SAIT Academic Faculty Association
James McWilliams, SAFA President 2014 – 2018
you have any questions or concerns please contact:
James McWilliams (SAFA
Al Brown (SAFA Labour Relations Officer)
through the SAFA Office
– N201 Senator Burns Building (403) 284-8321.
Where does the time go?
ago while I was edging along in traffic, partially day dreaming and half
listening to the radio, I was snapped out of my daze quite unexpectedly by the
flashing lights of a school crosswalk. Idling there for those few moments, I
patiently waited for handful of school kids to finish sallying, quite
unconcerned, across the walk. As I sat silently eyeballing these young people I
noticed that this group of junior high school kids were all sporting a mixed
ensemble of Santa hats. As I mused at these school kids “not a worry in the
world”, an attitude I realized, quite despairingly that Christmas was less than
two weeks away –OMG.
Of course we
all have echoed the same rhetoric several times through this year… where has
the time gone? Indeed, where has the time gone? In September we were welcoming
students into our programs and shortly thereafter we are preparing for the SAIT
100 year Centennial. An Institutional extravaganza that showcased our Institution
on National scale, with Faculty support and recognition from every School being
the most predominate. October will always be synonymous with the SAIT
Centennial. Thanksgiving, without any remnants of snow, came and went this year
without the usual fanfare. However, no sooner have we disposed of the reminders
of Thanksgiving, we drag out the all too familiar Halloween paraphernalia. Then
spend the next week looking for the “bargain’ candies and get prepared for the
inevitable cries of “Trick or Treat” reverberating outside our front doors. November
was business as usual, as the Instructional pool began to shift gears,
administering those final assignments and projects, increasing the rigor of the
curriculum and mentally setting the tone for those final exams in December.
of the first semester is always an anxious time for students and
Instructors. Trying to bring those –less
attentive students - up to speed, preparing shops and labs, and occasionally
Instructors getting into each other’s space. And as we are patiently agreeing
to the last ‘ SIR II’ for the term, whilst trying to discuss the latest ‘SIR II ‘results with those often elusive
Chairs. Nerves get somewhat frayed and the tolerance levels wear thin. Those
idiosyncrasies that we shrugged off in September now become our focus to vent
at and complain about.
will arrive before we can blink an eye, exam week will come and students will
depart. Coffee with colleagues will be
inevitable, stress will slowly dissipate, Chairs will be ignored –but with all
the joys of Christmas, so let’s be mindful of each other concerns. Family for
many of us will become our focus, travel may be on the horizon for some (excuse
the pun) and - the weather we will take in our stride. As unfortunate as some
of us may think we are… let’s remember those who are less fortunate. January 3rdwill be here soon enough, and as always, we will resume the year with the same
vigor and enthusiasm as we are renowned for.
Happy, Safe and Relaxing Christmas break.
James McWilliams, SAFA President.
April 28, 2016 - Photo with Minister of Advanced Education, Marlin Schmidt
Left to right: Al Brown, Amir Fard, Tracy Fawcett, Honourable Marlin Schmidt, Candace Van Apeldoorn, James McWilliams