************************** * President (1 position): ************************** 1. Raheleh Mansoor 20 ---------------------- Pedram Keyani 18 Shahriyar Matloub 11 ************************** * Board (4 positions): ************************** 1. Pedram Keyani 44 (25+18) 2. Shahriyar Matloub 42 (31+11) 3. Lily Sarafan 35 4. Sam Kavusi 30 ---------------------- Mehdi Baradaran 28 Hossein Kakavand 13 ***************************** * Ombudsperson (1 position): ***************************** 1. Arjang Hassibi 23 ---------------------- Arash Altoontash 12 Alireza Alemozafar 11
The new board begins its term in September 2001.
Please send your votes for 1 president, 4 board members, and 1 ombudsperson to Kaveh (firstname.lastname@example.org) before Tuesday, March 13, 12 PM (the voting period has been extended for one week, please vote).
See the PSA Constitution for information about officers and their responsibilities.
*** Note that Lily Sarafan wasn't present at the meeting but she was represented by Dara Ghahremani. In case you vote for her, she wants you to know that she will be absent during the Spring quarter, 2002.
This question motivates me to run for PSA president, and I believe involvement of all PSA members is a must for realizing all possible answers. Today, PSA is a big organization that needs the cooperation of all members to be more active. Therefore, my first concern as president will be to create an environment in which different groups of members become more involved in pursuing their favorite activities within PSA.
Like it has for most first year students, PSA has played a major role in providing a smooth transition to Stanford for me. As a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering Department. I believe the PSA community will have an incredible effect on my life.
I hope we reach the point that PSA reflects the attitude of all lovers of Iranian culture, not just a limited part of them.
The leadership of the PSA so far has been impressive and I hope to follow in that tradition. I also feel that there are many things that we should do in the future years of the PSA. One area I would like to work on is to expose the whole of the Stanford community to our organization and culture. I feel that one of the best ways to celebrate our culture and heritage is by sharing it with others and learning about their customs. I would also like to coordinate some events with other Stanford clubs and try to organize some parties and cultural events with them. Also I feel that my background will help me bridge the gap between the 1st and 2nd generation Persians at Stanford.
These are a few ideas I have for future events:
-Mediterranean party: held in conjunction with other Stanford clubs
-Persian dance competition: multiple teams from different universities in the area could choreograph and perform their dances and be judged by local experts.
-Persian cooking classes: taught by local chefs.
So I would contribute to the PSA leadership by being a catalyst for evolution. PSA has the promise to become the preeminent organization on campus. Let's make it the talk of campus.
Thank you for your time.
My name is Mehdi and I am a first year graduate student in Electrical Engineering. My first familiarity with PSA was before I came to Stanford, when I was looking for a research assistantship. The PSA members I never knew before, helped me a lot. At that time, I realized that PSA is not just a typical organization like the others, and when I came here I understood that PSA is my home, and my friends in PSA are the same as my family. In such a short period of time, I found so many good friends in PSA that are definitely among my best friends in my whole life.
PSA has many members with different backgrounds, interests and views. Therefore, their expectations from such an Iranian organization maybe totally different. In my opinion, PSA is a place to gather this whole family together, and to do so, PSA must provide its members with variety of programs to cover the interests of as many members as possible. This year, the nominees are from all different groups: first generation, seconnd generation, graduate and undergraduate. I am optimistic that we can provide a rich variety of interesting programs.
I think we should also extend our relations with the other Iranian associations in the schools. This way, we can exchange our experiences with them, bring more fun to our programs and promote the Iranian culture.
Since coming to Stanford I have enjoyed the great hospitality of PSA and have very soon felt like a member of this large family.Being a part of PSA has provided me with an incredible support, specially during the first few challenging months . It has provided me with the wonderful opportunity to meet new people and to make friends with them in quite a short while.
so I feel I should contribute to this great society as much as I could , in order to keep it the great association it is and enhance it as much as possible for the present members and the new members to come in future years as our friends have done the same for us in the past, While other board members think and plan on organizing various events , there should always be somebody who keeps those financial balance sheets right! I find it very interesting to be that somebody , the so called "TREASURER".
This way, I will be able to make more time and ease of mind for other board members to contribute to the enhancement of the PSA. As a team, I will join them in making PSA more and more enjoyable for the members and a proud representative of our rich culture.
Thank you All,
I understand that our resources are limited, and simply maintaining PSA's social activities is a huge task. However, I think there are many simple things that we are able to do in order to improve PSA's role and make it more effective.
I would strongly support joint events with other organizations. I am passionate about finding practical methods for making the PSA web site more extensive.
Briefly about myself:
I am a first year graduate student in the department of Electrical Engineering.
I received my Bachelor's degree from Sharif University of Technology.
While in Iran, I was a junior board member of Fravahr Institute (a non-profitable cultural organization) for four years.
Thanks a lot,
While I hoped to run for office last year, my candidacy and victory in the Class President elections made this prospect infeasible. I have had an amazing time serving my class as President and am now ready to assume a new role, hopefully an even more meaningful role as it targets a smaller audience and one which I take intrinsic personal interest in. My experience in creating and planning events, large and small, will undoubtedly play itself out in a PSA Board Member position. However, my ability to network diverse people, in this case undergraduates and graduates, toward the common goal of fostering a sense of community and educating the surrounding community about a rich culture, will be my greatest contribution. I also plan on emphasizing a larger sense of community through well-organized and well-implemented community service projects and conference attendance related to Iran for interested members. Similar to some other ethnic and cultural student groups on campus, I hope to instate some discussions surrounding members' backgrounds and sentiments regarding the Persian culture – something of a more serious yet interesting nature that relates specifically to members – and I plan on establishing a large undergraduate following in these as well as other PSA events. What I have learned in my leadership positions, especially the three I have held this year, is that the way to appeal to the largest number of people is through diversity of events and a sense of unity. While I hope our board will offer the same set of interesting events like the movie series and weekly lunches, I hope also to provide a number of events that require greater member participation, including ones in collaboration with other student groups. One of my ultimate goals would be to put on a Persian historical and cultural showcase on in the CoHo for all students to enjoy. I love working with people, especially a group of motivated people working for a common purpose.
I could go on with a more comprehensive statement of ideas, but I think the important message to convey is that I will take the position seriously and will bring to the PSA a fresh perspective. I am excited about a new year full of intellectual, service, social, and very-very- social events. I am no Electrical Engineering PhD student, but I know a thing or two. Thank you for your time and consideration.