2014 Media Watch Archive

Madison College in the News

November 2014

Madison College political science instructor Maurice Sheppard gave analysis for the upcoming election during a web chat with Channel 27 on election day.

Channel 15 covered the Car Care Clinic at Madison College. Students in the automotive programs and automotive club put on the clinic each year, doing analysis on vehicles in exchange for food donations for local pantries. Last year the event brought in more than 400 pounds of nonperishable food.

Paralegal instructor Bill Bedker was interviewed by WORT radio about the job duties and responsibilities of the state attorney general's office for a report on the upcoming election.

The Madison College Diesel Technician program was featured in a special sweeps piece by Channel 47 on the manufacturing skills gap. Dean Denise Reimer and instructor Jason Herheim, both from the School for Applied Science, Engineering and Technology were interviewed for the piece.

Governor Walker visited five technical colleges, including Madison College, the day after he was re-elected to emphasize the importance of job training and workforce development. A short speech by the governor at the college's Ingenuity Center was covered by channels 3, 15 and 27, and The Clarion.

Ana Zambie, Madison College HEP coordinator, was featured in the Capital City Hues on the impact of the new GED testing system.

Madison College WolfPack women's volleyball may repeat their national championship win this year. The Isthmus covered the team as they began defense of their title at the Nov. 14 quarter finals.

Madison College's International Education program is featured in the November/December issue of International Educator. The college is included in an article about multidisciplinary programs abroad.

Madison College student actor Reggie Kellum and administrator/director Patrick Barlow were interviewed by Channel 27 live in the studio about the upcoming play Permanent Collection about race relations and the Barnes (Philadelphia) Musuem controversy. Madison College Performing Arts presented the play two weeks in November.

Harry Barger, advanced driving instructor at Madison College, was interviewed by Channel 27 on the issue of highway safety in light of the new executive order extending transportation hours for gasoline and diesel truck drivers in Wisconsin.

The National Court Reporters Association reported that Madison College received a $550,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand its court reporting program. Instructors Lisa Jo Hubacher and Lisa Carey were interviewed for the story.

The Wisconsin State Journal stopped by Madison College's Truax campus to take photos of the Culinary program for an article on expansion and remodeling of the Truax culinary area.

Madison College Dental Hygiene Students provided dental check ups for 50 area children, and the Wisconsin State Journal stopped by to cover the activities.

Madison College Women's Volleyball takes the NJCAA Division III national championships for the second year in a row. The victory was shared in several news outlet. Channel 15 stopped by the Truax campus to get a video of the championship celebration.

More coverage on the plans for the $15.6 culinary training center in the Wisconsin State Journal. Funds left over from the 2010 election will be used to remodel and expand culinary programs at the Truax campus. Instructor/Chef Paul Short, Business and Applied Arts Dean Bryan Woodhouse and Senior Executive Tim Casper are interviewed for the story. Channels 27, 15, 6 (Milwaukee) and Milwaukee Public Radio covered the story as well.

Channel 3 stopped by the Prospective Services Building to speak with Criminal Justice Program Chair Brian Landers about what law enforcement students can learn from the Ferguson shooting incident.

Melissa Hayden, Madison College Veterinary Technician program instructor, spoke with Channel 27 on keeping pets safe in cold weather. Dr. Andrea Foley of the Vet Tech program helped with the story.

Madison College played an important role in the development of a new business incubator in Portage. The Portage Daily Register spoke with Instructor Jeff Noble about the 33,000-square-foot facility. (digital subscription needed to see this story)

Madison College retail expert and instructor Betty Hurd spoke with channels 3 and 15, and the Wisconsin Radio Network about early Thanksgiving sales and Black Friday.

Fox 47 interviewed Madison College counselor John Kloosterboer and student Brooke Rayford about "boomerang kids," kids who return home to their parent's house when they cannot find a good job.

Is facial hair coming back? Mark Koehn from Channel 3 stopped by the Trustyle Salon at Madison College Truax campus to discuss the growing popularity of mustaches and beards.

The Wisconsin State Journal spoke with Madison College Senior Executive Tim Casper about possible college plans to purchase the Madison International Speedway for use as an emergency vehicle operator course.

Watertown residents noticed a drop in the Madison College portion of their tax bill has taken a dip this year. Senior Executive Tim Casper is interviewed by the Watertown Daily Times about the issue.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Johnny Hunter from the Underground Food Collective and Madison College chefs Kevin McGuinnis and Paul Short share turkey recipies at the college's Gourmet Kitchen. Chef Paul spoke with WIBA Radio about the turkey collaboration in a live interview.

Madison College is the first technical college in the nation to offer a law enforcement class on drones. Channel 3 interviewed Criminal Justice Chair Brain Landers about the unique class and about drones assistance in law enforcement. The story was picked up by Channel 15 and media in Green Bay, Eau Claire, Wausau and South Bend, Indiana.

With Cyber Monday approaching, Madison College marketing instructor and social media marketing expert Steve Noll spoke with Channel 27 about safely shopping on the Internet. Recreation Management program director Tracie Bowers was also interviewed for the story.

Madison College retail expert Betty Hurd discussed Cyber Monday on News Radio 1330 in Green Bay.

Wisconsin State Journal interviewed Madison College graduating student Bob Canfield, a 67-year-old graduate of the Police Academy, and program chair Brian Landers.

October 2014

Madison College made the front page of the Wisconsin State Journal with a story about the new Reflection Room, a quiet, private space designed to accommodate student religious and spiritual needs, as well as provide a safe space for those suffering from PTSD, autism or other issues that require some time alone to relax.

The October issue of Brava magazine features Jessica (Mahne) Feggestad, director/instructor of the Madison College interior design program, in a special section on interior design.

Madison College astronomy instructor Dixie Burns spoke with the Wisconsin Radio Network and The Clarion about a total eclipse of the moon, or Blood Moon, on October 8.

