Archive for the ‘Student Life’ Category

Try These Tips to Feel Like a Brand New Person

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Do you ever feel like you are stuck in a rut and just can’t quite get those creative juices churning? From switching it up, to laughing out loud, to accomplishing tasks, here are ten quick tips to help you change your outlook.

What do you do when you feel like you are spinning your wheels and going nowhere?

The Gangs all Here Again!

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

While the temperature outside doesn’t feel like Fall, it’s definitely Fall here at Cogswell. We’d like to say welcome back to all our new and returning students. It’s so great to see the classrooms and halls filled again after the two week break!

Images from Summerfest 2013

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

If you missed this event – we’re sorry. Here’s a recap of the day:

Water Slides, Slip n’ Slide, Boffer Sword Battle, Inflatable Boxing, Pie Eating Contest – oh, my! But that’s not all – Baton Jousting, Lemon Jousting, Water Pong, Video Games, Live Bands and did we mention – FREE FOOD!

Looks like fun but you just couldn’t make it last Saturday?  Well, there’s always next year!

Women in Animation Presentation at Pixar

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Cogswell College students at the Women in Animation San Francisco Pixar Studio event.

On July 16 more than 20 female students attended the Women in Animation San Francisco screening of Monsters University at Pixar Studio. After the movie, everyone at the event had the chance to listen to a panel of talented women who worked in Technical, Artistic and Production roles on the film followed by an audience Q&A session.

Rosalie Wynne, one of the students who attended was impressed by the size of Pixar and the amenities they provide their employees like the dining areas all over the building. “I also enjoyed touring the second floor where they kept their art gallery and had some concept art on display,” she said.

Students Rosalie Wynne and Cara Ricci at Pixar

Rosalie noticed that the panelist had mostly arrived at Pixar in the mid-1990s to early-2000s and were able to work their way up the ranks. She doesn’t think that approach will work now. “Our generation has to have all this schooling and amazing portfolios and reels to be considered for jobs now. I think the days are mostly past when  you can start at the bottom and work your way up into an artist’s position,” she added.

One of the main things the panelists stressed was the importance of being collaborative and to learn to communicate effectively. They said overall, working at Pixar is about being a team player plus learning when to fight for your ideas and when to let them go.

At Cogswell College – in addition to an amazing faculty and curriculum – we provide multiple learning experiences both through on-campus and off-campus events.

Students Amanda Martinez, Ashley Evans, Jennifer Hicks and friends at Pixar.

Join Cogswell for Some Twitter Fun Next Week

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Between Monday, June 24, and Monday, July 1, your tweets and retweets can earn you the chance to win a $50 Amazon gift certificate.

You can either retweet any of the @CogswellCollege tweets or you can tweet you answer to this question: “Which animated character reminds you of yourself and why?” Multiple tweets with different answers are encouraged. Be creative!! Remember – the more tweets or retweets, the better.

Rules:

  1. Twitter account must be following @CogswellCollege to be eligible
  2. Each Tweet must contain #CogswellCollege to be counted as an entry
  3. Retweets from your followers will count as an additional entry
  4. Only tweets and retweets between midnight on June 23, 2013 and midnight on July 1, 2013 meeting contest criteria will be eligible for contest entry
  5. The more tweets and retweets per account, the more chances that person will have to win
  6. Contest winner will be announced on July 2 at 1:00PM PST

We look forward to seeing what you have to say. Happy Tweeting!!

Welcome back for the Summer Term

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Welcome back to the Summer Term! We’re happy to see so many of you back on campus and hope you enjoy the great line-up of classes!

Here are a few “first day of class” shots.

How many of you are taking one of these classes or remember taking these classes?

Portrait Sculpture class with Thomas Applegate

Hip Hop Narrative class with Bret Sweet

C Programming Class with Jerome Solomon

Storyboard Class with Jeff Jackson

Desktop Production Fundamentals with Tony Dias

Introduction to Photography with Karen Keister

Reason Group Meets at Cogswell College

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

If you are a Propellerhead, then you just missed a chance to mingle with and learn from some of the best in the field. On May 4, 23 Reason fans gathered in the Dragon’s Den at Cogswell College to dive more deeply into the features and functionality of Reason 7.

One enthusiast drove all the way up from Los Angeles to meet some of his idols. “I got to meet Peff & EditEd as well as other Reason users from the Bay area,” he said.

More events are sure to follow!

Alan Strahsburg showing off what's new in Propellerhead Reason 7

Ed Bauman showing 'ReCover' work he did for Frederic Riesterer

Kurt Kurasaki from PEEF demoing how to use Rack Extension plugins Directre and Buffre

Relive the Fun from Cogs Con 2013

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Cogs Con 2013 was a day to remember. Congratulations to the Associated Student Body and Cogswell’s Comic Creation Club on an outstanding job. Everything ran smoothly and there was definitely a lot going on.

