Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Congratulations to SAIT's Class of 2015!

Once again, the Reg Erhardt Library would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our new SAIT graduates from the Class of 2015.

Convocation Ceremonies will be held on Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

Last year's graduation blog celebrated our SAIT grads and included some quotes from people from all walks of life. Here is a new collection of graduation wisdom might inspire you:

Sandra Bullock
"Stop worrying so much. Stop being scared of the unknown. Anything I worried about didn't happen. Other stuff happened, but not what I worried about. The unknown, we can't do anything about ..."

Katie Couric
"Changing the world doesn’t happen all at once. It isn’t a big bang. It’s an evolution, the sum of a billion tiny sparks. And some of those sparks will have to come from you."

Bill & Melinda Gates
"When we strip away all of our luck and privilege and consider where we'd be without them, it becomes easier to see someone who's poor and sick and say "that could be me." This is empathy; it tears down barriers and opens up new frontiers for optimism.”

Tom Hanks
"Fear is whispered and shouted in our faces. Faith must fostered by the man or woman you see every day in the mirror. The former, forever snaps at our heels and delays our course. The latter, can spur our boot heels to be wondering, stimulate our creativity and drive us forward. Fear or faith, which will be our master?"

Jay Leno
"Keep the friends you made in college. After all, one of them could be the key to your success, or you could be the key to theirs."

Toni Morrison
“I am myself a storyteller, and therefore, an optimist—a firm believer in the ethical bend of the human heart; a believer in the mind’s appetite for truth and its disgust with fraud and selfishness. From my point of view, your life is already a miracle of chance waiting for you to shape its destiny. From my point of view, your life is already artful—waiting, just waiting, for you to make it art.”

Amy Poehler
"You can’t do it alone. As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas, are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you. Spend a lot of time with them and it will change you.”

Shonda Rimes
"I think a lot of people dream and while they are busy dreaming, the really happy people, the really successful people, the really interesting, engaged, powerful people are busy doing."

Martin Scorsese
"You may be shy. You may be tentative. And even, at times, you may be fragile. But you have to protect your own voice, your creative spirit, no matter what it costs. That takes tenacity, confidence and resilience."

Denzel Washington
"Nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks"

Congratulations to all of you! This is a very important accomplishment and you should be so proud of yourselves.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Did you know...

The opening of SAIT in Calgary was in closely related to the decision to open the University of Alberta in Edmonton?

With the Alberta as a province in 1905 and the selection of Edmonton as the provincial capital, it was largely assumed that Calgary would be selected as the home for the provincial University. However, this would not be the case, and with the passing of the University Act in 1906, students would be attending the University of Alberta a few short years later in 1908.

Although provisions in the act limited the province to a single degree conferring university, citizen groups in Calgary made several requests for a similar institute to be built in Calgary. In each case, however, the proposal for a second university was rejected, and in 1914 it was recommended by the Royal Commission considering these requests that an Institute of Technology and Art be established instead, which would provide diploma-granting programs in the trades and applied arts.

Despite initial delays attributed in part to the political atmosphere at the time, classes would finally begin in 1916 as the doors of the Colonel Walker School were opened as a temporary home for the Institute. Six years later, the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art would move to its permanent home at the North Hill campus, where it remains to this day.

Interested in finding out more about the history of the Institute?  Please visit our digital archives or contact the Sait Archives directly to request more information

Library Services for Distance Education Students

If you are a registered distance education student, our friendly, knowledgeable staff is available to help you find the best information sources for your assignments and papers.

Here is an overview of the services that are available to you:
For additional research assistance, you can check these great resources at library.sait.ca:

Please visit Services for Distance Students to learn more.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Looking for a summer job?

We have some excellent resources to help you find a job.

You can search library.sait.ca to find lots of useful information. Use simple keywords such as:
  • job hunting
  • job searching
  • job interview
  • resumes
  • resume employment
  • cover letters
We also subscribe to a variety of newspapers. Check the "Careers" section and look for job postings there.

You can search our databases to learn more about a potential employer. Here are some databases that we recommend:
Job Bank is another database that we highly recommend. It is a Government of Canada resource that allows you to enter your job title and city, providing users with job postings, wages, occupation outlooks, certification information, and education and skill requirements.

Internet Web Sites
When you search the Internet, remember to put the search term in quotation marks. If you need to refine your search, try using terms like:
  • online job search
  • work at home
  • job listings
  • online networking
Also, make the Internet work for you. Some job searching websites will upload your resume and cover letter so potential employers can find you when they are looking for someone with your particular skills.

LinkedIn is a very powerful site that can help you promote and network for yourself on a professional level.

Some Internet websites that might be useful are:
Protect your "professional brand" and "personal brand." Just as you might use Google to find out about a potential employer, your future employer can check you out as well. Be careful with what is posted about you or by you on Facebook or other Social Media websites.

Good luck with your job search.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Alberta Burger Week (May 1-9)

Alberta is cattle country and when it comes to burgers, taste is everything. This week, over 70 restaurants in Alberta are competing for the prize of the best original burger and raising money for local charities.

In an article published a few days ago, the Huffington Post recommended these great Calgary burger joints:
Maybe you have personal choices that are different from this list but all of these restaurants look like they make some pretty delicious burgers.

Wednesday, May 6 is also McHappy Day. If you go into any McDonald's restaurant and order a Big Mac or a Happy Meal, one dollar will to go to support Ronald McDonald Houses and other children's charities across Canada.

If you prefer making burgers at home, we have some great new cookbooks that might inspire you:

•Burgers Every Way: 100 Recipes Using Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Lamb, Fish and Vegetables / By Emily Haft Bloom

•Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill Cookbook: Explosive Flavors from the Southwestern Kitchen / By Bobby Flay with Staphanie Banyas and Sally Jackson

 •BBQ Bash: the be-all, end-all party guide, from barefoot to black tie / By Karen Alder and Judith Fertig
Hope you are able to participate and celebrate Alberta Burger Week!