A copy of the late city edition of the Calgary Herald, the 1966 SAIT student handbook, a one dollar bill and thirty three cents in spare change.
These are just a few of the 50 year old treasures unveiled to the public today as SAIT celebrated its centennial by opening a time capsule interred on campus in 1966.
The occasion saw the Stan Grad Atrium in the heart of SAIT Campus packed to the rafters with students, staff, and alumni. Many alumni in attendance had actually been present when the time capsule was first sealed at 1:30 in the afternoon on October 16th, 1966. Almost exactly 50 years to the minute later, Dr. Steve Olsen Interim Associate Dean of the School of Information Communication Technologies proudly held up a dated copy of the campus paper, the Emery Weal, from within the capsule.
As part of the presentation current president and CEO Dr. David Ross shared an excerpt from a letter written by 1966 SAIT Principal Fred Jorgensen who passed away this past June.
“…perhaps the staff, students, and citizens of Alberta who see this statement in 2016 could be interested in my personal reaction to my work in this institute of technology. I can best describe my experience by saying i have been highly stimulated by the enthusiasm of the staff, the students, and hundreds of people in Calgary and surrounding districts in the development of new courses and facilities in this institute.”
The capsule also includes recorded radio newscasts, a yearbook and photos of construction on campus. Everything from the capsule is now on display at the Reg Erhardt library at SAIT.
A new capsule, to be opened in the year 2116 is to be interred in spring of 2017.