Posts Tagged ‘Cogswell Students’

Cogswell Holiday Break

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Happy Holidays from Cogswell!  We wish everyone a safe and delightful holiday season, whichever holiday you are celebrating, be it Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Christmas!

Take note, the campus will be closed from Friday, December 24 until Sunday, January 2, 2011.


Audio students working in the studios.

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

As I was leaving the Cogswell campus yesterday, I heard a grandiose finish consisting of guitars, drums, and something that could have either been a harp or piano.  The sound travelled faintly through the hallways and a a bit of it made its way into the Cogwell admissions office, the Ina A. Cokeley Campus Service.  The curiosity got the best of me and two other Cogswell inhabitants and we followed the sound to the first place we all had assumed to be the source of the audio explosion.  We headed through the halls and heard the sound getting louder and clearer.  Nearing the control room, a few other curious ears were making their way in the same direction me and my band was heading.  We all converged outside of the glass, looking into the tracking room to find a Cogswell Digital Audio student, hands on the faders and knobs of the mixer.

Here’s a look at what we found:


Cogswell Insiders: episode 2

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

This week’s featured Cogswell Insider is Jessica Bower!

Q: What is your major/program and student status (frosh, soph, jun, sen)?

A: My major is DAA (Digital Art and Animation) and I’m specializing in 3D Modeling. I am a junior.

Q: What student activities are you involved in?

A: I am involved with Game Development Club, Women of Cogswell Club, and All-Student Board. In those clubs I am currently VP of Game Club, VP of Women’s Club, and I’m an Executive Board Member on ASB.

Q: Can you tell me a little bit more about the Women of Cogswell Club?  I’ve seen some of the Bake Sales as fundraising, those definitely hearken to the domesticity of the female stereotype, is this all in jest?  Are there any men involved in the club, by chance?

A: We are a group designed to get the women (and men) of our school together to talk about issues and host events. The posters we have up are definitely in good fun. We’re just poking fun at the typical female stereotype and it also draws attention to the club. And yes, there are quite a few men involved in the club. It’s about 50/50 when it comes to the male/female ratio.

Q: What was your impression of Cogswell (classes/student body) when you started?  Has it changed?

A: When I first started Cogswell, I was dazzled and I still am. This school has so much to offer in the field I want to pursue, which is making video games, and my old college did not have these courses. I figured the campus, class and student wise, would be similar to my old college, but now that I’ve been here for a year, that view has definitely changed. You never know what to expect here. The people here are a unique bunch of folks.

Q: As a student myself, I completely get the unique quality of the student body.  What are some of the crazy quirks you’ve seen?  Any crazy stories?

A: It’s difficult to just point out any specific crazy quirk, and there are a lot in my opinion. However, story-wise there are plenty, but one does come to mind. It was finals week and Samantha and I needed to work on finals at school. She got the idea to build a couch fort in ASB office. We brought blankets and pillows, pushed the couch and chair in ASB together, built the fort, and slept in it till the next day.

Q: What do you look forward to most in the school year? Projects? Events?

A: I look forward to learning new things and building onto my current knowledge. Going to student events is the highlight of the semester when midterm and final projects start to rear their heads and most of your time is dedicated to working on them.

Q: What have been the most memorable events for you?

A: The most rememberable events for me would be the first student housing event I ever went to when we all went to a beach in Santa Cruz and I got buried vertically and lost my glasses in the ocean (they were found). The second most memorable would be the Global Game Jam that happened at our school in Spring 2010.

Q: Have you met anyone interesting/networked with people you see yourself working with in the future?

A: I have in fact! When the Global Game Jam was here [at Cogswell] in spring of 2010, I got the pleasure of working with four people in the industry. I’m horrible with names, but one I clearly remember was Rob Jagnow, Founder of Lazy 8 Studios and the sole programmer for their indie game “Cogs”. Everyone on my team was so amazing. I knew nothing about game making, but they helped teach me and we created a fun game to play! I feel that I can definitely see myself working with them when I improve my skills and the chance arises.

Q: If so, how have your career plans changed since studying?  Are they still on track with what you wanted when you started?

A: I originally wanted to be a concept artist, but I learned that the industry has many people wanting to get into that particular profession and my drawing skills, in my opinion, are not up to par with industry standards. So, I changed to 3D modeling, because as long as I’m creating something I am happy.

Thanks to Jessica for taking part in the Cogswell student series!  Be sure to check back to read another take on Cogswell Student Life.

Back from the break, did you see any Cogswell alumni films?

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Welcome back from the short Thanksgiving break!  With a lack of warm bodies last week, the campus is a little bit chilly today, but will soon be warm and bustling as students come back for classes.  There are only three weeks left in this semester, so many students will be completely booked with final projects, exams, and making plans for the upcoming winter break from Cogswell classes.  Some will fly home, some will embark on epic road trips, and some will stay close and spend the holidays in the bay area.  Whichever happens, I know the break will be well-deserved and definitely needed!  You can tell by the picture that it’s definitely crunch time.

