Volume 14, Number 12
December 11, 2007

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"Clipnoz" Is a Success!
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A team of Bilkent students from the "Innovative Product Design and Development" (GE-402) course have won the the Turkcell Mobile Future Competition, created to encourage innovation and creativity in youth. The winning project is called "Clipnoz" - is an entertainment unit that can be attached to any TV. Users can watch video clips by sending a request via an SMS. They can display personal messages through SMS over the clips. Beyond providing entertainment "Clipnoz" also acts as an advertising medium. Occasionally, ads are inserted between clips, but are timed to avoid being considered annoying. (continues)

The Great Johann Strauss Gala Rings in the New Year…Early!

A special evening that offers a little something for everyone during this festive time is just around the corner. After being televised for New Years some time ago, "The Great Johann Strauss Gala," performed by The Strauss Festival Orchestra, quickly became the most important seasonal concert in Europe. The Bilkent Concert Hall will host the Gala, December 24 at 8 p.m.!

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Works by the famous Austrian composer, Johann Strauss, Sr., will sweep you back to 19th century Vienna. You will hear some of his most famous marches, waltzes and polka pieces, including his most well-known - the Radetzky March. The Strauss Festival Orchestra will be accompanied by an enchanting soprano vocalist, and an incredible ballet ensemble which promises to make the night truly unforgettable. Get your tickets before they sell out!

Monday, December 24
at 8 p.m.
Bilkent Concert Hall
“The Great Johann Strauss Gala”
Strauss Festival Orchestra and Ballet Ensemble
“New Year's Concert”
Tel: 290-1775.

Sera De Vor (AMER/III)

Theater Student Wins Arda Kanpolat Award

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Fourth year Bilkent Theater student Tuğçe Özbudak has won the Arda Kanpolat Performance Award for 2007. The prize is given every year in memory of performer Arda Kanpolat. Tuğçe took the top honor thanks to her excellent portrayal of Blanche Dubois in the play "Arzu Tramvayı" (A Streetcar Named Desire), staged by Bilkent Theater. The Arda Kanpolat Award had been given to another Bilkent Theater Student in the past - Burcu Güner (THEA/05') in 2005.

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The New Student Council Takes Over Responsibilities
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The new Executive Committee of the Student Council took office on Friday, December 7.

A ceremony was held at the Rector's Office, where the former Executive Committee members handed over their responsibilities to the newly elected members.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish the new members an exciting
and productive year.

Communication and Design Department Chair Joins CILECT

chairThe Communication and Design Department Chair, Andreas Treske, has been granted membership into The International Association of Film and Television Schools (CILECT). This is the first step in the process towards the entire department gaining full member status.

CILECT includes representation from the world's major film and television schools. The advantages of being part of the organization is the ability to exchange ideas with other affiliated schools, and gain information on developments in education that can be applied to helping students who wish to work in film, television, and related media.

The association works to foster the creation, development and maintenance of regional and international co-operation, and encourages training in the areas of film and television throughout the developing world.

To learn more about CILECT, visit their website at www.cilect.org.

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