Volume 13, Number 8
7 November

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Program in Memory of Atatürk
November 10
9:05 a.m. at the Bilkent Atatürk Monument
Moment of Silence
9:30 a.m. at Mithat Çoruh Auditorium
National Anthem and
“Atatürk ve Bilim”
by Prof. Hasan Erten
Buses will leave at 8:45 a.m. from the front of the Engineering Building and
Dorms 75 and 51 on the Main Campus and from Dorm 90 and the bus stop behind the Bilintur Cafeteria on the East Campus.

Oya Cangüloğlu Receives Honorary
Doctorate Degree

Oya Cangüloğlu, Office Manager of the Board of Trustees and Special Assistant to Prof. İhsan Doğramacı, founder of Bilkent University and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, has recently received an honorary doctorate, presented to her by Rector Prof. Celil Gariboglu from the Baku Asia University of Azerbaijan.
The University Senate resolved to present the Honorary Doctorate to Ms. Cangüloğlu in recognition of her distinguished contributions in forming a bridge between the Turkic World and Hoca Bey.
During the ceremony, which took place last week at the Baku Asia University, Rector Gariboglu, in his speech, pointed out Ms. Cangüloğlu's accomplishments. Cangüloğlu said it was an honor to receive the doctoral degree and hoped to continue developing relations in the future between the Turkic World and Hoca Bey. "It has been a great honor for me to work with Prof. İhsan Doğramacı for 22 years. And, I would like to contribute to his further accomplishments."

Elections for Department Representatives

A total of over 100 candidates for Department Representatives will campaign in their departments between November 8th and 17th.
If you would like to know more about the candidates in your department before voting, please become familiar with their ideas and promises during the campaign.
The first round of elections for Department Representatives will be held on Tuesday, November 21.

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Atatürk Today

November 10th marks the day of Atatürk's death in 1938. To commemorate his life and legacy, Bilkent News asked three Bilkent professors to reflect on Atatürk's life and consider what he might say about the state of the world and Turkey today.
Bilkent News: Thinking about Atatürk's personality and his perspective on life, if Atatürk was a 20-year old who studied at Bilkent University, what type of extracurricular activities would he be participating in for the purpose of improving his intellectuality?
Prof. Talat Halman: Chances are he would have attended most of the important lectures organized by student associations here. It is always a pity that some of the most brilliant students never attend the public lectures organized by Bilkent. Certainly Atatürk would have never missed a lecture on philosophy, on political science, on international relations, or on culture and literature. He had an active interest in topics ranging from literature to mathematics. I am sure he would have been quite interested in extracurricular activities related to positive sciences, possibly even engineering, because he was a creative genius who possessed an intellectual curiosity of a most impressive type. We know very little about him in terms of his intellectual inclinations at age twenty, but we can make such an assumption judging by his later life, and knowing about most of the books he read. It is amazing how carefully and how studiously he read those books, making comments in the margins and underlining things that he found to be very interesting or important.
I would say that as a Bilkent undergraduate, he would have pursued his diverse interests. He would not have been an 'inek' student. Whatever he happened to be studying, economics or business administration or something else, he would have read far beyond the limits of that particular academic discipline.

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