Student Communications

Madison College Student Communications

Our top priority at this time is making sure we do our part at Madison College to keep every student safe and informed.

Wondering about the latest COVID-19 news and how it affects you as a Madison College student? Look below for our most recent communications regarding your safety and our plans to ensure your ongoing education.

  • OneCard Terms and Conditions update

    Date: September 22, 2021

    To: All students

    From: Dr. Tim Casper, Executive Vice President, Student Affairs & Institutional Effectiveness

    Re:  OneCard Terms and Conditions update

    Greetings Madison College students,

    You can now load money onto your OneCard and manage your account online! Doing so provides you convenience, flexibility and a safe way to pay. And best of all, you save 10 percent when using your OneCard to pay for purchases at any Madison College dining location. Other people, such as parents/guardians, can also make a deposit on your behalf using the Guest Deposit feature.

    With this change, we updated the OneCard Terms and Conditions and wanted to share those changes with you:

    •  We added language to reflect that possession of a OneCard does not guarantee current college enrollment status. (No. 1)

    •  We added instructions to disable your OneCard eAccount remotely if your card is lost or stolen. (No. 4)

    •  We added information about requesting a refund of any balance left on the OneCard when you leave the college. (No. 8)

    If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please contact Dining & Event Services by email at foodservices@madisoncollege.edu (regarding adding funds to your card remotely) or Student Life at studentlife@madisoncollege.edu for all other questions.

    Thank you,

    Dr. Tim Casper

  • Health and Safety Reminders - September 10, 2021

    Date:    September 10, 2021 

    To:        All students 

    From:   Dr. Tim Casper, Executive Vice President of Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness

    Re:       Health and safety reminders

     

    Dear students,  

    I hope your semester is off to a great start! The Madison College community is here to support you every step of the way in your academic journey.

    While this is an exciting time, uncertainty continues around COVID-19, and the more contagious Delta variant.  Please know that your health and safety drive everything we do. We are taking many precautions to protect you—including frequent cleaning and enhanced air handling measures—and we urge you to take an active role in keeping Madison College safe for all of us. 

    Please continue to:  

    • Wear a face covering inside all Madison College facilities 
    • Wash your hands frequently 
    • When possible, respect a physical distance of 3-to-6 feet from others 
    • Get vaccinated 

    Vaccinations are proven to protect against COVID-19. In the rare cases of breakthrough infections, those who are vaccinated tend to experience less severe symptoms and fewer hospitalizations. Visit vaccines.gov for help.    

    If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come to campus. You can be tested for free, and if you test positive, report your test outcome to our Madison College Covid screener

    Our campus information webpage offers up-to-date COVID-19 information and answers to commonly asked questions.

    We support you and wish you great success this semester!

    Dr. Tim Casper 
    Executive Vice President  
    Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness  

  • Welcome to the 2021 Fall Semester - August 30, 2021

    Date:  August 30, 2021
    To:  Madison College Students
    From:  Tim Casper, EdD, Executive Vice President, Student Affairs
    RE:  Welcome to the 2021 Fall Semester

    Hello and welcome to the 2021 Fall Semester at Madison College! 

    Whether you are a first-year or returning student, Madison College is ready to help you transform your life. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought challenges for many of you and Madison College can help you navigate any obstacle you may be facing. We are here to support you in reaching your college goals.

    Save on laptops, Wi-Fi and textbooks
    Our technology access program loans laptop computers and internet hotspots free of charge to all registered students. You may also choose to rent (instead of purchase) textbooks—saving you hundreds of dollars each semester. 

    Financial assistance
    Student Emergency Funding is available to students.  If you have already completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), beginning August 30th you will automatically be awarded a COVID Impact Grant which will be sent directly to you.  If you did not complete a FAFSA, and need financial assistance, you should complete the Emergency Fund Request Form. All enrolled Madison College students are eligible regardless of program, citizenship status, or enrollment level. The money can be used for any college-related expense or COVID-related emergency. We are here to help.

    Health and safety
    Your health and safety is our top priority. To help protect our college community, we ask you to follow campus safety guidelines. Face coverings are required for anyone inside any district facility, regardless of vaccination status. Madison College monitors national, state, and local COVID-19 metrics and will notify the college community if additional precautions are necessary. Learn more about our Fall semester campus plans and our commitment to providing you with a safe, high-quality, affordable education. 

    Watch your email for reminders and updates throughout the year. Several “start of the term” links and resources are listed below.  I encourage you to engage in campus activities, develop a plan for completing your academic goals and to have some fun too!

    As your Executive Vice President of Student Affairs, I am excited to witness and support your growth and I am grateful you chose Madison College.

    I wish each of you the best as you begin the semester.

