State of Madison College Address 2021
A message from Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III
January 4, 2021
Madison College welcomes you
As we look ahead to 2021, and a new year of hope and progress, I want to welcome you to the spring semester at Madison College.
Thank you for choosing Madison College. Wherever you are in your educational journey, we recognize that making the decision to study at Madison College was a complex one. On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, I welcome you. May this semester mark a new beginning in which we continue to keep our eyes to the future and treat each other with kindness and respect.
Your safety. Our priority.
Your health and safety will always come first at Madison College. This why most spring classes will be held remotely. For those of you with in-person classes, please follow the campus safety guidelines we have in place:
- Wear a cloth face covering at all times;
- Stay at least 6 to 8 feet;away from others
- Complete the COVID screener before every trip to campus
- Pay attention to signage and floor decals
- Report any positive COVID-19 test results to our Dean of Students or your instructor
- Practice good hygiene: frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
We continue to follow stringent cleaning protocols in accordance with public health and Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. Plexiglass shields have been installed at service counters for added protection.
As you embark on your spring semester, lean on campus resources that are available to you. Student services will be available virtually from January 4 – 8. Please visit the support services webpages for virtual service hours and contact information. Student services staff are available to support you via video conference, phone and email during the limited campus access timeframe. Select in-person services, by appointment, will begin again the week of Jan. 11.
We know that food insecurity is a real issue our students face every day. Our college food pantries will open January 19 for curbside pick-up. Students will be able to receive 10 pounds of food from any Madison College campus weekly. The Truax campus will have food pick-up on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and Goodman South will have food pickups on Thursdays, beginning January 4.
The GHC clinic located at Madison College remains open to serve our students. View GHC contact information and clinic hours.
Our bookstore remains fully operational via the online store. Orders will continue to be placed online. We will have in-store and curbside pick-up of books and materials available for students starting January 4.
Our Child and Family Center plans to re-open January 19 to provide childcare and 4K classes to our college student and employee families, including the addition of infant care, at our new facility at 1835 Wright Street called the Early Learning Campus (contact us for more information!). Our program will continue to follow health protocols and a reduced capacity.
Open access to college laptops and wi-fi
If you are without your own laptop or internet connection, let us help. Madison College will provide any student with documented need a college laptop and a wi-fi hotspot for the semester. We have added wi-fi access to all Madison College parking lots.Plus, we’ve joined Eduroam, which provides students open wi-fi access at many locations throughout our college district.
We can also help you with technology training to help you prepare for remote learning. You will find many classes available along with personal one-to-one support through our student help desk.
Built on equity and inclusion
Making you feel welcome in our physical and online facilities is part of our mission. Every student, faculty and staff member deserves to learn and teach in a safe space. This is a campus community built on a core of respect. Behavior that violates our core values should be reported.
Follow our helpful checklist
We know that you have a lot on your mind as you return to classes this spring. We developed this easy checklist to help you every step of the way.
Always here for you
In closing, I thank you again for being a part of the Madison College community. The trust you place in us is humbling and valued. Your well-being is as important as the education you are receiving.
Have a safe, healthy and successful spring semester.
Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III, Ph.D.