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:
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.
16 May 17
The SAIT community has rallied behind the centennial theme of SAIT Cares and has surpassed the goal of completing 100 charitable projects in SAIT’s centennial year. The SAIT Centennial 100 Projects Project was started to encourage the SAIT community – students, employees, alumni and partners to go forth and do 100 good deeds. And boy did you come through! In early 2017, when we were getting close to our goal of 100 projects, we decided to add another 50 projects to honour Canada’s 150th birthday. We’ve now surpassed that goal and are easily within reach of 175 – maybe even 200 – with one month left to go. Thank you! It’s not just the SAIT community benefiting from this initiative. Projects are being completed on campus, in our community, across Calgary, and across the world. Recent projects include a group of more than 50 SAIT alumni and friends lending a hand to make our city’s pathways safer for citizens and wildlife as part of the 50th Annual City of Calgary Pathway and River Cleanup. Employees and students from the Hospitality Management program recently stocked the kitchen at Brenda’s House, an emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness, with much-needed small appliances, cookbooks and kitchen gadgets, and students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program spent two weeks in Peru installing solar panels in a community with no access to electricity. The final SAIT-led project will take place on Tuesday, May 30. Volunteers will be helping out a local senior in the community with small home repairs and outdoor painting as part of the City of Calgary’s Paint the Town for a Senior initiative. There are still a few spots available. Join us for a day outside having some fun, and doing a very good deed for someone in need. Lunch and snacks are provided. Register today! See a full list of the completed projects