Cogswell College Institutes the Henry Cogswell Legacy Award

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cogswell College, one of the world's leading regionally-accredited institutions offering a unique curriculum that fuses digital arts, engineering and entrepreneurship, today announced the first Henry Cogswell Legacy Award recipient, Marialuisa "Lita" Yazar. Lita accepted the award on behalf of her family at the 2013 commencement ceremony held at Mountain View's Computer History Museum on May 11. She is the fifth member of the Yazar family to attend Cogswell College.

"I am honored to receive this award on behalf of my family," Lita says. "To share alumni status with my parents and my brother is a wonderful experience that not all families are fortunate enough to have."

The Yazar family members who attended Cogswell, their respective degrees and class years, are as follows (in the order they received their degrees): Michaela De Sapio-Yazar, Computer & Video Imaging, class of 1996; Altan Yazar, Electronic Engineering Technology, class of 1996; Angelo Yazar, Digital Art & Animation, class of 2007; Yekta Yazar (who went on to earn a Mathematics degree from another university), attended Cogswell 2006-08; Marialuisa "Lita" Yazar, Digital Art & Animation, class of 2013.

The Henry Cogswell Legacy Award was instituted to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of multiple generations of the same family who attend Cogswell College in pursuit of their post-secondary degrees. Cogswell College has provided high-quality education since 1887 and in those years has seen thousands of young men and women pass through its doors. Henry Cogswell founded his college with a vision of helping students gain the necessary practical knowledge to be successful—a vision of education that paired theory with a hands-on, project-based curriculum. Among the thousands of students who have attended Cogswell, the Yazar family truly exemplifies Henry Cogswell's vision.

Mr. Nirmal Singh, associate professor of Cogswell's General Education program, presented the award to Lita and her family: father Altan, mother Michaela and brothers Angelo and Yekta. Singh had the pleasure of teaching math to four of the five family members who studied at Cogswell.

"It was an historic moment for me when I realized that I had taught math to four members of the same family," said Nirmal Singh, associate professor of general education. "The probability of that happening would seem very slim, but now I am a believer and it was an honor to present the first ever Henry Cogswell Legacy Award."

"Cogswell College has been recognized as an innovative and progressive educational institution for 126 years," said Dr. Deborah Snyder, provost and chief academic officer. "The Henry Cogswell Legacy Award reflects the college's commitment to producing exceptional graduates who are prepared to thrive and excel in their chosen professions."

About Cogswell College

Located in Sunnyvale, California, in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Cogswell College is a WASC accredited four-year institution of higher education with a curriculum that fuses art, engineering and entrepreneurship ( As one of the Bay Area's premier colleges, its novel academic approach offers an integrated model that emulates the industry environment—a collaborative, project-based, learning experience that uses multidisciplinary teams to take projects from concept through the delivery pipeline.

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