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In Response to the Provincial Government’s Announcement re: Tuition

December 4, 2017. On November 30, the Alberta Government announced they will be continuing the freeze on tuition fees through the 2018-19 academic year, as well as a corresponding backfill payment to publicly funded institutions with provincially regulated tuition.

The SAIT Students’ Association (SAITSA) appreciates the government’s recognition of the need to create affordable and accessible education for students, and their efforts to relieve the burden on the students and the schools through a tuition freeze and the backfill funding of $17 million.

After hearing the announcement about extending the freeze, the students’ association looks
forward to learning more about the province’s long-term tuition and funding strategy. SAITSA
has historically lobbied for a tuition funding model that is both sustainable and predictable, and is cautiously optimistic that this new model will provide that. They are hopeful the results of the tuition review take into consideration some of the potential pitfalls that multiple tuition freezes present to the overall funding of the post-secondary sector, and want to ensure the institution doesn’t suffer as a result.

SAITSA’s Executive Council looks forward to continuing to work with the government to find a
solution that meets the needs of students and the school. They will continue to work in
collaboration with the government and other students’ associations to ensure that the best
system possible is implemented.

 


Congratulations to Albert Myles Mejia on being one of SAIT’s Outstanding Young Alumni!

October 6, 2017. We are VERY proud to say that one of SAIT’s Outstanding Young Alumni recipients is also a full-time employee of SAITSA. I know what you’re thinking… how is that possible?? This guy is way too busy to hold down a full-time job?! The thing is, that’s Albert, and that is why he deserves this recognition. When Albert isn’t working as the Promotions Coordinator he is either working with his own fashion company – Legal Hustle Clothing, teaching dance, volunteering in the community, attending sneaker events, or helping one of his peers. We feel very lucky that Albert has the time to work with us at SAITSA, and that he has the passion and personality to connect with students every single day at SAIT.

Last night we got the privilege to be there while Albert and the other honoured Distinguished Alumni were presented with their awards. The evening was unforgettable with so many touching moments. The other well-deserving Distinguished Alumni recipients are Victor Buffalo, David Sartorelli, Nicky Nash, and Avree Bujaczek – a past SAITSA club president! All of these winners demonstrated nothing but class in accepting their awards, and reminded everyone why they were the chosen ones. Everyone has set the bar pretty high on what being a SAIT Student and Graduate means.

Just when we thought the evening couldn’t get any better, Albert got down on one knee and proposed to his long-term girlfriend – Ceniza, and SHE SAID YES! This was in full Albert-fashion, and was the perfect way to end a wonderful evening. We are over-the-moon we were able to be there to share this special moment with Albert as well as Ceniza and their family and friends.

Congratulations to Albert & Ceniza! As well as Nicky Nash, Avree Bujaczek, Victor Buffalo & David Sartorelli!

Their full stories can be found here: www.sait.ca/alumni/alumni-awards/distinguished-alumni

Shona White. Assistant Manager, Marketing & Communications.

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Some information on printing credits

October 2, 2017. Over the past couple of weeks there has been a lot of talk about the loss of printing credits. SAITSA’s VP Academic sat down with SAIT Academic Services to discuss the printing credit situation and this is what we learned.

Depending on their program, most students do have printing credits but unfortunately this wasn’t communicated effectively at the start of the year.

As we move towards more environmental sustainability, SAIT has simply created a program to track printing, as it hadn’t been tracked before.

SAIT received quotes from each of the schools based on the amount of printing students would need to be successful. Based on these numbers a fixed amount of real dollars was put onto every eligible students SAIT E-card to use towards printing.

If you have any questions about the amount your program requested from SAIT, please contact your instructors or academic chair. They should be able to answer any questions you may have.

If you belong to a program that did not receive any credits but are required to print, please contact your VP Academic, Alysson Torres-Gillett at saitsa.[email protected]