Hocabey Turns 91!
İhsan Doğramacı turned 91 on April 3, 2006. To mark the occasion, a
birthday celebration was organized at the Bilkent Hotel yesterday, with
a special program presented by the students of the Bilkent Primary
The students performed
Latin dances, Caucasian folk dances and Azerbaijani songs, as well as "Memories"
from the musical "Cats." In addition, Can Elbi, an instructor at the
Başkent University Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, played J.S.
Bach's Solo Violoncello Suite No. 1.
We wish Hocabey many happy
returns on his birthday!
Theater Day Celebrated on Campus
week, ninety countries including Turkey participated in the celebration
of World Theater Day, which since 1962 has been held every year on March
27. This year, Bilkent Theater marked the occasion by performing the
play "Var mı Olmak, Yok mu Olmak" by Nazım Hikmet for students of the
Keçiören Farabi Lisesi and the Altı Nokta Görme Engelliler Derneği.
The aim of this special
performance was to introduce theater to young people who had never seen
a play before. The high school students were very excited to see a
theater stage for the first time and to receive some information about
both theater and poetry before the play started. Prof. Cüneyt Gökçer,
Chair of Performing Arts, and the general artistic director of "Var mı
Olmak, Yok mu Olmak," gave the opening talk to the young audience.
When the curtain went down
at the end of the play, the student actors
and actresses took their final bows as members of the cast. The current
Bilkent production has had a long run of successful performances, and
the special World Theater
Day performance was the last one.
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New Academic Rules and Regulations
Approved by the Senate
On March 24, the University Senate approved
a set of changes regarding academic rules and regulations for
undergraduate students. These new rules replace the current two-semester-based
probation/repeat system. Under the new rules, cumulative GPA will be
used to determine academic standing. According to these rules, students
with a CGPA of 2.00 or more have satisfactory standing. A CGPA between
1.80 and 2.00 results in probation, and a CGPA of less than 1.80 is
considered unsatisfactory standing.
unsatisfactory standing will not be able to register for any new courses
the next semester. Instead, they will have to repeat some of the courses
they took in previous semesters in which they received grades lower than
C. These students will be able to choose which specific courses to
repeat, with help from their advisors. (Continued)
Intelligent Fabrics of the Future:
Wearable Optoelectronics and Thermal Sensors
Imagine a military command center receiving the following message: "Two
wounds detected on soldier 1017, location 1, upper stomach, massive
bleeding; location 2, lower thigh, no bleeding...over. Did a medic in
the field send the report? No--in fact, it came directly from the
soldiers uniform. The "intelligent" uniform contained heat-sensitive
fiber webs embedded inside its fabric, capable of relaying critical
wound data via a wireless link.
Mehmet Bayındır, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics of the
Bilkent Faculty of Science and the National Nanotechnology Research
Center (NNRC), and his colleagues at MIT have been working on a project
funded by the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies to design an
intelligent military uniform which can see light, sense heat, detect
chemical and biological molecules, and be identified in the dark.
Staff Members Mark 10 Years at Bilkent
Last week, the university
honored staff members who have been at Bilkent for 10 years. Support
services staff members received their plaques on Monday, March 27, while
academic and administrative staff members (shown above) were honored on
Tuesday, March 28.
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