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 Hilary Yip, Multimedia Technology Director

Sigma Alpha Iota maintains a library of interesting and informative multimedia materials, many highlighting the fraternity, its work, and its members.


Description of Available Audio/Visual Materials



  • “Sigma Alpha Iota and The MacDowell Colony” - An affectionate look at this unique artists' retreat, with which SAI has been associated for over 75 years. Available on VHS and DVD. 13 minutes.
  • “MacDowell: An American Artists' Colony” - This PBS historical documentary includes filmed interviews with Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. It gives us an inside view of the Colony and how it works. It is also the story of Marian MacDowell and how she turned 450 acres of New Hampshire farmland into the most creative piece of ground in America. Available on VHS. 60 minutes.

  •  “Seasons of MacDowell” - A suite of four films by award-winning Colony Fellows Michael Almereyda, George Griffin, David Petersen, and Elisabeth Subrin. Each of the short films, which were specially commissioned by MacDowell on the occasion of its Centennial, provides a unique and vivid evocation of the experience of artists at the Colony. Available on DVD. Approx. 60 minutes.
  • “MacDowell Colony: The Legacy of Edward and Marian MacDowell” - Produced by Kate Kirkpatrick as a result of the 2007 visit to MacDowell Colony. PowerPoint Presentation. Approx. 5-10 minutes.




  • “Touch The Sound” - "A mystical exploration of the sensory world as experienced by a renowned musician," the Grammy Award-winning deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie. “While exploring the role of deafness in Glennie's music-making, TOUCH THE SOUND challenges our understanding of the senses and celebrates Glennie's uncanny gifts.” (from DVD box cover) Available on DVD. 98 minutes.

  • “Ladysmith Black Mambazo: On Tip Toe” - follows the captivating story of South African musician Joseph Shabalala and his World Music super group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. “Best known for their innovative support on Paul Simon's Grammy®-winning album "Graceland," Mambazo has crafted an extraordinary hybrid of traditional Zulu harmonies and Western influences, including gospel, rag time, Doo Wop, and rock 'n roll which amazingly incorporates the light, syncopated stomping of "isicathamiya" (Is-Cot-A-Me-Ya, meaning "on tip toe"), a style born through the strains of apartheid.” (from DVD box cover) Available on DVD. 56 minutes.
  • “Music Therapy and Medicine: Partnerships in Care” – A documentary exploring innovative ways in which music therapy can help doctors help their patients. Available on DVD. 25 minutes.
  • “Song of Survival” - The remarkable story of courageous British, Australian and Dutch women - - who survived 3 1/2 years in a World War II Japanese prison camp. “Having no instruments but the human voice, they recreated from memory the great musical works they loved,” and through the music rose above the horrors of their existence. Available on VHS. 58 minutes.


  • “Welcome to Sigma Alpha Iota: A Tour of Your Fraternity Home” - (2008) A visit to National Headquarters and introduction to the staff who make it run so smoothly. PowerPoint Presentation. 12 minutes.
  •  “Sigma Alpha Iota introduces SAI Philanthropies, Inc.” - Highlights the mission, vision and many outreach projects of SAI Philanthropies, Inc. PowerPoint Presentation. Approx. 30 minutes.
  • “The Role of Leadership” – Presentation given at the 2008 Leadership Conference about Push and Pull. PowerPoint Presentation. Approx. 10-15 minutes.
  • “The History of Our Sigma Alpha Iota Ritual” – Presentation covering the history of Sigma Alpha Iota Ritual. Outlines the history of the fraternity’s ritual and past practices related to it, its purposes, and explanations of meaning. Prepared by Leslie Nelson, former National Vice President, Ritual & Fraternity Education (1993-2003)  for the celebration of SAI’s 100th anniversary and was presented at the 2003 National Convention in Dearborn, Michigan. PowerPoint Presentation. Viewing is limited to initiated members only. 40 minutes.
  • “2009 Ritual Revision/Reworking” – (2009) An explanation of changes to the Sigma Alpha Iota ritual, including the reasoning behind them. Written by Dr. Deborah Volker, National Vice President, Ritual & Fraternity Education. QuickTime Movie. 20 minutes.




  • Each of these presentations is available on loan, FREE, to any SAI chapter for chapter use.
  • The starred presentations may be used with, for, or by non-SAI groups for a rental fee of $25.00 each.
  • The non-starred items are for SAI use only.
  • Late fees will be charged for videos not returned within one week of use, at the rate of $10.00 per day, up to $50.00, as set by the Philanthropies Board, effective August 1, 2001.
  • SAI is responsible for shipping to each group. Groups pay return postage to the Project Director.


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