    Dr. Tim Casper

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    Paying for College

    We know having access to finances is critical in your success as a student.  Completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or applying for scholarships allows you to reduce financial stress.  All degree seeking students are encouraged to apply for federal and state programs through the FAFSA process.  Over 59% of financial aid recipients are eligible for grant funding – money you do not have to pay back!  Please visit the Paying for College webpage to access more information.

    Transportation and Parking

    In July 2021, student leaders on the Student Activities Board voted to continue the suspension of shuttle service for Fall Semester 2021. Students at all Madison College campuses have a variety of transportation and parking options.

    Textbooks

    As part of your tuition, you paid a book rental fee, which allows you to rent most of your required textbooks at no additional cost. We encourage you to order textbooks online to help reduce in-store purchases and to ensure safe ordering, delivery and pickup of materials. Truax curbside pickup is back for fall 2021. To schedule in-store or virtual appointments, or to search for materials and WolfPack gear, please visit the Bookstore webpage.

    Technology Support
    Madison College provides loaned laptop computers and internet hotspots free of charge to all currently registered students for successful remote learning. Visit Technology Services to request a laptop and internet hotspot.  
    The
    Student Technology Hub can help you with setting up your devices, getting your accounts and email set up, assistance with multi-factor authentication, Blackboard, videoconferencing and more.

    Academic Student Support Services

    We know personal support is the reason many of you chose Madison College. Whether you are taking classes on campus or online – we are open.  In-person, over the phone, virtually or via chat—we are ready to help you. Check out our welcome video and visit the student support services webpage to access more details. 

    You can also download the Madison College Navigate app or access it via a desktop computer through your myMadisonCollege portal. Navigate allows you to self-schedule appointments with our staff, communicate with faculty and advisors, and connect with other students in your class.


    Childcare Services at the Early Learning Campus

    Early Learning Campus care and education services are open to pre-kindergarten children (ages 6 weeks - 5 years) of Madison College students. Learn more here.

    Food Services and Food Pantry

    Food services options can be found here. The Cupboard Student Food Pantries are open weekly for curbside pickup.

    Athletics and Recreation

    Have some fun and cheer on your fellow student athletes at an upcoming game this season

    Due to construction, the fitness center will be closed fall 2021, however virtual fitness program options are available and current students can attend Planet Fitness locations.

    Safety
    Public Safety Services keep our campus community safe.  Officers respond to medical emergencies and reports of suspicious activity. They can assist you if you need someone to walk you to your car and can unlock or jump-start your vehicle. Make sure to download the WolfPack Alert as your first source of campus closures and emergency information.

    In early October, you will receive an email with a link to complete training related to Title IX  (an amendment that prohibits gender-based discrimination and harassment in educational programs). This is another effort to keep our campuses safe

  • Your Health and Safety This Fall - August 24, 2021

    Date: Aug. 24, 2021
    To: All students
    From: Dr. Tim Casper, Executive Vice President of Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness
      

    RE: Your health and safety this Fall

     

    Dear Students,  

     

    As Fall semester begins, know that all of us at Madison College are eager to see you again. This is true whether your classes take you to campus, to virtual classrooms or a combination of both. We are grateful that you have chosen to include Madison College on the path to your dreams.   

     

    I’m reaching out to you personally to acknowledge the remaining uncertainty that looms around COVID-19, specifically the more contagious Delta variant.   

     

    Please know that your health and safety drive everything we do. We are taking utmost precaution to protect you—including frequent cleaning and enhanced air handling measures—and we urge you to take an active role in keeping Madison College safe for all of us:  

     

    • We are all required to wear a face covering inside all Madison College facilities 
    • Wash and/or sanitize your hands frequently 
    • When possible, respect a physical distance of 3-to-6 feet from others 
    • Get vaccinated 

     

    Vaccinations are proven to protect against COVID-19. In the rare cases of breakthrough infections, those who are vaccinated tend to experience less severe symptoms and fewer hospitalizations.   

     

    Madison College is hosting a FREE vaccination clinic on campus this week.   

     

    • Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1-5 p.m., Truax Campus, Gateway  

     

    If you cannot attend this, visit vaccines.gov for help finding a vaccine.   

     

    If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come to campus.  You can be tested for free, and if you test positive, report your test outcome to our Madison College Covid screener.   

     

    When we all follow safety precautions and follow guidelines set forth by public health experts, we are showing respect not only for ourselves, but for our classmates, community members and families.   

     

    We support you and wish you great success. I wish you a positive and healthy Fall semester!  

