Volume 12, Number 13
13 December 2005

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Prof. İhsan Doğramacı Receives Medal from Sevda Cenap And Music Foundation

Prof. İhsan Doğramacı, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and President of Bilkent University, was awarded a gold medal by the Sevda Cenap And Music Foundation on Tuesday, December 7 at a ceremony held at the Education Ministry's Assembly Hall.

Since 1989, the foundation has awarded the medal on an annual basis to performers, composers and instructors of music who have contributed to the development of polyphonic music in Turkey. As someone who is not himself a professional musician, Prof. Doğramacı is the first such individual to receive a medal from the Sevda Cenap And Music Foundation. (Continued)


Bilkent Symphony Orchestra Concert Program for December

Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m.
Bilkent Concert Hall
Conductor: Alain Paris
Piano: İdil Biret
J. Massenet "Phadra" Overture
J. Massenet
Piano Concerto: E. Chausson | Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20

Sunday, December 25 at 8 p.m.
Bilkent Concert Hall
New Year's Concert
Conductor: Emil Tabakov
Violin: Svetlin Roussev

Tickets are available at the
Bilkent Concert Hall Beymen (Karum)
Dost Kitabevi (Kızılay, Kavaklıdere, Ankuva) Diapason (Kavaklıdere) Sanat Akademi (Kavaklıdere)
Tickets are also available by credit card at ext.1775

Notice: Special Class Schedule for December 19 and 20

The Academic Calendar for the Fall 2005 Semester designates Monday,
December 19 and Tuesday, December 20 as special days with respect to the
conduct of classes. Thursday classes will be conducted on Monday, December 19, and Friday classes will be conducted on Tuesday, December 20. This compensates for Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4, on which classes did not meet due to the holiday.



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Dr. Sinan Sertöz Wins Simavi Award

Dr. Sinan Sertöz, who is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics Department at Bilkent, has won the 2005 Sedat Simavi Foundation Science Award for his work "Which Singular K3 Surfaces Cover an Enriques Surface," published in the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society.
The Sedat Simavi Science Award was established in 1977 by the Turkish Journalists Society. The award is named after the founder of the society, and is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the area of natural sciences.

Dr. Sertöz received his doctorate from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 1984 and joined Bilkent University in 1988.

Those who are interested can find Prof. Sertöz's work at


Nazım Hikmet’s “Herşeye Rağmen” on Stage

Students in the Department of Theater are currently presenting “Herşeye
Rağmen” by Nazım Hikmet as their graduation play. Generally considered the first and foremost modern Turkish poet, Nazım Hikmet is also known around the world as one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century; his works have been translated into more than fifty languages.

The general art director for the Bilkent production of “Herşeye Rağmen” is Prof. Cüneyt Gökçer, and the play is directed by Zurab Sikharulidze. (Continued)

Winter’s Here! 

Don't be surprised if you wake up to a knee-deep snowfall one of these mornings, now that winter is around the corner. If this happens on a weekday, don't just stay in bed! Instead, turn the radio on and tune in to Radio Bilkent 96.6 FM, or check the Bilkent website at
www.bilkent.edu.tr, to find out if classes have been postponed or cancelled. You can also contact the Bilkent central switchboard at 290-4000. Morning classes are occasionally cancelled when there is a heavy snowfall.

Also, Bilkent drivers are strongly advised to winterize their cars and to get chains and/or snow tires for their vehicles if they do not already have them.

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