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#SAIT100 photo mosaic

The centennial photo piece is ready for its big reveal

Andie Romanuik, business administration student, (right), and Emma Greenwood, administration information management student, pose for a selfie in front of the future home of the SAIT photo mosaic on March 1, 2017. Greenwood and Romanuik both play hockey for the SAIT Trojans women's hockey team. (Photo by Madison Casavant /SAIT)

Andie Romanuik, business administration student, (right), and Emma Greenwood, administration information management student, pose for a selfie in front of the future home of the SAIT photo mosaic on March 1, 2017. Greenwood and Romanuik both play hockey for the SAIT Trojans women’s hockey team. (Photo by Madison Casavant /SAIT)

The SAIT Centennial photo mosaic is set to be unveiled Tuesday, April 4, after reaching their goal of 9000 photos.

The mural will feature photos from SAIT students, staff, and alumni.

“It was always about the students, the faculty and the alumni,” said Cathy Downey, centennial program director for the SAIT centennial project.

“For those that have had a chance to put their photo in the mosaic, they really truly know that they were a part of history,” said Downey.

The art piece was inspired by Downey’s time at the Children’s Hospital. The hospital had a mosaic of children’s pictures at the front doors, and it seemed like the perfect project for SAIT’s centennial.

“I remember when we had 87 photos, and I thought [we] were crazy,” said Downey, describing how daunting the project appeared at first.

The SAIT photo mosaic now has 11,087 photos.

The selfies for the mosaic were primarily collected on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #SAIT100.

“[The response] was absolutely phenomenal right from the beginning,” said Downey describing how students contributed photos from every aspect of their lives including in class, on break, in residence and more.

“It’s a legacy leaving piece, and it will be there as long as the building,” said the centennial program director.

“We just really hope that it will be inspirational for future students.”

In order to encourage participation in creating the mosaic a contest was held challenging SAITSA clubs to contribute as many photos as possible.

“[The clubs] really helped with the collage,” said Downey.

The contest had a huge response, 17 clubs entered contributing more than 5000 photos all together.

The clubs that contributed the most photos were eligible for a cash prize of $1000.

The SAIT Surf Club and the Student Accounting Society each entered more than 1500 eligible entries, leading the groups to tie for first place.

“It brings community spirit out,” said Jeromy Deleff, president of SAIT Management Society.

“It really gave [SAIT] a lot because it was so competitive. Some clubs were in the 1000’s,” said Deleff.

The SAIT Management Society submitted 30 photos; most were funny pictures of daily student life.

“It’s a very cool way as a student to participate and be memorialized,” said Deleff.

The unveiling ceremony will take place in the Stan Grad building at the Irene Lewis Atrium at 12 noon. The photo mosaic will be on public display at 1:00 p.m.

The ceremony will reveal the dedication plaque for the collage; along with the physical collage itself, serving as a “snapshot” of campus life for future generations.

The first 100 SAIT staff and students who attend the event will receive a free lunch.

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