Métis Endowment Fund

Métis endowment fund secured for $950,000 

Gift paves way for increasing Métis enrollment and support at SAIT SAIT has announced the establishment of a new Métis Endowment Fund, made possible by major donations from the Métis Education Foundation and TransCanada. Through a partnership between SAIT, the Metis Education Foundation (through the Rupertsland Institute), and TransCanada, a …

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Jim Szautner

Jim Szautner Q&A: Ready for the robot uprising

Jim Szautner has overseen SAIT’s School of Manufacturing and Automation as Dean for 10 years. We sat down to talk about providing cutting-edge education in an ever-changing field, industry trends, and new technologies enriching the learning experience at SAIT. What is your role as Dean? JS: I’m responsible for the …

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Winter Cycling Congress

Calgary hosts Winter Cycling Congress International experts to discuss riding in dark and snowy streets

Packing their spandex, headlamps, and helmets, cycling experts and enthusiasts from the world’s coldest cities have come to Calgary for the Winter Cycling Congress. The City of Calgary is hosting the 7th Winter Cycling Congress from Feb. 6 to Feb 8, 2019 within the new Central Library in downtown. The …

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SAIT MakerSpace

SAIT MakerSpace’s re-opening and anniversary: New location, more toys

For aspiring mad scientists or those that simply want to learn something new in a social and relaxed environment, SAIT MakerSpace, a knowledge transfer space on campus, is open once again. Celebrating its anniversary on Jan. 17, 2019 the SAITSA club offers a space on campus for students to share …

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SAITSA donates $10 million to SAIT to reignite SAITSA HQ plans

$25 million still needed from the province along with the donation-to-be in SAIT’s hands for a SAITSA HQ. The SAIT Students’ Association announced today that it is donating $10 million to SAIT to help realize the goal of building a new student centre on campus sited for the south side …

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SAIT Blockchain boom: Nearly fraud-proof credentials coming to SAIT through blockchain

In a new pilot program, SAIT will become the first Canadian post-secondary institution to issue academic credentials incorporating blockchain, the cryptographic record system used in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Twenty-five future graduates of the Pre-Employment Automotive Service Technician program will receive a blockchain key. Each key provides access to the credentials …

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Alberta passes Bill 19, establishing new rules for post-secondary tuition and mandatory instructional fees

The provincial government of Alberta will soon pass a new bill enacting key changes to post-secondary education policy throughout Alberta, including new rules regarding tuition prices.  Bill 19, “An Act to Improve the Affordability and Accessibility of Post-Secondary Education”, passed its third reading in legislature on Nov. 20, meaning that …

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Drones, lasers, and the future of mapping: Verda Kocabas, geomatics guru, and SAIT Geographic Information Systems program academic chair Q&A

Verda Kocabas, the Academic Chair for the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program at SAIT, is a geomatics guru, with a PhD in Geography from Simon Fraser University, and a career which includes consulting in the private sector. We spoke on how GIS has a boring name, but is actually mind-blowing, …

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New Central Library captures hearts, blows minds

After years of design and construction, Calgarians finally experienced the gleaming interior of the new Calgary Central Library. The novel exterior of the $245-million, four-level building, located at 800 3 St SE where downtown Calgary interfaces with the East Village, was apparent for over a year to passersby. Following 750 …

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SAITSA’s new strategic plan aligns with student needs

SAITSA is now operating under the direction of a new strategic plan, which will guide the organization over the next five years. The 2018-2023 Strategic Plan outlines the vision, mission, and mandate of SAITSA, and replaces the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan. It’s development was provoked by a perceived disconnect between the …

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Round Earth, circular reasoning: Library Information Technology students confirm Earth is round in flat earth discussion

In a world of information overload, library professionals are an invaluable asset in the struggle to separate truth from fiction. On Oct. 2, SAIT Library Information Technology students led an open discussion in the Reg Erhardt Library, titled “A Flat Earth? A Discussion About Extraordinary Claims,” which examined information literacy …

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Calgary Urban Project Society: Mental health services expand after provincial grant

Mental health support is set to become more accessible for low-income Calgarians after a community non-profit secured additional funding through a new provincial grant. The Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) is a registered charity foundation that assists adults and families in Calgary facing the adversity of poverty and trauma, through …

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SAIT Smoking policy:Anti-smoking advocate supports new campus smoking policy

Executive director of Action on Smoking and Health says that move to limit smoking on campus to designated smoking areas is a step in the right direction A prominent anti-smoking advocate has voiced support for SAIT’s new smoking policy and procedure, which restricts smoking on campus to designated smoking areas. …

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SAITSA governance procedures streamlined thanks to bylaw rewrites

SAITSA kicked off school year with a special meeting of it’s membership at the Odyssey Coffeehouse.  As the fall term starts at SAIT, a new set of bylaws now regulate the SAIT Students Association.  A special meeting of SAITSA members was held on Aug. 21, during which revised bylaws were …

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