Volume 13, Number 16
30 January

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Seventh PASO Student 
Film Fest on the Way

Every year, many university students in Turkey produce motion pictures in the hope of contributing to the development of film art. Unfortunately, many of these films, each of which is the end product of intense effort and creativity, do not receive the opportunity of a screening and so cannot reach an audience. In response to this situation, a group of students from the Department of Communication and Design decided to establish the Paso Student Film Festival.

The Seventh Paso Student Film Festival, organized by the Bilkent University Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, and the Communication Faculties from Gazi, Başkent, and Ankara Universities, invites university students to submit their creative films for showing. The idea behind the event is to screen student films in an environment free of conventional categories and competition.

During the Paso Student Film Festival, post-screening discussions and panels will accompany many of the films. While the discussions will enable the audience to exchange ideas with the filmmakers, the panels will address the broader issue of common problems faced by young filmmakers. Moreover, the Communication and Design Department received a grant of 12,000 Euros from the Turkish National Agency in the name of the EU to invite 30 German students to participate in PASO in a 10-day workshop.

If you want to submit your project, the deadline is March 2. To be eligible, you must be a student, and your film should be no longer than half an hour and produced after 2005. The Paso Film Festival will be held March 30 - April 10 at the German Cultural Center in Ankara. After the showing of the films, the audience will have the opportunity to participate in a discussion session about what they have seen. For more information, log on to: www.art.bilkent.edu.tr/filmfest or www.pasofest.org 

First Issue of Bilkent Koza Comes Out!

Bilkent Basyn Yayyn Kulübü (Bilkent Journalism Club)has recently published the first issue of its ideas & literature magazine, Bilkent Koza, in January 2007. Bilkent Koza is a student magazine prepared by the Basyn Yayyn Kulübü consisting of 25 Bilkent students from different departments. The 120-page inaugural issue includes articles, essays, poems, short stories and interviews all written and prepared by the students.

Besides being writers, the Bilkent Koza team is also involved in design layout, web designing, fund-raising, photographs and advertisement. This first issue covers the topic "identity" and includes interviews with Rector Prof. Ali Do?ramacy, Prof. Hikmet Sami Türk, and Asst. Prof. Hasan Ünal.
You can find the magazine this week at Basyn Yayyn Kulübü stands in the B-Building entrance, FEASS entrance and Kyraç Restaurants. A second issue is planned for May 2007. The Bilkent Koza team invites those who believe they can contribute to join their project.

Please send your suggestions, comments, questions, messages, or a friendly letter to: koza@bilkent.edu.tr. Also, Bilkent Koza will soon be interactive at: www.koza.bilkent.edu.tr 

“Ilgım Veryeri-Alaca: Recent Prints and Drawings” at the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art in Richmond

Prints from artist and Department of Fine Arts Assistant Professor Ilgım Veryeri Alaca, a visiting lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History for the 2006-2007 academic year at the University of Richmond, are being featured in a solo exhibit at the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art in Richmond, Virgina.
An invitation to exhibit her work followed, prompting "Ilgım Veryeri-Alaca: Recent Prints and Drawings," an exhibition of mixed media on paper at the university's Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art.(continues)

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From the Student Council

Dear Friends,
As the newly elected student council, my fellow members and I believe that we can only achieve our goals by being responsive to you, the student body. The statement "make a difference" has been used many times by previous student councils. However, simply attending the student club meetings or attending and helping with regular events does not count as making a difference. We believe that Bilkent students deserve more.

First of all we would like to express our appreciation to all who supported us with their votes and we look forward to representing the student body. As the 2006-2007 Student Council, we are aware of our potential impact on campus life. For this reason, our priority is the student clubs and we are ready to help all of them, because we believe that a chain is only as powerful as its weakest link.

One of our duties is to build a bridge between the students and the university administration, so that problems can be solved effectively and to the satisfaction of all parties. Also, any other problem you bring to our attention will be considered with care and a solution will be sought.

In addition, our projects will be coordinated in harmony with the administrative units. Our action plan will be published monthly in the Bilkent News so you can easily follow our progress and check that we have kept our promises. Bilkent is a large and respected family and being a part of this family is a great honor for us.

We want to thank all of our friends who supported and trusted us. Finally, we wish you a productive and successful year.

TTGV, Bilkent University & Ankara Cyberpark Innovative Project Competition

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Ankara Cyberpark, in cooperation with TTGV (Türkiye Teknoloji Geliştirme Vakfı) and Bilkent University, is taking another step in order to support young entrepreneurs by organizing the Innovative Project Competition for undergraduate students of Bilkent University.

So why don't you convert your innovative ideas into projects? Please make your application by filling in the pre-application form found at: www.cyberpark.com.tr   in order to participate in the competition individually or in groups. Submit your projects along with a business plan and a concept demonstration until April 16, 2007.

A committee consisting of experts and academicians from TTGV, Bilkent University and Cyberpark management, will evaluate projects.
The project exhibition and Award ceremony will be held on April 25-26.

1st Project 4500 YTL
2nd Project 3000 YTL
3rd Project 1500 YTL

Moreover, awarded projects, if found eligible by Cyberpark, will be given space at the Cyberpark Incubation Center.

For more information on contest eligibility, please visit: www.cyberpark.com.tr 

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