Spring Quarter Events:
Iran-Argentia World Cup Match
Doostan, It's football season and the world is being focused on one thing, the World Cup. 2014 World Cup has commenced and it's time to catch up with football fever where all teams are fighting for the most coveted trophy. In what promises to be another unforgettable experience for football lovers, PSA is happy to announce screening of Iran-Argentina match next Saturday June 21st. The match begins at 9:00 a.m. We will get together at 8:00 to prepare ourselves for the huge adrenaline pump. The game is on Saturday, so it does not conflict with your work and there is nothing for you to do except join us and support our beloved "Team Melli". SMS competition ("Mosabegheye Payamaki"), "korry khooni", signing ball and painting Iran's flag on our faces are just part of fun things we plan to do the day. Bring your "Tokhme" ans snack and join us Saturday June 21st, 8:00 a.m. There is one more reason that makes this event special to us. If you recall, our first event as new PSA board was screening "Iran-Korea" match for the World Cup qualification and fate made our last event to be football related as well. This event will be the current board's closing ceremony. We invite all of you to be with us, celebrate the whole year of joy we had with you, take group pictures, and pass activities to the new board.Mark your calendar: What: Iran-Argentina Screening + PSA Closing Ceremony Where: GCC second floor - Nairobi Room When: Saturday June 21st - 8:00 a.m.
PSA Spring Party
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It's that time of the year again! Yeah, I'm talking about the highly anticipated PSA Spring party. Don your black and white outfits and join us on Saturday, May 17th at 8PM in Lyman Atrium for the "Black & White Party". DJ Alireza will be rocking the dance floor and snacks and drinks will be provided aplenty. The party is free and open to members and their guests. You need to be 18+ to dip and 21+ to sip!When: 8PM Saturday, May 17th Where: Lyman Atrium What: Black & White Spring Party
Movie Screening "The Past"
PSA fellows,Bechtel international student center has organized an international movie series, in which, one of the best movies of each country is screened. Thursday, May 8th PSA will screen "The Past" by Asghar Farhadi. The movie will be screened at 7:30 in the assembly room in Bechtel International Center. In addition we are also going to serve dinner from 7:15. So come on and join us and enjoy dinner over a great movie!
What: Screening of "The Past" by Asghar Farhadi
When: Thursday May 8th, 7:15 - 10:00 pm,
Where: Assembly room in Bechtel International Center
This event is public and sponsored by Bechtel Achilles fund from Bechtel International Center.
We will be having our first breakfast event of the quarter this weekend. Please join us on the second floor of GCC Sunday, May 4th at 10AM to start your day with a wonderful nutritious breakfast.
I hope everyone is enjoying Norouz and the last day of Spring Break!
Once again, Norouz marked a new year on our Persian calendar, and the 13th day of the year is just around the corner. To celebrate 13-bedar, we have organized a gathering for PSA members on campus. We will get together on Saturday April 5th at 12PM at the Bechtel International Center lawns. Please join your friends to celebrate this ancient day, eat snacks, play games, and,if you wish, tie a bunch of grass for good luck.
Please bring your favorite games (frisbee, football, etc.).
What: PSA 13-Bedar
Where: Bechtel I-Center Lawns
When: Saturday April 5th., 12PM to 4PM
Winter Quarter Events:
PSA Norooz celebratition
We are getting ready to celebrate the start of Spring next week, and with it the commencement of the Persian New Year. This year the moment marking the new year will be Thursday March 20, 2014, 09:57:07 am local time. To celebrate Norooz and the Persian New Year, we have organized a gathering for PSA members on campus. We will get together for "Saal Tahvil", play games and enjoy other fun activities, and have a traditional lunch (sabzi polo maahi).Please RSVP if you plan to attend or volunteer. What: Celebrating Norooz 1393 When: March 20th, 9:00 am Where: Havana Room, GCC
PSA Egg Painting
Norouz is getting closer and closer and We all know a major part of the 7-seen is eggs, and painting them is really exciting. So, please join us in a fun event of Norouz egg painting.What: PSA Norouz Egg-Painting
Where: Bechtel I-Center, Stanford
When: Wednesday, Mar. 19th - 6:30PM to 8:30PM
Painting material and eggs are provided. So, only bring yourself and your fun ideas for painting. Everyone is welcome to either take their work for their own 7-seen at home, or contribute them to the PSA 7-seen (on Mar. 20th).
