Question of the Week

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

In the days before Thanksgiving, the Matters team hit the halls of Truax to ask faculty and staff, "What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?"

We received many great answers. Madison College's faculty and staff are a grateful bunch. They are thankful for everything from friends and family, to beautiful weather and cranberry sauce.

Question of the Week: What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?


Published November 21, 2016.

A special message from President Daniels

 As the Combined Charitable Campaign progresses, please consider donating your time and resources. 

Combined Charitable Campaign 2016

Published November 7, 2016.

How is construction on the Goodman Sports Complex progressing?

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.


Question of the Week: Goodman Sports Complex

Published October 28, 2016. Updated November 2, 2016.

What services are available to faculty and staff?

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.

Question of the Week: What services are available to faculty and staff?


Published October 21, 2016.

What is Disability Awareness Month?

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.


Question of the Week: What is Disability Awareness Month?

Published October 14, 2016.

What is Manufacturing Month?

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.

Manufacturing Month

Published October 7, 2016.

Can I swim in the pool?

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:

  • September 23
  • October 21
  • November 11
  • February 10
  • March 10
  • April 7

Question of the Week: Can I swim in the pool?




Published September 23, 2016. Updated September 26, 2016.

What is the Veteran Lounge?

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.

Resources include:

  • Counseling Student Development Center, Room D1450, (608) 246-6076
  • Madison College Community Clinic, Room 151A Health Education Building, (608) 441-3220
  • VA social worker (for student veterans) Shannon Kostuck, (608) 246-6307
  • Veteran Lounge A2039 for peer support and other veteran resources, (608) 246-6098
  • In case of Emergency 911 and 2222 (Public Safety)

Contact your Dean or supervisor if you need to change classrooms or office.

What is the Veteran Lounge?

Published September 16, 2016.

What are your first impressions of the new culinary addition?

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.

Question of the Week: New culinary addition


Published September 9, 2016. Updated September 12, 2016.

What are you looking forward to this fall semester?

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!"

Question of the Week: Fall Semester

Published August 29, 2016.