Thanks to all of the amazing exhibitors who shared their talent and products at Cogs Con 2013. A great big shout out goes to:
Amigurumi Crafts, Michael & Ahnthony Sardi, Halzee Herms & Katie Fortune, Tiger’s Tangibles, Ratgirl Productions, Sugar Clay Cafe, Creepy Town Miniatures, Yobanja, Amelia Davis, Gaz Davis DeWolfe, Ronin Collectibles, Rackage, L. Planas, Jackie Lo, Jasmine Ho, Handy Lee, Simplexity, Cogswell College Game Club and our special guest, Bordin Marsinkul of Hyper Booster Studio!

Watch one of the costume contest videos on Cogswell’s Youtube Channel and then check out the others while you are there.

Joel Slayton Delivers 2013 Cogswell College Commencement Address

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Cogswell College is pleased to announce that Joel Slayton will provide the keynote address at its upcoming Commencement. The ceremony takes place at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 11:00am.

Mr. Slayton took the helm of ZERO1 in June of 2008 after serving as a both a board member for the organization and chairperson of ISEA2006, which was held in conjunction with the inaugural 01SJ Biennial. An artist, writer and researcher, Mr. Slayton is a full tenured professor at San Jose State University where he served as Director of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media from 1988 to 2008. Established in 1984 CADRE is one of the oldest and most prestigious centers in the United States dedicated to the development of experimental applications involving information technology and art.

Mr. Slayton has also served on the Board of Directors of Leonardo/ISAST (International Society for Art, Science and Technology) from 1999 to 2008, and was Editor and Chief of the Leonardo-MIT Press Book. Most recently, he served as a member of the National Advisory Committee for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Selected as the first recipient of the Pick-Laudati Award by the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University, Mr. Slayton is considered a pioneer in the field of art and technology. As an artist, his artworks, which engage with a wide range of media technology, including information mapping, networks and interactive visualization, have been featured in over one hundred exhibitions internationally. An original member of the Visible Language Workshop at MIT in the mid 1970s, he received a National Endowment for the Arts award for his public art spectacles, and was selected for the Xerox Parc Pair Artists in Residence Program. His research explores social software, cooperation models and network visualization. His published academic papers include “Social Software,” “Entailment Mesh,” “The Re= Purpose of Information” and “The Ontology of Organization as System.”

In addition to his artistic practice, from 1998 to 2007, Mr. Slayton was president and founder of C5 Corporation. C5 is a hybrid form of authorship intersecting research, corporate culture and artistic enterprise. C5 research explores issues of visualization involving large data sets and social networks. Begun in 1996, C5 projects have been featured at SF Camerawork, Museo de Belle Artes, II International Bienale Buenos-Aires, Walker Art Center, Cantor Center for the Arts, Transmediale, Ars Electronica, The New Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, ASU Center for Creative Inquiry, and AUT in New Zealand. Joel’s robotic tele-present works have been exhibited at the Krannert Museum of Art and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was selected for participation in Alternating Currents: American Art in the Age of Technology co-curated by San Jose Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

In 2011, Mr. Slayton was the keynote speaker at the Creative Cities/Global Economy conference in Tokyo and was invited to participate in the Aspen Institute World Art Summit in Muscat, Oman. He has presented at the Singapore Art Museum and was a keynote speaker at the ACE Conference on Advances in Computing Entertainment Technology in Los Angeles and at the Urban Games and Mobile Computing conference hosted by the Nabi Art Center in Seoul.

Most recently, Mr. Slayton was been invited to present his work involving ZERO1 at the Swissnex in conjunction with the San Francisco Art Institute Artists in Labs exhibition.

Successful Job Fair at Cogswell College

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Welcome to the Job Fair at Cogswell College

A great big thank you goes out to all of the employers, students and alumni who took part in our recent job fair on March 15. This hugely successful event featured 11 employers and drew more than 100 students and alumni to campus to apply for more than 50 positions.

Opportunities included post graduate jobs, part-time summer jobs and internships with employers looking to hire artists, programmers, marketing assistants and retail associates to name a few of the positions available. A good number of the students who completed employment applications at the job fair, have been asked to take the next step and interview for those positions.

From the minute the doors opened at 10AM until they closed at 2PM, students and alumni flocked into the Dragon’s Den, resumes in hand and waited patiently to talk to each of the employers present. In preparation, Nikki Love, Director of Cogswell College’s Career Services, had offered numerous sessions over the last few months on interviewing techniques and resume development to help students be successful at the job fair.

For more information about the next job fair or to advertise a position to Cogswell College students and alumni, please contact Nikki Love at nlove@cogswell.edu or phone her at 408-498-5102.

Job Fair Art Test for Karmen's Art Shoppes

Waiting in line to talk to Grimm Bros, LLC, representative, Ash Monif