“We are having our birthday party on our actual birthday,” says Cathy Downey, SAIT’S centennial project director.
Downey started planning this event two years ago, tasked with developing an overall strategy for how SAIT will honour it’s centennial, along with putting together a team to make it all happen.
“Two years ago we went to students and asked them what would you like? They said, ‘Good entertainment, something free and something cool.’ Done,” Downey recalled.
“We are excited to welcome Calgarians, alumni, employees and most especially our students because at the end of the day that’s why we have been here 100 years,” said Downey.
“Students are VIP.”
The first 3,000 students to check in at the Campus Centre location Oct. 16 will get a special t-shirt designed by SAIT alumni Sarah Erasmus, as well as a free ticket for the evening food fair, and a drink from PepsiCo.
Students will also have a chance to enter a draw to win one of three campus cards worth $3,000, $2,000, or $1,000.
The money can be put towards anything from food to tuition at SAIT.
The free campus-wide birthday party kicks off at 12 noon and runs until 7:16 p.m., or 19:16 on the 24-hour clock, which is the year SAIT opened its doors.
It starts off with a complimentary BBQ lunch for the first 2,500 guests.
One of the many events is a 100 Years of Wheels and Wings: School of Transportation car, truck and helicopter show which will showcase $4 million worth of vehicles.
At 1:30 p.m., SAIT will reveal it’s historic time capsule, which will then be followed by a celebratory cake.
“We are serving a 2,000-piece special cake that has been in creation and planning for well over a year,” said Downey.
There are many events all over campus as well including a full day’s worth in the Stan Grad Centre, Heritage Hall and Campus Centre. This will be followed by an evening performance on the SAIT Cohos Commons.
Live entertainment will be offered in the evening, starting with the Calgary Stampede Showband, and then followed by two-time JUNO winner Dan Mangan at 6 p.m.
“An important thing in the evening is the Calgary Stampede Showband and then the free Dan Mangan concert, and fireworks.”
We are excited to welcome Calgarians, alumni, employees and most especially our students because at the end of the day that’s why we have been here 100 years. – Cathy Downey.
Although the birthday party may be the big event, the celebration will continue throughout the entire academic year, to the end of June.
“There’s more to come.”