Fall Quarter Events:
PSA Yalda Night
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 2014 Yalda Night on Sunday, Dec. 21st. We will hold live solo music performance by Hamed Nikpay, 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: Sunday, December 21st, 7:00 pm-11:00 pm
PSA Pomegranate Seeding
In preparation for the "PSA Yalda Night" celebration on Sunday, we are gathering to seed pomegranates on Saturday night, 7:00pm at Bechtel International Center. You'll have lots of fun and you may learn a thing or two about the art of pomegranate seeding. PSA will provide pizza and other refreshments!
Please fill in the this form if you are going to participate in this event:
What: Pomgeranate seeding Where: Bechtel International Center When: Saturday, December 20th, 7:00-9:00pm
Azizan, First off, this has no biblical reference. Rather pointing to the end of the quarter. Secondly, we know food becomes less of a priority during that dead week, and we are excited to counter that by holding a delicious breakfast! So, come join us on Sunday at 10am on the second floor of GCC for an unforgettable breakfast :)
PSA Thanksgiving Dinner at UC Berkeley
The PSA, Iranian Student Cultural Organization (ISCO), and Iranian Student Alliance Organization (ISAA) will be hosting the 16th annual Thanksgiving Dinner from 6pm-9pm Tuesday, November 25 at the Persian Center in Berkeley. Come and enjoy great company, along with both Thanksgiving *and* Iranian food!
We have rented vans to travel from Stanford to Berkeley, leaving around 4:30pm and arriving back on campus by about 10:30pm, with a suggested copay of $5. If you’re planning on coming to Berkeley (either with us or on your own), please RSVP here (make sure to fill this out early, as we have a limited number of seats!).
PSA Discussion Series, Session 1
Dear PSA members,
We would like to invite you to join us for the first session of the PSA Discussion Series this Wednesday, November 19th, 8-10pm, in Huang 305. Refreshments will be served from 8:00-8:15pm, followed by a 30 minute student presentation on a topic relevant to and/or affecting Iranian students. The rest of the event will be dedicated to free-form general discussion by everyone present with regard to the presented topic.
This first meeting will be devoted to the well-documented Iranian “brain drain” phenomenon, as well as a short brainstorming session to determine availability for future installments of this event. We tentatively expect to run these once every other week on a weeknight to be determined. If you are interested in attending (or cannot attend but are interested in being a participant now or in future sessions), please RSVP here so we can have a general idea how to finalize the structure of the event.
Ladies and Gents,
We know how bad you want to party this quarter, and we are responding in style! We are throwing the baddest, sassiest, classiest party in the Bay Area! We looked at every option and we booked the most gorgeous and breathtaking YACHT we could find. Yes, you read that right: A Yacht! We also have a very special guest DJ for you: DJ Dr-T who will be spinning the best gheri music for us while we sail. This, without a doubt, is THE event you do not want to miss! Details of the party are below:
Time and Date: Saturday, November 15. Check in and boarding at 8:30pm. Yacht departing at 9:30pm (SHARP) and returning at 12:30am.
Boarding Location: 2394 Mariner Square Drive, Alameda, CA, 94501
Dress Code: Dress to impress!
Age restriction: 18+ to dip, 21+ to sip
Bar: It is a cash only bar (literally cash, but we have negotiated a cheap menu!)
Ticket Sale: Tickets will be sold in 3 phases: Flash Sale: Starting right now, we have very limited number of tickets available for students at $29 and non-students at $39. Early Bird: Beginning after the flash sale (we will announce it!). Tickets will be available for students at $39 and non-students at $49. Early bird ticket sale will end on November 1st! Regular Sale: Beginning on November 1st. Tickets will be available for students at $49 and non-students at $59.
NOTE: If you are buying a student ticket, you MUST bring your student ID to the party. If we can not verify that you are a student, we would ask you to pay the price difference ($10) prior to boarding.
How to purchase your tickets: Paypal/Venmo your ticket cost to firstname.lastname@example.org. IMPORTANT: In your message note the name of the person who the ticket belongs to (even if it is for yourself).
So get your groove and gher on and come dance this unforgettable night away, while sailing on the bay!
PSA & Alumni Club Game Night
We have a very special game night/day this time! We have the opportunity to play bridge with the alumni on Sunday at 1:30 pm in GCC.
They have kindly agreed to bring the cards, score sheet, copies of "How to Play Bridge", and snacks. They used to play bridge back in their days at Stanford and they are willing to accept new members. It will be legen...wait for it...dary!!
There will be other card games and board games as usual. Feel free to bring your own game if you have a cool one!
Where: Nairobi (room 213) in the Graduate Community Center (750 Escondido Rd, Stanford, CA 94305) When: Sunday, 9/11, 1-5 pm What: Game night/day with the Alumni Club
PSA Game Night
Come join us for an awesome game night on Friday, Oct 17, starting at 9 pm. We will be in Nitery 209 and there will be snacks. Plus, Feel free to bring your board games if you have a cool one.
