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Fall 2009

Alumni and friends news

Hello and welcome to
the first issue of SMART
FUTURE, a newsletter
for alumni and friends of
Madison Area Technical Weisheipl

College. You’ll learn about a few of the

A rendering offers an aerial view of the future Truax Campus. MATC Master Plan
many exciting things that are happening at

Campuses shine in building plan

the College today on the following pages.

All of our campuses are hopping! Enrollment

increased 12% for the fall semester. There adison Area Technical College leaders captured the “At the core of
are more than 1,700 additional students dreams of community college students in a multi-year
walking the halls, searching for a parking
building program recently released to the public.
every single
space and trying to get into popular classes.
The College expected the increase and has
Called the Facilities Master Plan, the forward-thinking and aspect of the
inclusive blueprint for the College’s seven campuses provides
added class sections, hired additional faculty design lies our
and expanded learning options. The College a flexible framework for campus development as leaders
is responding further to the current local direct changes and reinvestment during the next decade. commitment to
economic conditions by opening a west side Planning began in 2005 with student suggestions and student success.”
campus near West Towne Shopping Mall, dovetailed with an Academic Plan in 2007. — President Bettsey Barhorst
offering more than 100 short-term programs “At the core of every single aspect of the design lies
and skill-enhancing courses to help enhance
our commitment to student success,” said President
current job skills and to help students begin
Bettsey Barhorst.
new careers. Many courses are available
online or at a campus near you. To learn more Sweeping changes would recreate the Truax facility in
visit Madison. An elegant and obvious entrance with adjacent
Student Success Center would house unique community
See Growth, continued on page 2 >
college services, such as counseling, placement testing,
tutoring and meeting spaces.
The plan outlines other enhancements at Truax including a
What’s Inside new health care professions classroom building, an expanded
teaching space for manufacturing, a campus center for student
Win a laptop 3  activities, a child and family center, a new building for fire
and protective services, an expanded library and a health and
Priceless gifts 3  wellness education center.
Planners did not ignore much heated discussion about
Ehler’s nursing scholarships 4 parking issues at the campus. A sheltered walkway from cars
to the front door is proposed.
Taliesin fly through 5  Planners envision a third-party developer transforming
Alumni notes 6  the Downtown Education Center in Madison into an applied

See Facilities, continued on page 2 > 608.246.6441
Campuses shine in building plan
< Facilities, continued from page 1

arts setting. It would cluster programs renovated buildings at Truax and

with connections to downtown’s centers storage is moved to a new location.
of government, hospitality, culinary A full description of potential changes
innovation and the arts. is available on the College’s website,
The structure of the existing Go to the search
building would remain but would be box and type in “master plan” for the
heavily renovated. most recent version.
Other campuses also embrace College leaders have created cost
improvements including: budgets and ranked building projects by
n Additional space will support programs priority. Several steps have been com-
at the recently expanded Fort Atkinson pleted, including moving Protective Ser-
site. Wind turbines also are under vices to a temporary space on Madison’s
consideration for this location. West Side while building plans continue.
College Photo
n Building expansions at the Reedsburg
With an expected investment of more
< Growth, continued from page 1
campus would increase the number than $300 million during the next 15
of classrooms and laboratories. years, college leaders eagerly seek help
In addition, the College recently opened
a Career Resources Center at the Truax
and suggestions from alumni and friends.
n A new library might grace the
Campus for current students and alumni. “The College design honors our needs
Watertown campus with other
The center offers career planning, a for updated facilities while respecting
expanded academic space, possibly
resource library, one-on-one career its century of success,” said Barhorst.
exploration with an advisor and a including an organic farm plot.
“We can only move forward with the
variety of workshops, including resume n Portage campus leaders will assess help of those whose lives have been
writing, getting the most out of a job if additional nursing classes are transformed by the College. We need
fair, networking and interviewing skills.
needed and with those would come your support.”
For more information drop by room 147,
additional chemistry/anatomy/ If you would like to share a comment,
physiology and nursing labs. please email Ellen Foley, director of
careerprogram or call (608) 246-6076.
n The Commercial Avenue site in development at the Foundation, at
The Foundation is also prepared to or call
Madison would be sold after all
respond to the future demands of our (608) 246-6441.
programs are moved to new or
students. A major gifts campaign began
with our very own faculty and staff in
2008–2009. To date, 62% of the College’s
faculty, staff and administrators have Faculty Updates
generously contributed to the campaign.
Its goals are to provide access to education Turina Bakken, associate Ken Walz, chemistry instructor, Barb
via scholarships and to provide additional dean of the Center for Anderegg, associate grants specialist and
staff and student support services, such Business and Applied Arts, Paul Morschauser, diesel instructor received
as basic English and math tutoring, was promoted to dean of a National Science Foundation grant for
the Center for Business and nearly $900,000 to fund a Consortium for
advising and child care. The next step
Applied Arts. Resources in Renewable Energy Technologies
is to explore partnerships with local (CRRET).
businesses, foundations and community Bakken

