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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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, …

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Transit to the MAX: Calgary’s new bus rapid transit system raises the standard for transit

Traversing the great city streets of Calgary changed overnight with the introduction of the new MAX rapid bus lines on Nov. 19. The new lines consist of the MAX Orange, MAX Teal, and MAX Purple, all of which, according to Calgary Transit, will enhance access and facilitate movement across the …

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Randy O’Dell Centre donation received to benefit electrical apprenticeship programs

Estate of the late electrician, and entrepreneur Randy O’Dell  provides largest single legacy donation ever received by SAIT. A substantial gift was given to SAIT on Nov. 13 to make a new space for certain electrical programs. The gift is from the estate of Randy O’Dell, founder of O’Dell Electric, who died …

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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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SAITSA and SAIT join forces for Adopt-a-Student Family

Every year, students at SAIT have a chance to apply for the Adopt-a-Student Family program, and receive Christmas gifts for themselves and their family, purchased by staff. There are 47 student families who will be adopted this holiday season, all of whom will receive their gifts from Dec. 10-14, the …

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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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Global Expo offers snapshot of cultural wonders, world culture, and travel tips

The Stand Grad Centre transformed into a hub of global culture with live dancing and information booths for Global Expo on Nov. 13 as part of International Education Week (IEW). One way SAIT students explore the world is through international education, which also allows people from abroad to come to …

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Honouring Indigenous people’s military service with National Aboriginal Veterans Day

The contribution of Canada’s Indigenous people to Canada’s military has gained attention thanks to a day of observance separate from Remembrance Day.  National Aboriginal Veterans Day, held on Nov. 8, was established in 1994 to recognize the military contributions of Indigenous people during Canada’s major conflicts of the 20th Century. …

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Too many cooks don’t spoil the broth, professional cooking grad Connie Desousa wins Distinguished Alumni Award

Connie Desousa, SAIT 2018 Distinguished Alumni, became a chef, honed her craft, and co-established a top Calgary restaurant: Charcut. She’s also the co-founder of Charbar, Alley Burger, and the Rooftop Bar at Simmons, and competed in Top Chef Canada. We asked her a few questions about developing her craft and …

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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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Clutch your purses SAIT, private property theft increasing

Keep that shiny new laptop in your sight, every year thousands of dollars worth of possessions are stolen on SAIT campus, and the problem might be getting worse. Data provided by SAIT campus security shows that from July 2015 to June 2018 there were 399 reported thefts on campus. 81 …

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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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SAIT students beware, take care with credit cards

The Financial Consumer Agency (FCAC) recently launched a campaign to inform Canadians about their financial rights and responsibilities, with a focus on students. FCAC is a federal agency established in 2001 that is responsible for protecting consumers of financial services and products. FCAC has launched a campaign to improve Canadians’ …

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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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Orange Shirt Day honours Indigenous peoples affected by residential schools

Although Orange Shirt Day was started in response to crimes against Canada’s Indigenous peoples, those participating understand that acknowledging the past is important to grow as a community.  Orange Shirt Day derives from the experiences of Phylis Webstad, who in 1973 at the age of six, was relocated to a …

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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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Calgary 2026 Olympic bid: Debate wages as plebiscite looms

Calgarians argue the economic benefit of hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics in lead-up to Nov. 4 plebiscite.  With the municipal plebiscite only a month away, Calgarians continue to debate the benefits and risks of an Olympic bid. In 1988, Calgary became the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Winter …

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HIV prevention pill to be covered by Alberta Health

Province set to provide universal coverage for prophylatic treatment Beginning on Oct. 1, 2018, the government of Alberta will begin providing universal coverage for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a drug that is up to 99 per cent effective at stopping the transmission of HIV.  “By making it more accessible and more …

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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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