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Report on General Body Meeting Feb 20th 2020

Dear Friends

First, let us thank you for your enthusiastic attendance on Thursday for the General Body Meeting of ISA for Nowrooz Gala planning and preparation. Here is the report of the meeting for your consideration.

Location: 129A HUB-Robeson Center
Time: Thursday, Feb 20th, 2020 6 PM
Attendance: Approximately 70 people

1. The meeting started with the introduction of the new board to members by the Vice President I, Mehdi, and our appreciation for community collaboration.
2. Then, a brief on the last two General Body Meetings, the last three Board Meetings, and UPAC Funding negotiations have been reported by our President, Kamyar, to the community.
UPAC had sent us a resubmission request almost a month before new board of ISA officers were elected, and unfortunately, the person responsible was not responsive to these notifications. Due to this long delay, our funding application was almost canceled by UPAC. Considering the huge effort the new ISA officers made within a week after re-election, we were able to resubmit the funding request and save our Nowruz gala celebration event. The proposed Agenda for the Nowrooz Gala event was also discussed.
3. After Answering the Questions from the community on the details of the program, (some of them are covered at the end of this report), and the introduction of roles needed for conduction of the event, community people volunteered for collaboration. You can find the volunteers (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bJtAbabhmV8I8acNA7o8bLtiu5A7pD1s3eLL8NWe_jM/edit?usp=sharing) and if interested in collaboration, let us know via email to psu.isa@gmail.com or contact the officer in charge of the tasks.
4. In the end, suggestions for a better event were collected from the community to e discussed in the next Board Meeting.
Some of the Questions and Suggestions are followed:
Q. Why the event will be held on Saturday, not the actual time of Nowrooz on Thursday. A: As we need to hold it on Weekend and people prefer to be in their places at the Nowrooz, contacting their relatives living overseas.
Q. Why don’t we have a singer in this event? A: Due to the changes in ISA Board, lack of time for amending the UPAC Fund application request and emphasizing the cultural aspect of Nowrooz in 25th-year od celebrating this event in State College, the concert is postponed for another event in May.
Suggestions:
a. Decreasing the amount of food waste by decreasing the dishes that were not completely eaten last year.
b. Adding a childcare program to the event, at least by giving them gifts from Haji Firooz to let them enjoy the event as well as their parents.
c. Adding a competition to the event for more fun!
d. Changing the time of dinner (earlier than the past)
e. Adding a cleaning time to the schedule after serving the dinner
f. Sending an email to Iranian alumni of Penn State for fundraising (Please let us know your close friends graduated recently in order to contact via email or contact to Khashayar)

In the end, we want to appreciate your support and collaboration again.
Hope to have a great event and a greater new year,

ISA Board

Report on February 9th 2020 General Body Meeting

درود به همه‌ دوستان و ساکنین محترم دره‌ شادی

گزارش مختصری از گفت‌و‌گوهای صورت‌گرفته، تصمیمات گرفته شده، و نتایج جلسه‌ی مجمع عمومی روز یکشنبه، 9 فوریه ارائه می‌گردد.

جلسه با توضیحات بورد قبلی انجمن شروع شده و در مورد مواردی از جمله علت استعفای آفیسرهای‌ قبلی، سیاست‌های حال حاضر انجمن و اساس‌نامه فعلی، هدف‌های انجمن، مبلغ حق عضویت و امتیازات اعضای فعال، عضویت افراد غیر دانشجو، و در نهایت پیشنهادات ارائه شده برای بهبود مشکلات انجمن صحبت شد. در ادامه جلسه، از میان اعضای فعال آفیسرهای جدید توسط انتخابات صورت گرفته انتخاب شدند:

President : کامیار اکبری روشن
Vice President I : مهدی خواجه
Vice President II : الهام حاج‌اسماعیلی
Treasurer: خشایار جعفری
Secretary : علی قزوینیان

لازم می‌دانیم بابت هرگونه آزردگی خاطر و بی‌احترامی‌ صورت‌گرفته در خلال مباحث جلسه از طرف انجمن دانشجویان ایرانی از شما عذر خواهی بکنیم. از دکتر برهان، به عنوان ادوایزر انجمن و‌ کسی که ۲۵ سال برای سرپا نگه‌داشته شدن انجمن تلاش کرده‌اند، برای شرکت در جلسه و زحماتشان صمیمانه تشکر می‌کنیم

لازم به ذکر است که انتخابات مجدد در ماه آپریل برگزار خواهد شد و آفیسرهای جدید از ماه آگوست شروع به کار خواهند کرد. جلسات آینده‌ی انجمن با اعضای فعال نیز متعاقبا اطلاع‌رسانی خواهند شد.

