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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.

What are you excited about for the start of the fall term?

The Matters team hit the halls of Truax to ask faculty and staff what they were most excited about for the fall term. The general consensus was that everybody is happy to see all the students back on campus.

"It kind of gives us a good perpective on why we're all here," said Manufacturing Laboratory Coordinator Jon Cole.

QOTW • Fall semester

Published August 28, 2017. Updated August 30, 2017.

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 labs

Published August 21, 2017. Updated August 25, 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.


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