So, this weekend the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology is celebrating its 100th Anniversary.
And on October 16th SAIT is throwing a big birthday bash with live entertainment, family activities, and a spectacular fireworks finale. And everyone’s invited! To find out more about SAIT’s first one hundred years and this weekend’s birthday celebrations just follow this link: SAIT100.
You know a lot has changed in the last 100 years.
One hundred years ago we were in the middle of World War I. Canada’s population was around 8,000,000 and Calgary’s population was just over 55,000.
In 1916 on April 19th Women were given the right to vote in Alberta and on July 1st the Alberta Government introduced prohibition.
Radio and television being in everyone’s home was a long way off and movies were silent. But Hollywood was pumping out some familiar titles including: Sherlock Holmes, Snow White, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Macbeth and Mutiny on the Bounty.
Yes things have changed but people, then as now, wanted to find love, make a living and go to the movies. And one of the ways you make a living is by getting the skills needed to pursue your passion. And SAIT has been helping people go after their passions for a hundred years.
The story of SAIT isn’t the story of a Technical School. No. It’s the story of the thousands of teachers and students and staff that have walked through its halls and had dreams of pursuing a career and raising a family and achieving success.
My own relationship with SAIT includes being a graduate of the Cinema, Television, Stage and Radio Arts program in 1988 as well as working for SAIT’s educational resources department during SAIT’s 75th Anniversary year and then teaching communications in the mid-nineties before working for A-Channel as a commercial writer producer here in Calgary. Most recently I returned to SAIT a few years ago to take their bartending course. Thank God we over turned prohibition otherwise I would have never been been given the opportunity to learn how to make an Old Fashioned.
And this weekend I’m heading to campus to participate in the festivities. I’m going not just to celebrate the last 100 years but to also celebrate the start of the next 100 years. Well that and the fact that there’s free birthday cake. Oh and a free BBQ as well. Plus there’s fireworks! And did I mention they have beer? They do. A special brew. The Tool Shed Brewing Company along with SAITSA (SAIT Student’s Association) partnered up to created a commemorative craft beer called Centenni-Ale – in order to celebrate SAIT’s 100th. I’ve got to try that. Plus there’s music and Lego. Could the weekend get any better? Think not – check out some of the other highlights below:
Current students and alumni are invited to celebrate SAIT’s 100th birthday. Check out the SAIT100 website for exact times and a complete list of activities and events. Activities for SAIT’s 100th birthday include but are not limited to:
- A free BBQ burger for the first 2,500 guests.
- Cars, trucks and helicopter equipment on display in the Clayton Carroll Automotive Centre.
- Family activities include free swimming, free skating and a family zone with bouncy castles, mini golf, face painting, balloon animals, glitter tattoos, games and puzzles.
- SAIT’s oldest known alumnus 101 year old Clarence Hollingworth will be meeting guests in the Alumni Lounge at 2:00 p.m.
- There’s a speakers series at Macdonald Hall in Heritage Hall featuring
- David Finch, author of Shapers, Makers, and Originals: The Story of SAIT’s First 100 Years, at 1:00 p.m.
- Graham Sherman and SAIT alumnus Jeff Orr, founders of Tool Shed Brewing Company at 2:15 p.m.
- Beni Johnson, SAIT alumnus and founder of 10 @ 10 Entertainment at 4:00 p.m.
- SAIT’s 50th anniversary time capsule from 1966 will be revealed in the Irene Lewis Atrium.
- The 1991 25th Anniversary time capsule will be on display in the Reg Erhardt Library.
- Dan Mangan will give a concert at the Cohos Commons Field at 6:00 p.m.
- Fireworks start at 7:16 p.m.
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