Madison College Associate Dean Antonio Re talked to the Wisconsin State Journal about a $1.2 million federal grant to the college that will help create a new paramedic-to-nurse program.
A recent armed robbery in which robbers pepper sprayed bank customers sparked a question from Channel 3, "Are most armed robberies violent?" Madison College protective services instructor Brian Landers answered the question for a nightly news report.

Madison College fire service instructor Randy Sellnow spoke with Channel 27 about the importance of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for National Fire Prevention Week.

A net-zero energy house, built by Madison College Construction and Remodeling program students for a redevelopment in the Allied Drive neighborhood, was featured on the front page of the Wisconsin State Journal. Instructor Allie Berenyi was interviewed for the report.

Madison College fashion marketing instructor and retail expert Betty Hurd spoke with Channel 15 and the Wisconsin Radio Network about the latest Halloween costumes.

A $6,000 toilet was among the many Wisconsin-made items on display in The Gallery at Madison College Truax. The Gallery featured products made by Wisconsin manufacturers, including Harley motorcycles, Trek bicycles and Kohler's $6,000 toilet. Channel 15 stopped by to film the opening reception.

Denise Reimer, dean of the School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology, spoke with Channel 47 about the manufacturing skills gap. Instructor Jason Herheim also was interviewed for an upcoming Manufacturing Month story.

Channel 58 in Milwaukee spoke with Madison College Dean Denise Reimer about the Made in Wisconsin manufacturing exhibit at The Gallery at Truax.

Channel 27 stopped by Madison College Construction and Remodeling program to talk with instructor John Stephany about the a study that says 83 percent of construction companies are struggling to find qualified workers.

Too much hype about the Ebola virus? Madison College social media instructor Steve Noll spoke with the Wisconsin Radio Network about the topic.

Catalyst, the official publication of the National Council for Continuing Education and Training ran a story about Madison College's digital badge program, titled "Connecting Learning to Jobs Through Digital Badges," in its October issue. Continuing Education Dean Kate Radionoff contributed to the story.

September 2014

Channel 27 ran stories about preparations for the upcoming election in light of the new voter ID law. The channel covered Madison College's efforts to ensure that students have new student voter IDs to meet the requirements of the November election.

Madison College will receive $1.2 million in job training grants from a federal training grant. The grant will benefit health training programs at the college. The Wisconsin State Journal did two stories on the training grants. One appeared within the "On Campus" section and the other included an interview with Associate Dean for the School of Health Antonio Re.

The Wisconsin State Journal ran a preview story about Madison College's Writer's Life Lecture Series event Thursday, Sept. 25, featuring comic book writers and artists. Journalism instructor Larry Hansen moderated the event held at the college's downtown campus.

Madison College's Gretchen Rixie spoke with WIBA Radio and Channel 27 about Madison College's Part-time Job Fair.

Madison College hosted the Madison Breakfast Rotary Club's "Books for the World" campaign to collect books for third-world countries. So far, the organization has collected 2 million pounds of books. Channels 3 and 27 covered the story.

Madison College history instructor Jonathan Pollock was a recent guest on Wisconsin Public Radio's Central Time to discuss the history of secession movements in the U.S. in light of the Scottish secession movement.

Maurice Sheppard, Madison College political science instructor, spoke with Channel 27 about the Wisconsin gubernatorial race. He also spoke with Channels 3, 27 and 47 on the influence of "celebrity politician" visits on state races.

Madison College student Kari Hamill discusses pole dancing as an exercise with the Wisconsin State Journal.

Believe it or not holiday shopping season will soon be upon us. Madison College business and marketing instructor Betty Hurd spoke with Channel 15 about the seasonal hiring forecast.

Channel 27's morning show interviewed Madison College social media and marketing instructor Steve Noll about the new iPhone just released on the market.

Steve Noll, social media and marketing instructor at Madison College, was interviewed by the Wisconsin Radio Network about Microsoft's purchase of Minecraft for $2.5 billion.

Madison College's First Responders and Veterans Appreciation event at the Protective Services Building was covered by channels 15 and 27. The ceremony was sponsored by the college's Volunteer Center and Vets for Vets Club.

The Wisconsin State Journal is scheduled to do an interview with Student Life Director Renee Alfano about the new Reflection Room, quiet space at Madison College.

Madison College advanced manufacturing instructor Peter Dettmer recently completed this third Ironman competition. The Sun Prairie Star interviewed him about how we became involved in endurance sports.

Channel 15, InBusiness Magazine and the Clarion covered the opening of Madison College's new eCourt complex. The complex includes an electronic courtroom, jury deliberation room and office/library. Paralegal instructor Bill Bedker was interviewed for the story.

Madison College Senior Vice President for Student Development, Keith Cornille discussed the college's decision to take preemptive actions to protect against the ebola virus. The college sent a bulletin to faculty, staff and students about the virus as part of state and nationwide screening and prevention efforts.

Jeremy Kautza, Madison College coordinator of part-time faculty, was recently interviewed about his experience as a coach for the Little League World Series. This got the attention of the Wisconsin State Journal staff who selected him for the "Know Your Madisonian" feature in the paper.

Former Madison College protective services instructor Cameron McLay recently became Pittsburgh's new police chief. He was profiled in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The late Lorin Toepper's passion and energy continues to live on through the magic of video. Toepper, who served as Madison College's executive director of Economic and Workforce Development until his death last year, was the creator of Wisconsin's Grilled Cheese championship. He and culinary instructor Paul Short were interviewed about the competition and featured recently on WTTS, the PBS station in Chicago via the "Wisconsin Foodie" program.

Madison College played host to the World Dairy Expo Championship and the results have been posted on the Farm Journal's website.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin discussed student debt issues with Madison College students at a round-table held at the Truax Campus. The Wisconsin State Journal, as well as channels 3 and 27 covered the story.

In Business Magazine included Madison College's Cary Heyer, new interim director of Communications and Strategic Marketing in the "Executives on the Move" section of the September 2014 issue.

