To Bilnews Readers
As we come to the end of
another semester, it's once again time to say good-bye until next year. We would like to
take this opportunity to thank all of our readers for their support and contributions
throughout the past academic year. To those of you who will be returning next year, we
look forward to seeing and hearing from you again; to those who are graduating, we wish
you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
In addition, the Bilkent News would like to take this opportunity to say a special
farewell to Atilla Karakurum, one of our student columnists and the creator of our
puzzles. He has also served as a board member for the past two years, contributing to the
development of the paper with his invaluable insights and suggestions. Atilla will be
graduating this semester. We at the Bilkent News would like to wish him much success in
his future career. Good luck and happiness in the years to come, and thanks for all of
your great articles!
Once again, many thanks to all, and have a wonderful summer!
The Bilkent News Editorial Board
Professor Wins Service Award for Traffic Safety Work
Sabuncuoğlu of the Department of Industrial Engineering, who has been serving as the head
of the university's Traffic Committee since 1996, has received the Rotary "National
Service in a Profession" award. Prof. Sabuncuoğlu received the award for his
outstanding work from 2002-2004 on a project organized by the Rotary Club to promote
community traffic safety in Turkey.
The goal of the project, which was piloted on Çayyolu and in Ümitköy, was to create an
awareness of traffic rules in order to prevent accidents. Prof. Sabuncuoğlu stated that
he used the experience that he had gained at Bilkent in developing the Rotary project.
"Bilkent has become the leader in establishing a traffic model for Turkey," he
noted, adding, "I hope that further progress will be made in this area in the
Also in this issue:
Board of Trustess Meets
The Board of Trustees of Bilkent University met on May 24 under the chairmanship of
Professor İhsan Doğramacı. Among the trustees who attended the meeting were Mr. Hüsnü
Özyeğin, founder of Finansbank, Retired General M. Lütfü Sel, Mr. Ersin Özince of
İş Bankası, Mr. Yener Dinçmen, alumni members Ahmet Nalbur and Boğaç Üner, and
Professors, Enver Hasanoğlu, Gülsev Kale, Şencan Özme, Orhan Baysal, Feyza Erkan
Krause, and Muhsin Saraçlar. A new research grant (of 11 million YTL) from the State
Planning Organization to Bilkent's national nanotechnology center was gratefully
acknowledged. In addition, the board approved a statement on academic freedom, which was
the outcome of a conference of university presidents held at Columbia University earlier
this year. This statement
will soon be available on the university website
At the meeting, the board of trustees also agreed upon the budget for the coming year, as
well as changes in tuition. As is well known, the tuition for currently enrolled Bilkent
students is paid in dollars. The board decided to increase this tuition by five percent
for the coming academic year. However, tuition for newly incoming students will be 13,000
YTL+ 8%VAT .
In addition, the board approved the university senate's proposal for a department of
psychology at Bilkent, which is expected to have a strong research focus on cognitive
psychology. The establishment of new units of the Bilkent University Preparatory School
was also agreed upon.
Meets for Homecoming Picnic
The sun shone brightly on Bilkent graduates as they came together for the traditional
"Alumni Homecoming" picnic on Sunday, May 15. Organized by the Alumni Office,
the annual gathering gives graduates the opportunity to meet with their former classmates
and faculty members, network with fellow alumni and discuss ways to support their alma
This year's picnic was held at the Main Campus lawn area. The day's activities included
games, sports, a Radio Bilkent broadcast and live music from the Kaan Yalçın Band, plus
a juggling performance.
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