|Prof. İhsan Doğramacı
Awarded Turkish Grand National Assembly Honor Prize
Each year, the Presidential
Board of the Turkish Grand National Assembly awards the National Sovereignty Honor Prize
to one person who has significantly contributed to the promotion and representation of
Turkey on the international stage with his or her distinguished achievements and success.
In 2005, the Honor Prize of the Parliament was bestowed upon Prof. Gazi Yaşargil, the
world-renowned neurosurgeon and scientist, in a ceremony at the Turkish Grand National
Assembly. In 2006, there were no eligible candidates for the prize among those who were
nominated by the Parliament. Last week, Prof. İhsan Doğramacı was announced as this
year's nominee for the Honor Prize and soon after the announcement, the Presidential Board
of the Parliament passed the motion to honor Hoca Bey with a unanimous vote. Prof.
Doğramacı was given this award for his outstanding contributions to Turkish education,
his founding of Bilkent and Hacettepe Universities and his academic contributions to the
field of medicine.
Prof. Dr. İhsan Doğramacı, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Bilkent, said that this
would be the most significant and highest honor he has received to date. He expressed his
respect and gratitude to the Turkish Grand National Assembly, the Presidential Board, and
the people who nominated him for this award. The ceremony to commemorate this outstanding
achievement will be held at the Turkish Grand National Assembly where Hoca Bey will
receive a certificate, a plaque and a monetary award.New Slogan and Logo Promote
Water Conservation on Campus
The logo and slogan competition on "Campus Awareness on Water Consumption,"
organized by the Social Responsibility Center and the Dean of Students Offices is over.
(MAN/IV) is the winner of the competition with his slogan and logo "Use Water
Reasonably and Save Your Future" (Suyu Akıllı Kullan Geleceğini Kurtar).
The competition was organized to underline the importance of World Water Day which will be
on March 22, 2007. The Social Responsibility Center and the Dean of Students Offices would
like to congratulate Deniz Karataş and thank all of the participants who contributed.
Day Dedicated to Mevlana This Year
On March 21
UNESCO's "World Poetry Day" is celebrated every year throughout the world.
Bilkent's Center for Turkish Literature will present a "Mevlana Program" at 6
p.m., on Wednesday, March 21, at FEASS, C-Block Auditorium.
The program will feature Mevlana's poems in the original Persian, along with translations
into Turkish and English. The theme has been selected as part of the celebration of the
800th anniversary of Mevlanas birth.
Beşir Ayvazoğlu, writer, critic, and editor, will deliver the opening speech. Ozan
Sağdıç, Leyla Tepedelen, Anooshirvan M. Miandji, Hilmi Yavuz, and students from the
Department of Turkish Literature will read the poems. This program is free and open to
Game" Is Going to be Played by an Artist
Hericshi, who will work live in front of visitors at the Bilkent Faculty of Art, Design
and Architecture Art Gallery from March 19 - 22, is an artist, a painter and an
academician and has been teaching in the Fine Arts Department at Gazi University since
1992. Hericshi was born in Baku in 1958 (continues)
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|New Bilkent Library Director
Asst. Prof. David Thornton from the Department of History has been named as the new
Director of Bilkent University Library. Dr. Thornton earned his Ph.D. in Anglo-Saxon,
Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge in 1991. Before joining Bilkent in 1997,
he worked in the Unit of Prosopographical Research at the University of Oxford. Dr.
Thornton's research interests include the history of Britain and Ireland in the Middle
Ages while his personal interests range from Oriental and African languages to Spider-Man.
Dr. Thornton is succeeding the interim director Barbara von Wahlde, who was formerly Vice
President for Libraries at SUNY-Buffalo. She in turn had succeeded Dr. Phyllis Erdoğan,
the founding Director of the Bilkent Library System.
Dr. Thornton's perspective for the future of the library follows:
"It is a great honour to become the new Director of Bilkent University Library. As a
result of the breadth and depth of its print collection and electronic resources, Bilkent
library rightly has the reputation as the best library in Turkey. The task of directing
the library is therefore both an immense privilege and an exciting challenge. I look
forward to working closely with the library's dedicated staff in order to improve its
unrivalled facilities in the years to come.
The library is not
simply an information service, but it is also a human and an architectural resource. Over
the next few months, I will explore each of these areas in detail, in order to maximize
both the productivity and efficiency of the library. For example, it will be necessary to
optimize collection management according to the differing needs of the university's
various departments: to do this, I will collaborate with both faculty and students to
ensure that the library continues to serve the intellectual demands of the whole Bilkent
community. In terms of human resources, I intend to consider staff development and
appraisal to make the library a positive and productive work-place, and also I will
improve communication between the library and the rest of the university: how can we help
you, the users, to get the most out of the library and its resources, and how can you help
us to achieve this goal most effectively? As a member of the academic faculty of Bilkent,
I hope to bring the user's perspective to my assessment of the library and its role
within the university.
Finally, I would like to think that the library can become a place where users will not
simply come to borrow books and then leave, but will be somewhere to visit and stay: to
study and research, perhaps to consult current periodicals, as well as non-academic
magazines and newspapers, to explore our substantial art, music and video collections, or
to drop by the current art exhibition. The library is both the physical and intellectual
centre of Bilkent University, and I look forward to overseeing this information
heart" of our City of Knowledge!
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