leaders to identify areas of mutual interest. Patrick Molzahn, Cabinet- This project is developing a collaborative
making and Millwork infrastructure among academic, industry and
Together, we can provide accessible, high
instructor, was elected vice government stakeholders to deliver cutting-
quality learning experiences that serve the edge renewable energy education for the
president of WoodLINKS USA.
community. existing and future technician workforce.
The project is building on CRRET’s unique
I hope that you enjoy the articles that renewable energy certificate prototype that
follow, and please feel free to contact me Molzahn includes both online and face-to-face cours-
at any time. es taught by seasoned renewable energy
Dr. Gashwin Saleno, Electronic Technician
experts. To satisfy a national need for flexible
instructor, established an endowed fund for
Tricia Weisheipl delivery courses in renewable energy technol-
Electrical Engineering & Electronics
Annual Giving & Alumni Relations ogy disciplines, project staff are expanding
Advancement. the model to reach a much larger number of
Peter Vlisides, Recreation Management pro- students and schools. Specifically, the project
(608) 246-6958
gram director, was awarded “Lifetime Service is developing a new 15-credit certificate op-
Recognition Award” from Wisconsin Park and tion that can be completed totally online.
Recreation Association. 608.246.6441
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Planning a gift from your estate… priceless

Y ou don’t need the bank account
of Warren Buffet and Bill Gates
to dazzle the Madison Area Technical
Like many
donors, Dean
chose an
Dean will accomplish his goal through
planned giving, which also can include
tax advantages and lifetime income to
College Foundation with a planned gift organization he the donor or beneficiaries. To discuss
from your estate. can trust to use these and other opportunities for giving,
The Forward Society, a subsidiary of his contribution contact Foundation Executive Director
the Foundation, will celebrate alumni, wisely and serve Bob Dinndorf, at (608) 246-6440 or
faculty, staff and other community the community
friends with a reception in November well. As an
that honors these priceless gifts. Dean instructor and
One such donor is Information member of the Foundation’s board of celebrate with us!
Technology instructor David J. Dean, directors, he knows the College earns
What Forward Society reception
now in his 32nd year with Madison top bond ratings, financial reporting
for planned giving.
Area Technical College. A Foundation awards and demonstrates a track record
contributor through most of his career, of educational excellence. When 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
he also has planned a deferred donation “When you work at the College, you Nov. 10.
through his will. see how much it has benefited people Where The Madison Club,
“Having been connected with the in the long and short term,” says Dean.
5 E. Wilson St.
college for a long time, I feel that it’s “I want to be a part of that as long as
something I should be doing to continue I’m able.” RSVP Requested by Nov. 4
whatever legacy I will have,” he says. to (608) 246-6441. 608.246.6441
Ehlers keeps The tuition
renewable for
Dinndorf, executive director of the
College’s Foundation.
Lona Ehlers had honored her
nursing four semesters, is
named in memory
husband by leaving a donation to
the foundation of the Rotary Club of

program of Spike Ehlers’

wife of 62 years,
Madison. Spike Ehlers, in turn, honored
his wife by working with the College

who passed away and Rotary foundations to establish
Ehlers in 2000. A graduate the nursing scholarship program. With
of Madison General additional support from Ehlers and
Hospital (now Meriter), she had worked others, it became the College’s first
as a hospital and private nurse in Chicago, million-dollar endowed fund.
Milwaukee and Madison. The donors could have supported
nursing students at other schools, but
As he counts down the Ehlers considered the Madison College
program a “good value” for the tuition
days to his 103rd birthday cost, now about $3,400 per year.
on New Year’s Eve, he can Higgins agrees, explaining why she
waited more than three years to be
count over 135 students
admitted to the program, which caps
who received his help. enrollment due to limited placements in
area hospitals.

