Volume 12, Number 28
May 9, 2006

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Distinguished Teachers Honored 

The university is pleased to announce the recipients of the Distinguished Teachers of the Year Award for 2006. Each of the recipients was chosen by Bilkent students for demonstrating outstanding teaching abilities, and for contributing to students' academic and intellectual development.

Asst. Prof. İbrahim Körpeoğlu (CS)
I am very pleased and honored by this award. I thank my students and my
colleagues very much for considering me for this honor. I also thank my family and my wife for their endless support. In addition, I am grateful to Bilkent University and to everyone who contributes to this wonderful environment for working, learning and teaching. Working together with the excellent faculty members and motivated students at Bilkent is a great opportunity and honor for me. I think that it would be not possible to teach with passion and excitement without having motivated students. Therefore I thank all my past and current students for their motivation to work, interest in learning, and eagerness to improve themselves and their skills. This award encourages me to work to further improve my teaching. 

Prof. Dilek Önkal (MAN)
I am honored to receive this award, which I consider to be a remarkable gift from my former and current students. It is their thirst for knowledge that drives my enthusiasm for teaching and that motivates me to stay student-focused both in and out of class. Bilkent students are truly exceptional, and it is indeed a privilege to contribute to their learning.

I would like to thank all my students for so vividly displaying their intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills and joy in learning thank you for making teaching such a rewarding experience.

Asst. Prof. Selin Sayek Böke (ECON)
I extend my sincere and humble gratitude to all who thought I deserved this award. It is a great honor and pleasure to have received this award, especially since it is for work I enjoy doing so deeply. There are several people who have shaped me as a teacher, to whom I would like to say "thank you." My parents, my sister Aylin, my two-year-old son Can and my dear spouse Mert have all taught me that life is a continuous process of learning, exploring and sharing. I also thank my teachers and colleagues, who have advanced the art of teaching and "awaken[ed] [my] joy in creative expression and knowledge," as put by Albert Einstein. Finally, I acknowledge my students, whom I always learn from and learn together with. As Confucius said, "the processes of teaching and learning stimulate one another," and I am happy to follow this credo.

ECTS Student Workload Surveys Being Conducted

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a key
instrument to promote the comparability and compatibility of courses and
programs in institutions of higher education throughout Europe. As
such, it has a scope that goes well beyond the mere assignment of numerical
credits to courses. ECTS credits are intended to be a measure of the
actual workload an average student undertakes in the process of
successfully completing the requirements of a course and achieving the stated
learning outcomes and competencies expected in that course. (Continued)




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Bilkent-Tilburg Cooperation Is Official

The opening ceremony for the Bilkent-Tilburg Dual Master's Program was held at Mithat Çoruh Auditorium on Friday, May 5. Despite the coincidence with the last day of Bilkent's Spring Festival, quite a large number of students joined university representatives and government officials from both Turkey and the Netherlands to attend the official introduction of the program.

The ceremony started with a mini-concert by the Bilkent Youth Quartet, which was followed by Economics Department Chair Fatma Taşkın's description of the program's details. Subsequent speeches by Prof. Ali Doğramacı, Rector of Bilkent University, and Prof. Frank A. van der Duyn Schouten, Rector of Tilburg University, were followed by the signing of the agreement between the two universities.

EEE Faculty Member Receives First Prize in Underwater Photography

Prof. Orhan Aytür of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering received first prize awards at the recent Altin Palet Underwater Photography Competition. Organized by the Turkish Underwater Sports Federation (http://www.tssf.gov.tr/), the competition was held in Marmaris on April 29-30. A member of CMAS - Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (http://www.cmas.org
), the Turkish Underwater Sports Federation has held underwater photography competitions since 1997.

On the first day of this year's event, 47 photographers/ videographers and their "dive buddies" made two dives in the Akvaryum and Kirburun bays of Cennet Island near Marmaris to shoot photos/films to enter in the competition. The jury evaluated the entries on the second day. Prof. Aytür came in first in three of the four photography categories, namely slide macro, digital macro and digital wide-angle.

Prof. Aytür has been fond of photography since he was a child. He
started scuba diving in 1998 and underwater photography in 2000.

Young Critics Convene for the Seventh Time

The "Young Critics Symposium," organized annually by the Department of Turkish Literature, is convening for the seventh time this year. The event is taking place this week on May 8-10 at the conference hall of Adnan Ötüken İl Halk Kütüphanesi (the former location of the National Library of Turkey) in Kızılay.

During these symposia, graduate students of the department get a chance to share their research with a large audience, and to improve their work by responding to criticism. By the end of this year's symposium, 32 graduate students from the department will have presented papers on various periods and genres of Turkish literature. (Continued)


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