Archive of ‘Uncategorized’ category

Nowruz Gala 99; Last Call for Early-bird Tickets

Hello Friends and Residents of the Happy Valley,

This is to remind that that we will celebrate our new year, Nowruz Gala on Saturday, March 14th at HUB-Robeson Center, Alumni Hall.

Tickets are available now and you can buy them today,  Monday March 2nd from 2 PM to 5 PM at HUB-Robeson information table #9.
Tickets are $20 for PSU students, $25 for non-PSU students and $40 for General public (Children under 8 are our guests) and tables are assigned on first-come first-serve basis.

Tickets are also available on event night at the door for $30 for PSU students, $35 for non-PSU students and $50 for General public.

Feel free to contact us for more information via email to:

Hope to see you all,
ISA board

A Tea Social – Today

Dear Friends,

As you know, this past week has been tough on many of us, due to lack of good access to connect with our loved ones.

Our kind friends, Kaivan, Nargess and Niki invited Iranians living in State College to their home for a tea social this afternoon, as a good company and tea always helps people feeling better.

This afternoon, 11/ 22/19 from 6:30 to 8 PM.

Their place is located at: 1042 Crabapple Dr, State College, PA

Hope to see you there!


ISA Officers.

Bus to JFK

Dear all,

The International Student Council (ISC) is proving a bus to take students from State College to JFK airport for holiday. Reserve your tickets today as there are limited seats and they are selling out quickly. You can purchase ticket HERE.

Here are some details:

Departure: Friday, December 20th, 2019 @ 11:59pm

Departure Location: Fullington Stop

Arrive: Saturday, December 21st, 2019 ~@5:00am


Ticket Price (Early Bird): $65 until November 22nd

Ticket Price (Normal): $75 after November 22nd

Extra Bag: $20



ISA Officers.

Docunight #62 [Penn State]: Homework [Reminder]

Date: Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, State College, Pennsylvania 16802


#62: Homework
Directed by: Abbas Kiarostami
1989 / 86 mins
Persian with English Subtitles


“Homework” is a documentary Abbas Kiarostami directed in 1989 after realizing he was having difficulties assisting his son with his homework. Kiarostami interviewed young male students at a local school to find out what kind of problems kids faced completing their homework, which in Iran requires a great deal of parental assistance (or did at the time).

Bald Eagle picnic feedback

Dear Friends

Thank you everyone who joined us in the first picnic of this academic year, it was our pleasure to have all of you there.
We will be more than thankful if anyone who have taken photos, send them to us via email to or via telegram to our officers. We will share them with you after collecting. We are also eagerly waiting to know your comments and suggestions for the next events. Feel free to inform us about your critics.

ISA Officers

Docunight #59 [Penn State]: Finding Farideh

Date: Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, State College, Pennsylvania 16802


Finding Farideh
Directed by: Kourosh Ataee, Azadeh Moussavi
2018 / 88 mins
Persian with English Subtitles


Iran’s entry for the international feature film category
in the 92nd Academy Awards (the Oscars) in 2020.

“Finding Farideh” is a feature-length documentary about an Iranian girl named Farideh, who had been abandoned in a holy shrine in Iran when she was 6 months old in 1976, and then she got adopted by a Dutch couple and left Iran to the Netherlands to start her new life. Her parents promised to take her to Iran when she turns 18, but it never happened because they always thought that Iran is a dangerous country to go. Now, she overcomes her fears and starts a personal journey to her motherland Iran for the first time to meet three families who claim to be her biological family and to find out about her Iranian identity and culture.


  • Cinema Verite International Film Festival, Iran
  • Fadjr International Film Festival, Iran
  • Iranian Film festival in Cologne, Germany
  • Prague Iranian Film Festival, Czech Republic
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, USA
  • Docudays UA International film festival, Ukraine
  • Zurich Iranian Film Festival, Switzerland
  • Middle East Now Film Festival, Italy
  • Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey
  • Kazan International Muslim Film Festival, Russia


  • Winner of the Special Prize of the Tataristan’s President for “Humanity in Cinema” at Kazan International Muslim Film Festival, Russia
  • Winner of 4 awards in Iran’s international documentary film festival “Cinema Verite” : (Best Film in Art & Experience Section, Best Editing, Best Music and Festival director’s special prize).
  • Winner of the best documentary award at the 20th Iran’s Cinema Celebration Academy Awards.
  • Winner of an honorary diploma for best directing and the award for best sound design in the 10th Independent Celebration of Iranian Documentary Films.
  • Winner of the best documentary film in the 1st “Cinema Cinema Academy Awards”

Happy 19-20 Academic Year!


Welcome to all new students and welcome back to those returning!
Exciting times as a new semester begins.

Iranian Student Association at Penn State is a non-religious and non-political organization for all students, faculty and alumni of Penn State who is interested in Iranian culture. Please invite your new friends to our club.

Find us on instagram (, telegram ( and our website ( and keep updated with our exciting indoor and outdoor events.

As good starts for newcomers, we’ll see you in the first DocuNight of this academic year, with Iran’s entry for the international feature film category in the 92nd Academy Awards (The Oscars) in 2020, ,Finding Farideh, on Wednesday, September 4th and then, let’s celebrate the beginning of the new semester with a picnic to Bald Eagle Park on Saturday, September 7th. Make it on your calendar. You will be notified soon about the registration.

We can’t wait to see you all
ISA officers

June 26th, Bowling night with unlimited pizza

Dorood be hamegi,

We were thinking about gathering for a bowling night on Wednesday, June 26th, and enjoying our time together. The price would be $10 (per person) including unlimited bowling and unlimited pizza! There would be 3$ draft beer of the month plus 0.5$ wings as well!
We would be very happy to see each of you there.

Where: Northland Bowl & Sports Center

When: Wednesday night, June 26th 2019, 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Eagerly waiting to see you all,
ISA Officers.


June 1st Picnic [Reminder]

Dear Friends,

This is to remind you that ISA is going to have a picnic in Black Moshannon State Park, Site: 2 ( on Saturday, Jun 1 2019, 11 AM to Sunset.

ISA will provide you with Lunch (Burgers, Veggie burgers, Joojeh-Kabab and sides) and games. Feel free to bring your special side/salad/ meals/ non-alcoholic drinks.

Make sure that you RSVP ( ). You are welcome to invite your other friends but let us know the number of them before. The cover Fee will be 5$ (cash on the day of gathering, please give it to Vaji). By the form, you can inform us if you can give a ride or need a ride to the location (about 35 minutes drive from campus), too.

Eagerly waiting to see you all
ISA Officers

May 10th event canceled

Dear friends and residents of Happy Valley,

Due to the huge number of requests over postponing the ISA picnic event on May 10th, ISA has decided to momentarily cancel this event, and postpone it for another day during the Summer. The further schedules will be announced shortly.

Eagerly waiting to see you all soon,
ISA Officers

1 2