     

    Sincerely,  

     

    Dr. Tim Casper 

    Executive Vice President  

    Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness  

  • Protect us all:  Face covering requirement reinstated - August 5, 2021

    Date:  Aug. 5, 2021 

    To:  All students 

    From:  Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III, President 

    RE:  Protect us all: Face covering requirement reinstated 

     

    Good morning,  

     

    To help protect us all, Madison College is reinstating its face covering requirement for anyone inside any district facility. This requirement is effective immediately. 

     

    Both the Centers for Disease Control and Public Health Madison and Dane County issued new recommendations July 27, noting transmission risk increases of the more infectious Delta variant of COVID-19. CDC recommended that face coverings be worn indoors in communities with substantial growth in transmission. Those recommendations state that everyone—regardless of vaccination status—should wear a mask in indoor public spaces and indoor private gatherings. Transmission rates in the communities we serve have increased further in recent days, prompting this return to our face covering requirement. 

     

    Madison College’s face covering requirement will be in place until further notice, pending continued monitoring of health and safety conditions. 

     

    At this time, no other previous protocols are being reinstated, such as door screeners nor the health screening requirement to enter buildings. 

      

    Please note the following information and reminders:  

     

    Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself; we encourage you to get vaccinated. Free vaccination clinics are planned during Wolfpack Welcome:  

     

    Truax: Aug. 23, from 5-8:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 1-4:30 p.m. 

    Goodman South: Aug. 19 from 5-8 p.m. 

    Dates and times for regional campuses are pending 

    • While we are not requiring a screening process in order to gain access to our facilities at this time, we are recommending people self-direct physical distancing. 
    • Do not come to campus if you are experiencing any COVID symptoms, even if you are vaccinated. Stay home from work, school and other activities and get tested.  
    • Practice good hygiene by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face and sneezing into your elbow.  
    • Travel and Events guidance is unchanged at this time. 
    • Students enrolled in summer classes will continue in their current formats; our fall course schedule will not be changing at this time; and our services will continue to be available in-person and via video chat, email and phone. 
    • Employees with questions about their work arrangement should talk to their supervisor or human resources business partner. 
    • COVID support staff are available to answer health and safety questions. Contact Shannon Bailey at 608-243-4880 or covidscreener@madisoncollege.edu 

    We will continue to communicate with you and take action to ensure the health and of our campus community.    

     

    Stay healthy, 

     

    Jack E. Daniels, III, PhD  

    President 

  • Health Screening Requirement Lifted, Entrances Open - June 30, 2021

    Date             June 30, 2021 

    To:               Madison College Students 

    From:           Dr. Tim Casper, Executive Vice President, Student Affairs & Institutional Effectiveness

    RE:               Health screening requirement lifted, entrances open 

     

    Good morning,  

     

    Beginning Tuesday, June 29, completion of a health screening survey will no longer be required prior to entering any Madison College facilities, and our entrances will be open.  

     

    As restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic are lifting, safety remains our top priority. We will continue to provide a safe campus environment, sanitized facilities and share reminders that we all contribute to our health and safety. 
    We will provide ongoing updates for you regarding our evolving conditions. 
     

     

    Please note:  

    • Face coverings remain optional. Health officials recommend people who are not vaccinated continue to wear a face covering.  
    • Students should continue to follow public health protocols, including frequent hand washing and staying home if they do not feel well.
    • Students, employees, and the general public may now access any facility during normal business hours, with all usual entries (not affected by construction) open.  
    • Room capacities will return to pre-COVID capacities within limits set by the fire marshal. Employees should continue to work with their supervisors regarding work schedules and the need to be in-person. 
    • Students engaged in off-campus internships, clinical, or other learning experiences should continue to follow the health and safety protocols of the off-campus sponsor of the learning experience. 

     

    I wish you the best as you continue your studies this summer.

     

    Stay safe and healthy, 

    Dr. Casper

  • Madison College Fall Plans - June 17, 2021

    Date:    June 17, 2021
    To:        Madison College students

    From:   Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III, President, Madison College
    RE:      Madison College Fall Plans

    Return to campus. It fills my heart to use that phrase.

    We understand how challenging the past year has been for you. We know COVID-19 may have derailed or postponed your college plans. And we are grateful you chose Madison College.

    On campus or online, we are open

    While COVID was undeniably hard, I believe it has made us stronger than ever. Our college community has been waiting for the time we can safely return to our campuses.

    And that time is now. Madison College is fully open both on-campus and online. 

    This fall we will provide multiple course format options to allow you ultimate flexibility in scheduling. We’re committed to keeping your college goals on track. Faculty and staff are excited to welcome more students back to our campuses for programs that require in-person, hands-on learning. The full array of student life activities will be available once again in-person. Online and hybrid courses will continue to be available as well.

