April 25, 2018.
Team Matters spoke with some of the students involved in the college's new online, student-run radio station, clarionradio.com.
Until last fall, the college had never had a student radio station. Clarion Radio began broadcasting Oct. 1, and has been streaming ever since.
Students produce music shows, newscasts and weekly Madison College sports updates. They plan to call live softball games in the future.
You can also find them working as DJs at campus events such as Winterfest and campus cookouts.
Published April 18, 2018.
Madison College recently updated its employee handbook. The handbook is a helpful resource that answers many questions about employment with the college. It provides general information to all employees, as well as specific information depending on employment type (i.e., part-time faculty, full-time faculty, paraprofessional and school-related personnel, and administrative staff).
The Matters team spoke with Jeffrey Reeves, vice president for Human Resources, about some of these updates, as well as the decision-making process that goes into making the changes.
Published April 4, 2018.
All faculty and staff play a role in ensuring our students continue to enroll in classes at the college. One of the best ways to help is to offer students a consistent registration experience across the college. Team Matters spoke with Nicole Miller, institutional effectiveness coordinator, about how faculty and staff can support the continuing student registration campaign.
To this end, Enrollment Services created a web page as a resource available 24/7 that offers transparency in how we are communicating registration timelines, tools and support to students, as well as a toolkit for staff and faculty who want to proactively support students during the registration process.
Visit the Continuing Program Student (CPS) Registration Campaign web page found on the faculty/staff intranet.
You will find the following resources:
A list of enrollment dates for summer and fall 2018 is provided on the college’s website.
Questions? Contact Nicole Miller.
Published March 21, 2018.
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.
Tip: There may be announcements that go out from the Bakery and Decorative Arts department’s Facebook page of last minute events.
Published February 28, 2018. Updated March 7, 2018.
February 19 marked the launch of the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI), a survey of all degree credit students. This survey is conducted every two years and completed by students online, outside of class time. The SSI will take students approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. The survey, available here, will be open through Friday, March 9.
All degree credit students received an email inviting them to participate. To encourage all eligible students to participate, a laptop station is set up and staffed through Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Truax Atrium Café and libraries at the regional campuses.
Keith Cornille, executive vice president and chief student services officer, spoke with Team Matters about what faculty and staff can do to encourage students to take the SSI.
Published February 21, 2018. Updated February 28, 2018.
The Matters team spoke with Lucía Nuñez, vice-president of Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement about why qualities such as equity and inclusion are important. She also highlighted some of the events the college has planned for Black History Month.
Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 12-1 p.m.
Truax Campus Room D1630
The Military Resource Conference presents speaker Marcia Anderson. In 2011, she became Army's first black female reserve officer to obtain the rank of major general. The event is open to faculty, staff, students and the general public.
Martin Luther King's Principles of Nonviolent Training
Saturday, Feb. 24, from 9-4 p.m.
Truax Campus Room D1630
This free workshop, provided by the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, will introduce the Kingian approach to nonviolence as models of social change. Register here.
Real World Conversations at South Campus: The Paradox of Being a Black Police Officer by Corey Soffold
Tuesday, February 27, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
In this free event sponsored by Wisconsin Humanities Council and their Working Lives Project, and Madison College, Officer Saffold will address the paradox of being a Black officer during a time when police are viewed as an enemy and are often not trusted, especially among the African-American community. It is open to faculty, staff, students and the general public. Register here.
Published February 14, 2018. Updated February 19, 2018.
Team Matters spoke with Jenny Mulligan, development manager at the Madison College Foundation, about the new employee donor wall. It is located in the Gateway behind the waterfall, and its purpose it to honor all faculty and staff members that support the Madison College Foundation. Faculty and staff can donate and get their name added to the list in several different ways. They can donate online, by sending a check directly to the Foundation or by setting up a payroll deduction.
Don't forget that Great Lakes will match dollar for dollar all contributions and pledges to the South Campus Initiative received by Saturday, March 31.
Published February 7, 2018.