Dear friends, The Berkeley Persian Center will be holding its annual 4Shanbe Souri this coming Tuesday. Please join us for this ancient tradition welcoming Nowruz (Persian New Year) by jumping over bonfires, music & dancing, eating delicious Persian treats, and enjoying various delicacies from local vendors.What: Chahar Shanbeh Souri Trip When: Tuesday, March 18th, 5 pm Where: Parking lot across from GSC
E-series: Discussion and Networking with GraphDive Co-Founders
Dear PSA entrepreneurship enthusiasts (or nonenthusiasts :p), We are thrilled to announce the next chapter of the PSA e-series with the CTO and CEO of GraphDive, Sina Sohangir and Shahram Seyedin-Noor on Thursday Feb. 27th. News on GraphDive: TechCrunch, Forbes We have planned an exciting discussion and networking evening with the two co-founders related to VC fund-raising and early startup business model development. You are encouraged to send in your questions for the co-founders. This event is co-sponsored by Pejman Nozad and Mar Hershenson's team and will be held at their new technology development office in downtown Palo Alto. RSVP is required for this event as space is limited.Details: What: A Discussion and Networking with GraphDive Co-Founders When: Thursday, Feb. 27th, 06:45PM Where: 320 High Street, Palo Alto, CA
PSA Movie screening "حوض نقاشی"Doostan, PSA movie group is happily hosting first event this year by screening "حوض نقاشی" (Painting pool) this coming Thursday! The movie is about a couple both have lower IQ than normal, and this genetic issue causes difficulties for their marriage.
The film was directed by Maziar Miri, and starring Shahab Hosseini and Negar Javaherian. When: Thursday Feb. 20th, 7:30pm Where: Green Earth sciences building, room GESB134 (first floor), 367 Panama St.Stanford university. To cover the costs of the screening, tickets will be available for $5, which can be bought at the door on the day of screening. Please note that the movie will be in Farsi.
Sepandarmazgan Dinner Celebration and 2014 PSA ElectionDear PSA members, You are all cordially invited to the Persian Students Association Sepandarmazgan dinner on Monday, February 17th, from 7-10pm. We are also pleased to announce that the PSA election season has also begun. Candidates running for next year’s Board of Directors will share their goals and ideas with you during this night. Join us to eat delicious Iranian food, and meet the candidates who will shape the PSA's future. Time: Monday, Feb 17th, 7-10pm Location: GCC, Havana room If you like to nominate yourself for the upcoming election please email your statement to our ombudsperson, Milad Mohammadi, by Sunday, February 16th. We look forward to seeing everyone soon! This event is open to all Stanford students, staff, faculty, and their families.
Doostan, Have you planned to join PSA wonderful hike this Saturday? Will you also join us to celebrate Sepandarmazgan on Monday evening? Do you think that's all PSA events for long weekend? Well, you couldn't be more wrong ... This Sunday we will gather once again to catch up with friends, talk with next board candidates and enjoy breakfast together. Please join us at 10:00 AM in the second floor of GCC, to enjoy Haleem and fresh Sangak. Mark your calendar (In addition to hike and Sepandarmazgan): What: PSA Breakfast Where: GCC second floor When: Sunday Feb 16th, 10:00 AM
PSA Hike: Wunderlich County ParkPlease join us for another wonderful hike on Saturday 02/15 at beautiful Wunderlich County Park.
The Wunderlich County Park is located in Woodside and is 20 minutes away from campus. It has both short/easy and challenging trails.
If you would like to share a ride from campus, please be in front of GCC at 9:00 AM.
Otherwise, please be at the entrance no later than 9:30 AM.
Where: Wunderlich Country Park in Woodside. See this. You may find a map here!
From Interstate 280 in San Mateo County exit CA 84/Woodside Road (exit 25).
Drive west on Woodside Road about 3 miles to the signed park entrance (it's a small sign) on the right (west) side of the road.
When: Saturday, Feb 15
9:00 AM: Carpool from GCC at Stanford Campus
9:25 - 9:45 AM: breakfast (Note: we might decide to have the breakfast 1 hour down the trail!)