Channel 3 stopped by to film the Truax campus as backdrop for its news program promotion. The station commonly uses city landmarks and locations for its news promos. Anchor Mark Koehn was featured in the promo shot at Madison College.

Madison College marketing/social media instructor Steve Noll was interviewed by the Wisconsin Radio Network about the recent iCloud security breach involving personal photos of several celebrities posted online by hackers.

August 2014

Jeremy Kautza, Madison College coordinator for part-time faculty served as an umpires at the recent Little League World Series in Willamsport, Pa. He was interviewed about the experience by Channel 27.

As a preview for the upcoming event, WISN-TV in Milwaukee re-ran a feature story on the Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship. The late Dr. Lorin Toepper and Chef Paul Short of Madison College were included in the story.

CodeChix, an organization devoted to educating and supporting women as software engineers, has a new chapter in Madison. The group held a Forward Festival event at Madison College's Downtown campus. The Wisconsin State Journal covered the story.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel highlighted colleges (including Madison College) who are teaming up with public schools to channel students with cognitive disabilities to campuses around the state. Madison College's new Connections program with the Madison Metro School District is an example.

Channel 3 spoke with Madison College Criminal Justice Chair Brian Landers about armored vehicles used by police.

Madison College Criminal Justice Chair Brian Landers was interviewed by Channel 27 on body-mounted police cameras. Instructor and Wisconsin Dells Police Chief Jody Ward was also featured in the story.

Channels 15 and 27 stopped by to cover the World Dairy Expo Championship hosted by Madison College.

Madison College retail expert Mae Laatsch shared back-to-school tips with Wausau TV station WSAU.

The Clarion interviewed Associate Dean for nursing Kay Grotelueschen about the new Wisconsin Blueprint for Prosperity grant that will support additional Certified Nursing Assistant classes.

Madison College and the Girl Scouts' CampHERO program were mentioned on ABC's "Good Morning America" program. Madison College instructor Jen Roman was also interviewed for the story.

Madison College math instructor Peter Theron is running against Mark Pocan for U.S. House District 2 seat. Channel 27 interviewed him on the "Capitol City Sunday" program.

Madison College Associate Dean for nursing Kay Grotelueschen spoke with the Wisconsin State Journal about nursing program expansion at the college and the need for nurses across the state.

Channel 3 did a follow-up story on Madison College grad Tanner Vavra. Vavra, who plays for the Minnesota Twins minor league team happens to be blind in one eye. Madison College Coach Mike Davenport was also interviewed for the story.

UW Credit Union Madison College Branch Manager Renae Sigall was featured in the Capital City Hues about her work to promote financial literacy among students.

Portage Campus resident and Madison College student (and golf team member) Nick Satina was featured in the Portage Daily Register for winning the Portage Golf Club Championship, setting a new tournament record.

Chef Jeff Johnson from Madison College demonstrated ways to prepare sweet corn for the Wisconsin State Journal.

The Watertown Daily Times reported that a new class of Certified Nursing Assistants graduated from the program at the Fort Atkinson campus.

Madison College will likely continue to use the Portage Enterprise Center for manufacturing-related classes as reported in the Portage Daily Register.

Denise Reimer, Madison College Dean of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology, was included in Community College Daily "newsmakers" section.

Carlotta Calmese of Madison College's Retention office, took part in a news conference about a grant the college received from the Great Lakes Higher Education Corp. The college will use the close to $241,000 grant to support the Minority Scholars programs. Channels 3 and 15 and Capital City Hues covered the story.

Maurice Sheppard, a political science instructor at Madison College, was interviewed by channels 15 and 27 about the upcoming primary election.

Madison College student Kyle Morgan is battling a rare form of kidney cancer but wants to return to school to continue his studies towards becoming a firefighter. The community has rallied to help him, and the story was covered in the Fitchburg Star.

East Region Dean Jennifer Bakke was interviewed in the Watertown Daily Times for an article on the important role education plays in creating a productive workforce.

Keith Cornile, senior vice president of Student Development and Success at Madison College, was interviewed by the Unified Newspaper Group for a story in the "Your Family" magazine section on the growing popularity of community and technical colleges.

Madison College Business and Applied Arts lead adviser Christine Strub was profiled in "Know Your Madisonian," a feature in the Wisconsin State Journal.

After another large data breach caused by a Russian group that hacked 1.2 billion usernames and passwords, Madison College IT security instructor Mike Masino was tapped to talk about it on the Wisconsin Radio Network.

Madison College psychology instructor Eugenia Friedman spoke with Channel 27 about repressed memories from traumatic events.

Former Madison College Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations Diane Walleser and her replacement Interim Director of Communications and Strategic Marketing Cary Heyer was mentioned in the Wisconsin State Journal's "On Campus" section.

Madison College insurance expert Martha Lester-Mittenzwel spoke with Channel 27 about wedding insurance. The average wedding today costs $26,000, and insurance can protect these events from weather and other mishaps.

Channels 15 and 27 covered Madison College's Biotech Bootcamp, a hands-on workshop with Dr. Tom Tubon for teens interested in STEM careers. Wisconsin State Journal covered the bootcamp as well.

July 2014

Watertown Daily Times covered an event at Western Industries celebrating a grant received from the state of Wisconsin through the Blueprint for Prosperity program. The company partnered with Madison College Watertown Campus to train employees in welding and blueprint reading.

Madison College people news: Shawn Pfaff elected Madison College District Board Chair covered in Fitchburg Star; Jennifer Bakke named new Easter Region Dean covered in Inside Higher Ed, Watertown Daily Times, Community College Week, Community College Daily; Mark Thomas selected vice president of Administrative Services covered in Community College Daily and  Inside Higher Ed.

Sweet corn means summertime in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin State Journal asked Madison College culinary experts how best to prepare this local favorite.

The Madison Times covered a story on the college's $5 million state job training grant that will train nearly 1,000 area workers for in-demand careers.

A wooden desk created with historic wood by students for the U.S. Forest Service by students in Madison College instructor Patrick Molzahn's class last spring was featured in Design Solutions magazine' summer 2014 issue.

