Volume 11, Number 29         10 May 2005

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Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” on Stage

Bilkent Department of Theater students are currently performing “The Cherry Orchard,” Anton Chekhov's last play, written in 1903 and 1904. The Bilkent production premiered on April 29 in the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts Building. Additional performances of this touching play will take place May 13 and 20.
General Artistic Director:
Prof. Cüneyt Gökçer
Author: Antov Chekhov
Translator: Ataol Behramoğlu
Director: Zurab Sikharulidze
Lubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya: Ayşegül Alpak / Pınar Töre
Anya: M. İpek Türktan / Burcu Güner
Varya: Özlem Kırkpantur / Aslı Gökçen
Leonid Andreyeviç Gayev: Özgür Keçeci /
Yermolay Alekseyeviç Lopahin: Cemil Büyükdöğerli / Semyon Panteleyeviç Yepihodov: Mustafa Bilgin
Dunyaşa: Özge Mirzalı / Eda Aydınlı
Şarlotta Ivanovna: G. Gizem Koyuncu /
İpek Türktan
Dadı: Esin Belül
Pyotr Sergeyeviç Trofimov: Erkan Uyanıksoy
Yaşa: Emrah Keskin
Yoldan geçen: Umut Tanyolu
For ticket information and reservations please call ext. 1775.


Alumni Homecoming Picnic and Ball to be Held

Broadcast and live music from the Kaan Yalçın Band.
This year, in addition to the picnic, there will also be a BİLMED Alumni Ball, on May 14 at 8 p.m. at the Ankara Hilton Hotel. All alumni are invited. The Alumni Office and BİLMED hope to see you at these events!
For BİLMED Ball reservations and information, please contact Berna Dinçer at ext. 2645.
Note: Sorry, pets are not allowed on the lawn area.


From the Student Council

Dear Friends,
Our traditional Spring Festival, which this year took place on May 4th, 5th and 6th, has once again been an event to remember.
Under the leadership of the student council and clubs, and with the support of the Spring Festival organization committee, we put together a varied program that brought action and excitement to campus life.
Games, concerts, sports, competitions, talk shows and demonstrations were only some of the many activities offered to students this year. With this success, Bilkent University has once again provided a model for other universities to follow.
As the president of student council, I would like to offer my best wishes and thanks to all those who contributed to this lively event.

Ali Erdinç Savcı
President of Student Coucil, 2004-2005



Also in this issue:

Graphic Design Students Shine in Poster and Design Competitions

Department of Graphic Design students have enjoyed great success in two recent design competitions. Fourth-year student Nazlı Benlioğlu won second prize in the "Invitation to the Delights of Coffee" design competition organized by Starbucks Coffee in Turkey. In addition, Gülçin Balcı, a 2002 graduate, was awarded the special prize, "Best Coffee." The works of several more students were selected for exhibition: Ardan Özmenoğlu (MFA), Birsu Çeltek (fourth year), Gizem Güven (fourth year) and Zeynep Orbay (fourth year).

Third-year student Ayşegül Tuğçe Durmaz won third prize in the "Harmful Effects of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products on Human Health, the Environment and Society" poster design competition held by TAPDK, the organization that regulates the manufacture and sale of tobacco and alcohol products. Hande Çalık (third year) was awarded a honorable mention, and the works of nine third-year students and five graduates were selected for exhibition.

SAL Student Wins First Prize in Cartoon Translation Competition


On the occasion of Francophonie Week 2005, the Embassy of France and the French Institute in Ankara sponsored a cartoon translation contest for university students. Candidates had to be between the ages of 18 and 25 and registered in a department of French at a university in Ankara for the 2004-2005 academic year. The contestants, four of whom were SAL students, were required to translate three cartoons from French to Turkish in four hours at the French Institute in Ankara. Nilay Özer, a third-year student, won first prize, a free trip to the Avignon Theatre Festival in France from July 16-17, 2005. Gülşah Uzakgider, Dilek Demirkol and Seda Kurt came in fourth, sixth and seventh.

Young Critics Keep Up the Critical Tradition

The "Young Critics Symposium," organized annually by the Department of Turkish Literature, is convening for the sixth time on May 9 and 10 at Bilkent University. During the symposium, 15 graduate students from the department are presenting papers, most of which focus on various novels and novelists in the Turkish tradition since the the mid-19th century. Papers are also being presented on Oktay Rıfat and Turgut Uyar, prominent 20th-century poets.

The symposium gives students an opportunity to share their research with the public, receive and respond to criticism, and improve their work. Students then publish their research in literary journals in Turkey. By the end of this year's symposium, a total of 130 papers will have been presented by young critics over the course of six symposia.
The event is taking place at FADA, Room FFB-05. Sessions are scheduled from 10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m. on both Monday and Tuesday. For program details, please see the department's Internet site (http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/~tebsite) and the university's "What's On?" pages.












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