Volume 11, Number 13        14 December 2004

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SUNY Vice Chancellor for International Affairs Discusses Bilkent/SUNY-Binghamton Dual Diploma Program

The Global and International Affairs Program at Bilkent last week welcomed Robert Gosende, a former U.S. ambassador and now Vice Chancellor for International Affairs of the State University of New York (SUNY). The Global and International Affairs Program is a 4-year undergraduate program established by Turkey's Higher Education Council and the State University of New York. There are three Turkish universities participating in the program: Bilkent, Boğaziçi, and METU. (Some academic programs, like Economics, Maritime Sciences and Information Systems are implemented with various campuses of the SUNY system and with other Turkish universities.)
Vice Chancellor Gosende's visit to Bilkent specifically concerned the Dual Diploma Program between Bilkent University and SUNY-Binghamton.

Students in the program study at Bilkent for their first and third academic years and at the SUNY campus in Binghamton, New York, during their second and fourth years, thus getting the opportunity to experience both cultures and systems. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive diplomas from both universities.
Vice Chancellor Gosende answered many questions from Bilkent students during his visit. One question that a number of students had was why SUNY had chosen to enter into the Dual Diploma Program with Turkish universities and with Bilkent University. The Vice Chancellor answered, "Turkey is a country where the education system is very similar to ours. Also, Bilkent University is a perfect match with our university. Those are two of the main reasons." He also gave students this advice: "Participation in this program requires a high level of academic standing, as well as devotion to writing and researching, since these form the backbone of study in global and international affairs."

From the Student Union

Dear Friends,
As the newly elected student council of our university, my fellow members and I believe that we can achieve our goals by being responsive to you, the student body.
Our primary objective is to make sure that Bilkent students are able to get the most out of their time at this university. It is important for us to build a bridge between the students and the council, so that we can work to solve your problems. In this way, we can make a difference.
Our mission is to play an important role in the lives of Bilkent students by establishing new projects as well as by improving ongoing activities. For instance, we would like to do our part toward increasing integration with the European Union at the student level by meeting with European young people to discuss inter-university cooperation. Another goal is to arrange meetings that would better acquaint the business world with new graduates of our university. Although we have set high standards for ourselves, we believe that through our own efforts and desires, with the invaluable assistance of our rector, we will be able to eliminate any obstacles that we might face. By interacting with our fellow students in order to undertake new projects, which will be associated with our university, we hope to do our part to make Bilkent even better.
For more detailed information about our goals as the student council, we invite students to meet with us in the Mithat Çoruh Auditorium on Wednesday, December 15.
We, your student council, wish you a successful year.

Ali Erdinç Savcı
President of Student Council, 2004-2005

Also in this issue:

Bilkent Symphony Orchestra Concert Program

Saturday, December 18
at 8 p.m.
Bilkent Concert Hall
Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Jouzas Domarkas
Adrian Petrescu

J. Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major
F. Haydn, Oboe Concerto in
C major
W. Mozart, Symphony No. 41 "Jüpiter" in
C major Kv. 551

Tickets are available at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts. You can also buy your ticket by credit card at ext. 1775.

Victoria Tolstoy Brings Jazz to the Bilkent Concert Hall

Anna Karenina…who hasn't heard of her? We've seen many movies and plays about her, as well as reading the book. Leo Tolstoy's beautiful, legendary Anna Karanina, still holds a place in both our libraries and our hearts, even though the book was published back in 1877. Now, more than 120 years later, the Tolstoy surname is finding new success in a very different area of the art world.
A direct descendant of the great author, Victoria Tolstoy is an artist too: she is a jazz singer. She is only 29, but with her powerful voice has been warmly received in the Swedish jazz scene. In her fifth and most recent album, "Shining on You," she worked with musicians such as Esbjörne Svensson, Toots Thielemans and Nils Landgren.
On December 16, Victoria Tolstoy will be on stage at the Bilkent Concert Hall in a concert featuring music from “Shining on You.”
Date: Thursday, December 16
Time: 8 p.m.
For further information call 266-0080.

Gülay Acar (COMD/II)


Flea Market to Benefit UNICEF

The Friends of the UNICEF Central Committee will be holding a "Flea Market" (Bit Pazarı), with all proceeds going to UNICEF, on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 14 and 15. You will be able to find inexpensive, good-quality secondhand items, including ornamental and decorative items, kitchen and household utensils, and books. The flea market will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days at the Student Council Building.


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