Channels 3, 15 and 27 stopped by the Madison College Protective Services Center to do a story on a "use of force" certification course for area law enforcement officers, cosponsored by the Dane County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Justice.

The Wisconsin State Journal and Channel 27 reported that Madison College will receive more than $5 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grants to train more workers for high-demand careers. Lt.Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch visited the campus to make the announcement.

Madison College student Iryna Petruniak, from the Ukraine, spoke with channels 3, 27 and 27 about the Malaysian plane crash in eastern Ukraine.

The Portage Daily Register featured Madison College student Nate Schmudlach took fourth place in the national SkillsUSA competition.

Madison College student Karissa Simyab's video entry about texting and driving, "The Note," made it into the top 10 videos in a national Teens Drive Smart contest hosted by Bridgestone Tires. If Simyab's video wins first place, she will receive a $20,000 scholarship. Karissa's story was covered on Channel 15.

Jonathan Pollack, Madison College history instructor, spoke with Wisconsin Public Radio about the history of immigration to the U.S. as context to the recent story surrounding Central American children entering the country.

Madison College instructor and retail expert Mae Laatsch talked to Channel 15 about back-to-school shopping trends and how parents can save money on school supplies.

Madison College recent graduate Joel Benson, was featured in the Herald-Independent. He was part of the Madison College Advanced Manufacturing Technology team who took gold at the national SkillsUSA competition. Other students on the team were Jon Kunkel and Scott Neperud.

Jen Roman, Madison College instructor and a captain with the Madison Fire Department, spoke with Channel 27 about this year's CampHERO, sponsored by the Girl Scouts of America. The event is a summer opportunity for girls to learn about careers in protective services.

Sabrina "Heymiss Progress" Madison, an administrative specialist for the Madison College School of Health Education, spoke to Channel 3 about improving relationships between black men and women. She founded and facilitates a program called "the Conversation Mixtape." She was also featured on Madison Magazine TV on Channel 3 and in the Capital City Hues.

A number of tragic events involving children in our area prompted channels 47 and 3 to seek out Madison College counselor John Boyne to talk about helping children cope with community tragedies.

Home staging is a popular method for increasing the selling price and decreasing the selling time of a house. Madison College instructor Debbie Lea spoke with Channel 15 about staging and house presentation.

Marketing and social media instructor Steve Noll was featured in the Wisconsin State Journal's article about the Bartell Theatre's annual "Barties" awards show, a local version of the Tony awards. He is president of the board and producer of the awards show.

Know Your Madisonian, a regular section in the Wisconsin State Journal, featured Madison College anthropology instructor Luke Matthews. Popular with students, he was selected Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2010.

June 2014

Madison College President Jack Daniels III was featured in the Capital City Hues. He is meeting with people throughout the community to talk about the college's goals and strategic plan for the future.

Madison College Meeting and Event Management program director Janet Sperstad was featured in the June edition of Meeting Focus magazine. The publication lists Sperstad as a 2014 trendsetter.

The new Madison College Ingenuity Center was featured in the publication, Madison Region Economic Development. Dean Denise Reimer spoke about the Center and the college as providing a pipeline of trained individuals for advanced manufacturing.

The Baraboo Republic covered a new series of pasture management classes taught by agriculture instructor Randy Zogbaum. Each month from June to September participants visit a different farm to explore how they manage their animals on pasture.

Channel 3 visited the Madison College motorcycle safety class to discuss road tests and spoke with instructor Mark Engbring.

Sabrina Madison, an administrative assistant in the Madison College School of Health, was featured in The Capital Times for a discussion group she runs in Madison. The Conversation Mixtape helps African American women and men of all marital statuses to better understand each other and improve their relationships.

Madison College harmonica instructor, DeWayne Keyes, also known as The Harmonica Man, performed during Make Music Madison June 21. He was featured in an article about the event in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Governor Walker visited the Madison College Truax campus to promote his Better Bottom Line campaign and to talk about improving access to higher education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The media who attended the event also asked the governor about same-sex marriage and other issues in the news. The governor's visit was mentioned in stories the Wisconsin State Journal, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Journal Times (Racine) and channels 3, 5 (Green Bay), 15, 27 and 47, as well as the Wisconsin Radio Network.

Because tv cameras are not allowed in federal courtrooms, Channel 3 recruited Madison College instructor Jim McKiernan to do sketches of the recent proceedings regarding the legal battle over same-sex marriage in Wisconsin. Graphic design instructor Chris Gargan helped with the story.

Channel 3 visited the Construction and Remodeling program Open House and interviewed instructor John Stephany about the house designed and built by students in the program. The story also ran on Fox 47.

Madison College student liaison to the District Board is Patty Hawkins. She was featured in her hometown paper, Sun Prairie Star.

Lynn Forseth and Cindy Bowen of the Madison College Fort Atkinson campus were featured in an article in the Daily Jefferson County Union about their work in helping to develop a new park in Fort Atkinson through the Project LEAD program.

The Wisconsin State Journal featured a story about Anita Rauch, the new CEO of the Heritage Credit Union. Rauch was a graduate of Madison College.

The Baraboo News Republic featured a story about a new managed grazing class at Madison College.

The Cambridge News and Deerfield Independent featured the second-place winner of the Madison College Challenge, a business plan competition for aspiring entrepreneurs.

The Wisconsin State Journal took a look at health care interpreters and their role on medical teams. Madison College instructor Rebekka Gallardo was interviewed for the story.

Madison College Criminal Justice Department Chair Brian Landers spoke with the Wisconsin State Journal about police use of deadly force.

Madison College social media and mobile marketing instructor Kristin Uttech was a beta tester for Google Glass. The Capital Times ran a story about Uttech's take on this new product.

Capital City Hues covered the All-American indian and Alaskan Native Graduation Celebration hosted by Madison College.

English instructor Bernie Hoes was named a Madison College Distinguished Teacher of the Year for 2014, and the story was picked up by Capital City Hues.

