Volume 13, Number 23
20 March

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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.
Deniz Karakaş (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.

“World Poetry 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 Mevlana’s 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 all.

The "Squiggle Game" Is Going to be Played by an Artist

Mr. Ali 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 Named

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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