T he gifts of a nurse trained in Madison

and the man who dearly loved her
keep on coming, helping Madison Area
The scholarship relieves stress on
Higgins, 40, a mother of four and a
part-time waitress, who said: “Working
Now she and her oldest son are
among more than 41,000 students in
140 programs at the College. About
Technical College nursing students and being in school at the same time is 5 percent in degree and certificate
including Lynda Higgins of Monona. difficult. The extra money for me means programs receive support through
A second-year student in the I can have a little more time with my Foundation scholarships.
Associate Degree Nursing program, family and my studies.” “Spike Ehlers and other donors help
Higgins knew Spike Ehlers only from his As her benefactor counts down the us pave an accessible, affordable path
photo displayed at the Truax campus and days to his 103rd birthday on New to higher education for our students,
his reputation as a benevolent donor. Year’s Eve, he can count over 135 build a pool of skilled workers for area
“I never dreamed I would have a letter students helped, either in the Associate businesses and boost the regional
arrive in my mailbox with his name,” says Degree Nursing or Licensed Practical economy,” says College President Bettsey
Higgins, one of 15 students awarded their Nursing programs. Barhorst. “The college and the greater
first Lona M. Ehlers International Nursing “These students are his monument community are better places thanks to
Scholarship this fall. to his wife’s generosity,” says Bob their investments in the future.”

student kudos New Offerings:

The international Skills Katie Richardson, Engineering transfer New! iPhone Application Certificate
competition was Sept. 1 to 7 student 2009 and current UW–Madison
A quick six credit certificate is designed to
and Ben Janke was selected student, received a scholarship to attend
prepare information systems professionals to
to represent the United the 2009 national Advanced Technological
develop iPhone applications.
States in the International Education (ATE) Principal Investigators
Skills competition for Auto Conference, “Technicians in the Green
Refinishing Technology. Economy,” in Washington, D.C. Hosted by
Janke Biotechnology Intensive
the National Science Foundation and the
(He completed the Auto Collision program, Post-baccalaureate Certificate
American Association of Community Colleges,
and is now in the Auto Technician program.) This certificate program was designed for
Richardson and her classmate Chad
He placed 9th, and was the first U.S. individuals who already have a Bachelor’s
Lilek joined other students, ATE alumni, ATE
competitor to score more than 500 points in Degree in a biological science and want
program leaders, and representatives from
the Auto Collision competition. Learn more at to improve their employability in the
industry and government to celebrate the ATE biotechnology industry. The intensive program
program and examine the conference theme
matc-student-wins-prestigious-award is offered full-time, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.,
of “Technicians in the Green Economy.”
daily in the Spring Semester. It provides
practical, advanced laboratory skills and an
introduction to the business of biotechnology. 608.246.6441
ZD Studios

College “We need to begin a culture

of pride of ownership in

zooms in on our degrees from the College,

to have people feel they’re
Frank Lloyd a part of a wonderful
organization that’s bigger
Wright than they are.” ZD Studios
— Mark Schmitz President Bettsey Barhorst, former District Board Chair
Janice Bultema and alum Mark Schmitz celebrated
opening night at the Guggenheim Museum.