Madison College counselor Delissa Scott received the Outstanding Educator Award from the group 100 Black Men of Madison. Capital City Hues covered the story.

Recent Madison College graduate Song Thao shared her story with  Capital City Hues about the challenges she faced on the road to a degree in nursing.

Madison College social media and marketing instructor Steve Noll spoke with the media about the attempted murder of a 12-year-old by two of her classmates enamored of the online character Slenderman. Noll discussed what parents can do to protect their children from Internet dangers with Wisconsin Radio Network and Channel 15

May 2014

Madison College President Jack Daniels responded to questions about the college, associate degrees, costs and other issues in a question-and-answer interview with a Jack Craver of the Capital Times.

A new ropes course at Madison College teaches teamwork and leadership skills. The Wisconsin State Journal interviewed Keith Cornille, senior vice president of Student Development and Recreation Management instructor Tracie Bowers about the value of the course.

The Wisconsin State Journal ran a story about Frances Huntley-Cooper returning to the Madison College District Board. Huntley-Cooper will begin her term July 1.

The Evjue Foundation awarded the Madison College Foundation $40,000 to be used for student scholarships. The Capital Times covered the story.

Local newspapers featured the opinions of two Madison College instructors recently. Mimi Wuest talked about her how her students give her hope for the future in the Reedsburg Times Press and Karen Natoli lamented in the Wisconsin State Journal that the recent graduation ceremony did not get enough coverage. Channel 15 did do a story on the graduation focusing on the job outlook.

Chefs in the Madison area have formed the Madison Area Chefs Network. Director of Madison College's Culinary program Paul Short spoke with the Capital Times about the group and about the problem of attrition with would-be chefs.

Madison College instructor and IT security expert Mike Masino spoke with channels 3 and 27 about how people can protect themselves against identity theft. A recent incident at Ebay prompted the story.

Madison College Wolfpack baseball team is headed to the 2014 NJCAA Division II World Series for the fifth year in a row. The series is in Enid, Okla. The team has been featured in the Wisconsin State Journal and local television stations. The team took third place in the series.

At Madison College's annual Tech Academy for staff and faculty, social media and mobile marketing instructor Kristin Uttech demonstrated how to us the new Google Glass. The demonstration was featured on Channel 15.

Madison College hosted a pharmaceutical drug diversion training summit at the college's new Protective Services Education Center. The summit, cosponsored by the FBI and Purdue Pharma, took a look at prescription drug abuse. Channels 15 and 27 covered the story.

A new ropes course and team building activity at Madison College was the topic feature by the Wisconsin State Journal. Senior Vice President of Student Development Keith Cornille and Recreation Management program instructor Tracie Bowers were interviewed.

Graduation was the topic of several news items. Madison College President Jack Daniels was quoted in a front-page piece on graduation in the Wisconsin State Journal. Channel 15 visited Madison College's commencement ceremonies to talk to grads about job prospects.

Madison College chemistry instructor Marissa Rosen, aka "Dutch Oven," spoke with Channel 3 about going from molecular collisions in the classroom to physical collisions on the roller derby track.

Madison College Distinguished Teachers for 2014, English instructor Bernie Hoes and Sociology instructor Christine Casselman, were featured in the Wisconsin State Journal Business Achievements section.

Tim Casper, senior executive and special assistant to the president, was interviewed by the Wisconsin State Journal on the change in state funding for the Madison College district.

The Wisconsin State Journal covered a story about Madison College student Patty Hawkins who has been selected to represent students on the District Board for the 2014-15 school year. This is the first time a student has been invited to join the board.

The Madison College Fort Atkinson Campus hosted more than 100 middle schoolers who were exploring how to obtain the work skills needed for their dream jobs. The Jefferson County Daily Union covered the story.

Madison College was included in a story by Channel 15 about the UW-Madison's Odessy Project. Former Madison College director Maria Banuelos taught a class for the project.

Carlos Hernandez, a student at Madison College, was featured in the Wisconsin State Journal about internships he's had organized through the Dane County Boys and Girls Club. The internship prepares teens for the job market.

Madison College Reedsburg Hoop House Director Kathy Clisch was interviewed for a story in the Reedsburg Times Press about the college's business incubator program in the Hoop House. The program highlighted the first business in the incubator (de Block Nursery) and noncredit classes also taught in the space.

The Madison College "Pride in Your Ride" show on May 10 was covered by channels 3 and 15. Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing instructor Tim Hoege was interviewed on Channel 3's Live at Five program about the car show.

Madison College students presented four designs for net-zero homes to the Madison Community Development Authority. One of the homes selected will receive further development and eventual construction in the Mosaic Ridge Neighborhood on Allied Drive. Channel 15 spoke with the students and their instructor about net-zero homes.

Brian Landers, chair of the Madison College Criminal Justice program was interviewed by Fox 47 on special training for police officers on how to deal with people suffering from mental illness. Landers also spoke with Channel 3 on the topic and on guidelines police use when determining when to use deadly force.

Madison College Senior Adviser Teresita Torrence and WTCS Student Ambassador Pauline Hemaidan were featured in Madison Magazine for a story about student debt. The story also ran on Channel 3. The Portage Daily Register also ran a story.

Madison College President Jack Daniels III and Lynn Forseth, executive director of workforce development for the college's eastern region, were interviewed by WFAW Radio in Fort Atkinson about upcoming forums on the college's strategic plan. Dr. Daniels' editorial on the forums was also carried in the Reedsburg Times-Press, the Watertown Daily Times and on Channel 3's website.

Madison College Reedsburg student Denise Cohn was selected as the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa international honor society's regional officer. An interview with Cohn was included in the

Lynn Forseth, executive director of economic workforce development for Madison College's eastern region, was the main speaker at a Jefferson County reception honoring youth apprenticeship. The story was covered in the Jefferson County Daily Union.

Channels 3, 15 and 27 ran stories on the "Flavors of Madison" fundraiser to support scholarships for Madison College culinary arts scholarships.

