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When the Tower building (now called the Senator Burns building) opened in 1967, enrolment at SAIT doubled and seven new programs were introduced. Today five of those programs – now in the school of Information and Communications Technologies – celebrate their 50th anniversaries. LINK pays tribute with this overview and mini-timeline – plus a Class Notes take-over.
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A) The Television, Stage and Radio Arts program was an education pioneer, teaching students in the first closed-circuit colour TV system west of Toronto. The industry has evolved from analog to digital, and from standard to high-definition, yet today’s program remains cutting edge and reflects the convergence of radio, TV and print. Now called Radio, Television and Broadcast News, it prepares students to tell stories through multiple media.
C) The Graphic Arts Administration program provided training in print production techniques, business and sales. Today’s Graphic Communications and Print Technology program trains people for commercial printers or publishing companies, advertising agencies or graphic arts firms. Courses include web and print production, layout and visual design.
D) The Journalism Administration program was developed in consultation with editors, publishers and businesspeople from daily and weekly newspapers, and was intended to give graduates as broad a background as possible. Today’s Journalism program has a grad employment rate of 94 per cent and offers concentrations in photojournalism and print/online journalism.
E) In 1967, the Computer Technology program was offered by the Mathematics and Physics Department. It met industry need for programmers and system analysts doing routine programming, program maintenance and machine operation. Today’s Information Technology program prepares graduates for careers as information technology specialists or consultants, and offers four concentrations: computer systems, network systems, telecom systems or software development.
In June, 328 SAIT employees — 100 of them alumni — formed a giant “150” on the Cohos Commons Field as, 40 metres above, an unmanned aerial vehicle captured the image. A computer program and the expertise of Mike Jewitt, Manager of Youth Campus Operations with the Calgary Stampede, helped map out where each employee should stand. Posted just before Canada Day, the image was retweeted by @JustinTrudeau and in total reached nearly 412,700 social media users on Twitter (285, 517), Facebook (86,946), Instagram (5,154) and LinkedIn (35,082).
In May, 17 SAIT competitors at the Skills Canada Alberta Competition won medals and earned places on Team Alberta. At the 23rd Skills Canada National Competition in early June, eight SAIT competitors captured two gold, two silver and three bronze medals. At press time, four students are undergoing the WorldSkills Canadian Trials in hopes of officially qualifying for and competing in the 2017 WorldSkills Competition. Watch SAIT social media to follow their progress!
SAIT’s 100 Projects Project rallied students, alumni, employees and friends to complete 100 charitable acts during the Institute’s centennial year. When it became clear SAIT would surpass that goal, it was raised to 150 projects in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial. By June 30, 203 projects were completed — from cooking for those in need, to collecting donations for PAWS Animal Rescue and other organizations, to creating opportunities for students such as mentoring and learning trips.
The Tastemarket is a new enterprise in downtown Calgary that’s helping top SAIT culinary alumni learn business operations, finance, regulations and human resource management. Located at 444 7th Ave. S.W. and open Monday to Friday, it is home to the Culinary Entrepreneurship post-diploma certificate, a year-long program that immerses 32 students in a real-world hospitality establishment. “We are offering the next generation of culinary industry leaders the knowledge and skills required to operate a business, produce creative solutions, nurture high-performing teams and drive product development,” says Tom Bornhorst (HMGT ’86), Associate Vice President, Learner and Academic Services.
The Trojans Outreach Program received a record fifth Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Community Service Award in June for the 100 Athletes, 100 Projects, SAIT 100 initiative. Between May 2016 and May 2017, SAIT staff, coaches and student-athletes set out to complete 100 charitable projects in celebration of SAIT’s centennial.
SAIT chef and professional cooking instructor Michael Allemeier has earned his Master Chef certification — the highest culinary designation in Canada — from the Canadian Culinary Institute. Allemeier is only the third person to receive this designation, which involved four years of intense study and exams.
SAIT’s Engineering Design and Drafting Technology (EDDT) program has received a certificate from Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) recognizing national program accreditation for a five-year period. TAC noted the program’s strong connection with industry, including resume writing workshops, an industry night and the capstone project showcase event which provides networking and skills development opportunities for students.
Rainwater harvesting collects rain from hard surfaces, then stores and uses it again. At the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) conference in May, SAIT’s Green Building Technologies research team received $100,625 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) College and Community Innovation Program to purchase rainwater harvesting, testing and monitoring equipment and to raise awareness of rainwater harvesting among builders and developers. CICan also named SAIT the gold recipient of the Applied Research Innovation Excellence Award, recognizing applied research partnerships created and fostered through SAIT’s Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS).