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You’re invited: SAIT’s Centennial celebrations

Celebrate 100 years with SAIT on Oct. 16

SAIT is celebrating its 100th birthday, and all current students and alumni are invited to the festivities.

“Students are our VIPs,” said Cathy Downey, director of the Centennial Project. “We’re celebrating 100 years and remembering who’s first around here – our students.”

Downey is encouraging students to take a selfie with the hashtag #SAIT100 to be added to the photo mosaic, which will be on display in the Stan Grad Atrium and added to the time capsule.

There is a long list of events SAIT is hosting on Oct. 16.

To start the day, there will be a free barbecue serving burgers to the first 2,500 guests.

The first 3,000 students will get a commemorative centennial T-shirt and a voucher for the International Food Fair. Students with a valid student ID will also be invited to enter a contest giveaway.

Cars, trucks and helicopter equipment will be on display from noon until 4 p.m. in the Clayton Carroll Automotive Centre, courtesy of the School of Transportation.

Family activities will also be happening throughout the day, such as Bricks 4 Kids, free swimming, free skating and a family zone in the P2 parking lot. Partake in a day of bouncy castles, mini golf, face painting, balloon animals, glitter tattoos, games and puzzles.

The gymnasium will be open with free admission if you want to work up a sweat.

The 2016 time capsule will be placed in its future home – come to the Heritage Hall lawn to discover the location.

Music will playing from noon to 5:30 p.m. on the Cohos Commons Field by DJ Dave Hobbs.

Try your hand at some welding and sheet metal work, or the crane simulator, from noon until 4 p.m. in the Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre.

Clarence Hollingworth, SAIT’s oldest known alumnus at 101-years old, will be meeting guests in the Alumni Lounge at 2 p.m. Hollingworth was recently honoured with an honourary bachelor of science degree by SAIT.

There will also be a speaker 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 p.m., Graham Sherman and SAIT alumnus Jeff Orr, founders of Tool Shed Brewing Company at 2:15 p.m., and Beni Johnson, SAIT alumnus and founder of 10 @ 10 Entertainment at 4 p.m.

Learn what was in SAIT’s 50th anniversary time capsule in 1966 at 1:30 p.m. in the Irene Lewis Atrium. The 1991 time capsule will also be on display from noon until 5 p.m. in the Reg Erhardt Library.

And don’t forget to get a slice of the giant birthday cake, created by the baking and pastry arts students, at 3 p.m. in the Irene Lewis Atrium.

To end the day’s celebrations, Dan Mangan will be playing at the Cohos Commons Field at 6 p.m., with a show by the Calgary Stampede Showband at 7 p.m.

The grand finale fireworks will be going off at 7:16 p.m.

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