Posts Tagged ‘ایران’

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.

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 (

Let’s have a memorable evening together,

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


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.

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!

Thanksgiving Potluck

Where: The Villas at Happy Valley
When: Sunday, November 19, 2017, 6PM

Dear friends,

We are approaching the end of this semester with Thanksgiving holidays around the corner. Although Thanksgiving is an American tradition; yet, every year we have had a part in tasting the delicious turkey in our potlucks! Thus, we are planning to have a potluck on the evening of Sunday, Nov the 19th. Please RSVP if you plan to attend so that we may know how many turkeys to prepare. Join us with your delicious side dishes, desserts, or main dishes. Even if you do not plan to cook for the night, you can join us with only paying a 10$ entree fee.
Hope to see you all,

ISA Officers