Posts Tagged ‘Student Life’

Ambassador Blog by Julia Campbell, Digital Art & Animation

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

julia

Hi! I’m Julia Campbell and I’m a senior in the Digital Art and Animation program, with an Entertainment Design concentration. My favorite class this semester is honestly probably Creative Writing. I haven’t taken a humanities class since my undergraduate experience at Scripps College, and I’d forgotten how much fun they can be. Richard Schimf is also an excellent teacher and keeps the class interesting. My most challenging class this semester is Acting. I’ve always been terrified of physical performance in front of people, and taking the class is really forcing me to break out of that and get over my fears. It’s also interesting to see how a script can be performed in a variety of different ways for a variety of meanings, and I can see how it must help Animators to really understand those nuances.

What event am I most looking forward to this semester? Ooooh, well for a while it was definitely the jaunt out to see Where the Wild Things Are with the Associated Student Body. Now that that’s over, I’d probably have to say the next thing I’m looking forward to is the release of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog! I guess that will come out once school is finished, but I’ll probably still see it with classmates. I’m also excited about the Halloween party Cogswell will be hosting. Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I love all of the extra events and fun that come with it!

Cogswell Students Host Casino Night

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

CasinoNight-101

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

Game Development Club Unveils Fall Plans!

Friday, September 25th, 2009

GameClub

In their first meeting of Fall 2009, Game Development Club has put together plans for activities for the semester. The always popular Game Nights, Game Club’s bi-semester late night gaming extravaganzas were the first events added to the lineup. PC Game Night will take place in mid September and might coincide with an Andrew Fest. Console Game Night will take place in mid November, before the Thanksgiving break.

The Game in a Month event is back and will begin on September 10th. During Game in a Month (GIAM), small teams of club members collaborate to create a simple game, or at the very least, a proof of concept. Often times, teams of club veterans use Game in a Month events to iron out their past projects. Game in a Month also pairs seniors with freshmen, to give the freshmen help and insight.

This year the club will also start doing workshops to help those new to game development. Workshops will be lead by club officers and will be held on Fridays. The workshops include board game design, hard surface modeling, how to use Photoshop, how to use Game Maker and Construct, and low poly modeling.

With so much excitement going on, all students should join Game Development Club! See the club President, Brody Brooks, if you have questions.

~Rachael Reisdorf, Design Coordinator

Game Development Club Gets a New Look!

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
Game Club President, Brody Brooks

Game Club President, Brody Brooks, painting the room. See more photos below!

Every few years, Cogswell’s Game Development Club likes to change the look of its room to match the tastes of the current members. In preparation for the Fall 2009 semester, Game Club President, Brody Brooks, brought together a group of the members to change the colors from stripes of blue to a dark grey with bright orange stripes.

“We wanted to give it a clean look and keep people’s eyes looking around the room,” says Brooks of the new design. And there’s plenty to look at around the room!

The new layout has been streamlined to define the various sections. Along the walls are desktop workstations, loaded with the programs needed to create games and available to all members at any time. One corner of the room is dedicated to resources such as game development and software books, tutorial videos, games to play for reference and files from past Game Club projects.

In the opposite corner, an entertainment section is stocked with various game consoles, a large TV and a chair and sofa set. In the center of the room is a new conference table for laptops and board games with industrial power strips mounted underneath for easy access.

The conference table was, literally, the biggest furniture change in the room and replaces the “space age” oversized table that preceded it. The desks that the workstations are on are also new and replace the previous set up of cubicle walls.

The final touches, which included having the floor waxed, hanging wall decorations, room organization and furniture moving took another week. Brooks says that the room is nearly finished, they just need one more desk and to sort out the old computers that have been lying around. He hopes that room will encourage students to come in and enjoy!

Read our other blog post about what Game Development Club is here.

~ Rachael Reisdorf, Design Coordinator

What’s the Deal with Cogswell Housing?

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Cogswell College’s housing program is a little non-traditional since we house our students in off-campus apartments instead of dormitories. This gives students a housing experience that prepares them to live on their own in the future. At the same time, each of our apartment complexes has a Resident Assistant (RA) that lives on site so we don’t sacrifice the community building and social development that is so important in college housing. Our RAs are upper-classmen who have lived in student housing before and are there to help show newer students the ropes.

The RAs also organize a ton of events for housing students; everything from bowling or miniature golf to trips to parks, zoos and other attractions, game nights, movie nights or even a simple pot luck dinner or bbq at a resident’s apartment.  While our housing is primarily for first year students, we do have a small group of returning students who request to remain in housing each year.

Kensington Place

Kensington Place

Our apartment complexes Kensington Place and Avalon Parkside are located 1.2 and 3 miles from campus respectively, so they’re very convenient for students from out of town who may not know the area.  There’s also a bus line that runs past both complexes and within a few blocks of school, so students without a car can still get to and from class with ease.

Avalon Parkside

Avalon Parkside

If you think you might be interested in student housing, check us out on the Cogswell website or email me your questions at rchaitin@cogswell.edu.  Hope to see you at Cogswell soon!

“Student housing is a fast track to making new friends and getting involved in the Cogswell community.”  - Andrew Severns, Resident Assistant ‘09/’10

- Rob Chaitin, Coordinator of Student Life

Our housing program is a little non-traditional since we house our students in off-campus apartments instead of dormitories.  This gives students a housing experience that prepares them to live on their own in the future.  At the same time, each of our apartment complexes has a Resident Assistant (RA) that lives on site so we don’t sacrifice the community building and social development that is so important in college housing.  Our RAs are upper-classmen who have lived in student housing before and are there to help show newer students the ropes.