Volume 15, Number 16
February 17, 2009

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Genç Bakış Broadcasts Live From Bilkent

Genç Bakış, a television program anchored by Abbas Güçlü and aired on Channel D, was broadcast live from Bilkent last Wednesday, February 11. Abbas Güçlü, who is well-known for his column on educational issues in the Milliyet newspaper, hosted Mr. Murat Karayalçın, the RPP party candidate for Ankara in the upcoming mayoral elections.

The Q and A format program began with a question asked from Güçlü. It continued with numerous questions by Bilkent students' on major topics such as party policies, the interpretation of a social state by the RPP and JDP parties, the headscarf issue, problems facing Ankara, including the economy, air and water pollution, and the future of the capital city.  

The Social Democrat  candidate, Murat Karayalçın, explained his party's political ideas to young voters. He emphasized the necessity of the unity, consolidation and totality of the state. He also discussed the dangerous high metal content in water still being provided to the citizens of Ankara and the increase in air pollution.

When asked about the reason for his party's failure in the last three elections, Mr. Karayalçın explained that the main factor was past divisions on the left, however he emphasized that with unification his party will again be in power.   

Elif Gökşen(LAW/III)
Sinan Şekkeli (ECON/IV)

Prestigious TEV Scholarships Awarded to Bilkent Students


Three students from Bilkent University-Onur Tidin (EEE-2), Onur Günlü (EEE-2), and Orkun Bildir (EEE-1)-have recievedprestigious TEV Scholarships from the Turkish Education Foundation (TEV).
TEV has been providing scholarships for over 40 years to encourage successful students. In addition to their regular scholarships, the foundation has been awarding a limited number of TEV Scholarships for several years now. In order to qualify, students must show outstanding academic and social abilities. They must write a composition, and undergo a thorough interview by a jury which includes academics, psychologists and members of the business community. The economic situation of the students is not taken into account. In the end, fifty-two students are selected out of over three thousand for the scholarship.

The awardees were introduced to the media at a celebration ceremony on December 30, attended by a number of prominent businesspeople.

News from the Library

Here is an exciting challenge for Bilkent students! The Library would like to have a special logo designed which will be used on its website and newsletter. They have launched a competition, to run between February 16 and March 16. If you have any interesting ideas please send them in an electronic format to liblogo@bilkent.edu.tr  The winner will not only have the satisfaction of seeing their design used on Bilkent University Library documentation in the future, but will also become a life-long member of the Library and win a brunch-for-two at Bilkent Hotel. For further information about this logo competition, please visit http://library.bilkent.edu.tr/ general_announcement.html

The Library is pleased to announce that the Lunchtime Lecture series will continue this semester with an exciting and varied program. First, on February 26,  Prof. Levent Gürel from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering will deliver a lecture entitled "Computational Electromagnetics: What Does It Mean to Break the World Record at Bilkent?" Subsequent speakers include Dr. Marie-Henriette Gates of the Department of Archaeology and History of Art (on March 26) and Mr. Onur Türkmen from the Music Faculty (April 30). Please check future editions of Bilkent News for the times and details of these lectures.

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Book Donation From Croatian Embassy

Bilkent University recently received donation of 34 books from the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia. The books were personally presented to Rector, Prof. Ali Doğramacı by the Croatian Ambassador to Turkey, His Excellency Gordan Bakota, and the Third Secretary Mr. Mladin Glavina. Rector, Prof. Doğramacı has donated the books to Bilkent University Library. The books are mostly concerned with aspects of Croatian history and literature. While the majority are in Croatian, there are some volumes in English, Turkish, German and Latin. Especially notable are Vesna Miovic's Dubrovacka Republika u Spisima Osmanskih Sultana (Zagreb, 2005), a collection of Ottoman documents relating to the Republic of Ragusa (Dubrovnik), and a reprint with Croatian translation of Fr. Sebastijan Slade's Fasti Litterario-Ragusini (originally published Venice, 1767), a literary history of Dubrovnik. In addition, the donation includes three copies of a Turkish translation of Ivo Sanader and Ante Stamaç's "Anthology of Croatian War Poetry." The books have already been catalogued, and are now on the shelves for any library users who are interested. Bilkent University Library is extremely grateful to the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia for this generous donation which has improved their collection in relation to Croatian studies and the former Yugoslavia.

Iranian Artist Featured This Month at the Library Art Gallery

The Bilkent University Library Art Gallery launched a new exhibition on Friday, February 6, featuring the work of Somayeh Farzaneh. Born in Isfahan, Iran in 1982, she attended Isfahan Art School, and later graduated from Tehran University's Graphics Department. She is continuing her masters studies at the Bilkent University Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture's Department of Fine Arts. She has participated in various mixed exhibitions in Isfahan, Tehran, Tebriz and Ankara.

Farzaneh's exhibit, inspired by the great poet Furug Farakhzad, will be on display until February 25. Don't miss your opportunity to see this fantastic show.

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