Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Brown Bag Lunch Talk on January 23

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

How do people closest to Cogswell College – students, faculty and staff – describe the institution that is so much a part of their lives?

The join us for our monthly General Education Brown Bag Talk on:

Date: Wednesday, January 23,
Time: 12:30 to 1:30
Place: Cogswell College Campus, 1175 Bordeaux Dr, Sunnyvale, CA in Room 172
Presenter: Deb Snyder, Communications Consultant
Topic: How We See Ourselves: Thoughts on the Cogswell Descriptor Survey

In December 2012 Cogswell faculty, staff and students were asked to complete a short survey. The goal was to find the top five to ten words that the majority of respondents say depict what the College is all about.

Curious? Then stop bring your lunch and join the conversation!

How Do You Create Your Next Game?

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Game Design Conference just posted video from its first conference on September 17th with the answer to this question. The conference had a great line-up of speakers including a panel made up of Brad Muir – DoubleFine Studios, Frederic Marcus – Lucas Arts, Stephanie Morgan – Rabbit.tv, Randy Angle – LudusLabs and Randy Mosiondz – Cryptic Studios. Ann Burkett, Founder of Game Design Conference and Cogswell’s own Debby Hindus, Executive Director of our Entrepreneurship Program, moderated the panel.

Ann and the rest of the crew at Game Design Conference, keep up the good work and thanks for sharing!

Cogswell College Hosting Site for 2013 Global Game Jam

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013


The 2013 Global Game Jam – slated to run from January 25 to 27, 2013 – brings together thousands of game jam enthusiasts from all over the world and Cogswell College will play host again this year.

Each year the number of participating countries grows as does the number of sites available to participants. So far 270 jam sites in 58 nations are set to go. GGJ 2013 also welcomes the first-time participation of 10 new countries: Bolivia, Chile, Egypt, Greece, India, Macedonia, Morocco, Nigeria, Serbia and Tunisia. Cogswell College has been a Bay Area host since the first event in January 2008.

The Global Game Jam begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25 and ends at 3:00p.m. on Sunday, January 27.

Game Jams foster innovation and experimentation – it’s all about making games. A game jam is not for the faint of heart. Expect two days of hard work, experimentation, little sleep, new friends, great ideas, laughs, technical issues and the time of your life.

What could be better than the chance to challenge your creativity and technical expertise in a collaborative marathon? If you can’t think of anything, then join us and be part of the experience!

Learn more about the event and reserve your space now.

Space limitation:

50 participants, so make sure to register early.

Cost:

$10 Students (with a college email address)

$20 Cogswell Alumni

$40 General Public

Students, Faculty & Staff Help Needy

Monday, December 17th, 2012


This year, Cogswell participated in the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wish Drive which fulfills the needs of children in low-income neighborhoods who would go without anything during the holidays. Students, faculty and staff donated almost 80 gifts!

Cogswell’s Seeing The Hobbit!

Friday, December 14th, 2012

All Cogswell students are invited to attend the final free ASB movie of 2012: The Hobbit!  The event takes place tonight at 9:00 pm.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to celebrate the end of finals!!

FESTIVUS – a holiday for the rest of us!

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Cogswell students are invited to join ASB for our first annual Festivus celebration!

When: December 14
Time: 6:00PM
Where: Dragon’s Den at Cogswell College

What, you ask, is Festivus?

It’s for the student who “reserves the right to celebrate a made-up holiday.” Basically it’s a chance to get together with your fellow students and relax after the grueling finals week.

What will happen during Festivus?
Potluck – everyone is encouraged to bring a delicious treat. Pizza and Festivus bagels will be provided.

Airing of Grievances – you get to tell the ones you love how they have disappointed you over the past year (but make it fun – so it’s all in jest and no feelings hurt!)

Feats of Strength – Show how macho (what’s the female version?) you are and challenge the event organizer to an arm wrestling match. Mats may be provided.

Raffle – at the end of the event, everyone who attended will be eligible to win an – as yet to be determined – fabulous prize.

Come and join us and most of all celebrate the end of finals!!

Cogswell’s Getting in the Spirit!

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Next Wednesday, Cogswell is inviting all students, faculty and staff to help them decorate the lobby and get into the holiday spirit!  There will be delicious snacks and plenty of cheer to go around!

If you’re part of our Cogswell community, don’t miss this beloved festive tradition!

A Little Razzle Dazzle for Independence High School

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Cogswell College at Independence High SchoolOn Friday, November 16, 2012, a small contingent from Cogswell College visited the campus of Independence High School in San Jose to offer interactive presentations that highlighted our Audio Production and 3D Modeling majors.

Tony Dias, a faculty member in our Digital Audio Technology degree program and Matt Bard, a student in our Digital Art and Animation degree program, lead the demonstrations. Paula Cruz, Community Outreach Specialist for Cogswell, facilitated the event.

Throughout the day the group provided 7 demonstrations for more than 1,000 students. The audio side of the presentation featured the magic of sound synthesis and the flexibility it gives sound designers. Tony provided samples of digitally created sound and then let the students experiment. Matt demonstrated the power of Zbrush and Maya, software programs widely used in the digital arts industry to bring characters and environments to life through color and texture and to animate characters.

Tony, as an alumnus of Independence High, also offered advice to the students including:

  • Attend college or other professional training
  • Learn how to learn and develop good problem-solving skills
  • Be persistent and learn from failure
  • Network with both your peers and other groups
  • Plan your career and follow your passion

Thanks Tony and Matt for spreading the word about Cogswell’s amazing learning environment!

Students Do More Than Study

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Student Life At Cogswell College

Some of the photos in the event collage above are:

  • Casino Night (masquerade theme)
  • Learning about inking comics with Mick Gray
  • Halloween party
  • Cogscon (our own comic and art convention)
  • Playing games such as Cards Against Humanity, Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering and more
  • Trampolines at Sky High
  • Summerfest
  • Cogswell’s band, Dragonhearts
  • Filling the lounge with balloons as part of a creativity class
  • Relaxing and playing video games
  • BBQing
  • Game Night

While learning is an important part of life at Cogswell so is having fun, making memories and building relationships with your fellow students.

Action Speaks Louder Than Words

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

On Thursday, November 29, join us at our monthly “Lunchtime Talk” from 12:30 to 1:30PM. Featured speaker this month is Cogswell faculty, Dave Perry, who will share insights into “The Dialogue of Performance: Unspoken Communications in Animation and Film.”

The speaker series is sponsored by Cogswell’s General Education Program.

Where: Cogswell College, 1175 Bordeaux Drive, Sunnyvale, CA

When:  12:30 to 1:30PM