9:45 AM: We will start the hike
How long does it take: Depending on group preference, 2 - 3 hours.
What to bring: Hiking shoes, water, sunscreen, warm cloth, and your friends!
Teaching Art in Tehran, a Personal Journey of an Iranian-American Artist
Free Parking Available Anywhere on Campus Starting After 4PM
Free and open to the public
This event will be in English
Bobak Etminani will be sharing his 22 years of academic and private teaching in Iran condensed into a speech introducing a developed method of teaching modern academy to few generations of young Iranian artists, showing students works and a 7-minute video of a workshop conducted by the artist at the University of Tehran in 2012. Biography: Bobak Etminani was born in Tehran in 1957. Having received Alborz high school diploma he went to England to study medicine but the subject didn't interest him at all. He left school all together and moved to the United States in 1979 to live and work. In December 1984, at the age of twenty eight and with no prior interest in art, a sudden mystical experience in Berkeley, California drew him intensely in art. The following spring he began his formal education at the California College of the Arts and received his BFA and MFA degrees in drawing and painting with high distinction. In 1992 he returned to Iran to artistically connect with his roots, taught at various art universities in Tehran, co-founded a methodical art academy with his wife, and meanwhile, in his Tehran studio--focusing on a single artistic idea for two decades--he created bodies of work that embody the cosmic oneness.
Commemoration of Maestro Mahmoud ZoufonounThe Persian Student Association, The Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies and The Bita Daryabari Endowment in Persian Letters present:
Commemoration of Maestro Mahmoud Zoufonoun
Please join us, as we gather to honor his life and memories in a commemoration ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 8th at 3:30PM in Stanford University's Paul Brest Hall.
The event will consist of several eulogies delivered by notable Iranian musicians and Mr. Zoufonoun’s family, along with a few musical performances of his compositions by professional musicians.
The talks will be in Farsi and the event is free and open to the public.
Short Biography of Maestro Mahmoud Zoufonoun:
'Ostad (“Master”) Mahmoud Zoufonoun' (Persian: محمود ذوالفنون, January 1, 1920 – October 19, 2013) was an accomplished musician in the art of Persian traditional music. Zoufonoun's interest in music began after he secretly listened to his father (Habib Zoufonoun) playing and teaching the tar. Habib began teaching his son the instrument at age 8. Aged twelve, already having become a local teacher for tar, Zoufonoun became interested in the violin. Since he was unable to obtain an instrument of his own he designed and made his own instrument. In the 1930s Zoufonoun moved to Shiraz where he learned musical notes from a clarinet teacher and took lessons in the violin. In 1936 (aged 16) Zoufonoun, at the prompting of his first violin teacher Mr. Vaziritabar, moved to Tehran where he took lessons from Rouben Gregorian. In the early 1940’s Zoufonoun began playing solo's on Radio Iran. In 1942 he helped form Anjomane Mooseeghee Melli where he met Rouhollah Khaleghi (who conducted the orchestra). Zoufonoun worked as a soloist, composer, arranger and conductor at the National Radio and Television. He was a member of the “Golha orchestra”. Over the course of his career he has made efforts to compile, transcribe a compilation of regional folk songs, modes, and styles to date. The work is currently uncompleted. Following his retirement in 1976 from the National Radio and Television, Mahmoud and his family emigrated to the USA. He continued to teach and compose and perform traditional Persian music, usually with his sons as the Zoufonoun Ensemble.
Making speech recognition available in FarsiThe Google Research team is looking for native Persian speaker volunteers to collect voice recording data to be used for speech research. As part of this effort, PSA is organizing an event at Stanford and inviting you, your family and friends to join us.