خواهشمندیم سوالات، پیشنهادات و انتقادات خود را با بورد انجمن از طریق ایمیل انجمن در میان بگذارید:

PSU.ISA@gmail.com

 

سپاس‌گزار از حمایت و همراهی شما

Final Reminder: ISA General Body Meeting and Dance Party, November 1st

Dear friends,

This is the final reminder for the ISA GBM and dance party. Attendants need to complete the RSVP form (https://forms.gle/gMBcQLRLEQ6subKv5) by Thursday midnight (the form will be closed afterwards).

The Agenda of the meeting is going to be as following:

1. Welcoming and introduction
2. Report on ISA programs so far
3. Report on plans for the future
4. Active membership
5. Dr. Borhan’s talk about the organization
6. Introduction of DocuNight, Masnavi sessions and Reading group
7. Suggestions, critics and discussion

The fee for becoming an active member is $20 for the whole year.

The meeting will be followed by a Persian dance party in which the attendants will be provided by snacks and pizza. The cover fee, will be collected as cash, and it is $10 per person (and 5$ for active members)

Feel free to come with costumes and invite your international friends as well.

Where? Toftrees clubhouse, State College, PA
When? Friday, Nov 1st, 8 PM – Midnight

Hope to see you,
ISA officers.
@ISAPennState

ISA GBM & Dance Party, November 1st [Reminder]

Dear friends and the residents of the Happy Valley,

We are more than happy to announce that we will be gathering around for the next general body meeting of the Iranian Student Association on Friday, November 1st. We will discuss our further plans and future events. In this meeting, you will have the opportunity to become an active member of our organization with a single-time fee of $20 per person for the whole year! The meeting will be followed by a Persian dance party in which the attendants will be provided with snacks and pizza. The fee for attending only the dance party would be $10 per person. However, a special offer of a 50% discount for the cover fee will be provided only for the new active members, and they will only pay $5 as the cover fee. The exact agenda of the meeting would be provided shortly.

Date and time: Friday, November 1st, 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Location: Toftrees Clubhouse, State College, PA.

Please RSVP (https://forms.gle/gMBcQLRLEQ6subKv5), and feel free to contact any of the current ISA officers if you require any further information.

Hope to see you all very soon,
ISA officers.

GBM for Norooz preparation (reminder)

Location: HUB 233A @Hub-Robeson Center, State College, PA 16801
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 12 at 6:00 – 7:00 PM

آخرین جلسه برای آماده سازی نوروز در روز سه شنبه برگزار خواهد شد. اگر قبلا داوطلب شده اید یا قصد دارید داوطلب شوید، لطفا در این جلسه شرکت کنید. برنامه نوروز در این جلسه نهایی خواهد شد.
برنامه نوروزهمچنان نیازمند داوطلب می باشد. داوطلبان می توانند در اینجا ثبت نام کنند
شما می توانید در این برنامه بلیط ها را به شرح زیر خریداری کنید

The last GBM for Norooz preparation will be on Tuesday 3/12. If you have already been volunteered or plan to be a volunteer, please attend this meeting. We will finalize the Norooz Gala program.
We are still looking for volunteers. Volunteers can sign up here (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Gn-PwbqlovSin0mhGCx6Al_AKeFxiTffqvv8toO3ICQ).

Also, we will be selling tickets on the GBM event.
Tickets (cash only):
PSU Student: $30
Student: $35
General ticket: $60
Children under 6: Free

Yalda Event Coordination

از تمام دوستانی که در جلسه عمومی انجمن ایرانی ها شرکت کردند و نظرات و انتقادات سودمند خود را ابراز نمودند تشکر می‌کنیم. به یقین جامعه‌ی دانش‌جویان و ساکنین چند صد نفری استیت کالج به شرکت بیش از 11 نفر از اعضا نیازمند است.

بحشی از مباحث مطرح شده در جلسه‌ی عمومی: راه‌کارهایی برای استقبال بیشتر اعضا در جلسات عمومی انجمن، بررسی نحوه‌ی اطلاع رسانی جلسات و رویدادها، برنامه‌ریزی برای برنامه‌های تفریحی و فرهنگی، ارائه‌ی فعالیت‌های گروه “مثنوی خوانی” ، ارائه‌ی فعالیت‌های “داکیونایت” .