PSA Welcome Dinner
Welcome back to another (or perhaps first!) year on the Stanford farm! The Persian Student Association is pleased to announce the annual PSA Welcome Dinner will be taking place this upcoming Saturday, October 11th, 7-10PM in the Graduate Community Center’s Havana room. We look forward to seeing everyone, introducing the new members of our community, and (of course!) enjoying an Iranian dinner among friends.
If you plan on attending or if you would be willing to volunteer to help at this event, please RSVP here.
What: PSA Welcome Dinner When: Saturday October 11th, 7-10 PM Where: Havana Room, on the first floor of the GCC
PSA New School Year Breakfast
Ladies and Gents, The new quarter is upon us and what better way to start it other than an Iraniano-Italiano-Americano breakfast! So, join us on Saturday at 10am on the second floor of GCC for breakfast. We’ll have noon-panir, Nutella, mascarpone, and my cheesy mushroom omelets! So, come one, come all!
Summer Quarter Events:
PSA Summer Camping Trip
It's time for the annual PSA summer camping trip! This year we will be going to Henry Cowell Redwoods Park from September 5-7. Please sign up and save your spot! Details of the event are below:
What: PSA Summer camping trip Where: Henry Cowell Redwoods Park CA When: September 5-7, 2013
Lodging: There are 2 booked campgrounds, with a maximum capacity of 8 each (16 total spaces) Transportation: Campers will carpool Camping equipment (tent and sleeping bag): After the sign up and campground assignments have been made, we’ll email you a list of necessary items each group will need to have during the trip. For personal camping gears, we suggest each group arrange rentals from one of the following locations:
Village Rental Coop (at Escondido Village), a great place to find inexpensive camping equipment: http://www.stanford.edu/group/EV/Misc/VRC/equipment.html
Stanford Outdoor Gear: another on-campus location to find equipment http://stanfordoutdoorgear.weebly.com/
Costs: The early-bird registration deadline will be 11:59 PM, August 9th. If you register and pay your reservation fees by then, your registration fee will be $10 less than the regular price: - PSA members: $45 (early-bird), $55 (regular) - PSA Alumni or guests of PSA members: $55 (early-bird), $65 (regular)
Your ticket will cover the campground fee along with breakfast and dinner on Saturday. Tickets will be sold on a first-come first-served basis. Payment instructions will be mailed to you within 24 hours after you sign up. Your ticket pricing for early-bird basis depends on when your payment is received, not on the registration date. Your place is guaranteed only once your payment is received.
By registering for the trip, you agree to the following policies:
Cancellation: The cancellation and refund terms are as follows. Cancel by Aug. 14th: 10% penalty Cancel by Aug. 24th: 50% penalty Cancel by Sep. 3th: 90% penalty No refunds are given for cancellations after September. 3, 2014.
Folks, The holy month of Ramadan is upon us and PSA has the pleasure of hosting Eftar on July 19th in the Common Room on the 3rd floor of the Old Union at 8:30pm. All Stanford students, faculty, staff, and their families are welcome to attend. We will be serving a short Eftari followed by traditional Persian food for dinner. A few volunteers have also generously offered to make Sholezard and Halva. If anyone else would like to volunteer and bring food or desert to the Eftar, please email me so we can coordinate with you.
Looking forward to seeing you all.
PSA Summer Picnic
If you want to have fun outdoors, join us on August 17th at 5 pm. We have snacks, a ball, and a frisbee. We will run, laugh, and have fun.
We will be gathering in the open space between Studio 3 and 4 in Escondido Village. The address is “39 Angell Ct, Escondido Village, Stanford”.
Hope to see you all!
Iran-Bosnia World Cup Match
Alright people… the pressure is on… it’s showtime! This Wednesday, our very own Team Melli will be playing against Bosnia in hopes of qualifying for the second round of the World Cup. Needless to say, if we do qualify, it would be the first time in our nation’s history! So wear your Iranian jerseys, paint your faces with the colors of our flag, and join us in Bechtel tomorrow to witness the making of history! We’ll be having a light breakfast before and “tokhme” and other snacks during the game.
What: Iran vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina World Cup Match Where: Bechtel International Center - Assembly Room When: Wednesday, June 25th (Tomorrow) - 8:45am
Fire On Fire
It’s that time of year again! Please join us for the eighth annual Fire on Fire, a multinational BBQ party bringing together outdoor cuisines from Iran, Argentina, Chile, Germany, Greece, Peru, and Turkey this upcoming Saturday, May 10, starting at 4pm.
We will have BBQ-istas making sure you have time to relax and talk for hours to people from all over the world, while you endlessly snack on our delicatessen from the grill and dance to a multinational collection of music.
This event is supported by the GSC, the Billie Achilles fund, and the Bechtel International Center.
We are expecting several hundred people, and the PSA has a central role-so any help from volunteers is greatly appreciated! Please let us know through this form if you are available to help.
Thanks! Looking forward to seeing you all there!