Can fashion help solve a cold case in Dane County? Madison College Fashion Marketing Program Director Betty Hurd was asked to identify a vest uncovered from an unsolved murder investigation for a story on Channel 3.

April 2014

The Mad Rollin' Dolls roller derby league was featured on a report by Channel 3. Madison College chemistry instructor Marissa Rosen is on the team as her alter ego, Dutch Oven.

Channel 3 stopped by Madison College to see the new mock courtroom and spoke with Paralegal Program Director Anne Schacherl.

Channels 3 and 27 covered a special Madison College training class aimed at police, fire and EMS personnel on how to identify and work with people suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.

Madison College student Betsy Pelto was interviewed by Channel 27 and the Wisconsin Radio Network about her recent letter and petition to President Obama expressing her views on how to end the racial disparity in Madison. President Obama replied, and she shared his letter with the news media.

Former Madison College dean Rick Raemisch was featured on the cover of the Wisconsin State Journal. Raemisch, now executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, spent the night in solitary confinement— it was part of his job.

Madison College Provost Terry Webb was interviewed by the Isthmus for a story about whether colleges are shifting to more part-time instructors.

Madison College Meeting and Event Management faculty and alum were to be highlighted in Wisconsin Meetings Magazine in May. The magazine featured Program Director Janet Sperstad, instructor Jodi Goldbeck and alumna Maria Peot. Janet Spersted and two of her students were scheduled to be featured in the May issue of MeetingNet as well.

Madison College Interior Design Program Director Jessica Mahne and instructor Dustin Struckmeyer were interviewed on Channel 3 to promote the Design MMoCa event that included work from a team of Madison College design instructors that also included Tiffany Esser and Lisa Nienhaus. The team received the "Greatest Design Harmony" award for their exhibit.

Madison College students celebrated Earth Day by cleaning up Unity Park. The park, located near the Truax campus, was created by students in 2013. The event was featured on Channels 3 and 27.

Madison College's Hunting for Sustainability class is noted in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story about a UW professor who learns to be a hunter.

The Madison College Pow Wow is April 26. Spokesperson Nicole Soulier spoke with Channel 27 about the event.

The Wisconsin State Journal ran a story about a Madison College student who needed extra support in meeting requirements for a safe driving insurance discount. Disability Resource Services Director Sandy Hall and Senior Liaison Marilyn Fayram came to her rescue and worked with the insurance company to waive some credit-load requirements. The student has Lyme Disease and could not carry a full load of classes.

During an interview with Channel 15, Mike Masino, IT security instructor at Madison College, discussed how to ensure that you wipe data from your cell phone before selling or trading it in. The story will air in late April or early May.

Madison College President Jack Daniels III was elected to the board of the United Way of Dane County as noted in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Madison College history instructor Jonathan Pollack spoke about the history of voting rights on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Central Time" program.

Madison College hosted the Wisconsin Technical College System Robotics Competition. Instructors Andy Kurth and Ann Thompson organized the event, which was covered by Channel 27.

Madison Magazine TV interviewed Madison College academic adviser Teresita Torrence about the cost differences between two- and four-year institutions. The interview is scheduled to air on Saturday, May 3, at 7 p.m. on Channel 3.

Madison College instructor Patrick Molzahn and his Cabinetmaking and Millwork program students finished a historic desk project for the U.S. Forestry Service in Washington D.C. Channels 3, 27 and 47 covered the story. The story was also covered by trade media including Cabinet Maker FDM website and Wood Industry

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a report that said unlicensed motorcyclists account for 36 percent of Wisconsin motorcycle fatalities. Madison College instructor Jason Herheim discussed motorcycle safety on the Wisconsin Radio Network.

Madison College was on lockdown for a short time the morning of April 10 due to a possible shooter in the nearby neighborhood. Public Relations Manager Cary Heyer spoke with Channel 3 about the college's WolfPack Alert system. The lockdown situation was covered by Channels 3, 15 and 27.

Madison College IT security instructor Mike Masino spoke with Channels 3 and 47, as well as WIBA radio on the latest computer virus known as the Heartbleed Bug.

Spring weather is here and motorcycles are hitting the streets. Madison College instructor Jason Herheim shared motorcycle safety tips with Channel 15.

Channel 27 covered the ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration of Madison College's new Ingenuity Center. Denise Reimer was interviewed about the facility and about how it will help to bridge the skills gap.

Madison College farm business instructor Randy Zogbaum was featured in the Portage Daily Register. He spoke with the Columbia County Board’s agriculture and land and water conservation committee.

Channel 3 interviewed Madison College IT security instructor Mike Masino about Microsoft's decision to pull the plug on its XP operating system and the impact on XP owners. Channel 47 also ran the XP story.

The Madison Times and Umoja Magazine both featured stories about Madison College's new Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) student ambassador Pauline Chavez-Hemaidan.

Madison College students participated in the Madison Startup Weekend. The college's Lorin Toepper was chairman of this event until his untimely death in January. The Capital Times posted a story about the Startup Weekend.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin visited the Fort Atkinson campus to talk about green energy. An article and photo of automotive instructor Steve Wilcox and student Montana Swiney appeared in the Edgerton Reporter.

The Wisconsin State Journal covered the The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) awards presented in Milwaukee. ASID presented a Gold Award to Madison College student Lindsay Slack for her student design project. ASID also awarded a Silver Award to the local architect who designed the college's Student Achievement Center at Truax.

March 2014

A guest commentary in the Green Bay Press Gazette talks about how Madison College bridges the skills gap and how bus service to the college plays an important role in helping students get to school and meet their goals.

The Reedsburg Times-Press carried a personal story by Mimi Wuest, a sociology and psychology instructor at Madison College Reedsburg, about her day with her grandchild.

The premiere of "Dispatched," an independent film by Madison College employees Jarrod Crooks and Katrina Simyab opened in Madison. Crooks appeared on Channel 3 and Simyab joined him for another interview for Channel 27.

