Posts Tagged ‘Penn State’

The International Student Council (ISC) Soccer Tournament

Location: Park Avenue Fields (IM Fields)
Date & Time : Saturday and Sunday, October 20 & 21, 2018

  :علاقه مندان به فوتبال لطفا اطلاعیه زیر را مطالعه بفرمایید

The International Student Council (ISC) are staging a soccer tournament as a way of bringing together all the diverse and various multinational and multicultural representative student organizations at University Park.
If you would like to join the ISA team in this tournament, please feel free to contact the ISA director of the sport by October 11.
Kasra Mokhtari:

ISC is also providing opportunities for anyone who is interested in becoming a referee for the tournament, provided that they will not be refereeing the games that their teams are playing. Applicants for the referee position will need to have knowledge of the rules of soccer and will be paid by the hour. The sign-up sheet for the referees are attached here:

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to ISC through its website at

Docunight #50 [Penn State]: Poets of Life

Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: W315 Pattee Library, State College, Pennsylvania 16802

Artistic Consultant: Rakhshan Banietemad
Producer: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Director: Shirin Barghnavard
Artistic Consultant: Rakhshan Banietemad
Producer: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
2017 / 73 mins
Persian with English Subtitles

Shirin Parsi is a rice farmer, but not an ordinary one. After receiving a BA in French literature from the University of Paris, she returned to Iran and decided not to live in the megapolis capital, Tehran. Her husband had inherited land in Shanderman, a village near the Caspian Sea, so they moved there and took up rice farming. The Parsi family – including their two sons, who have stayed to farm with their parents – has instituted innovations in rice production. They promote sustainable farming and refrain from using chemical pesticides and fertilizers. In a region where more and more farmers are selling their farms at very cheap prices to developers, the Parsis produce 100% organic rice. Shirin and her family have chosen an exemplary lifestyle which is rich in indigenous values. In addition to rice farming, she spends time as a social activist and volunteers with several local NGOs. She is especially active in women’s groups where she focuses on raising awareness. This film follows Shirin preparing the rice paddies until the rice harvest, as well as showing her social activities, as she attempts to bring about social and environmental change.

Karestan documentary films series are the story of Iranian entrepreneurs (men and women) who, both in big and small terms, take risks and change their lives and those of others by creating innovative ideas and values. Their impact, although confined to a small scale and within a limited and local geography, will bring about an inspiring atmosphere for change.

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Fall Picnic [New Date and Location]

Date: September 16th, 2018 from 4:00-6:00 pm
Location: Orchard Park (the only pavilion there!)

It is time to get together and meet new international friends. The Global Connection Team is hosting a Fall Welcome Picnic on Sunday, September 16th from 4-6 PM at Orchard Park. It is a potlock, so we encourage you to bring Iranian dishes to share!

Please fill out this form whether you RSVPed for the original date or not. If you RSVPed before, you will not be asked to enter all your information again, so it will only take a moment! The form will close on Thursday evening.

If you need a ride, please contact ISA (psu.isa AT

Fall Picnic

Update: Today’s picnic is cancelled due to the rainy weather. We will let everyone know ASAP if we are able to reschedule.
Date: Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 4-6 PM
Location: Tudek Park, Pavillion #1

It is time to get together and meet new international friends. The Global Connection Team is hosting a Fall Welcome Picnic on Sunday, September 9th from 4-6 PM at Tudek Park (Pavillion #1). It is a potlock, so we encourage you to bring Iranian dishes to share!

Please use this link to RSVP:

If you need a ride, please contact ISA (psu.isa AT

Docunight #49 [Penn State]: Weavers of Imagination & The Season of Warm Breezes (double feature)

Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, State College, Pennsylvania 16802

Weavers of Imagination
Directed by: Sadegh Jafari
2017 / 21 min
Persian with English Subtitles

Winner of Special Narrative Award, ARC festival in Germany, The Grand Prix at the 4th International Documentary Film Festival and Transmedia (RIOS) in Portugal, The Best Documentary film at the Lifft India Awards in India, and The Best Foreign Language Documentary Film Award in 2017 Cardiff International Film Festival in Wales.

‘Weavers of Imagination’ recounts the life of a number of visually-impaired people who weave rugs together and how the simple fact of working together fills them with a great sense of happiness.

The Season of Warm Breezes
Directed by: Hossein Rigi
2017 / 43 min
Persian with English Subtitles

Winner of The Jean-Loup Passek Award for best short or medium international film of the  Filmes do Homem – Melgaço International Documentary Film Festival in Portugal.

‘The Season of Warm Breezes’ follows a teacher in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province who tries to eradicate illiteracy among female residents. She, who had been unlettered till the age of 12, sticks to her roadmap to educate girls and women.

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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.

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!


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

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

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