SAIT's School of Hospitality and Tourism built us a cake of extraordinary proportions and it captured the hearts and stomachs of the thousands who came to see ― and eat ― it. The idea of such a cake was conceived in the fall 2014 and it took six months of planning and creation to complete. Take a look at how it was done:
30 Jun 17
SAIT’s centennial gave us an opportunity to look back and reflect on our first 100 years. The story of SAIT began with only eleven students in a rented space and with borrowed equipment. Now, we have an alumni family of over 233,000 who have helped to build this city, this province and this country. We knew this centennial year was going to be one for the history books, but it far exceeded our expectations. Thank you for being a part of it all. As we bring our centennial year to a close on June 30, we want to take a moment and look back at the activities and events that made the past few months so extraordinary. 100th Birthday Party Over three days in October 2016, SAIT welcomed alumni, donors, staff, faculty and students back to campus for an epic birthday celebration that is sure to be talked about for years to come. The weekend began on Oct. 13 with An Evening of History. In the Making, a one-night-only performance that brought SAIT’s history to life on stage. The party continued on Oct. 15 when we welcomed our alumni home with a special day to celebrate their contribution to the SAIT story. On October 16, more than 20,000 people came to campus for the party. There were bouncy castles, LEGO building, and a Wheels and Wings car and aero show in the Clayton Carroll Automotive Centre. The 10-tiered birthday cake was shared by thousands and a barbecue lunch was served to the first 2,500 visitors. The 1966 time capsule contents were revealed by Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and many came out to watch the Alumni Speaker Series in Macdonald Hall. The day was capped off with an outdoor concert by Juno award winner Dan Mangan, and an epic fireworks finale that lit the Calgary sky. Relive the weekend Photo Mosaic More than 10,000 images were collected over 14 months to make up the Centennial Photo Mosaic that now hangs on the wall in the Irene Lewis Atrium. The giant 8 foot by 20 foot mosaic will be a lasting legacy of SAIT’s centennial celebrations and a snapshot of campus life in 2016/17. See the mosaic and read about the exciting reveal event 2016 Time Capsule Throughout the year, items and ideas were collected to be included in the 2016 time capsule that is to be opened on SAIT’s 200th birthday on Oct. 16, 2116. The items in the time capsule represent SAIT, Calgary, and campus life in 2016/17. The time capsule ceremony was held on June 5, 2017 in front of Heritage Hall. It was buried just near the front steps and capped with a cairn including a marble base and large silver dome sandblasted with the iconic catalyst of SAIT’s new logo. Read a list of notable contents and watch the time capsule burial ceremony Centennial Art In celebration of our centennial, SAIT commissioned a special art installation by alumnus and metal artist Michael Perks (Millwright ’06). The reveal ceremony took place on the afternoon of June 5, 2017, capping off an exciting year of centennial celebration events on campus. The spectacular forged piece is 16 feet tall and 16 feet wide and is a stylized interpretation of SAIT’s catalyst symbol. You can see the sculpture for yourself in the newly named FirstEnergy Capital Corp Centennial Circle, the traffic circle on 12 Street NW off 16 Avenue North. Watch: The centennial art unveiling THANK YOU! Just two weeks ago we saw the first class of SAIT’s second century cross the stage during spring convocation. SAIT’s commitment to provide hands-on, skilled-oriented training to students hasn’t changed since those first eleven students in 1916. As we look towards SAIT’s second century that philosophy and passion for student success continues to drive all that we do. Thank you for being a part of our first hundred years, and for being an important part of SAIT’s continuing story.
07 Jun 17
SAIT wrapped up its centennial celebrations on June 5 with an emotional, once-in-a-lifetime event — the burying of the centennial time capsule and the unveiling of a special art installation by SAIT alumnus and metal artist, Michael Perks. Special guests, SAIT staff, students and alumni, including 102-year-old Clarence Hollingworth — SAIT's oldest known alumnus — filled the sidewalks on the south side of Heritage Hall for the event with Global Calgary news anchor Linda Olsen as master of ceremonies. Olsen, herself, is a graduate of SAIT's Cinema, Television, Stage and Radio (CTSR) program in 1988 and a 2015 SAIT honorary degree holder. Another one for the books The centennial time capsule, complete with RCMP Honour Guard escort, was interred in front of Heritage Hall, SAIT's iconic building constructed in 1921. "SAIT has been through the ebbs and flows of history and here we are today — a century later — from humble beginnings to one of the most vibrant, relevant applied-education institutions in Canada," says Dr. David Ross, SAIT President and CEO. "We are a long-standing foundation of this community. Very few institutions, especially in western Canada, have 100 years under their belt." SAIT collected memories throughout its centennial year to include in the 2016 time capsule which will be opened on Oct. 16, 2116. It was designed and built by SAIT employees from the School of Manufacturing and Automation, taking more than 60 hours and two cubic metres of 20-gauge stainless steel to create. Ross continues, "It's exciting to try to envision the next century. I can only imagine what SAIT will be like on our 200th birthday when the time capsule is opened." Time capsule facts: The contents are protected in a PVC pipe and encase in a stainless steel sleeve The capsule is 67 cm wide by 116 cm tall and weighs approximately 80 kg A cairn with a marble base is set on top of the time capsule Fourteen stainless steel nuts and bolts used Two cubic meters of 20-gauge stainless steel used on the main body of the sleeve Fourteen-gauge stainless steel used for the lid and bottom The hold for the time capsule is two metres deep reinforced with 3.56 cubic metres of concrete, 152 metres of rebar, and 1.5 cubic metres of grav Notable time capsule items: A photo of Dr. David Ross and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in front of Heritage Hall A 3D printed mini Heritage Hall figurine Letters from SAIT executive leaders and board members An empty Tool Shed Brewery SAIT Centennial Ale beer can A Loonie and other Canadian currency Menu from SAIT's The Highwood restaurant Numerous photos of SAIT staff, students and alumni in 2016 SAIT Trojans athletic clothing SAITSA (student association) memorabilia Various SAIT student guides and award information books The Weal, SAIT's newspaper Centennial art installation unveiled The centennial art installation was also unveiled on June 5 at the FirstEnergy Capital Corp Centennial Circle on the SAIT campus as special guests, SAIT staff, students and alumni looked on. SAIT alumnus Michael Perks (Millwright '06) created a special and spectacular piece of art nearly five metres wide and five metres tall in celebration of SAIT's 100 years. The piece is an interpretation of the SAIT's catalyst symbol which is forged by five s-shape connectors, representing the people and relationships that define us — students, faculty and staff, alumni, employers and partners, and the diverse communities we serve. Watch history in the making
18 May 17
Workers are busily adding 454 new names to the brick donor wall standing out front of Heritage Hall on SAIT's main campus. The new additions are the result of a successful Buy-a-brick Campaign that ran during SAIT's centennial year. Proceeds of the campaign went to support the SAIT Opportunities Fund, which helps SAIT students every day by supporting programs and projects not covered by tuition or government. The new engravings join others previously placed on the donor wall and will total 875 sketched bricks when the wall is complete. The finished donor wall will be ready for viewing on June 5, 2017, the same day SAIT's 2016 Time Capsule will be interred in front of Heritage Hall and a Centennial Art installation will be unveiled. Can you find these bricks? Donors were given the opportunity to write a personalized message on their brick. See if you can spot: • Two duplicates • One Star Trek reference • One video game reference • "Thanks" or "Thank you" appears on four different bricks.