    Unwavering support

    We know personal support is the reason many of you chose Madison College. Our student support staff are on campus and ready to help you. We will also continue to provide support services virtually for your convenience. Please visit the support services webpages for service hours and contact information.

    Financial support beyond tuition

    In the last several months, many students faced financial challenges due to job loss, family obligations and countless other challenges. We understand it is hard to think about the future when you’re wondering how you’ll get through the present.

    This is why Madison College has provided more than $6 million dollars in relief funding to our students since the start of COVID-19. This funding covers more than tuition. Students can use it to pay for rent, food, childcare and other living expenses.  We are here to help you learn more about your financial support options.

    Open access to college laptops and Wi-Fi

    If you are without your own laptop or internet connection, let us help. Madison College will lend you a college laptop and a Wi-Fi hotspot for the semester thanks to our Technology Access Program. This service is free and available to eligible students who demonstrate need.

    Your Safety. Our Priority.

    The safety of the Madison College community has always come first. If you are attending classes in person, please follow the campus safety guidelines. Wearing a face covering while on campus is recommended but is no longer required.  Health officials recommend people who are not vaccinated continue to wear a face covering.

    That is because one of the best steps you can take is to get vaccinated. Data shows that vaccinated individuals have a decreased risk of COVID-19 transmission and decreased severity of symptoms if they are exposed. Below is a link to health care providers that offer free, and in some cases no appointment needed, vaccinations.

    Click here to find COVID-19 vaccines near you.

    Back on course

    Ask any Madison College faculty or staff member what they have missed the most in the last 16 months. Their answer is consistently: You, our students.

    We recognize what you’ve been through. While each of us has been impacted in different ways by the pandemic and the many other troubles we faced last year, one thing has remained constant: our commitment to you.

    In closing, I say with joy and reverence …

    Welcome back.

    Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III
    President
    Madison College

  • Emergency Funding Available - June 2, 2021

    Date:    June 2, 2021 

    To:        All students 

    From:   Dr. Tim Casper, Executive Vice President, Student Affairs & Institutional Effectiveness

    Re:       Emergency Funding Available - Up to $750.00

     

    Dear Student,

     

    Welcome to the start of the summer semester.

     

    I wanted you to know that Madison College is supporting students who experience short-term emergencies related to COVID-19.  If you currently have a need or experience one within the term, funding is available.  All Madison College students enrolled in one or more credits can apply.  This includes degree, certificate, continuing education, non-credit, non-degree, dual enrollment, qualified aliens, as defined within 8 U.S.C. section 1641 (including refugees and persons granted asylum), DACA, undocumented, and international students.

     

    Students who completed a FAFSA application will automatically be awarded.  If you did not complete the FAFSA, you must complete the Emergency Fund Request form.

     

    Funding is paid directly to you and can be used for any educationally related expense and will be processed within 2-3 business days. To receive funding quicker, we encourage students to sign up for Electronic Fund Transfer.

     

    For questions, please contact 608-246-6170 for assistance.                 

  • Accessing Student Support Services: Summer 2021 - May 27, 2021

    DATE:                 May 27, 2021
    TO:                      Madison College Students
    FROM:               Tim Casper, Ed.D., Executive Vice President, Student Affairs
    RE:                       Accessing student support services – Summer 2021

     

    Greetings students,

    As you know, the health conditions associated with the pandemic continue to improve in Southcentral Wisconsin. As infection rates are declining and vaccination rates are climbing in our communities, the college is prepared to safely begin providing opportunities for you to access services in-person at our campuses, beginning with the summer semester.

    I encourage you to learn more about our semester plans and services and our commitment to providing you with a safe, high-quality, affordable education.  In addition to the availability of in-person services, we will continue to serve you via video chat, phone, and email. 

    If you come to campus for classes or in-person appointments, you must complete the Madison College Health Screening Survey prior to entering the building. While on campus, wearing a face covering will no longer be required. Individuals opting to wear face coverings while on campus are encouraged to continue to do so. Health officials recommend people who are not vaccinated continue to wear a face covering.  

     

    Accessing student support services

    You can reach service providers like Academic Advising, Financial Aid, Library Services and more by email, phone or video and in-person.  Download the new Madison College Navigate app to self-schedule appointments or contact any support service directly to schedule your appointment.

     

    Access to additional student support services:

    Still have questions?  Call 608-246-6076 to speak with a Success Coach in the Student Success Center or contact your primary campus directly. 

    Fort Atkinson – 920-568-7200

    Portage – 608-745-3100

    Reedsburg – 608-524-7800

    Watertown – 920-206-8000

    Goodman South – 608-243-4200

    I wish each of you the best as you begin this summer semester.
    We look forward to continuing to support you in your journey.  

    Best,

    Dr. Casper