The International Student Council (ISC) Soccer Tournament

Location: Park Avenue Fields (IM Fields)
Date & Time : Saturday and Sunday, October 20 & 21, 2018

  :علاقه مندان به فوتبال لطفا اطلاعیه زیر را مطالعه بفرمایید

The International Student Council (ISC) are staging a soccer tournament as a way of bringing together all the diverse and various multinational and multicultural representative student organizations at University Park.
If you would like to join the ISA team in this tournament, please feel free to contact the ISA director of the sport by October 11.
Kasra Mokhtari:

ISC is also providing opportunities for anyone who is interested in becoming a referee for the tournament, provided that they will not be refereeing the games that their teams are playing. Applicants for the referee position will need to have knowledge of the rules of soccer and will be paid by the hour. The sign-up sheet for the referees are attached here:

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to ISC through its website at

Docunight #50 [Penn State]: Poets of Life

Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: W315 Pattee Library, State College, Pennsylvania 16802

Artistic Consultant: Rakhshan Banietemad
Producer: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Director: Shirin Barghnavard
Artistic Consultant: Rakhshan Banietemad
Producer: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
2017 / 73 mins
Persian with English Subtitles

Shirin Parsi is a rice farmer, but not an ordinary one. After receiving a BA in French literature from the University of Paris, she returned to Iran and decided not to live in the megapolis capital, Tehran. Her husband had inherited land in Shanderman, a village near the Caspian Sea, so they moved there and took up rice farming. The Parsi family – including their two sons, who have stayed to farm with their parents – has instituted innovations in rice production. They promote sustainable farming and refrain from using chemical pesticides and fertilizers. In a region where more and more farmers are selling their farms at very cheap prices to developers, the Parsis produce 100% organic rice. Shirin and her family have chosen an exemplary lifestyle which is rich in indigenous values. In addition to rice farming, she spends time as a social activist and volunteers with several local NGOs. She is especially active in women’s groups where she focuses on raising awareness. This film follows Shirin preparing the rice paddies until the rice harvest, as well as showing her social activities, as she attempts to bring about social and environmental change.

Karestan documentary films series are the story of Iranian entrepreneurs (men and women) who, both in big and small terms, take risks and change their lives and those of others by creating innovative ideas and values. Their impact, although confined to a small scale and within a limited and local geography, will bring about an inspiring atmosphere for change.

About Docunight

Fall Picnic [New Date and Location]

Date: September 16th, 2018 from 4:00-6:00 pm
Location: Orchard Park (the only pavilion there!)

It is time to get together and meet new international friends. The Global Connection Team is hosting a Fall Welcome Picnic on Sunday, September 16th from 4-6 PM at Orchard Park. It is a potlock, so we encourage you to bring Iranian dishes to share!

Please fill out this form whether you RSVPed for the original date or not. If you RSVPed before, you will not be asked to enter all your information again, so it will only take a moment! The form will close on Thursday evening.

If you need a ride, please contact ISA (psu.isa AT

Fall Picnic

Update: Today’s picnic is cancelled due to the rainy weather. We will let everyone know ASAP if we are able to reschedule.
Date: Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 4-6 PM
Location: Tudek Park, Pavillion #1

It is time to get together and meet new international friends. The Global Connection Team is hosting a Fall Welcome Picnic on Sunday, September 9th from 4-6 PM at Tudek Park (Pavillion #1). It is a potlock, so we encourage you to bring Iranian dishes to share!

Please use this link to RSVP:

If you need a ride, please contact ISA (psu.isa AT

Docunight #49 [Penn State]: Weavers of Imagination & The Season of Warm Breezes (double feature)

Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, State College, Pennsylvania 16802

Weavers of Imagination
Directed by: Sadegh Jafari
2017 / 21 min
Persian with English Subtitles

Winner of Special Narrative Award, ARC festival in Germany, The Grand Prix at the 4th International Documentary Film Festival and Transmedia (RIOS) in Portugal, The Best Documentary film at the Lifft India Awards in India, and The Best Foreign Language Documentary Film Award in 2017 Cardiff International Film Festival in Wales.

‘Weavers of Imagination’ recounts the life of a number of visually-impaired people who weave rugs together and how the simple fact of working together fills them with a great sense of happiness.

The Season of Warm Breezes
Directed by: Hossein Rigi
2017 / 43 min
Persian with English Subtitles

Winner of The Jean-Loup Passek Award for best short or medium international film of the  Filmes do Homem – Melgaço International Documentary Film Festival in Portugal.

