Volume 13, Number 28
01 May

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Bilkent MBA Students Apply Book Knowledge in Mardin

After returning from a three-day trip to Mardin, March 24-26, a group of Bilkent MBA students has decided to get out of the classroom and get their hands dirty in the rich Mesopotamian soil.

With the support of Bilkent's Toplumsal Duyarlılık Projeleri (Community Projects) and Bilkent Marketing Professors Güliz Ger and Olga Kravets, the group has formed a club project, "Kapıları Açalım" Projesi (KAP), to aid youth in the region by developing sustainable work experiences through education and networking. They are primarily working with the Young Entrepreneurs of Mardin (YEM), a cooperative composed of high school-educated youth looking to start tourism businesses.

"We are excited that students have taken the initiative to invest in the future of the less fortunate," said Erhan Erkut, dean of the Bilkent Business School, "An MBA education includes the concept of social responsibility and we eagerly support our students putting such knowledge into action."

One of their projects this summer will be to provide English training to YEM members. They are gathering materials - pens, notebooks, books, and used laptops - to send to YEM as well as to supply the public library of the local municipality and to give to elementary-school children in a nearby village. In addition, they are seeking sponsors and donors to fund restoration work in the old city, subsidize the English training, and provide initial capital for YEM businesses.

Two groups from Prof. Güliz Ger's MBA Marketing Class are also working with YEM to develop marketing plans for potential tourism businesses, such as a boutique hotel or a local gift shop. This will fulfill their semester project requirement as well as provide YEM with a starting platform to achieve their organizational goal. Young Entrepreneurs of Mardin (continues)

“Someone I Know” on Display

Bilkent University, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Fine Arts department students have put together an art show, and they did it all on their own! The collection, titled "Someone I Know," was gathered, displayed and organized by the students and has the common objective of showing people's diverse reflections. Various forms of art will be displayed at the show, from paintings and photography, to digital art and installation pieces.

In 2001, a course in Curatorial Studies was added to the Fine Arts department. The aim of the class, taught by Ms. Çağla Saraç, is to teach students how to put together art shows, the history of museums, the culture of collecting, the types and techniques of exhibitions and preserving art. The Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Prof. Bülent Özgüç has high hopes for the students who take this class, saying, "I believe the students and alumni will make a vital contribution to the research, preservation and display of our countries cultural heritage."

Artists who have contributed to the show are: Serdar Akkılıç, Fulya Bayraktar, Tamer Bilgiç, Hülya İz Bölükoğlu, Sinem Cano, Melis Buğu Çağlayan, Selim Can Çelik, Hakan Daloğlu, Fırat Engin, Esin Esas, Damla Tokcan Faro, Somayeh Farzaneh, Sera Gillow, Nur Gökbulut, Murad Gürzumar, Ali Herischi, Burak Karacan, Ceyda Kiymir, Sergio Pardo Lopez, Çiğdem Menteşoğlu, Hayati Misman, Mustafa Okan, İrem Öztürk, Sevgi Can Pekmezci, Elvan Serin, İrem Sevgör, Mariusz Sladcyzk, Serkan Sökmen, Veysel Şaylı, Gülşah Tontu, Eşref Üren, Yiğit Yazıcı and Beata Zalewska.
Everyone is invited to the opening reception, located in the Exhibition Hall at the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture on May 4 at 5:30 p.m., but if you miss that, you can view the show until May 11.

Sera De Vor (AMER/II)


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Fun in the Sun at Spring Fest 2007!

Just as in past years, Spring Fest is coming to campus to celebrate the end of the semester and welcome the summer holiday. During the 3-day period (May 3-4-5), activities will be held for students on the grass field between the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, Bilkent ODEON, and the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences. Each day, there will be parties, concerts, performances, exhibitions, movies, cartoons and other activities for you to enjoy.

A partial list of the activities are as follows:
Thursday, May 3
12:30 p.m.: Opening, Dance Show / Hip Hop - Funk
1 p.m.: Backgammon Tournament
2:30 p.m.: Concert / Pop Rock
2:30 p.m.: Dart Tournament
5 p.m.: Illusion Show
8:30 p.m.: Concert / Funda Arar - Hüsnü Şenlendirici
Friday, May 4
12:45 p.m.: Ground Parachute Show
2:15 p.m.: Dance Show / Latin
3 p.m.: Concert / Blues
4 p.m.: Aerobics/Step Master Class
5:30 p.m.: Jongleur Show
9:30 p.m.: Concert / Serdar Ortaç
Saturday, May 5
12 noon: Concert, Turkish Pop / Grup Mavi
12:30 p.m.: Orienteering
1 p.m.: Crimea Folk Dances Show
1 p.m.: Competition / Silent Movie
1:30 p.m.: Volleyball Tournament
8 p.m.: Radio Bilkent On Air Party

* Please see the full list of activities and locations in the Spring Fest flyer

Innovative Project Competition Award Ceremony Held

The fourth Innovative Project Competition, organized by TTGV, Bilkent University and Cyberpark, concluded last week with the awarding of prizes to the winning students.

The students received their awards at a ceremony held at Mithat Çoruh Auditorium on April 26. The first prize went to team Revoco whose members were Irmak Emekdaş, Deniz Yılmaz, Tuğçe Togay, Rüya Candemir, Sencer Gören, and Mehmer Çubuk. The team developed Reveco, software for controlling the input devices of computers such as a keyboard, mouse,(continues)

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