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Donors tune in to media technology at SAIT

When SAIT opened its doors nearly a century ago, radio broadcasting was cutting edge technology. There wasn't a single radio station in Calgary at the time. That didn't happen until 1922 when the city's first two - CFCN and CFAC - went on the air. That was the same year the Provincial Institute of Technology and Arts (now SAIT) opened its new stately brick building on the North Hill.

Of course media technology has grown exponentially in importance and it's no surprise that SAIT has become a centre of communication education for broadcast and print media. Our donors continue to play an important role in helping us stay ahead of the technology curve.

Earlier this year members of SAIT's President's Giving Circle had an opportunity to experience some of the latest in media technology first hand when they attended a Student-for-a-Day event. SAIT students and instructors provided donors with a guided tour through radio, television and graphic digital news programs. Participants didn't just look; they operated state-of-the-art printing presses and got behind and in front of the camera.

Dixie Gutwald was among the President's Circle members on hand for a graphic design lesson. She got some tips on how to design and print personalized thank you notes on SAIT's state-of-the-art iGen4 digital printer donated by Xerox. "It's so much fun to get a close look at what the students are doing. It's just a great place to play," said Gutwald.

The President's Circle members also toured SAIT's television and radio news studios. Both facilities have been beneficiaries of the Brawn Foundation which has long supported SAIT. The Brawn fund was used to upgrade computer servers in the television studios which improve video editing capabilities. The Brawn Foundation gift also paid for a lighting grid in the radio news studio. This allows students to prepare multi-media news stories for radio, television and online.

The Interim Dean of SAIT's School of Information Communications Technologies pointed out to participants that, "It's not just a cliché to say it takes a village to educate our students."

"Gifts from groups like the Brawn Foundation and from corporate partners, and from you here tonight are vital to the success of our students," said Mary Resch. "You give us the ability to provide our students the best applied education possible."

Written by Eric Rosenbaum

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