|20 Years of Service Honored
This past Sunday, December
17, on the occasion of the 20th year of the founding of Bilkent University, a reception
was held at Prof. İhsan Dogramacı's residence. Bilkent academic, administrative and
support staff who have been serving the university since 1986 were awarded with plaques in
recognition of their contributions to the Bilkent community over the past twenty years.
The program began with a moment of remembrance for all those who have served Bilkent and
are no longer with us. A showing of the film, "Bilkent University: From Idea to
Reality" followed. Narrated by Professor John J. Grabowski of Case Western Reserve
University with production management and documentation by Reyyan Ayfer, the film explored
the founding years of Bilkent University. The film was designed around a series of
interviews with the people who have helped establish Bilkent. Many of those people were in
the audience on Sunday evening and everyone enjoyed this occasion of shared memory and
celebration. After the plaque ceremony, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Emil
Tabakov with Albena Petrova and Ebru Bilge Aykal on flute and Toğrul Ganioğlu on violin,
delighted the audience with their short performance with pieces from J. S. Bach. Following
the concert a special dinner concluded the evening.
Professors Elected as TÜBA Associate Members
Two members of the Faculty of Science have been inducted into the Turkish Academy of
Sciences (TÜBA). In December 2006 TÜBA announced that Associate Professors Ömer Dağ
and Oğuz Gülseren of the faculty of Science, were elected as Associate members.(continues)
New Student Executive
Board Takes Office
The Student Council's new Executive Committee took office on Thursday, December 14. The
former Executive Committee members handed over their responsibilities to their successors
during a ceremony held at the Mithat Çoruh Auditorium.(continues)
Bilkent Alumni Attend
Discussion in İstanbul
Last week, on Tuesday, December 12, the Bilkent Alumni Center organized a panel
discussion, Türkiyenin Yakın Geleceğinde Sürükleyici Sektörler: Finans,
Hizmetler ve Medya, at the Çırağan Palace Kempinsky, İstanbul. The panelists were
Ersin Özince, Member of the Board of Trustees at Bilkent University (continues)
Location of Tunus Bus Stop
Effective December 15, 2006: due to the substructural construction, the service buses
will depart from Dikmen Rd. instead of Tunus Rd. starting at 6:15 p.m. The new bus stop
location's map can be seen on Transportation Unit's web site at: http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/~transprt/
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Prof. Stanford Shaw
Prof. Stanford J. Shaw, of the International Relations and History departments, passed
away on Friday, December 15, due to a brain hemorrhage he suffered on Sunday evening,
December 10, at his home.
His untimely death was a great shock to all of his family members, students and
colleagues, and to the entire Bilkent family.
Stanford J. Shaw, eminent professor of Ottoman and Turkish History, received his Ph.D.
from Princeton University in 1958, honorary degrees from Harvard University (1965) and
Boğaziçi University (1986), and medals of honor for lifetime achievement from the
American-Turkish Association (1989), the Fulbright Program (1996) and the President of the
Republic of Turkey (1998). He was Professor of Turkish History at Harvard University from
1958 until 1968 and Professor of Turkish and Judeo-Turkish History at the University of
California, Los Angeles from 1968 until his retirement in 1999. Prof. Shaw subsequently
joined the faculty of Bilkent University, where he taught undergraduate and graduate
courses on the Ottoman Empire in the 19th and 20th centuries.
He was founder and first editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Middle East
Studies (1969-1980), published by the Cambridge University Press for the Middle East
Studies Association, and was a member of the editorial boards of numerous academic
journals. He was elected an honorary member of the Türk Tarih Kurumu / Turkish Historical
Society and the Türkiye Bilimler Akademisi/Academy of Sciences of Turkey.
Prof. Shaw was engaged in the research and writing of a series of monographs that dealt
with what he called the Great War of 1910-1923 (including the Balkan Wars, the Great War
of 1914-1918, and the Turkish War of Liberation). Of these, the work on the Turkish War of
Liberation has been published in five volumes. Volumes one and two of the Great War of
1910-1918 are in press, and the projected third volume on the Ottoman home front during
World War I is in the form of extensive research notes. In his later years he wrote about
war because he was a person of peace. He was a dedicated scholar, researcher and teacher,
and took great pride in his students' progress and achievements. He truly enjoyed being at
Funeral services were held in Etz Ahayim Synagogue in İstanbul on Monday,
December 18, at 2 p.m.
A memorial service for Prof. Stanford J. Shaw will take place at Bilkent University on
Thursday, December 21, at 4 p.m. in C-Block Auditorium (FEASS).
Members of the Bilkent community wish to extend their sincere condolences to the Shaw
family and to Prof. Shaw's colleagues and students.
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