C ome “fly” with us in an animated

video that celebrates the achieve-
ment of architectural design students at
animation project, the piece would be
showcased at the May through August
celebration marking the 50th anniversary
These contributions elevated the
student project with its shoestring
budget to a polished product backed
the College and was made possible with of the museum Wright designed — by more than $630,000 of in-kind
more than $630,000 in-kind donations then travel with the exhibit, first to the contributions just from ZD Studios.
from alumni and friends. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain. The result: The 10-minute video,
Alumni Mark The talent: Bob Corbett, an archi- “There Must Be a Natural House,”
Schmitz, Melanie tectural design instructor, accepted the was shown in a continuous clip at the
Kranz and donor challenge presented by the Frank Lloyd museum, which drew a Guggenheim
Diane Ballweg were Wright Foundation and Taliesin Preserva- exhibit record-breaking 372,000 visitors.
key in the creation tion Inc. Corbett, colleagues Devin Rains The pay-off for students, Corbett notes,
of a 10-minute “fly and Rebecca Parish, and their students includes a prestigious portfolio addition.
through” video ani- took a flying leap off the drafting board The film closes with the text: “Taliesin
mation that captures with an audacious plan for an animated is a story.”
Schmitz the brilliance of “fly through” view of Taliesin. They would So, too, the College is a story — a story
Taliesin, the home of need not only in-depth research and on- about high-caliber instructors with real
architect and educa- site meticulous measurements but also world experience, students who excel on
tor Frank Lloyd a plane to get aerial footage and profes- par with Harvard peers, graduates who
Wright located sional assistance for production. succeed at the top of their fields and gen-
in nearby Spring The community and alumni erous donors willing to lend a hand…and
Green, Wis. contributions: Long-time College perhaps a plane, pilot and state of the art
Students helped supporter Diane Ballweg, vice president production equipment.
create the video as of the Endres Manufacturing Company Schmitz is eager to share that story:
Kranz one of two colleges of Waunakee, donated the use of a plane “We need to begin a culture of pride
invited to New York’s Guggenheim and piloting skills. The alumni who of ownership in our degrees from the
Museum’s exhibition, “Frank Lloyd volunteered production support are College, to have people feel they’re a part
Wright: From Within Outward.” principals in the visual-brand design of a wonderful organization that’s bigger
The other college? Harvard firm ZD Studios of Madison; creative than they are. And they need to come
University’s Graduate School of Design. director Mark Schmitz, a graduate of back and help in any way they can.”
The challenge: Create a video depict- the commercial art program, and vice To view the video, go to
ing Wright’s Spring Green school and president Melanie Kranz, a marketing
home, Taliesin, as it looked in 1959, the graduate. They sweet-talked colleague Type in the username: zebradog
year of his death. Along with a Harvard Arkadiusz “Archi” Zarzycki, a Madison- and the password: zdstudios
University Graduate School of Design area 3D animator, to help with the project.
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Alumni notes
For more news of fellow alumni and staff go to
Keri Boerst,
Marketing, 2000, Updates
is UW Credit Union
branch manager,
Madison Area
Technical College
Branch. Welcome to the N4C!
After 43 years in the Wisconsin Technical College
Jacob Ferina, Conference (WTCC), the College made the switch to
Associate in Science, a new intercollegiate athletic conference. The College
2009, and current along with Milwaukee Area Technical College joined
UW–Madison engi- the North Central Community College Conference
Instructor Ken McCullough announced neering student, was (N4C). In addition to Madison Area Technical College
the 2009 Distinguished IT Alumni named USA Today’s and Milwaukee Area Technical College, the N4C
Award recipient Bernie Zurowski at the Wisconsin New Century is comprised of the following teams: College of
Information Technology reception held Ferina Scholar for 2009 and DuPage (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Harper College (Palatine, Ill.),
this past spring. awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Joliet Junior College (Joliet, Ill.), Rock Valley College
Cooke Scholarship that is worth up to (Rockford, Ill.) and Triton College (River Grove, Ill.).
Candice E. Tylke, Fire Service, 1994, $30,000 annually.
passed away July 26, 2008 at age 42.
Tylke was a 10-year veteran fire fighter
In Memoriam Dig Pink Match
and paramedic for the City of Beloit
We remember the following On Oct. 10, the Athletics
and also worked in St. Francis, near
deceased faculty and staff. Department hosted a breast
Milwaukee. She was a longtime member
cancer fundraiser and
of the International Association of Fire
Eileen Scott volleyball match featuring
Fighters and International Association of
Area Coordinator, Watertown Campus the College’s No. 3 nationally
Flight Paramedics and had experience
3/31/21 – 8/21/09 ranked WolfPack Women’s
as a flight paramedic with Wausau
Volleyball team against
MedEvac. She is believed to have been
Dr. Benjamin Schmidt Carthage College JV
the first woman enrolled in the College’s
Fire Service Program Medical Director (Kenosha, WI). All proceeds
fire science program. In her will she
12/5/60 – 9/7/09 benefited breast cancer
left a gift that will support scholarships
for students in fire service, emergency Phyllis Schwebke Photo: Dan Wiza
