Posts Tagged ‘Student Activities’

Global Game Jam at Cogswell College!

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Poster Image created by Jose Hernandez

Global Game Jam is a worldwide event in which over 20k “jammers” meet together in various locations around the globe to make games, and once again, we are hosting it at Cogswell! It is an intense 48 hour event in which programmers, artists, designers and audio folks are challenged to come together to build games from scratch. Best of all, every game produced is absolutely free to download once it’s finished. Admission is $40 for the general public, $20 for Cogswell Alumni, and $10 for any Cogswell or college student with a valid college email address. Price includes a pizza dinner Friday night and snacks throughout the weekend.  Don’t miss the chance to be part of something huge as space is limited to 50 participants this year. Register soon!

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!!

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.

“Oh don’t worry. I can put that off till tonight!”

Friday, April 8th, 2011

This isn't even half of the work on my table just to the right...

The one leading killer of time for college students today is the deadly disease “Procrastinitis” that has a victim number that reaches millions. It’s a very evil virus that affects its victim by subjugating their time from doing a task that is very important to their future and putting it off until the very last minute amount of time it would take to complete said task. For years, doctors have tried to find a cure for this disease by means of medical sciences, therapy, and even introducing subjects to environments where the virus is at its weakest, but all attempts have failed. I’m reporting this news to you all today because I am a fighter of “Procrastinitis” and have been ever since I started junior high school.  This horrible disease has been the downfall of many of my school projects and even some events that I planned out weeks in advance, which is why I want to inform everyone I can about how it is affecting people like us everyda- OK I’m going to stop now!

Come on guys, take a joke. All silliness aside, there really is a problem some of us college students have with procrastination. Being a student at a digital arts college that demands my full attention to every single detail of my projects does not make the reality of having procrastination issues any easier. Every day I have a project that needs to be done whether it would be mine or someone else’s and if it doesn’t get done on time, all hell breaks loose… or at least I get scolded by my professors. Don’t get me wrong, I love to do all these projects and give my best on each one…but sometimes my video games call out to me under that thick layer of dust that has accumulated over them in the last 3 months. There is just a part of me that loves to both work on all of my art projects and enjoy other people’s art projects…but never enough time to do both and keep a routine sleep schedule. How does one fight this?

Honestly, it’s all depending on the person and how much they can control their desires and needs. It tears a hole in my chest every time I choose to work on homework for a design class that was due 2 days ago when there’s a new update to one of my games that has been on my calendar for 5 weeks, but I know that if I don’t get it done I’ll be in some deep trouble and my grade will drop. So I just tell myself I’ll grind through the work late at night and spend the morning playing the game which ends me up with 2 hours of accumulative sleep for the day and the droopier eyes than an old beagle…and those eyes can droop for days! Really it’s just best for people, whether they be in college, high school, or even at a job to just assess what they really can get done and be happy with their work. I mean even though I was very tired that morning, I was happy and was pleased with my work. Although I can tell every single person who passed me in the halls did a double take when they made eye contact. Word of advice for anyone who plans to use my previous experience as an example: expect people to give you the weirdest looks when you pass them in the halls. But it’s not all bad since you’ll be so spaced out you won’t even notice. Cheers everyone!

-Davain M.

Finals almost over for Cogswell students!

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

The LAST week of the semester is officially halfway over!  Cogswell students are pushing through, I for one, am one of those souls. Fortunately, I finished with finals  on Wednesday, but I fell victim to whatever cold/flu bug is making its rounds days before.  It seems the most common form of Cogswell student during the last days of the semester is someone who is stressed and sick, yet still soldiering on to conquer all that finals are serving up.  There is a light at the end of the semester tunnel, a long and glorious winter break where no student has any worries or academic obligations until January.

Can you hear it?  Listen closely and you can hear the sweet sounds of victory as each Cogswell Digital Art and Animation student turns in their last sketch, illustration, 3d model, or animation final.  Cogswell Digital Audio students are completing their last sight-singing test, final mix of a song, or last moment to show their music theory prowess.  Cogswell Engineering students are writing the last algorithms to their codes and debugging the heck out of it.  Cogswell Entrepreneurship students are laying down the groundwork to begin their student ventures in the spring.  Busy bees they are, and it will all be worth it once grades are posted and those who have persevered find that they did not do it in vain.

