Nominees for the academic year 1998-99
- Authorized Representative (President):
- Mahmood Reza Kasnavi
- Member of the Board:
- Azita Emami
- Ali Mokhberi
- Sheila Naghshineh
- Nima Safabakhsh
- Alireza Shirvani
- Farid Nemati
- Hamid Rategh
- Azita Emami (Member of the board):
- Mahmood Reza Kasnavi
(Authorized Representative (President)):
- Ali (Omid) Mokhberi (Member of the board):
The Persian Student Association provides us the opportunity to keep in touch with our roots. It brings us together and helps us not to forget our language, history, and culture. It would be an honor for me to be a part of such an organization. I am hoping for your vote of confidence.
- Sheila Naghshineh (Member of the board):
My main purpose in running for an office is to bring about greater unity within the Stanford Persian community. It is amazing that we can create a support system that has the power to make students feel welcome and more at home in such a large and perhaps foreign atmosphere. I want to see the Persian Society at Stanford become even more recognizable as a united organization that greatly benefits the diversity, culture and growth of the entire Stanford campus. The joy, warmth and friendship at the last gathering at Mahmood Reza's house showed me the strong bond that exists amongst Persians. My goal is not only to nourish this already existing bond but also to attract more undergraduates so that they too can benefit from a close-knit family of friends. Currently, Nima and I are in charge of inviting speakers for the Spring Quarter and we are truly excited about the prospect of further working together on the Board. Holding leadership positions in organizations, such as Student Government in High School and Stanford Student Enterprises at Stanford, has shown me that it takes a lot of time and commitment to be a leader but I truly want to be dedicated to the Persian Student Association. For me, it symbolizes my country and my home. By giving me the honor and privilege of serving you on Persian Student Association I hope to nurture and raise a stronger Persian Family.
- Nima Safabakhsh (Member of the board):
Dear Members of the Stanford Persian Community:
The Persian Student Association symbolizes, for me, an incredible venue to unify Persians all across the Stanford campus and to facilitate each of us learning from one another. The Persian bond is one which entails a sharing of common history and cultural background, but, within that same scope, lies much diversity among Iranians. Coming from the East Coast, I have always been the only Persian in the school community. To come to Stanford and find such a vibrant, active Persian Student Association has been a source of much excitement for me, because I feel it provides me with the perfect opportunity to learn more about my background and about myself. I believe the inclusive aura that exists among members of the Persian Student Association is at the root of its success as a growing organization, and it has enticed me to also invite non-Persian friends to join in on cultural events. I hope to make the PSA a main activity for me. Compared to other Stanford organizations, I think it is one that would most allow me to affect the Stanford community and to grow personally. As a high school Captain of the Track & Field team and a Peer Counselor, I have much experience working as a leader and a teammate among my peers. At the moment, Sheila and I are working hard to bring spring quarter speakers on campus on behalf of the PSA. I truly devote myself to such activities so dear to my heart. I hope you will grant me the great opportunity to serve as a Board Member on the PSA.
- Alireza Shirvani (Member of the board):
The day I received my admission package from Stanford, I became really surprised and happy, finding an information sheet from PSA with a heading in persian! It made me feel myself close to friends over here which finally ended in my being at Stanford. I continued my deep interest in PSA, enjoying its events. And then some day I thought PSA was not an external entity, it was me, it was you, it was us, PSA exists because we are here together and is a symbol of our integrity, and felt that for PSA to continue and flourish, I have to be a part of it. That's the least thing I can do for my beloved home country while far away, represent its great culture and see my friends' happiness and joy, through PSA activities.