Question of the Week

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.

What is YouInform?

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:

  • Violations of trust
  • A lack of financial stewardship
  • Waste or abuse of college resources (including time)

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.

Question of the Week: What is YouInform?

Published August 22, 2016. Updated October 28, 2016.

What are WolfPack Alerts?

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.

Question of the Week: What are WolfPack Alerts?

Published August 8, 2016. Updated April 3, 2017.

When will the new Madison College website launch?

The Matters team met with Dr. Tim Casper to discuss the launch of the new Madison College website. The website will go live on Wednesday, August 3, and excitement is growing.

Continuing students and prospective students will navigate the new website with ease.They will no longer become lost in the thousands of PDFs and old files that the old website sported. 

"2007 - they want their website back." - Dr. Tim Casper

Question of the Week: New Madison College website


Published July 18, 2016.

What motivates a summer school student?

The Matters team spoke with students who are enrolled in summer classes. We asked them what they are taking, why they enjoy summer courses and what motivated them to enroll for the summer months. Summer isn't all about vacation and fun in the sun. These students show true motivation when it comes to reaching their goals.

"I really like summer classes; it keeps you going. I like fast classes. I like to take a six-week class. It keeps you focused on something within a condensed period of time." -Christiana Ayozie, Nursing Major 


question of the week : summer classes

Published July 1, 2016. Updated July 5, 2016.

What's up with Madison College's new challenge course?

Madison College has a new "challenge course," which includes a climbing wall, a zip-line and many other physical challenges. The Matters team met with Eric Howden, coordinator of the challenge course, to learn more about how Madison College staff and the public can utilize this resource to their benefit.

What's up with Madison College's new challenge course?

Published June 17, 2016.

What is the Scholars of Promise program?

The Matters team met with Javier Salazar Neira, Madison College's recruitment interim manager, to talk about the new Scholars of Promise program at Madison College. 

The “Scholars of Promise” program will benefit low-income students who have the motivation to complete their college education, but lack financial resources. This program will also provide services for qualifying high school students to help pay and prepare for college. High school students throughout the 12-county Madison College district may apply. Eligible students must achieve a 2.25 grade point average and maintain 80 percent attendance throughout their senior year.

Question of the Week: What is the Scholars of Promise program?



Published June 1, 2016. Updated June 6, 2016.

Why should Madison College be concerned about cyber security?

This week, the Matters team met with Chief Information Security Officer Linda Pruss to ask about cyber security. 

"High profile breeches are almost occurring monthly if not more frequently than that," says Pruss. "For that reason, we have to take care of people, process and technology. This is the people portion, to try and raise security awareness so that folks know what they need to do to responsibly use Madison College assets."

Common mistakes include clicking on a link or opening an attachment in an email from an unknown source, giving away important credentials and other information.

"Basically, [employees should understand] that you have information of value," says Pruss. "If it's not the information you have of value, it's the ability to be inside our network."

"People [often] respond to to phishing emails because they're in a hurry," says Pruss. "Slow down. Think before you click. Stop, think and then click." 

Madison College is starting a required information security awareness training to protect Madison College, our work and our data from cyber-attacks. Starting March 1, staff are asked to watch a series of cyber-security training videos. The 12 videos can be watched at one time or chunked into three sections of four videos. All staff who complete Section One videos before June 1 are eligible to receive either a Rice Krispy Treat, a large cookie or a piece of fruit.

Questions? Contact the Help Desk or the Madison College IT Security team.

Why should Madison College be concerned about cyber security?

Published April 29, 2016. Updated May 27, 2016.