Most classes are finished by Friday, but Saturday is the very last day of the semester and a couple of classes are going to be held, but it is definitely freedom after that.  Meanwhile, for those finished by Friday, the ASB is sponsoring a movie night!  Cogswell students will be able to see Tron: Legacy for free on Friday night!  To qualify, though, one had to put their John Hancock on the list outside of the Cogswell ASB office.


Back from successful weekend of Cogswell events!

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

This past weekend, we had tons of buzz on the Cogswell campus, and the energy has overflowed into this Monday!  First, the Entrepreneur’s Workshop was a major success!  So many excited students with their parents came out despite the heavy downpour/monsoon that raged on outside.   I had the to opportunity to speak with a few of the high school students, and they were equally inquisitive as they were willing to share their own goals.  Much to my delight, and surprise, there were quite a few prospects who were interested in the Digital Audio Technology program, in addition to the Entrepreneurship and Innovation program, and they were coming from high schools that were already laying down foundations of audio work.  Very cool to hear that other levels of academia are moving toward the goal of infusing more technological programs into their curriculum.  The panelists were really insightful, and made themselves available to everyone for talking or even as a mentor.

After the day’s event passed, the night life sprang up in the Dragon’s Den at around 8:00pm.  The lighting system pulsed, the DJ beats were thumping (and you could feel it in your stomach), patrons danced, and the energy was through the roof.  I saw some of the most dynamic dancers on Saturday night, and those images are burned into my mind, but definitely in the best way possible.  There were sodas, water, and Redbull on sale to keep the dancers hydrated and hyped. Among the lineup stars, we had Cogswell’s very own DJ Zombie, aka Josh Hodges, getting the crowd pumped for the main act Vendor & Battery.  In addition to the happening environment at Cogswell in the Dragon’s Den, the Radio Club streamed the show for those who couldn’t brave the continuing monsoon outside.

Being one of the original creators of the Radio Club and wanting to get shows off of the ground, I have to say I was in awe of the success that these guys had.  The show was definitely proof that the Radio Club has “it.”  Whatever “it” is, they have it.  They upped the ante, and the next show is going to be more awesome that this one, and this past show was unbelievably good!  Check back for more pictures soon!

Ready for Fusion?

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Although it is taking place next semester, now is the time for Cogswellians to prepare for the annual student-produced FUSION AWARDS!  This isn’t just any award show.  This is a chance for students to put their work up against that of their peers, and gauge their skills.  Categories span from traditional art in 2D and sculpture to student produced PC games and audio production and composition.  The contest of sorts is open to all levels of undergraduates, so freshman should be prepared to bring out their best and compare with the upperclassmen.  Although, with fellow student voting, as well as faculty, sometimes the junior or senior doesn’t always win.  With that said, I would like to emphasize that everyone has a chance and getting a coveted dragon egg to display upon their mantle.

The event is sponsored by Cogswell’s Associated Student Body (ASB), and is organized by a student committee comprised of members of the ASB’s Executive Board.  This special committee collects work, sets up the voting system, counts votes, and promotes and produces the award ceremony.

Important dates to keep in mind:

-2011 Fusion Awards submission period begins January 28, 2011

-Voting takes place February 7-11, 2011

-2011 Fusion Awards Ceremony takes place on February 25, 2011

Since submissions begin shortly after the return from winter break, Cogswell students are urged to start thinking about what they will be submitting now so they have the break to finesse their entries.  This is one of the biggest events of the year!  It will definitely be a treat to see what all of these creative minds have been working on.

Fun in the Sun for New Students at Cogswell College

Monday, June 28th, 2010

P5018036Cogswell College looks forward to welcoming students who start class this August with a day of fun and the chance to meet their fellow students.

Event Details: Saturday, July 17 beginning at 11:00amdunk_tank

Join us for “Summer Fest 2010” as we transform the back parking lot with water slides and a dunk tank – and maybe a few surprises including a screening of “The Offering,” an award-winning film produced by the College as part of the Project X class.

A BBQ kicks off the evening festivities which culminate in “Game Night.” During the day students will have the chance to talk to our team of experts in Admissions and Financial Aid. Faculty will also be available to review portfolios and talk about your class schedules.

If you are beginning your studies at Cogswell in August – or plan to become part of the Cogswell community sometime in the future – then don’t miss this great event!

RSVP to Admissions or call (408) 541-0100 ext 155.water_slide

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

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