When: Thursday Jan 30, 12:00 -1:00 pm
Where: room 134, Green Earth Sciences @ 367 Panama St
PSA Ski trip
Salaam Doostan! We're excited to announce our yearly ski trip getaway to Lake Tahoe from January 17-20! The PSA ski trip is always full of fun and excitement, whether you like to ski, enjoy the mountain and lake scenery, be with great company, or just relax with friends! If you're looking to make great new memories, sign up here! Details for the trip given below. What: PSA Ski Trip Where: South Lake Tahoe, CA When: Jan 17-20, 2014 Transportation: Traditionally, people rent SUVs and carpool Ski equipment: The ski resort rents out equipment, and there are instructors available as well Tickets are available from today. Space is very limited, so purchase your tickets early. We have an early bird purchase discount of $15 which runs until November 26th. Ticket prices are as follows: PSA members: $155 ($140 before Wednesday, Nov. 27th) First year PSA members: $140 ($125 before Wednesday, Nov. 27th) PSA 2013 Volunteers (for previous events): $140 ($125 before Wednesday, Nov. 27th) Guests of PSA members: $180 ($165 before Wednesday, Nov. 27th) Your ticket covers your housing and breakfast for the duration of the trip. There will be a late fee of $20 for tickets purchased after December 10th, so book your tickets early!
Fall Quarter Events:
PSA Hike - Castle Rock State ParkFor those of you who are staying here during the holidays, we are going to hike a trail in the Castle Rock State Park on Sunday 12/29 to enjoy the peaceful nature and have fun! This is the best hike in Peninsula and South Bay (see this), and if this is your first time going there, you will be amazed by its beauty! If you would like to share a ride from campus, please be in front of GCC at 9:00 AM. Otherwise, please be at the entrance no later than 9:45 AM.
• From Interstate 280 in San Mateo County, take CA 92 west, then turn south onto Skyline Boulevard (CA 35). Drive about 25.5 miles, to the junction of 35 and 9 (Saratoga Gap). Continue about 2.5 miles further south on 35, to the park entrance on the right side of the road.
• From CA 85 in Santa Clara County, exit Saratoga Avenue. Drive west into Saratoga, then continue uphill on CA 9. At Saratoga Gap (junction 9 and CA 35), turn left and drive south about 2.5 miles to the park entrance on the right side of the road.
Where: Castle Rock State Park. See this and this. You may find a map here!
When: Sunday, Dec 29
9:00 AM: Carpool from GCC at Stanford Campus
9:45 AM: We will start the hike
How long does it take:Around 3-3:30 hours
What to bring:Hiking shoes, water, sunscreen, warm cloth, and your friends!
PSA Yalda Night (جشن شب یلدا)
Once again, the Fall quarter has come to its end, and Yalda night is around the corner. We hope you have had a wonderful quarter and are relieved to be done with your final exams. In such an exciting time, PSA proudly celebrates the 2012 Yalda Night on Saturday, Dec. 21st. We will hold live music performance by Ostad Ramin Zolfonun (the son of ostad "Jalal Zolfonun") and his colleague ", a poetry reading, Hafiz Faal and Karaoke. Of course, we won't let you go without having lots of "Aash", "Anaar", "Ajeel"and many more delicious snacks. So, please join your friends to celebrate Yalda night and make it your memorable time at Stanford.What: PSA Yalda night celebration Where: Bechtel International Center When: Saturday, December 21th, 7:00 pm-10:00 pm
Pomegranate Seeding (انار دون کردن)
As you know This Saturday night is the "Yalda Night", which is the longest night of the year. To prepare for the Yalda night celebration on Saturday, we are gathering to seed the pomegranates on Friday night, 7 pm at Bechtel International Center. Believe us from experience when we say it's a lot of fun to seed the pomegranates with your friends. PSA will provide pizza and other refreshments! What: Pomgeranate seeding Where: Bechtel International Center When: Friday, December 20th, 7:00 pm-10:00 pm
PSA Hike - Windy Hill Open Space Preserve
PSA Game Night
Ladies and Gentlemen, If you've had a tough quarter and need to relax and have fun ... If you've missed socializing with your friends ... If you prefer to spend some quality time ... It is my pleasure to invite you to the much beloved and much participated PSA game nights. Nothing is better to hang out with friends playing poker, Settlers of Catan, or Mafia after the long week of final examinations. So make your way to the second floor of the Nitery this Saturday at 8 pm for a night full of fun and games! Don't forget to bring your favorite board game or a deck of cards.