In the world of the alumni,  Cogswell had representation in the latest Dreamworks film, Megamind.  Alumni on board were: Carrie VanEtten (1998) Paint Fix Artist, Amy Jones (1999) Lead Lighting, Marc Miller (1999) Lead Lighter and Steven Sorensen (1998) Layout Artist.  The film debuted at the top spot, and is still enjoying a run in the top spots of weekend movie-goers and a favorite among current Cogswellians as well.  It is really motivational to see Cogswell graduates in the credits of feature films, and in places that we all wish to be.


Are you going to the Entrepreneur’s Workshop?

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

It’s only two more days until the Entrepreneur’s Workshop.  Are you going?  If you have the entrepreneurial spirit, it’s not too late to RSVP.  Just fill out the form on the Entrepreneur’s Workshop page.  At the workshop, you’ll learn by doing. There are simulations lined up to give students experiences in marketing and exercises in product design.  Following the interactive activities is a panel with Cogswell Alum Ash Monif, COO and Executive Producer of Subatomic Studies, and serial entrepreneur Dan Marques, who has seen much success with his involvment in online marketing for Gemvara. The panelists are there to answer any questions you might have regarding your own ventures, so come out to the Entrepreneur’s Workshop and learn how to make your goals reality!  The event is free, and is also open to current Cogswell students, so this may be prime time for prospective students to ask questions of current students as well.

In other news, today is the Thanksgiving potluck!  This has been a highly anticipated event for everyone on campus.  What’s the excitement about food, you may ask?  Everyone from student, staff, and faculty can show off their culinary prowess.  Where else can you get a taste of the best macaroni and cheese in the world made by the Assistant Admissions Director?  Or the most phenomenal green bean casserole from your Professor?  It’s fascinating to see who is equally talented in the kitchen as they are in sculpture, programming, or music composition.

Cogswell Students in Finals Week & Campus Holiday Hours

Friday, December 11th, 2009
Cogswell student Nathan Hillier takes a much needed nap on the Game Club couch.

Cogswell student Nathan Hillier takes a much needed nap on the Game Club couch.

Finals week is always apparent at Cogswell – you find students sleeping on couches, walking around looking like zombies or comparing with others which day and time they will be completely done with their finals. By the end of today, most students should be finished with their final and start their 4 week long holiday break!

When asked what they thought about finals, the students answered the following: (more…)

Ambassador Blog by Rachel Staley, Digital Audio Technology Major

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

RachelStaleyHi! My name is Rachel Staley and I am an Ambassador at Cogswell College. I am a Senior this year and my degree program is Digital Audio Technology with a concentration in Audio Production. Someday I hope to do sound effects realm for film or sound composition for games.

My favorite class this semester is Style and Idea in Music. Every week I’m learning about what exactly characterizes different music genres. There are weekly composition assignments where we put our new found knowledge to the test and write in styles we might not be familiar with. My most challenging class is C Programming because it’s like learning a different language, literally.

This semester I’m looking forward to the events that aren’t even planned yet. Haha! We have a revamped ASB with a lot of fresh faces, so I’m looking forward to the new ideas for outings… maybe an ice skating night? Perhaps?

Ambassador Blog by Josh Hodges, Digital Art & Animation Major

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009


Hi! My name is Josh Hodges and I am an Ambassador at Cogswell College. I am a Senior in Digital Art & Animation Program – majoring in Entertainment Design (wanting to be a character and creature concept artist).

My favorite and most challenging class this semester is Project X. It sparks my creativity and pushes me beyond my limits and minimal sleep requirements. I love it though, it’s what I want to do for the rest of my career in the industry.

I DJ many events at Cogswell and love them all. The event I am looking forward to is a “work in progress.” It’s going to be a really relaxed – chill out night – I visualize low lights, couches, maybe some mixed drinks (virgin of course) and some really chill lounge/club/low-fi music.

Cogswell Students Host Casino Night

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009


The Cogswell College Associated Student Body (ASB) once again hosted a successful Casino Night! This eagerly anticipated annual event kicks off the new school year and gives students the chance to see old friends and meet the new students. The theme of this year’s event was 1920’s speakeasy.

The ASB hired a professional company to set up and operate the Craps, Roulette and Blackjack tables to refresh the memories of experience players and help novices learn to play. Other tables were set out for poker where Cogswell’s President, Chet Haskell, dealt hands for most of the night.

A bar was set up with mixed juice drinks, all with names of prominent people from the 20’s era like Hemingway, Charlie Chaplin and Houdini. Ginger Cafe provided hors d’ouvers for everyone’s munching enjoyment. The Committee spent a lot of time decorating the Dragon’s Den and making sure there were spots perfect for photo opportunities.

The night concluded with a costume contest with the winners being Christian Henderson and Jessica “Psy” DeLacy. Great job ASB on another fantastic event!!

~ Rachael Reisdorf, Design Coordinator