Madison College sponsored the Asian Youth Career and College Fair  held at Edgewood College. The Capital City Hues interviewed G. Thao, program specialist from Madison College, about the event.

Madison College Northern Region Economic and Workforce Development Director John Alt announced his candidacy for a seat on the Baraboo City Council. His announcement was covered by the Baraboo News Republic.

Watertown Daily Times covered the kickoff for Sustain Jefferson's makers' space. Madison College Watertown is involved in the makers' space project.

A story about a program that helps teens with disabilities make the transition to college was held at Madison College Watertown campus. The event was covered in the Watertown Daily Times.

Construction and Remodeling program instructor John Stephany spoke with the Home Town News Group (Sun Prairie Star, DeForest Times, Waunakee Tribune, others) about getting a head start on spring deck-building and three-season porch projects. The story will appear in the Spring Home and Garden Magazine due out April 17 and carried in 10 Hometown community newspapers.

Madison College hosted 400 area high school students for the Latino Youth Career and College Fair. The Madison Times and La Communidad covered the event.

Marketing and social media instructor Steve Noll did a live interview with Wisconsin Public Radio about Twitter's eighth anniversary.

The Capital Times ran a story about the Urban League's Emerge Gala. Madison College received  the Workplace Excellence Award at the event.

The Wisconsin State Journal profiled Megan Hegde, an alumna of Madison College, who started her own framing business.

Wisconsin Public Television visited the campus to talk to people about the Affordable Care Act as the deadline to sign up approached. Part-time employee Katie Ackley and a student were interviewed for the story that will appear on "Here and Now."

Madison College culinary instructor Kevin Appleton shared Irish food and drink recipes on Channel 27's morning show.

Ukrainian student Iryna Petruniak was interviewed about the vote to annex Crimea on Channel 27 and Channel 19 in LaCrosse.

Madison College was highlighted in an article by The McFarland Thistle on youth apprenticeship and dual credit programs.

Dr. Jon Pollack, Madison College history instructor, talked about the history of St. Patrick's Day with Wisconsin Public Radio.

Criminal Justice instructor Brian Landers shared tips on preventing home invasions with Channel 3.

Channel 3's morning show promoted Madison College's student activity, Cell Phone Wars. A good time was had by all.

Wisconsin State Journal featured Madison College international student Makiko Omori who was selected a 2014 Coca Cola New Century Scholar. Only one person from each state is selected.

Madison College hosted the Junior League of Madison's "All Dressed Up" event providing prom wear to area high school girls. The Wisconsin State Journal and channels 3, 15 and 47.

The Reedsburg Times Press ran a story about upcoming spring classes at the Reedsburg campus.

Channel 15 reviewed "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" a production by Madison College Performing Arts and directed by instructor Michael Lussenden.

Cindy Bowen, Fort Atkinson campus lead, and Lynn Forseth, economic and workforce development director for the Madison College East Region, are members of Project LEAD, an organization that recently raised funds for a new park. A story about the group and their work was featured in the Daily Jefferson County Union.

Mike Stark, director of Facility Services, spoke with Wisconsin Builder Magazine on juggling multiple building projects for a section called "Top Projects." The article will appear in the May 2014 issue.

Construction and Remodeling instructor Agnes "Allie" Berenyi shared home improvement and energy efficiency tips on the Larry Meiller Show on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Longtime National Weather Service meteorologist and Madison College instructor Anton "Rusty" Kapela was part of a panel of experts who discussed severe weather on a live WORT radio show.

In Business Magazine writer/blogger Craig Thompson visited Madison College Truax campus to learn more about the skills gap and about commuter campuses.

Channel 15 revisited the story on the Madison College student, Iryna Petruniak, whose family is in Ukraine.

Will Pena, Madison College financial aid manager, shared college planning tips in the March issue of Brava magazine.

Madison College ceramics instructor Andree Valley was featured in a front page story in the Wisconsin State Journal for a story, "Clay Invasion."

February 2014

Chris Vandall, dean of School of Academic Advancement, and instructors Judy Emmrich and Ryan Roling were interviewed for a story in the Isthmus about students in the Madison College English as a Second Language program.

Wisconsin Builder Magazine interviewed Madison College Facilities Director Mike Stark in its annual "Top Projects" section. Stark spoke about working on multiple construction projects at the same time.

Madison College student Jeff Jordan spoke on Channel 15 about a benefit for burn survivors. Jordan was only six weeks old when he was burned in a fire at his parents' mobile home. In addition to studying marketing at the college, he also help with the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety burn survivor camps.

Pellet Productions, a Massachusetts-based web video series that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, featured Ana Zambie, senior instructional support coordinator at Madison College. The segment was done in Spanish. Also interviewed were students Gustavo Velazquez and Magally Rengifo-Marin.

Wisconsin State Journal covered a story about the online Madison College Student Satisfaction Survey. Data from the survey will be used in planning for student services, academic options and overall student experiences.

Madison College IT students place second in a statewide Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. Team coach and IT instructor Mike Masino spoke with Channel 3 about the event. (go to two-minute mark to see the coverage).

Madison College international student Iryna Petruniak spoke with Channel 15 about the crisis in her home country of Ukraine. Her story also was covered by Channel 3, Channel 27 and The Clarion newspaper.

Congressman MarK Pocan and Dane Co. Executive Joe Parisi stopped by the Madison College Health Education building to urge young people to sign up for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Badger Herald cover the event and Channel 27 gave more information on ACA events across the state.

The Wisconsin State Farmer website featured an article about Madison College's new farm business management classes. Stories about the program also appeared in the Reedsburg Times, Voice of the River Valley and Wisconsin Happy Farm blog.

Jim Cook, Madison College apprenticeship director, spoke with the Wisconsin State Journal on Sunday, Feb. 23, about how the rebound of construction and related trades impacts apprenticeship training across the state.

Madison college students who traveled to rural Jamaica for a service learning trip were featured in the Community Colleges for International Development, Inc., newsletter. The group partnered with the Blue Mountain Project to helped to install solar electric systems, provide nursing skills and work in local schools.