علاوه بر این، بخش‌های اصلی شب یلدا  و کارهای مربوطه برای تاریخ ۱۹ ژانویه مطرح شد:

  • طراحی بنر یلدا نیازمند یاری از طرف اعضاء
  • تهیه و اماده سازی میوه‌ها نیازمند یاری از طرف اعضاء
  • هماهنگی و طراحی سفره مربوط به شب یلدا نیازمند یاری از طرف اعضاء
  • هماهنگی و اماده سازی میزها نیازمند یاری از طرف اعضاء
  • هماهنگی و اماده سازی میزها غذا نیازمند یاری از طرف اعضاء
  • معرفی یلدا نیازمند یاری از طرف اعضاء
  • اجرای موسیقی سنتی توسط گروه موسیقی به رهبری ماندانا خضرایی هماهنگی با آفیسرها
  • بازی‌های مربوط به شب یلدا نیازمند یاری از طرف اعضاء
  • حافظ‌خوانی گروه مثنوی خوانی با یاری از طرف اعضاء
  • رقص یلدا گروه رقص ایرانی پن‌ستیت با  یاری از طرف اعضاء
  • آهنگ پاپ ایرانی و رقص هماهنگی با آفیسرها

برگزاری و برنامه‌ریزی قسمت‌های مشخص شده، ملزم به مشارکت اعضاست. لطفا برای اعلام همکاری در زمینه‌های اعلام شده از طریق لینک زیر یا با صحبت با یکی از آفیسرها اعلام آمادگی کنید.

Link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-4zbMHGjC_TFHZwkJHftvdaCYzB6Tuzlf_rncizUWBY/edit?usp=sharing

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the last ISA general meeting.

In this meeting, we discussed ways to encourage more members, and how to inform ISA programs and new cultural programs. Two activities of Masnavi Manavi Reading and Discussion group and Docunight were presented.

The main sections of the Yalda Night are as follows for January 19th. Please complete the above link or contact one of the officers if you are interested.

  • Yalda banner design (Needs help from members)
  • Preparation of fruits (Needs help from members)
  • Coordinating and designing the Yalda table (Needs help from members)
  • Coordination and preparation of guest tables (Needs help from members)
  • Coordination and preparation of food tables (Needs help from members)
  • Yalda Introduction/Presentation (Needs help from members)
  • The traditional music performance by Mandana Khazraei (Coordinated by officers)
  • Yalda Night Games (Needs help from members)
  • Hafez Khanei (Needs help from members)
  • Yalda dance (Needs help from members)
  • Iranian Pop and Dance (Coordinated by officers)

General Meeting [reminder]

Date/time: Saturday, November 3 at 1 PM – 3 PM EDT (Lunch will be served at 1 pm)
Location: E203 WestGate Building (IST Building)

در این جلسه در مورد برنامه های شب یلدا صحبت خواهد شد. همچنین، در زمینه شعر و فیلم دو نفر از اعضا صحبت هایی خواهند کرد.

We are going to have our second general meeting this coming Saturday. We will discuss our plans for Yalda night event. Also, two members will present some plans regarding poetry and movie activities.

Agenda

  1. Lunch
  2. Yalda Night Discussion
  3. Special Presentations:
    1. Sohail Sadroleslami: Masnavi Khani
    2. Mahyar Hadighi: Docunight

Please RSVP for this meeting.( https://goo.gl/forms/5RVMouDWmEVQNqXo2 )

General Meeting

Date/time: Saturday, November 3 at 1 PM – 3 PM EDT (Lunch will be served at 1 pm)
Location: E203 WestGate Building (IST Building)

در این جلسه در مورد برنامه های شب یلدا صحبت خواهد شد. همچنین، در زمینه شعر و فیلم دو نفر از اعضا صحبت هایی خواهند کرد.

We are going to have our second general meeting this coming Saturday. We will discuss our plans for Yalda night event. Also, two members will present some plans regarding poetry and movie activities.

Agenda

  1. Lunch
  2. Yalda Night Discussion
  3. Special Presentations:
    1. Sohail Sadroleslami: Masnavi Khani
    2. Mahyar Hadighi: Docunight

Please RSVP for this meeting.( https://goo.gl/forms/5RVMouDWmEVQNqXo2 )

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!

Agenda

  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.

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.

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