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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

Cogswell College Presence at AES 2012 San Francisco Goes Beyond the Booth

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

This year’s Audio Engineering Society (AES) Conference, held at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, was graced by a lively Cogswell DAT booth and behind-the-scenes activity that began long before this year’s event. The AES conferences are the largest gathering of audio professionals in the world, held each year in the US and Europe.

The Cogswell booth demonstrated how sound effects and scoring enhanced the animated student film, “Worlds Apart,”  featured our Genre Electronica class tracks on  an iTunes playlist and an electric guitar in the busy show aisle with a student-built guitar amplifier. Students and conference attendees were happy to sit for a few moments and show their chops on the amplified instrument.

Beyond the booth, Cogswell DAT professor, Timothy Duncan; Systems Administrator, Evan Peebles and alumnus, Michael McConnell have all served as Volunteer Co-Chairs. Professor Duncan and Peebles in 2008, Peebles and McConnell in 2010 and this year’s 2012 event. Additionally, McConnell was the 2012 Facilities Chair for AES. What does a Volunteer Co-Chair do?

As Volunteers Co-Chairs, Peebles and McConnell worked with the Convention Committee to help plan for the convention. This involved finding, organizing, overseeing and deploying volunteers with the goal of making a convention with tens of thousands of attendees going to hundreds of events run smoothly.  This year they sought out and received nominations from nearly 30 college advisors from around the world in order to find 160 of the best volunteers.

Volunteers give up a day to help the convention in trade for a full program badge. Recognizable in bright orange tee-shirts, Cogswell College had over 18 students volunteering at this year’s convention.

By offering this chance to students, AES helps introduce those starting out in the industry to the benefits of professional organizations. This opportunity allows them to play an important role, giving them the chance to not only meet, but work with some of the heads of the audio industry. This also gives students who couldn’t otherwise afford the full program pass, the option of accessing the educational sessions.

Cogswell Participation in Audio Engineering Society Conference

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Cogswell College announced its participation as an exhibitor at the 2012 Audio Engineering Society Conference, October 26-29, 2012 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. In their booth #1211, the college will:

  • Demonstrate how their sound effects and score enhanced the short, animated film “Worlds Apart” produced at Cogswell
  • Showcase student synthesis projects
  • Promote a DAT CD Project and the Genre Electronica class tracks on iTunes Playlist
  • Showcase special project class student-built guitar amplifier

“The AES conference is the best opportunity that we have to create industry partnerships, secure internships and collaborative projects for the students, and close key educational equipment deals,” says Professor Timothy Duncan, Director of the Digital Audio Technology (DAT) program at Cogswell College.  “As one of the most important conferences in the audio industry, we are thrilled to participate at this year’s event.”

Just last month, Cogswell’s Digital Audio Technology program appointed Julius Dobos, as a Distinguished Lecturer. As a film score- and electronic music composer, mixing- and mastering engineer, sound designer and business owner, Dobos will offer Cogswell’s Digital Audio Technology students a proven model of professional excellence.

In August, the school announced that three of their DAT students were recipients of the MTV Act/Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards, winning two gold awards for their music videos and a third gold for Best Narrative. All three are student volunteers for this year’s AES conference.

DAT adjunct faculty member, Bob Megantz, is this year’s AES Conference Facilities Chair. Megantz oversees the recently-created Dragonhearts, Cogswell’s new nine-member student rock band.

Cogswell’s Systems Administrator, Evan Peebles and Cogswell alumnus, Michael McConnell, are Co-Chairs for the 2012 AES Conference student volunteer program, and will be working with over 160 volunteers from dozens of schools. The program allows the student volunteers to receive a full program badge for their services, exposing them to world-class audio professionals and educational seminars. Cogswell will be represented by 18 student volunteers, helping thousands of attendees on the tradeshow floor.

This week, Cogswell College launched a Master of Art in Entrepreneurship & Innovation” that includes a concentration in audio engineering. The DAT program includes audio production, game audio production, audio engineering, game audio programming and independent artist tracks.

Professor Bret Sweet to Keynote at the NAACP Education Expo

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Bret Sweet, the college’s first Entrepreneurship Professor, will speak at the NAACP’s California & Hawaii Education Expo at the San Mateo Marriott in San Mateo. Sweet will speak about the value of entrepreneurship education and his own journey as an educator, entrepreneurial musician, music promoter and restaurateur at 10:00 am at the San Mateo Marriott. The college will be exhibiting at the Expo from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

“I am extremely honored to be speaking at the NAACP’s Education Expo,” Sweet said. “Creating awareness around opportunity, education and entrepreneurship is a concept very dear to my heart.” The 35-year-old Sweet has been teaching at Cogswell College since 2010.  He holds an MBA and has been a driving force for high-school entrepreneurship through NFTE (National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship) for over a decade. Sweet is also a faculty member for the college’s newly-launched Masters in Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

“My grandfather led the NAACP in his town and fed the poor from his garden,” Sweet recalled. “He raised his children to do the same. Opening doors is the family business.” Sweet’s father, Clifford Sweet, served as executive director for Legal Aid Services of Alameda County Calif., twice arguing civil rights cases in front of the California Supreme Court.  His uncle, Wester Sweet, was a San Jose attorney who marched with Martin Luther King and battled civil rights issues for over 40 years in the Bay Area.

At Cogswell College, Sweet mentors and inspires his entrepreneurship students. Of particular note is Michelle Washington, a software engineering major who was selected as a finalist in the Intel Global Challenge, a technology and entrepreneurship challenge to be held at UC Berkeley on November 2, 2012.

A Cogswell College information table will be onsite as part of the Expo’s exhibits in conjunction with Sweet’s presentations. The San Mateo Marriott is located at 1770 Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo, Calif. 94402.

Pixar Animator Visits Cogswell on October 19

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Michal Makarewicz, Directing Animator at Pixar Studios and Instructor at Animation Collaborative, will provide an hour-long animation demo at Cogswell. Whether you are new to animation or more experienced, Michal offers tips and techniques for developing your animation project. The presentation is in partnership with Animation Collaborative – an organization that offers workshops throughout the year on various animation industry specialties.

Date: October 19, 2012

Time: 7:00PM to 9:00PM

Place: Cogswell College, Dragon’s Den

Pizza and sodas provided

RSVP required to or as seating is limited.

Michal joined Pixar Animation Studios in early 2003, where has been an animator on The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up (Supervising Animator on the Up DVD short: Dug’s Special Mission), Toy Story 3, and a Directing Animator on Cars 2. In 2008, he was awarded an Annie for “Outstanding Charcter Animation in a Feature Production” by the International Animated Film Society for his work on Ratatouille. In addition to his work at Pixar, Michal has been teaching animation since 2005. He has contributed lectures as well as taught classes at the online school, Animation Mentor, and instructed classes at California College of the Arts and the Academy of Art University.

Cogswell’s Rock Band Will Perform at Oct. 27 Open House!

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Cogswell’s Rock Band now has a name – Dragonhearts! The group will make its debut performance at our upcoming Open House on Saturday, October 27 at Cogswell College in Sunnyvale, CA. The Open House is from 10AM to 1:00PM and the band will play at noon in the Dragon’s Den.

In addition to the Rock Band performance, you can tour Cogswell, take part in breakout sessions with faculty and watch award-winning short animations produced by Cogswell’s Project X class.

Learn more about Cogswell’s Open House event as published in

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