Congratulations to Cogswell's 2013 Graduates
and Award Recipients

Commencement 2013

Cogswell College held its 2013 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 11. Participants processed into the hall behind the Stewart Highlands Pipe Band of Menlo Park.

The ceremony took place at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View in the second floor in the Hahn Auditorium. Cogswell individually recognized each of the 36 graduates participating in the ceremony as they received their diplomas onstage.

Presiding Officials included: Ms. Janis Paulson, President; Dr. Deborah Snyder, Provost; Mr. Michael Martin, Dean of the College, Dr. Kathleen Broome Williams, representing the Cogswell College Faculty Senate.

Before the diploma presentations began, outstanding students, faculty and staff received well-deserved recognition. Award presenters included: Ms. Janis Paulson for the Staff award, Dr. Deborah Snyder for the Faculty awards, Mr. Michael Huber for Digital Art and Animation, Dr. Kathleen Broome Williams for General Education, Dr. Timothy Duncan for Digital Audio Technology, Mr. Bret Sweet for Entrepreneurship, Dr. Younes Mourchid for Fire Science, Ms. Josie Alexander for Student Life and Mr. Nirmal Singh for the Legacy Award.

Student Award Recipients:

2013 Outstanding Student, Digital Art and Animation - Taylor Hodgson-Scott
2013 Outstanding Student, Digital Audio Technology - Kaleb Grace and Francesco Grieco
2013 Outstanding Student, Entrepreneurship - Eric Tran and Zachary Irwin
2013 Outstanding Student, General Education - Jessica Burgoyne
2013 Outstanding Student, Student Life - Aaron Weingarten
2013 National Fire Academy Achievement Award - James Bryla
2013 National Fire Academy Achievement Award - Alfredo Estrada
2013 National Fire Academy Achievement Award - Harry Higgins
2013 National Fire Academy Achievement Award - Mark Walker
2013 Henry Cogswell Legacy Award - Marialuisa Yazar

Faculty Award Recipients:

2013 Dorothy Scholten Award for Excellence in Teaching - Jonali Bhattacharyya
2013 John & Ginnie Chin Excellence in Teaching Award - Susan Harby

Staff Award Recipients:

2013 President's Award for Outstanding Staff - Milla Zlatanov

For their high academic achievement, graduates Mark Walker, Degrees at a Distance/Fire Science and Jeannette Thomas, Digital Art and Animation and Kaleb Grace, Digital Audio Technology were selected to speak to the estimated 350 graduates, family, friends, faculty and staff in attendance. Joel Slayton, Executive Director of ZERO1 delivered the Commencement Address.

About the Commencement Speaker:


Mr. Slayton took the helm of ZERO1 in June of 2008 after serving as a both a board member for the organization and chairperson of ISEA2006, which was held in conjunction with the inaugural 01SJ Biennial. An artist, writer and researcher, Mr. Slayton is a full tenured professor at San Jose State University where he served as Director of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media from 1988 to 2008. Established in 1984 CADRE is one of the oldest and most prestigious centers in the United States dedicated to the development of experimental applications involving information technology and art.

Mr. Slayton has also served on the Board of Directors of Leonardo/ISAST (International Society for Art, Science and Technology) from 1999 to 2008, and was Editor and Chief of the Leonardo-MIT Press Book. Most recently, he served as a member of the National Advisory Committee for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Selected as the first recipient of the Pick-Laudati Award by the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University, Mr. Slayton is considered a pioneer in the field of art and technology. As an artist, his artworks, which engage with a wide range of media technology, including information mapping, networks and interactive visualization, have been featured in over one hundred exhibitions internationally. An original member of the Visible Language Workshop at MIT in the mid-1970s, he received a National Endowment for the Arts award for his public art spectacles, and was selected for the Xerox Parc Pair Artists in Residence Program. His research explores social software, cooperation models and network visualization. His published academic papers include "Social Software," "Entailment Mesh," "The Re= Purpose of Information" and "The Ontology of Organization as System."

May 11, 2013