Posts Tagged ‘Student Life’

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.