‘Selfie’ your way into SAIT history

A simple hashtag could mean making a mark on SAIT’s historic centennial photo mosaic.

“We really want everyone to capture their year during SAIT’s centenary,” says Carmen Neville, the events and communications generalist for SAIT’s centennial project.

“Everything on campus is beautiful, but what makes SAIT great is the people.”

In the spirit of centennial at SAIT, a monument that would memorialize generations of the institution physically and virtually was fitting.

Photo mosaics have been used by other schools before, but centennial director Cathy Downey was in search of a way to combine online and print mosaics on a larger scale.

“There had to be someone who was doing mosaics that were that both online and in print,” said Neville.

Hired on specifically for the centennial, Neville made it one of her first jobs to research the best company for that purpose.

Members of the public, industry partners and anyone with SAIT connections can submit photos by tagging #sait100 on Twitter and Instagram, or by directly uploading to sait.ca/100.

Each photo will be a piece of the final image that will be revealed in spring 2017 as a 20-foot-long installation in the Irene Lewis Atrium of the Stan Grad Centre.

Neville’s career at SAIT has just begun, but she has already worked with many schools and departments in preparing for the institute’s special day.

She has helped coordinate everything from the organization of SAIT’s giant birthday cake, to the unearthing of two time capsules.

“I love that everything I do at SAIT, it’s a totally different element.”

Since its launch in January, SAIT’s photo mosaic has received 2,700 photos, and counting.

They hope to reach 10, 000 entries before the big unveiling next year.

So far, Neville has been pleased with how the SAIT community has contributed.

“For the staff here, centennial has shown that SAIT has been (responsive) to change,” said Neville.

“The fact that SAIT has been able to continue successfully through 100 years is really cool.”

Partying Unicorn: Events and communications generalist of SAIT's Centennial Project Carmen Neville poses in a selfie for the SAIT 100 Photo Mosaic at her SAIT Centennial office in Calgary on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. The unicorn behind her is the SAIT 100 office mascot, Sir Philip Sparkles. (Photo by Jolisa Tweedie/The Press)
Partying Unicorn: Events and communications generalist of SAIT’s Centennial Project Carmen Neville poses in a selfie for the SAIT 100 Photo Mosaic at her SAIT Centennial office in Calgary on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. The unicorn behind her is the SAIT 100 office mascot, Sir Philip Sparkles. (Photo by Jolisa Tweedie/The Press)

 

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Jolisa Tweedie is working as a reporter for The Press during the 2016-17 academic year.