Volume 15, Number 25
April 21, 2009

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MBA Forum Brings Business Leaders of Today Together with Leaders of the Future


MBA Forum 2009, organized by Bilkent and Sabancı Universities' MBA Student Clubs, will be held April 24 to 26 at Cornelia Diamond Hotel at Belek/Antalya.  The event is made possible through the help of 250 Master of Business Administration (MBA) students and event sponsors AKBANK, Türk Telekom, and Arzum. The aim is to improve networking among MBA students from Bilkent, Sabancı, METU, Koç, Hacettepe, Bahçeşehir, TOBB, Başkent and Bilgi Universities, and create an elite business and academic environment. These universities have a reputation of having the most successful MBA programs in Turkey. The Forum not only provides networking opportunities, it will also enable participants to improve their personal skills by listening to the experiences of a variety of speakers. By participating in this event, MBA students will have the opportunity to enter job interviews.

This year, speakers will be: Akbank CEO, Zafer Kurtul; Yapı Kredi Bank Chairman, Tayfun Bayazıt; Finansbank Chairman, Hüsnü Özyeğin; Former CEO of Yapı Kredi Bank, Burhan Karaçam; Havelsan CEO, Faruk Yarman; Changa Restaurant Owner, Tarık Bayazıt; President of GYİAD, Pınar Eczacıbaşı; Sony Eurasia CEO, Mohsen Noohi; Türk Telekom HR Manager, Gökhan Bozkurt; Coca-Cola Türkiye General Manager, Galya Frayman Molinas; Philip Morris Marketing Director, İlker Kaytancı; and Arzum General Manager, Murat Kolbaşı

Traffic Steals Another Life

umutIt is with great sadness and regret that we must report the loss of another Bilkent University student. On April 9, Umut Canbolat from the the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management, was involved in a fatal car accident in Ankara. Everyone at Bilkent News would like to extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and all of those affected in the Bilkent Community.

CTIS Senior Projects Poster Days Showcases Months of Work

umutOn April 27 and 28, the Department of Computer Technology and Information Systems (CTIS) will hold its annual Senior Projects Poster Days for 2009.

Twenty teams of senior students, 79 students in total, will present their software projects to the public. This includes other CTIS students, visitors from the software industry and all interested Bilkenters.

One week after the project demonstrations at this event, teams will have a chance to get feedback on their projects to help in creating the final product. Moreover, the evaluation of the posters will play an important role in deciding who will take the CTIS System Development Award 2009.

Senior Project Poster Days serves as a showcase for seven months of hard work on the development of high-quality software projects to guests from the Turkish software industry. Almost one quarter of the projects have been supervised by related companies.

Spring Fest Night Activities

Spring Fest 2009 will take place from Thursday, May 7 to Saturday, May 9.  The evening concerts, arranged by the Spring Fest Organization Committee,  will be held at the ODEON, on May 7 and 8. Tickets will be required. Note that the concerts are only for Bilkent University students, personnel and alumni.

Ticket sale points and dates will be announced next week.

Concert Dates and Performers:
Thursday, May 7: Nil Karaibrahimgil (9:30 p.m.)
Friday, May 8: MFÖ (9:30 p.m.)
Saturday, May 9: Radio Bilkent On-Air Party (Spring Fest Area at 8 p.m.)

1. "Mobile toilets" will be available at "Radio Bilkent On-Air Party" area.
2. Pitching tents on the grass will not be allowed because of security and health issues.
3. Pets will not be allowed on the Spring Fest Area.

We wish you a very enjoyable Spring Fest.

Spring Fest Organization Committee

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Just Like Mom Said, Firsts are Memorable…

From childhood we are often told that when we do something for the first time, it will be memorable and special until the end of our lives. This may be because those first experiences happen without pre-judgment or bias. I am sure most will remember their first boy or girlfriend, first kiss, first failed exam, or the first time they drove. The essential beauty is hidden; firsts never end. This short article is memorable for me, because I am writing for Bilkent News for the first time, and the subject will be about my recent "first" experience.

As a senior year student, I have been so burned out by courses, exams and everything else related to getting an education, and was looking for something fun to do. Luckily enough, I received an e-mail asking for volunteers to work at the Bilkent Library Art Gallery. After a long interview I became an intern at the gallery.

Before working there, each time I visited an exhibition I just looked at the paintings. Now, I know what is going on behind the scenes. I see the long preparation process behind the works and have more respect for the people and their contributions. Thanks to our gallery manager, Atilla Güllü, interns have a chance to see the world in a unique way, and follow a path for self development in the field of art.

My memorable first at the gallery was the exhibition opening held on April 9 for a show titled Kağıda Kadınca Dokunuşlar II/“Womanly Touches on Paper II,” featuring only paintings done by women. This exhibition provides an opportunity to take a little trip into the inner world of these artists. Six painters and 66 paintings make up the exhibition.

Guests are always welcome to come to the Bilkent Library Art Gallery, Monday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m! The current exhibition will continue until April 30.

A. Sinem Kesik (MAN/IV)

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