|Bilkent Tulip Days
Bilkent University will be
hosting the First Bilkent Tulip Days this week between April 24 and 28. Organized by the
Bilkent Historical Society and the Bilkent History Department, the aim of Bilkent Tulip
Days is to dedicate a week of multidisciplinary activities to the history of the tulip.
Throughout Tulip Days, activities relating to the historical, literary and artistic
aspects of the tulip will be organized. These are a display of books and an exhibition of
traditional Ottoman art with tulip motifs at the Bilkent library, an illustrated overview
of the tulip's history organized by the Bilkent History Department and an Ebru workshop.
Also at the library, artwork from Bilkent's preschool students will be on display at the
entrance of the library's art exhibition hall.
Furthermore, seminars will cover topics such as the introduction of the tulip to Europe,
the tulip speculation and the "Tulip Age" in the Ottoman Empire, as well as the
tulip in Ottoman art and literature. Moreover, a documentary on the history of the tulip
will be shown on campus. A display of both old and new varieties of tulips will serve to
brighten up the campus. With this activity the Bilkent Historical society wants to provide
students, as well as interested visitors from outside the university, with academic, yet
attractive information on the fascinating history of this world-traveling flower.
Nominations for Distinguished
Teaching Award Open
Every year, Bilkent University recognizes the outstanding teaching abilities of its
faculty members by awarding the Distinguished Teaching Awards at the graduation
The Senate in its most recent meeting has revised the nomination and selection process. In
the revised system, the departments will decide on nominees by seeking letters of support
and comments from students, alumni and peers and employing additional objective criteria
that they choose. Nominations by departments will be submitted to the Deans and School
Directors who will in turn, finalize the nominations with additional letters of support
and send the documentation to BilTAC (Bilkent Teaching Awards Committee) for the final
selection. BilTAC is comprised of faculty members selected by the Senate and
representatives of alumni and students.
All students are strongly encouraged to participate in the nomination process by
submitting objective and convincing letters of support on behalf of instructors they
consider superior teachers worthy of being honored with such an award.
Tbilisi State Academy
of Arts Exhibition in Bilkent
Bilkent University is hosting the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts Exhibition, which
celebrates its 85th anniversary this year. Works of Georgian artists, including video,
photographs, sculptures, murals and paintings, are being exhibited in the Exhibition Hall
in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. On April 18, art-lovers were welcomed to
the opening reception of the exhibition.
As Nino Tchogoshvili from the Academy stated, the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts is a
cross-cultural exchange. In 2006, the academy, with support from the State Museum of
Ajara, hosted professors' exhibition from Bilkent University. The exhibition at Bilkent is
the second stage of this joint exchange project.
Bilkent is pleased to be hosting this exhibition, as it is a significant cultural
interaction between two countries. Works created by David Alexidze, Gia Bugadze, Otar
Chakvetadze, Levan A. Chogoshvili, Megi Citlidze, Eka Gelovani, Joni Gogiberishvili, Gia
Gugushvili, Gia Javelidze, George Kevlishvili, Gia Khutsishvili, Lali Kutateladze, Gogi
Lazarishvili, Natalia Nazarishvili, Wato Tsereteli, Guram Tsibakhashvili, Tina Tskhadadze,
Tamaz Varvaridze, George Yashvili, Geno Zakaraia, Lali Zambakhidze, and Iliko Zautashvili
are on display until April 30.
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|Graduation Ceremonies to be
Held on June 13
Graduation ceremonies for Bilkent University graduate and undergraduate students will be
held on Wednesday, June 13 at the Bilkent ODEON.
Ceremony and rehearsal times for each faculty and school will be announced soon. Please
make sure that you arrive at the commencement site at least an hour before the ceremony
Wednesday, June 13, 10:30 a.m.
Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 12 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, June 13, 5 p.m.
Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 12 at 2 p.m.
Also, the Registrar's Office would like to remind students that they must pay off their
library, traffic and dormitory balances before graduation. Students who do not do so will
not receive their diploma at the ceremony.
Graduation Ball Coming Up!
The 2007 Graduation Ball will be held on May 30 and 31
at the Bilkent Hotel's Sakarya Ballroom at 8 p.m., and will feature a
live concert by Turkish pop singer Altay.
Wednesday, May 30:
FEASS, FBA, FMPA, FS, SATM-VSTHS, LAW
Thursday, May 31:
FADA, FE, FHL, SAL, VSCTOM, BUSEL
The ticket price is 110 YTL per person until May 21, and 120 YTL
beginning May 21.
Tickets are now available at the Alumni Center in the Student Council Building.
For further information, please contact Ebru Ediz in the Alumni Center at ext.
MBA Students Develop
New Security System
Kadir Kaan Kayabalı and Demirhan Büyüközcü, both MBA Students at Bilkent, have
developed new security software that is poised to become a part of security systems in
airports, shopping malls, museums and markets. Kayabalı and Büyüközcü who did their
undergraduate studies at METU, have developed software that uses image processing
technology to detect intrusions to highly secured areas, thefts and abandoned baggage from
the camera's point of view.
The software uses a series of filters and algorithms to detect changes in the view, the
presence or absence of objects, as well as motion. (continues)
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