Jonathan Pollack, Madison College history instructor, discussed the historical background behind the recent union election at a VW plant in Tennessee with Wisconsin Public Radio. Dr. Pollack will do a segment with WPR's "Central Time" program every third Thursday.

Madison College financial aid expert Kate Sopha will do a studio interview with Channel 27 about College Goal Wisconsin on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Madison College Apprenticeship Director Jim Cook spoke with The Badger Herald about Project Big Step, an initiative that connects skilled workers with construction jobs in our area. The Daily Cardinal also covered the story.

Betty Hurd, interior design instructor and retail expert, spoke with Channel 3 about the future of "brick-and-mortar" stores in light of the closing of American TV and Appliance stores across the region. Hurd was also interviewed by Channel 27 and the Wisconsin Radio Network.

Madison College Construction instructor John Stephany discussed why your house pops like a Pepsi can in cold weather for the "Just Ask Us" column for the Wisconsin State Journal.

The Wisconsin State Journal featured Martius Bautista, a fourth-grader who took home the trophy at the All-City Spelling Bee held at Madison College's Mitby Theater.

Madison College celebrated Valentine's Day with a Bad Love Poems Contest covered by Channel 15's morning show.

Channel 15 revisited a story on Olympic hopeful and speed skater Luke Tweddale, a returning Madison College student. Tweddale plans to try out for South Korea in 2018.

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch visited the Madison College West campus for a tax reform roundtable discussion with farmers and small business owners. The Wisconsin State Journal covered the event.

A story about the new Ingenuity Center and an interview with Denise Reimer, interim dean, School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology on advanced manufacturing will appear in the Madison Region Economic Development Guide to be published in May 2014.

Capital City Hues covered a visit by Sen. Tammy Baldwin who came to Madison College to learn about education for green jobs and to promote the GREEN Act.

Madison College Veterinary Technician graduate Sophie DeBruin shared her experiences with the 2014 Alaskan Iditarod in her blog. She works on the veterinary team for the sled dog race.

Spike TV's Frankenfood cooking show held tryouts at Madison College Truax. The show features "food lovers who can mix outrageous and unexpected ingredients to create delicious and revolutionary flavors."

Capital Times' "Quick Question" asked how people feel about the Madison College District Board's decision to allow security officers at the college to carry Tasers.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported on the proposed closing of the tax increment financing district (TIF) in Madison. Madison College could share in a $16.7 million surplus created by the move.

Virginia Escudero, an international student at Madison College, was featured in a Wisconsin State Journal story about the new Family Center created by the Nuestro Mundo Community School in Madison. Escudero studies human services and interns at the center.

Steve Noll, marketing instructor at Madison College, discussed the CVS/pharmacy decision to stop selling tobacco products with Channel 15.

January 2014

Madison College community showed support for Eric Studesville in the Super Bowl. Studesville is the son of Madison College counselor Al Studesville and his wife Jan who were killed in a motorcycle accident last summer. The story aired on Channel 3, Channel 27, Fox 47 and WAOW-TV in Wausau.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin toured Madison College Fort Atkinson and Commercial Avenue campuses to discuss and promoter her new legislation aimed at job training for green jobs. The story appeared in the Capital City Hues, The Clarion, Jefferson County Daily Union and Watertown Daily Times, and aired on Channels 3, 15 and 27 and on WFAW Radio.

Madison College social media and marketing instructor Steve Noll spoke with Channel 15 about the upcoming Super Bowl commercials.

Channel 3 interviewed information technology instructor Mike Masino and his information security class about ways to defend against computer security breaches in light of attacks on Unity Health and other companies.

Watertown student scholarship winners were honored for their accomplishments. The event was covered by the Watertown Daily Times.

Reedsburg Times-Press interviewed Madison College Reedsburg Deans List student Natalie McCauley about her life as a nontraditional student, switching gears mid-career and her plans for graduate school.

Spectrum Magazine featured Madison College economics instructor Nikolai (Niko) Skievaski who helped found 100state, a new entry into the "makers' space" movement that brings community and innovation together.

This year's Women in Focus "I Have a Dream" ball was dedicated to Madison College counselor Al Studesville and his wife Jan, who died in a motorcycle accident last summer. Capital City Hues covered the event and noted that Jan Studesville was a founder of the Women in Focus organization.

Tim Casper, vice president of Budget and Public Affairs at Madison College, commented in an article by the Wisconsin State Journal on Gov. Scott Walker's proposals to shift some technical college funding from property owners to the state.

Madison College President Jack Daniels III was the keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King Day celebration at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Daniels' speech and the event were covered by channels 3, 27 and 47, News Radio 1330 in Green Bay and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Channel 27 did a live studio interview of Madison College political science instructor Maurice Sheppard before Gov. Scott Walker's state address. Sheppard discussed some of the topics to watch for in the governor's speech.

A story about the nursing shortage on Channel 3 featured Kay Grotelueschen, associate dean of nursing for Madison College.

The Wisconsin State Journal noted that the Madison College minority mentoring program received a $69,000 grant from the Great Lakes Higher Education Corp. The program connects students with mentors at the college and in the community.

The Wisconsin State Journal ran a story about college administrator Lorin Toepper, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack. Toepper, who spearheaded the creation of many food-related and technical programs, served as the college's workforce and economic development director for the southwest region. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also shared Toepper's story.

A Wisconsin State Journal article mentioned Madison College in an editorial discussing charter schools in Wisconsin.

Mike Masino, information technology instructor at Madison College, discussed the Target Corp. security breach with news/talk radio 1310 WIBA.

Denise Reimer, interim dean in the School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology, spoke with Channel 3 about preparing students to fill a skills gap identified in a Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce survey.

The Madison College Collision Repair Education Foundation received a $20,000 tools donation from American Family Insurance. Thanks to social media, FenderBender Magazine picked up the donation story.

Spectrum Magazine profiled new Madison College President Jack E. Daniels III in its January issue.