Last spring, construction began on the Goodman Sports Complex. Over the past month, the construction site has been busy. The Matters team spoke with Mike Stark, director of facilities, to learn about updates on construction and the estimated completion date.
When completed, the Goodman Sports Complex will consist of a soccer field and softball field. Both fields will boast synthetic AstroTurf playing surfaces. The complex will also have state-of-the-art field lighting, allowing play to continue after it gets dark on these early fall evenings.
Though the complex will be the home field for the Madison College softball and soccer teams, they will not be the only ones using it. The complex will also be a destination for community sporting activities such as summer camps for disadvantaged youth, state-wide softball and soccer tournaments and other events. Madison College's Athletic Department continues to work closely with community centers on Madison's east side to engage youth in sports and educational-enrichment activities.
Published October 28, 2016. Updated November 2, 2016.
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.
Published October 21, 2016.
This week, Madison College students, student athletes, faculty and staff had a chance to play against some of the premier wheelchair athletes in the country. The Whitewater Warhawks just completed a 4-peat as national champions. Their program includes a men's and a women's intercollegiate wheelchair basketball team competing at the highest level and featuring many current, past and future Paralympic athletes and coaches.
The event was the first of numerous activities planned for October, which is Disability Awareness Month. In addition to the wheelchair basketball game, a presentation is also scheduled. The "Universal Design—Working with Diverse College Learners" session will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. at Truax, Room B3243. This is a "sneak-peek" of the two-day training occuring Thursday, Nov. 10 and Friday, Nov. 11.
Disability Awareness Month aims to increase awareness and promote independence, integration and inclusion of all people with disabilities in society.
“It provides an opportunity to experience different events that focus on strengths and not barriers, and helps us helps us debunk the idea of disability and refocus on ability,” said Disability Resource Services Administrator Scott Ritter.
Published October 14, 2016.
This week, the Matters team caught up with Theresa Valencia from Madison College's Industrial Maintenance program to learn more about Manufacturing Month as well as the "Industrial Evolution" exhibit that will show at the Truax Gallery from October 7 through November 18. Ms. Valencia discusses the importance of Manufacturing and high-tech Industrial Maintenance to Wisconsin's economy. She also discusses the massive art installation that comprises several thousand cat food cans (donated by Nestlé-Purina) arranged to make a mural that will be on display in the gallery.
Published October 7, 2016.
As temperatures fall, swimming outside is probably the last thing on your mind. But what if you had access to an indoor pool with water kept at a comfortable 82.5 degrees? Here at Madison College, you do!
The six-lane, 25-yard pool is located on the Truax campus next to the Redsten Gymnasium. It is open to staff and students as well as neighbors and community members.
Madison College will be offering six family swim dates in the 2016-2017 school year. These free family swim events allow students and area families to come and enjoy the pool in a relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere. Pool staff will have toys available and one of the diving boards open.
Swim from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. Stay until 8:30 p.m. for food and drinks sponsored by PAC (Programs and Activities Council).
Family swim dates:
Published September 23, 2016. Updated September 26, 2016.
Many of our students live with disabilities like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or physical handicaps that may be greatly agitated by the construction noise and obstacles.
The Matters team talked to Heather Brokaw and Shannon Kostuck about signs that a student may be struggling and the resources available at Madison College to help veterans.
Contact your Dean or supervisor if you need to change classrooms or office.
Published September 16, 2016.
When classes started last week, Culinary Arts students finally got to see the nearly-completed addition.
The old kitchen was cramped, with first-year students competing for counter space with Madison College employees in the cafeteria’s kitchen. The new design gives each student room to work.
The Culinary Arts associate degree program offers students the opportunity to learn an industry that produces $400 billion in annual sales in the United States. The upgraded kitchen will give this program the opportunity to expand and to fulfill a booming job demand in Madison for culinary school graduates.
What do the students think of their new space?
“Walking in here, I was at a loss for words,” said Alex Niesen, a second-year culinary arts student.
Published September 9, 2016. Updated September 12, 2016.
As summer began to wind down and the start of the fall semester drew near, the Matters team talked to a few faculty members and staff. They answered questions about what they had done over the summer and what they were looking forward to in the upcoming fall semester. The general consensus seemed to be that although summer is fun, everyone was ready for fall.
In the words of animation instructor Nathaniel Albright, "I'm just ready for the schoolyear to start and excited to get going!"
Published August 29, 2016.
Have you heard of YouInform? The Matters team talked with Senior Internal Auditor Imad Mouchayleh about Madison College’s new anonymous reporting tool.
YouInform is a safe place for employees, vendors and students to report behavior that is inappropriate, unethical, illegal or damaging to the college, including:
No employee should fear retaliation for submitting allegations to YouInform.
According to the the employee handbook posted on the HR website, "You may seek resolution of non-policy issues pursuant to this procedure without prejudice, and no employee who participates in this process should be subjected to corrective action, harassed or otherwise unfairly dealt with as a result."
"This applies to all employees. Madison College does not allow any form of harassment or discrimination. Please follow the procedure to report violations. All reports of harassment are taken seriously and will be investigated in compliance with state and federal laws. Employment may be terminated if employees harass, discriminate or retaliate against someone at the college."
There was no incident that prompted the creation of YouInform. We simply owe it to the taxpayers to be good stewards of our resources.
“Dr. Daniels and the college community are committed to good fiscal stewardship of public money," says Mouchayleh.
Published August 22, 2016. Updated October 28, 2016.
The Matters team met with Jim Bottoni, director of Public Safety, to talk about Madison College's alert system. The WolfPack Alert notification system is an emergency unified messaging system that provides emergency and safety-related information to the Madison College community. WolfPack Alerts enable Madison College students, faculty and staff to receive messages on their mobile devices and via Madison College email.
During a WolfPack Alert, updates and messages will also appear on college-owned phones, TV moniters and Madison College social media. They provide information on what do when an emergency arises, offer updates as needed and convey the “all-clear” sign when the threat has passed. As Bottoni explains, WolfPack Alerts are an opt-in model, which means that if you have not registered, you will not receive these text alerts. Registration is free, easy and takes about a minute.
If you have not yet registered, do so today. After all, you never know when you might get hit by a tornado.
Published August 8, 2016. Updated April 3, 2017.