Carmen Neville, an events and communications co-ordinator for the SAIT Centennial project, encourages students to participate in the venture.
“The incentive for students is to be part of our legacy,” Neville said in an interview Nov. 24.
“We want students to share their SAIT experience. It’s a great opportunity to be part of our history.
“There’s lots of stuff going on via Twitter and Instagram anyway, so we might as well give it a hashtag and have it be part of the mosaic.”
The SAIT 100 Mosaic is an online photo mosaic that will eventually become a 20-foot-wide installation in the Irene Lewis Atrium of the Stan Grad Centre.
“Students can go on Twitter or Instagram, and anything that they hashtag with #SAIT100 will automatically go in,” said Neville.
“We are just passing 4,700, which is the 50 per cent mark.
“We need around 10,000 to finish it so we are definitely getting there. Staff are putting in photos from events, so after putting in the photos from birthday week, we should be around 6,000-7,000.”
If students do not have social media but still want to participate, they can do so by going online to www.sait.ca/100 and clicking the Photo Mosaic tab. Their photos can be uploaded and included in the mosaic.
The website upload is great for those who want to upload a mass of photos of the campus or the SAIT 100 birthday party without overwhelming their social feeds.
“We are actually having great participation, but it does ebb and flow,” said Neville.
“Over the birthday, we got about 1,000 photos. Some students may not know about the project.”
Elle McLean, a SAIT travel and tourism student, believes it is important for students to get involved.
“With photo contests, it’s easy to think that so many people are already submitting photos, so why even bother?” said McLean.
“Mine’s probably not going to be used,” she said.
“I do think it’s important for students to take part, because the mosaic paints a picture of what’s going on at SAIT right now and what’s relevant.”
Neville said there are still many opportunities to get involved, and several good reasons to do so.
“We are doing a bit of a contest over the holidays. Dec. 5-8 we will be popping over to a few of the buildings and if you show us a photo that you have tagged, you can pick some swag.
“We’ve got gift cards and a couple other little things to give away. Show us that they have tagged a photo, and they automatically get a prize. We have about 200 to give out.”
Neville had some suggestions on what kinds of photos students should be submitting.
“If you get a student award, that’s a great chance to take a picture. Or if you see a great sunrise in the morning and want to take a picture, add the hashtag.”
“We’ve had some older instructors from 30 years ago submit photos. My all-time favourites were of when KISS played in the gym. That was really exciting.”
We want students to share their SAIT experience. It’s a great opportunity to be part of our history. – Carmen Neville
The SAIT 100 Mosaic team does moderate the submissions, and if the photo is appropriate, it will be included in the project.
“If you go into the mosaic now, it’s already looking really awesome. You can go through and see people enjoying birthday cake or participating in the convocation. We want all of our memories of the SAIT Centennial in there.”
The mosaic can be viewed at http://www.sait100.ca/index.php/selfie.
A name or handle can be searched to find specific photos or the stream can be watched to see all the submissions so far.