News – Madison College Foundation

Preserving the memories of loved ones

Amy & BrandonVisitors to the Tribute Gardens on the Truax Campus near the Health Education Building may not have known Amy Damon (2012 Nursing) and Brandon Slattery (2007 Automotive Technician) but they can watch the tree planted in their memory change colors with the seasons. Students stopping to talk with friends, study or just sit quietly on the bench donated in Amy and Brandon’s names may not know that these Madison College alumni were engaged to be married, but died in a tragic accident on New Year’s Eve 2013. Anyone who notices the two pavers, close to each other, may understand that Amy and Brandon are honored and remembered here.

The Tribute Gardens are a little more beautiful thanks to Amy and Brandon’s family and friends. The couple’s employers, Skaalen Home and Zimbrick European, matched funds raised by classmates, and Pechmann Memorials donated a granite bench. J.H. Findorff & Son also hosted a charity luncheon to contribute towards the lasting memory of Amy & Brandon.  The four memorials in the Tribute Gardens represent affection and respect for Amy and Brandon as people and a celebration of their lives.

Remembering Lorin Toepper

A memorial scholarship has been established in the name of Dr. Lorin Toepper, director of workforce and economic development at Madison College’s West Campus. The scholarship will benefit Culinary Arts or Small Business Entrepreneurship program students as these were two program areas that were passions of Lorin’s. Memorial contributions may be made to Madison College Foundation through our online donation form.  Lorin was an accomplished chef and often assisted with preparing and serving food at campus functions that were catered by Madison College’s Culinary Arts program. He found a way to combine his affinity for economic development, entrepreneurship and cooking by creating the Madison College “Street Food Academy.” Launched last fall, this series of courses helps food entrepreneurs learn the steps to create a food cart in Dane County.