Volume 13, Number 32
29 May

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Turkish Grand National Assembly Honor Prize Awarded to Prof. İhsan Doğramacı

It was announced earlier this semester that Prof. İhsan Doğramacı, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Bilkent, would be awarded the National Sovereignty Honor Prize for his significant contributions to the promotion and representation of Turkey on the international stage with his distinguished achievements and success after the Presidential Board of the Parliament passed the motion to honor Hoca Bey with a unanimous vote. The ceremony to commemorate this achievement will take place this Wednesday, May 30, at the TBMM Ceremony Hall at 11 a.m. where Hoca Bey will receive a certificate, a plaque and a monetary award.

Prof. Doğramacı is being 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.

Bilkent Library Receives Generous Book Donation From Cevdet Kudret's Family

Associate Director of Library Ebru Kaya, Rector Prof. Ali Doğramacı, Ms. Ayşe Kudret and Prof. Talat Halman

The critic, scholar, poet and short story writer, Cevdet Kudret, was remembered last week at Bilkent when his family donated his book collection to Bilkent Library and the Bilkent community honored this prominent figure of Turkish literature.
In a ceremony on May 22 at the library, Rector Prof. Ali Doğramacı paid tribute to Cevdet Kudret, who would have been 100 years old this year. Kudret’s daughter, Ayşe Kudret, gave a brief address on behalf of the Kudret family, which was followed by a plaque ceremony acknowledging the generous and extensive gift in honor of Cevdet Kudret. In total, the Kudret family donated 640 books and 1309 periodical collections to the library.

Following the ceremony at the library, a discussion-panel organized by the Center for Turkish Literature was held to pay further tribute to Cevdet Kudret’s accomplishments. Speakers at the panel discussion included Prof. Metin And, Yusuf Çötüksöken, Dr. Efnan Dervişoğlu, and Assoc. Prof. Handan İnci.


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Bilkent Professor Swims Away With Awards

The Turkish National Underwater Photography Team member Prof. Orhan Aytür of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, received third prize at the recent CMAS (Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques / World Underwater Confederation) 11th Underwater Photography World Championship. CMAS is the international umbrella organization for diver training organizations.

The CMAS 11th Underwater Photography World Championship was held in the island nation of Mauritius between May 9 - 14 with the participation of 27 photographers from 16 nations in each category. Prof. Aytür received third prize in the Macro Category and also ranked 9th in the Wide-Angle without Model category.

Prof. Aytür has been fond of photography since he was a child. He started scuba diving in 1998 and underwater photography in 2000. Prof. Aytür joined the Turkish National Underwater Photography Team after becoming the national champion in 2006.

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The Second Issue of Bilkent Koza Comes Out!

The Bilkent Basın Yayın Kulübü (Bilkent Journalism Club) recently published the second issue of its ideas & literature magazine, Bilkent Koza, in May 2007. As you all might remember, Bilkent Koza is a student magazine, which impressed Bilkenters with its first issue and received positive feedback from its readers.

The 32 page inaugural issue included articles, essays, poems, short stories and interviews all written and prepared by students. (continues)

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