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.
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.
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.
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
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.