Question of the Week

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 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.

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.