medical technician and human service Dean of Home Economics
programs. Her estate also made a gift 11/26/20 – 9/13/09
to the Mark Coyne Scholarship fund 23rd Annual Turkey Trot,
and to the 2009 Girl Tech Camp. Jim Thomas Sunday, Nov. 8
Golf Coach
8/28/65 – 8/18/09 The Turkey Trot is an annual tradition
Mark Kraushaar,
for hundreds of runners and walkers
Nursing, 1982, won the
from around the area. The 5K & 5M
2009 Felix Pollak Prize in
cross country run/walk weaves its way through Warner
Poetry for Falling Brick
Park. The event supports two great causes: Thursday’s
Kills Local Man.
Child and the Madison Area Technical College
Foundation. Last year, more than 630 runners and
walkers participated, making it the largest Turkey Trot.
Whether you run or walk or simply like to volunteer for
Quick linkS this great event, please visit
John Hinch, Graphic
Design, 2004, is owner of Online official student transcripts for more information.
Digital Dementia Design requests. Order your official transcript
and a 2009 United Way online, available 24 hours a day, 7
Loaned Executive. days a week for just $6 per transcript.  4th Annual Jam The Gym,
Additional charges will apply for prior- Saturday, Feb. 20
ity mail/pick-up orders and alternate
mailing options. Only official tran- Join us for a great day of WolfPack basketball, alumni
Tara Fuhrman, R.N., Nursing, 2009, works scripts, printed on transcript paper, will events, food and fun. RSVP before the event and take
as a registered nurse at Reedsburg Area incur this fee. part in the Tailgate Party along with the MATC Men’s &
Medical Center in the Multi-Care Center. transcript-requests Women’s Basketball games. In the afternoon, basketball
team alumni take part in the Alumni Basketball games
Spring Classes available at announced by our very own, Gary “Big Dog” Breneman.
West Madison. Protective Services,
Emergency Medical Services,
Insurance and general education For additional sports scores, schedules
classes are now available at the
College’s West location, and information please visit us online at
302 S. Gammon Road, Madison.
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From top chef Paul… bird in the hot oil with breast side up. Place into the oven
with the legs pointed to the back. Roast for 40 minutes,
Enhance a holiday meal of chicken with this restaurant- checking the bird every 15 minutes. Rotate the skillet if
quality savory brine. Note that the chicken needs to soak in a the chicken is roasting unevenly. (If it still cooks unevenly,
gallon container for six hours before roasting. One cooking you can cover it lightly with foil.)
strategy involves preparing the brine the evening before, 3. After 40 minutes, check that the chicken is heated to
soaking the chicken during the day and roasting it for less 155 degrees. Check the internal temperature between
than an hour while guests enjoy appetizers and drinks. the thigh and the leg. Let the bird rest in the skillet on
the stove top or counter until it reaches an internal
Holiday Roast Chicken temperature of 165 degrees. Add the thyme leaves to
Serves 4. the skillet, stir and baste the bird with juices and thyme
n Whole chicken (3 1/2- to 4-lb.) leaves while it is resting. Remove the trussing and carve.
n 1 gal. brine (See following recipe)
Brine for Holiday Roast Chicken
Paul Short, the n Kosher salt to taste
n 1 gal. water
College’s lead n Ground black pepper to taste
Culinary instructor n 1 c. Kosher salt
n 1 tbsp. canola oil
n 1/4 c. honey
n 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves
n 12 bay leaves
Directions: n 1/2 c. mashed garlic cloves with skin on
1. Rinse chicken under cold water. Place chicken in a pot n 2 tbsp. black peppercorns
of cooled brine. Weight if necessary to keep the chicken n 1/4 oz. rosemary sprigs
from floating to the top. Refrigerate for 6 hours. n 1/4 oz. thyme springs
2. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Remove chicken from the n 1 oz. Italian parsley sprigs
brine and discard the brine. Season inside the chicken n Grated zest and juice of 2 large lemons
with salt and pepper. Truss the bird. Let the chicken
sit in the refrigerator for 20 minutes uncovered before Directions:
roasting. Sprinkle outside of chicken very lightly with 1. Combine ingredients and bring to a boil.
salt and pepper. Heat a large ovenproof skillet with the 2. Cool completely before using brine.
canola oil on stove top over medium high heat. Place the
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Upcoming events
Madison Area Technical College performs “Dracula” Robert Dinndorf
on Oct. 30 and 31; Nov. 1, 6, 7, 8. Executive Director
(608) 246-6440
Jump Start Ellen Foley
If you are considering attending the College as either a full- or part-time Director of Development
student, drop in on one of our Jump Start Sessions to get… well… a jump
start on the enrollment process! For dates, times and locations, visit (608) 243-4334 Tricia Weisheipl
Annual Giving & Alumni Relations
Gourmet Dining Room
(608) 246-6958
Dining open Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m.
now through Nov. 24. For reservations call (608) 246-menu (6368). Michelle Downer
For full menus, visit Database Specialist
(608) 246-6441
La Patisserie
Baking and pastry arts students’ bake shop now open Terry Wermuth
from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Accountant
Look for expanded hours next semester.
(608) 246-6294

Holiday Concert Madison Area Technical College

Madison Area Technical College presents the Alumni & Foundation Office
3550 Anderson Street
Community Show Choir Performance at 2 p.m on Dec. 6.
Madison, WI 53704
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