Talk on Higher education in Iran in modern Era
PSA is proud to announce a talk on "Higher Education in Iran in Modern Era" by Dr. Yahya Tabesh on Tuesday Dec. 3rd, 7pm. What: Higher Education in Iran in Modern Era by Dr. Yahya Tabesh When: Tuesday Dec. 3rd, 7pm Where: Bechtel International Center-Assembly roomPlease find the abstract of the talk and information about the speaker below. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm
PSA Movie Screening "آقا یوسف"
PSA movie group is happily hosting second event by screening " آقا یوسف " (Mr. Yousef) this coming Wednesday!
The movie is about a retired employee who is serving in other people's houses, hidden from his daughter.
PSA E-series: Site Visit to Zoosk
Please join us on Wednesday Nov. 27th to visit Zoosk!?! The visit includes meeting with a group of engineers and executives (including Founder and CEO Shayan Zadeh) followed by "maybe" a lunch afterwards. RSVP is required for this event as space is quite limited. What: PSA's Visit to Zoosk When: Wednesday, Nov. 27th, 11:00AM-1:00PM Where: 989 Market Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 Transportation will be provided by PSA We'll leave Stanford by 10:00AM and will be back by 2:00PM A short reading on Zoosk: here
PSA Hike - Rancho San Antonio
Salaam doostan! We will have the first PSA hike this year to spend time together and enjoy the nature and have fun! Our first hike will be at ‘Rancho San Antonio’ on Sunday Nov 3! We will have a small breakfast in Rancho San Antonio (8:30 - 8:50) and then start the hike at 8:50. If you would like to share a ride from campus, please be in front of GCC no later than 8:00. If you like to skip the breakfast, please be at Rancho San Antonio no later than 8:45. Where: Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, Los Altos, CA How To Get There: From I-280, north or south, take the Foothill Boulevard exit and proceed south on Foothill Boulevard approximately 0.2-mile to Cristo Rey Drive. Turn right on Cristo Rey Drive, continue for about 1 mile, veer right around the traffic circle, and turn left into the County Park entrance. When: Sunday, November 3 8:00: Carpool from GCC at Stanford Campus (if you need a ride or would like to carpool, be in front of GCC earlier than 8:00) 8:30 - 8:50: Having breakfast at Rancho San Antonio 8:50: We will start the hike How long does it take: Around 3 hours What to bring: hiking shoes, water, sunscreen, and your friends!!
PSA Fall Party
If you have lots of "gher" stuck in your "kamar" don't despair! DJ Alireza is going to release all that stress in PSA's awesome party next Saturday(Nov 30th).
If you're stressed out over deadlines, projects, or coursework, don't worry, this party will make you forget about all your problems for a few hours and give you the energy you need to get through them afterwards.
So if you're around on Saturday, Nov. 30th, please try to make it to PSA's Fall party from 8-12 p.m in Lyman Atrium.
PSA Movie Screening ''I feel sleepy'' خوابم میآد
Dear all, PSA Movie screening is back again. We are going to have our first movie of this year by screening ''I feel sleepy'' خوابم میآد next Wednesday. The movie is a comedy about a simple teacher who's in his middle-age and has difficulty communicating with women. "I feel sleepy" was directed by Reza Attaran, starring Reza Attaran, Akbar Abdi and Merila Zarei. When: Wednesday, Oct 16th, 7pm Where: Green Earth sciences building,room GESB134 (first floor),367 Panama St.Stanford university To cover the costs of the screening, tickets will be available for $5, which can be bought at the door on the day of screening Please note that the movie will be in Farsi.
Love Intelligence Discussions
Erfan means a person on the stage of Love (true Love ) reaching illuminated enlightenment
and clarity of vision about our existence and universe.
This awareness doesn't come by itself, but with the universal intelligence to enable us to get the Perfect knowledge.
