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 stacy@dunnlaw.com.

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).

Norooz Gala 1397 (جشن نوروز ۱۳۹۷)

Location: Alumni Hall @Hub-Robeson Center, State College, PA 16801
Date and Time: Saturday, March 17 at 6:30 PM – 11:59 PM

 

 

Dear Friends,

Iranian Student Association(ISA) at Penn State University is once again proud to present Norooz Gala held on March 17. As you must know, Norooz is perhaps the most ancient Iranian tradition that celebrates the first day of Spring that is also the Iranian new year’s eve. Thus, the Norooz Gala is held every year by ISA at Penn State is not only the most prestigious event of the year, but it is one of the largest and most famous ones in the US. The night will include different performances such as Persian dance, videos, live concert by Mansour and his band, Dj performances guaranteeing you the best times on the dance floor and of course delicious Iranian dishes including Ghormesabzi, Gheyme, JoojehKabob, Tahchin, Kashk-o-Bademjan, Kookoo Sabzi and many more, so come full of energy but hungry!

We will be selling tickets on the following occasions:

Monday, Feb 26, HUB-Robeson Center, table #3, 4:00-6:00 pm
Tuesday, Feb 27, HUB-Robeson Center, table #3, 4:00-6:00 pm
Wednesday, Feb 28, HUB-Robeson Center, table #3, 4:00-6:00 pm

Tickets are available for cash or checks. $25 for students and $50 for the general public. Credit/Debit cards are not accepted. Please purchase your tickets with haste as they are liable to sell out quickly.
Only if you are out of town these days, please contact us via email (psu.isa@gmail.com).

Let’s have a memorable evening together,

ISA officers

 

Norooz General Meeting

Location: 102 Leonhard Bldg, University Park
Date & Time: Saturday Feb 24 at 4 PM – 6 PM

 

Dear ISA members,

As we are approaching Norooz 1397, let’s plan for a fabulous gala! This year’s Norooz celebration will be on March 17, and therefore, we need to gather about and make groups in order to prepare for it. As you know, Penn State ISA has one of the largest Iranian communities in the US and every year we host more than 350 people in Norooz gala, one of the largest in the country! Thus as you can imagine, we need at least 50 volunteers to form groups to handle the event. Groups such as a traditional dance group, live music, hosting, logistics, dinner services, etc. and this coming Saturday, Feb the 24th, we will gather to discuss our preparation plans and form these groups. Remember, such a profound and heavyweight event will just be as glorious as YOU make it be. Please move mountains if you have to and join us! There would be free pizza for you!

Cheers,

ISA officers

 

Blue and White Saffron Award

ISA is proud to announce its first annual Blue and White Saffron Award. Since its inception in 1996, the Iranian Student Association at Penn State (ISA) has been steadily growing thanks to its members’ involvement and support. The strength and livelihood of ISA depends on volunteers who devote their time, energy, creativity and enthusiasm to this organization. The purpose of this award is to recognize and honor individuals with outstanding service contributions to ISA.

Nomination and Selection Criteria

We invite our members to go to this link and nominate person(s) whom they believe have had positive and significant impact on ISA. The ISA board will review all candidates and select the award recipient based on the following criteria:

  • Significance of service to ISA and Iranian community
  • Service ‘above and beyond’ the norm, through effort and/or impact
  • Generally over a significant period of time
  • The approximate number of persons benefitted by the contribution(s) and how
  • The novelty of ideas/contributions to ISA
  • Credibility with ISA members and community
  • Highest ethical standards; sets an example

Award Announcement and Prize

The Blue and White Saffron Award winner will be announced during ISA Norooz Gala and receive $300 monetary prize and the engraved memento of recognition.

Deadline and Eligibility

Members can make nominations until 11:59 PM Sunday February 18th, 2018.

We welcome everyone to nominate or be nominated for the award. This includes (but not limited to) past and present Penn State students, faculty, staff, their dependents, State College community of Iranian or non-Iranian descendent. Current ISA officers, creator of the award, sponsors and their immediate family members are allowed to nominate candidates but are not eligible to be nominated for the award.

Yalda Night

Location: Heritage Hall at HUB-Robeson Center
Date & time: Sunday, Jan 14, 2018, 7:30PM to 11:00PM
RSVP here

Yalda

By Mahyar Hadighi

Come celebrate Yalda night (the longest night of the year) with friends and family at the Hub Heritage Hall on Sunday, Jan 14.

****Monday, Jan 15 is a public holiday (Martin Luther King Day)

****We need volunteers for the event preparation, so please go to this spreadsheet below and enlist your name in one of the groups in the list to help us better holding this event.

****We will serve dinner from Doan’s Bones Barbecue (vegetarian options also available).

****We will inform you on how to buy tickets very soon.

****We highly encourage you to become an ISA active member by paying a $20 fee and get free admission to this event and get discounts and privileges for our future events (like Nowruz, picnics, ice skating, and …) too. If you are interested to do so, please message the ISA treasurer Shirin Bouzari.

****Tickets
ISA active members: free
Children under 12: free
Penn State Students (and their dependents): $15
Faculty & Staff: $20
General Public: $20

Let us, through an evening of dance, music, poetry, treats (pomegranates, nuts, sweets and watermelon) and delicious food, share our deepest yearnings for what is good in the world.

Invite your friends and family, and if you have any talents you want to share that night send us a message.

We look forward to seeing you!
ISA Officers

Skate Night

Location: Pegula Ice Arena
Date & Time : Friday, December 15, 2017, 8 PM

Dear friends,

As we sprint to the end of the semester, it is time to relax and have some fun with our friends. To that end, Iranian Student Association (ISA) would like to invite all of you to join us in a group skate night at Pegula Ice Arena.

The skate rental and gate fee are on us. we will be there at 8 PM on Friday. Please be there on time so we can buy your tickets.

Parking is available there.

See you there!

Yalda Night General Meeting

Date/time: Saturday, December 2 at 4 PM – 5 PM EDT
Location: 102 Leonhard Building

Dear all,

We are going to have our second general meeting this coming Saturday. We will discuss our plans for Yalda night event. Also, we might have 2 positions for ISA’s officers available to fill in. So we would have a small election in the meeting. We would appreciate your suggestions and participation in the election and Yalda’s night event. There would be free pizza and refreshments as well.

Available positions:
– Vice President II
– Treasurer

Thanks and see you on Saturday,

ISA officers

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