Volume 11, Number 2
28 September 2004

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Student Council Elections

The Student Council Elections for the academic year 2004-2005 will take place according to the Election Calendar as announced in this issue of the Bilkent News.

The Student Council Regulations, the Election Calendar, the Application Form for Candidacy for Class Representation and other useful information and announcements can be accessed in the university web pages at: http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/konsey

The Turkish candidates for Class Representative are reminded that they must attach a “Nonconviction Statement” obtained from the District Attorney’s Office to their application forms.

Teoman Alemdar Elected to EuroCHRIE Board Post

The Chair of the Tourism and Hotel Management Departments, Teoman Alemdar, has been elected as the EuroCHRIE Board Secretary for one year. EuroCHRIE is the European Chapter of I-CHRIE, which stands for International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education. I-CHRIE, the global leader in hospitality and tourism education and research, is a nonprofit organization representing hospitality professionals and academics worldwide with a membership body of more than one thousand.

This year the EuroCHRIE congress is being organized by the School of Applied Technology and Management’s Tourism and Hotel Management Department. It will be held in Ankara at the Bilkent Hotel’s Conference Center from November 3-7, 2004.

Advanced Research Training School in Condensed Matter Physics

Four members of the Physics Department, T. Hakioglu, O. Gülseren, Ö. Oktel and C. Bulutay, have collaborated to start a major year-round advanced research training school in condensed matter physics. Condensed Matter is an important discipline within physics; progress in this area has an impact across the spectrum or science and technology. The Department of Physics concentrates its efforts in graduate education and research in theoretical and experimental areas in this discipline.

This year the training school’s program consisted of three semesters, each including a three-week-long 90-hour intensive teaching period. The courses included daily quizzes and homeworks which were then evaluated to help select those participants invited to the next semester. The first semester, taught from July 1-23 at the Feza Gürsey Institute/İstanbul and fully supported by the Feza Gürsey Institute/TÜBİTAK, was attended by 60 carefully selected participants at the Ph.D. and academic levels from 10 different physics departments across the nation. The second semester, also fully supported by TÜBİTAK, was held from August 23-to September 10 at the Ankara University Ilgaz mountain complex and attended by 25 invitees from among the first semester participants.

The third semester is projected to be a research semester for invitees from among the second semester participants and is planned to take place sometime in early 2005 on the Bilkent campus. It will involve guided research in theoretical and computational fields according to current developments in these fields, giving participants increased opportunities of involvement in interactive and professional group research.

The Founders hope that the school will become established on a permanent basis, helping to promote direct research training in condensed matter physics.

Also in this issue:

Calendar for Student Council Elections

Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Announcement of the Election Calendar

September 30, 2004 (9 a.m.) through October 8, 2004 (4:30 p.m.)
Applications to Departments as Candidates for Class Representation

October 11-13, 2004
Eligibility Checks of Candidates

Thursday, October 14, 2004
Announcement of Eligible Candidates for Class Representation

October 18-24, 2004
Election Campaign by Candidates

Monday, October 25, 2004
First Round of Elections for Class Representatives

Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Second Round of Elections (if results are not obtained in the first round)

Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Third and Last Round of Elections (if results are not obtained in the second round)

Monday and Tuesday November 1-2, 2004
Election of Department Representatives at Departments Election of Faculty / School Representatives at Faculties/Schools

Wednesday, October 3, 2004
Election of the University Student Council Executive Committee

The new Student Council Regulations and the Application Form for Candidacy for Class Representation are accessible at http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/konsey  

Words from a
Distinguished Teacher

Prof. Ömer Morgül of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, who received the university's Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award at the end of the 2003-4 academic year, has written the following in acknowledgment of the honor:

"I am very much pleased, surprised and certainly honored by receiving this very prestigious award. We are very fortunate to have an excellent group of students at Bilkent University who have a strong desire to learn and excel in their fields. The stimulating discussions and interactions with them certainly had a positive effect on my teaching. This award will certainly motivate me to further improve my teaching and services to Bilkent University as well as to consider the feedback I receive from the students more seriously. I would like to take this opportunity to thank both my past and present students and those who honored me with the Distinguished Teaching Award."

As Bilkent students and faculty members begin the 2004-2005 academic year, they can look forward to many opportunities for interaction of the sort mentioned by Prof. Morgül.

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