SAITSA student clubs Clubs on campus offer new experiences for students

SAITSA offers students at SAIT the option to join an existing student club, or start a new one themselves, to add to their student experience.

Currently, SAITSA has 62 registered clubs for students to choose from, including Anime and Gaming Club, Baking and Pastry Arts Club, Dungeons and Dragons Club, and Pride Club.

One of the newest clubs at SAIT is the SAIT Parents Club, which was started last year by Christie Page, club president and mother of two. She saw the need for a place parents could “connect” and get “support” that was tailored for parental needs, and decided to change that situation.

Parent Club Members L – R: Christie Page, Cristina Zamarron, and Afsaneh Entezar Hemmat

“When I came to SAIT I was shocked to find out there was no club for parents,” she said.

She approached the SAITSA office to find out the process for getting a parent club started.

“I just walked into SAITSA’s office and asked, ‘how do I do this?’ – there’s a bit of paper work, you need to have yourself and one other person to start a club, a president and a VP,” said Page.

The Parent Club has 15 members on its Facebook page, and have held a pool party so far. The club aims to create events that are easy for parents to attend and bring their children.

The group is a place for parents to “come together” and “have fun” during their time at SAIT, she said.

SAITSA offers a variety of clubs for students, including the SAIT Baja Racing Club, in which members build a buggy to race in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja events in the US.

SAITSA student clubs

The SAIT Baja Club with their off road vehicle in Calgary on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo by Aron Diaz)

Benjamin Yuschyshyn, president of SAIT Baja Racing Club, said they build the buggy from scratch, and will be competing in the races in 2020. Teams from all over the world participate in the event with the same engine in their buggies.

“We design everything on it ourselves, we have to follow a rule book given to us, and every team runs the same engine in their cars,” said Yuschyshyn.

The club members meet twice a week in the Thomas Riley building, Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at noon, to plan events and students are welcome to drop in and sign up. However, there is a $100 fee for joining the club.

“We want anybody with any an interest to be able to join and make a difference in the club.”

The club will be holding various fundraising events, such as a video game competition, in 2019 to help fund their racing buggy, which must be ready in time for the competitions next summer.

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