February 2018 archive

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.