‘The Season of Warm Breezes’ follows a teacher in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province who tries to eradicate illiteracy among female residents. She, who had been unlettered till the age of 12, sticks to her roadmap to educate girls and women.

About Docunight

General Meeting and Re-election

ISA Welcomes You Back to PSU!
Needed: President 

We can’t wait to see you all at our first meeting of the year on Saturday (8/25/2018). Before we get started, we have an open officer position we need to fill!


  1. Introduction
  2. Special Presentation: Siavash Vala: The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA)
  3. Welcoming Package for New Students
  4. Re-election for President Position

Please RSVP for this meeting.

ISA Elections 2018-2019

Location: 102 Leonhard Bldg, University Park, PA 16802-6815, United States
Date & Time: Monday, May 7,  at 4 PM – 6 PM


Dear all,

As you all know, the current batch of ISA officers will soon retire and we are going to conduct elections for you to take on the reigns for the next academic year. If we want to have an ISA this year (Norouz, Yalda, picnics and all the fun!) we must gather around and elect the officers for the next year, 2018-2019. So, on the next Monday the 7th of May, again please join us for dinner and refreshments and as we review 2017-2018 we cast our votes for new officers for 2018-2019.
Active members, please move mountains if you have to and attend this meeting as we need at least 2/3 of our active members to vote for a constitution amendment that we wish to propose. Also, please RSVP here so that we know beforehand that we will have enough active members.

What?...ISA Elections
When?…Monday, May 7th
Where?…102 Leonhard Building
Is there going to be free food?…Yes, absolutely! Dinner is on us 😉
Should I be there?? I mean it’s summer time I could be anywhere…YES!! This is the one meeting you MUST attend if you are an active member!!.

Hope to see you all then,

ISA officers

Only people who have paid the $20 membership fee prior to an event are considered active members. ISA is a non-profit organization, your membership fees go only towards improving your events. As always any donations to ISA are greatly appreciated.

Immigration and Employment Options & Free Consultation

Date and Time:Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 6:00pm
LocationWestgate Building, Room W201,  University Park, PA 16802

Iranian Student Association in colaboration with Thomas J. Arkell from Dunn Law Firm, LLP presents.
The topics addressed in the seminar include:

  • Applications for Permanent Residence (“Green Cards”)
  • NIW (National Interest Waiver) petitions
  • Extraordinary Ability (EB-1A) petitions
  • Transitioning from F-1 OPT or J-1 to H-1B and issues related to the “H-1B Cap”
  • Recent changes in immigration, Executive Orders and related issues
  • 20 years of experience and low attorney’s fees with full refund if NIW is denied

BIO: Thomas J. Arkell is partner with Dunn Law Firm, LLP, which was founded in 1915.  He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Notre Dame where he was an international student before becoming a permanent resident and then U.S. citizen. Mr. Arkell has successfully filed green card applications on behalf of thousands of researchers, scientists and professors throughout the United States. Mr. Arkell is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

If you would like to have a free 10-15 minute individual consultation (limited spots available), please email your CV and Google Scholar profile to Stacy Rinkenberger at

Dr. Firouz Naderi’s Talk at Penn State

Location: 112 Kern Building
Date & Time: Friday, April 6th, 6 PM – 7:30 PM


Iranian Student Association (ISA) in collaboration with the Department of Aerospace Engineering has invited Dr. Firouz Naderi to Penn State to give a talk. Title of this multi-disciplinary talk is: “How did humans come to be on planet earth, and where to next?”

Dr. Naderi is the former Director for Solar System Exploration at NASA’s JPL where he spent more than 30 years in various technical and senior executive positions. Best known for his leadership of the Mars exploration program, he has contributed to some of the most iconic NASA robotic missions to various corners of the solar system.

We also would have a lunch with him on Friday 12:00 PM at Federal Taphouse in downtown. If you would like to talk to him personally you can join us for the lunch.

This talk is open to the public and the duration is 90 minutes. Hope to see you all there.


Short Films Screening

Date: Fri March 30th, Sat March 31st, Sun Apr 1st., 6:30-9:30 PM
Location: Foster Auditorium, Pattee Library

Dear friends,

The official screening of Hilaj Film & Theatre Festival by Shahrzad Dadgar and in association with Penn State University (The Center for Global Studies and Penn State Libraries).

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