Archive for the ‘Student Life’ Category

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!!

Finals Week at Cogswell is Almost Over

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Photos of Finals Week at Cogswell College

Students answer a few questions about the end of finals week at Cogswell College! Looks like most are ready for the holiday break.

What’s the hardest final you had?

  • Robotics
  • Physics
  • Calculus
  • Sculpting
  • All of the above plus life
  • Painting
  • Modeling

How much sleep did you get last night?

  • Three to four hours
  • Five hours
  • Sleep?
  • Two hours
  • Six Hours

Best thing about finals?

  • It’s almost over
  • Everyone is sharing in my pain
  • Once it’s done, it’s done
  • Nothing

What will you do on break?

  • Sleep
  • Have fun
  • Collect my thoughts
  • Forget what I just learned

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.

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.

Students Win Best Video, Best Narrative and Prestigious MTV Act Award

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Cogswell College is pleased to announce that three of its students have created award-winning projects for the Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards, including the prestigious Adobe Youth Voices Aspire MTV Act Award.

Keep Pushing, a video written, directed and produced by José Saavedra, P.J. Poloai and Diamanté Horton, received the Gold Award in the Music Video category in the 2012 competition. Their moving narrative, Angel in my Sky, received a Gold Award in the Narrative Category of the competition. 20 20 Vision, an inspiring call-to-action music video, received the MTV Act Award and the students were flown to New York’s MTV Studios in July for the official presentation. The Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards, introduced in 2012, is the first-ever online global youth competition from Adobe Youth Voices (AYV), the signature global philanthropy initiative of the Adobe Foundation. 2012 prize packages included Adobe software, laptops, HD camcorders and Flip Mino HD video cameras for the Club as well as a donation to the students’ charity of choice.

“These young men inspire my staff and are amazing role models for the younger kids,” said Peter Fortenbaugh, executive director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. “Their energy lifts everyone and provides leadership-by-example as they create these amazing works. José, P.J. and Diamanté remind us why we do the work we do for the Boys and Girls Club.”

Saavedra, Poloai and Horton met at the Redwood City Boys & Girls Club while in middle school. The Club houses a state-of-the-art production studio and provides guidance from Adobe industry professionals who donate their time to teach audio engineering, video editing and production. The Club also provides mentors who help foster the creative process.

“Adobe Youth Voices was established to provide young people with the tools to creatively express themselves through digital media,” said Miguel Salinas, program director for the Adobe Foundation. “We’re thrilled that our work with organizations like the Redwood City Boys & Girls Club provides a voice for students like José, P.J. and Diamanté, and has inspired them to pursue the digital arts.”

“We wrote Keep Pushing when each of us was going through hard times,” Saavedra said. “We kept pushing ourselves to keep coming to the Club to write, record, and one day the video was done.”

“When you can create music for the youth of today without any type of profanity, it makes you feel good,” said Poloai, who says he went through some rough times in his earlier years. “I never thought I could do anything like this before until I got into the Club’s studio.”

Horton, who provided the voice-over narrative for Angel in My Sky, is a new, incoming student to Cogswell College and is looking forward to learning music theory and other skills alongside Poloai and Saavedra in the college’s Digital Audio Technology (DAT) program.

“I know that most of our material will never be commercial because it’s not gangster rap or misogynistic,” Horton said. “That’s alright. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that other music, but it’s not what we’re about.”