PSA Welcome Dinner
As the new academic year begins, PSA is happy to be hosting a dinner to welcome its members back to campus. It is my pleasure to invite you to the Persian Student Association Welcome Dinner to be held on October 13th, 7-10 PM. We are looking forward to seeing all of you again, introducing new students to the organization and enjoying delicious Persian food. What: PSA Welcome dinner When: Sunday October 13th, 7-10 PM Where: Havana Room, first floor of GCC Why: To join us celebrating new academic year, getting to know other community members and hanging out with your Persian friends
Talk by Dr. Daryoush Ashouri
PSA is proud to announce a talk on Modern and Pre-Modern Languages by Dr. Daryoush Ashouri on Thursday, October 10th, 6:30 pm.What: Talk by Dr. Daryoush Ashouri When: Thursday, October 10th, 6:30pm Where: Pigott Hall, Building 260, Room 113
Stanford South Asia Welcome Party
we would like to invite you to Stanford South Asia Welcome Party on Sunday, September 22th, from 5:30-7:30 pm. The South Asia Welcome Party is a way for you to connect with all the South Asia resources at Stanford! At the welcome event, you can enjoy South Asian delicacies and beats, meet others who are involved with the South Asian community at Stanford, and learn more about the various South Asian student groups on campus. What: Stanford South Asia Welcome Party Where: Encina Hall Commons Lawn When: Sunday, September 22th, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Center for South Asia, Persian Student Association, Stanford India Association, Pakistanis at Stanford, Bangladeshi Student Organization, Asha for Education. Noopur, Basmati Raas an Sanskriti
Summer Quarter Events:
PSA New School Year Breakfast
Salaam Doostaan, With the end of summer upon us, the time has come for the first PSA breakfast of the school year. Come meet our newcomers, reunite with friends, and enjoy an Iranian style breakfast with food and fun aplenty. What: PSA Breakfast Where: Graduate Community Center second floor When: Sunday, September 29th 10am-12pm
The Cyrus Cylinder Exhibition Visit (منشور کوروش)
As many of you know, the 2552-year-old Cyrus Cylinder (منشور کوروش) has been touring around the US for the past few months and it has just made its way to the San Francisco Asian Art Museum. PSA is pleased to announce the visit of this historical heritage on the first week of its short stay in SF.
PSA Summer Picnic
Hello Persian Fellas!
Feeling tired of research work? Have not hung out with your friends in a while? Got bored with monotonous summer life?! Life does not have to be like that!! so come on and join us this weekend for fun outdoor activities in PSA Summer Picnic on 11th of August. we will serve awesome barbecue and snacks. we will also play outdoor games like Vasati, Stop Havaei and Ultimate Frisbee! The event will be held in the open space between Studio 3 and 4 in Escondido Village.Who: You Guys! When: August 11th (12:00-17:30) What: barbecue, snacks and lots of outdoor games! Why: Life is good!
As the holy occasion of Ramadan is here, PSA will be happily hosting its annual Iftar. It is our pleasure to invite you to PSA's Iftar
Dinner on Friday July 26th, 8:15-10:30 PM. We will serve delicious Persian food, as well as "Shole Zard" and "Noon panir Sabzi".
PSA Water Day- Trip to WaterWorld in Concord, CA
In the hot summer days of July nothing is as pleasant as spending a day with friends in a water park.
On behalf of the PSA board, I would like to invite you to a one day trip to WaterWorld on Saturday, July 13th.
WaterWorld park is located 56 miles away in Concord.
Iran-Korea Football game
I hope you are all enjoying these special summer days. As you probably know, our national soccer team will play against South Korea on Tuesday 18th at 4AM PST. This is our last match in the group stage for qualification to the 2014 Brazil world cup, and if everything goes well we will see Iran participating in the world cup next summer! On behalf of the new PSA board, I would like to invite you to a game event held at Bechtel international center that will start on Monday midnight with games and snacks and will continue till the match starts at 4AM. We will then watch the soccer game streamed online on a large screen together while we "break tokhmeh", and hopefully we will have a celebration afterwards to end this exciting event!:) Although it is in the middle of the week, I strongly encourage you to join us and shape one of your best sports-related memories:)
Spring Quarter Events:
Dear PSA members,
Please join us for the re-edition of Fire on Fire, a multinational BBQ party bringing together the outdoor cuisines from Argentina, Greece, Iran, Spain, Turkey and Germany on Saturday May 25, 5pm. We will have BBQ-istas from our association making sure you have the time to relax and talk for hours to people from all over the world, while you endlessly snack on our delicatessen from the grill. We will also dance to the beat of music from a diverse set of countries. This event is supported by the GSC, the Billie Achilles fund and the Bechtel International Center. We are expecting more than 1000 people and the PSA is one of the few organizations serving delicious kabab. So any help from volunteers is appreciated. Don't be late, the delicious food may not last long.