Candidates for the academic year 2011-2012

Dear fellow PSA members,

We are happy to officially announce the PSA election results for the academic year 2011-12.
Special thanks goes to Peyman Kazemian for holding the elections.

Wednesday, March 9th - 2011


President (1 position) Votes
Ali Nouri 96
Board Member (4 positions) Votes
Alireza Marandi 73
Sahar Nassirpour 68
Mohammad Akbarpour 58
Daniel Khalessi 53
Alireza Sharafat 46
Soheil Norouzi 28
Alborz Bejnood 26
Ombudsperson (1 position) Votes
Reza Nasiri 93

Here is the list of candidates for this year's election along with their statements.

Board Member/President
Phd, Management Science and Engineering
Email: Nouri AT stanford DOT edu

Dear friends,
Though being the only candidate questions the concept of election, I want to share few words with you and ask you a favor. I am a third year PhD student at MS&E. I did my BS and MS in EE at University of Tehran. This year I have usually volunteered for PSA events and designed most of the events’ posters.

In addition to organizing all the regular events and the great event ideas that board member candidates have suggested, I will be committed to increase involvement and unity among us. PSA has grown in the previous years and diversity among us has increased. We are changing from being a large family to being a large society. In such conditions I believe in the power of small groups.

We need to trust the power of our community to serve our culture, our language and our people. I affirm that if the society of Iranian students at Stanford wants something, no one can stop them achieving it. And in my view there is a straightforward path towards this: small groups should be formed and they should do activities they think matches their own concerns about our culture, language and values. The PSA board will support you in any way we can. This includes diversifying the events and activities, trying to match individuals with same interests and having a close relation with every one of the PSA members to know their concerns and expectations.

In order to advance, PSA board needs your help and your belief in our society. Please assure me that I will have your support by voting for me in the election. فلک را سقف بشکافیم و طرحی نو در اندازیم

Sincerely,
Ali

Board Member
Master in Electrical Engineering
Email: snorouzi AT stanford DOT edu

Dear friends,
Salam

My name is Soheil Norouzi and this is my first year of M.S in Electrical Engineering at Stanford.

I spent my undergrad at Sharif University and during my junior year I was a member of RESANA, which was basically a group in our department, managing extracurricular cultural/scientific activities. I am running for the board member position of PSA and I consider this as a great opportunity to contribute to this fabulous community and more importantly lean many things in return.

In my opinion, the most precious of things we can take away from PSA and its events are the friendships we build within this community, aside from all the good memories and ideas learned from these bright people around us. And hence, I suppose PSA's main goal should be to provide such a ground for these potential connections to grow.

During my short experience at PSA events so far, I have not seen that to be the case. Of course everybody agrees that we should hold our traditional celebrations (e.g Norouz, Yalda Night, etc) , our film sessions, and Iranian political and social studies. However, I believe one can gain more from this community than just sitting at a table chatting with our fellows as we do in our current events. I personally feel a need for events which let people have a deeper experience of being together, like one-day trips, campings, and outdoor activities. Some fun gatherings like parties and game nights could also help attract and bring together both graduate and undergraduate PSA members.

These were what I felt a need for, and I'd very much like to hear your ideas and feedback to help serve you this community better if I get elected. And at last, I count on every one of you, to enjoy this mutual experience.

"Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.
Yours,
Soheil

Board Member
PhD, Electrical Engineering
Email: saharnp AT stanford DOT edu

Dear fellow PSA members,

My name is Sahar Nassirpour and I am a second year PhD student in the Electrical Engineering department. I have received my BSc degree (also in Electrical Engineering) from Sharif University of Technology. I am currently in this year's PSA board of directors, and I am enjoying it so much that I am running for the board member position of next year too.

I think the great progress that PSA is making should continue and there should not be a discontinuation between different boards, that's why I think with the experience I have earned this year, I can contribute a great amount to next year's board as well. I hope you guys have enjoyed and still are enjoying our events this year and I hope you consider me as a board member for another year as well.

Thank you,
-Sahar Nassirpour

Board Member
PhD, Electrical Engineering
Email: marandi AT stanford DOT edu

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." Henry Ford

Most of us are in our 20s or early 30s, which we know are important periods of one.s lifespan in terms of social and intellectual growth. The role of community in this process is hard to neglect, and PSA forms an essential part of it for many of us. Whatever the result of this election may be, let us keep working together regardless of our differences towards achieving a more active community in which individuals can flourish and excel.

For me being a board member means working towards improving social, cultural, and intellectual activities within our community. I believe that former PSA boards have been successful in creating a valuable foundation that must be nurtured and sustained. By serving in the next PSA board, I hope we can take another step towards a more active community from which every member can take lifetime advantage.

I am a third year PhD student of Electrical engineering. Since my undergraduate, I have been an active member of many student organizations including IEEE student branch at University of Tehran and Stanford Optical Society. I have also been involved in organizing several cultural events. With these experiences, I hope I can play an effective role in the next PSA board.

Board Member
Undergraduate, Physics and Computer Science
Email: abejnood AT stanford DOT edu

Salaam,
My name is Alborz Bejnood, and I am currently a second-year undergraduate majoring in physics and computer science.

We all have different views, ideas, backgrounds, and beliefs. But what brings us all together in the PSA is our common Iranian roots and heritage. As mentioned by others, in this and years past, the PSA should help foster a sense of community and friendship for all Iranians at Stanford, while also promoting the individual interests and talents of its members. With regard to the sense of community, the PSA has taken several good steps towards improving relations among its members, but I believe there are some current weaknesses which as a board member I would work to change. One current point that I would address would be that of introducing new members, both graduate and undergraduate, into the community. Currently, we have to actively pursue others in order to make new friends; we come to some events, talk to people, and then occasionally meet again with the friends we made. More often, our busy lifestyles make it difficult to maintain those friendships. My idea to address this point would be to change the current system to a .sibling. system, where older and experienced students here would be paired with new members, both graduate and undergraduate, and meet at least once a month (anywhere-a PSA event, in Palo Alto, or just for lunch). We would all then not only help each other by sharing advice and experience, but also make new friends and feel a greater sense of connection to the PSA.

One strength of the PSA lies in the varied passions and interests of all its members. I believe that while the PSA should certainly continue hosting large-scale events as in years past, more focus should be given to promoting smaller subsets, such as members interested in a soccer league, board games, music, etc. As a board member, I would work to facilitate the formation and support of such groups by setting up a petition process that would (if enough people want to join a subgroup) allow it to fall under the PSA's umbrella while being a more-or-less independent segment.

I am prepared to spend my time and effort towards creating and maintaining these ideas, and I hope you will consider me in your votes for a new board.

Sincerely,
Alborz Bejnood

Board Member
PhD, Management Science and Engineering
Email: mohamwad AT stanford DOT edu

Dear Friends,

For me, PSA is nothing but a way to get nearer to this far dream:

ای کاش آدمی وطنش را،
همچون بنفشه‌ها،
می‌شد با خود ببرد،
هر کجا که خواست !ء

Best,
Mohammad

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