Volume 15, Number 29
May 20, 2009

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Distinguished Teachers Honored

The University is pleased to announce the recipients of the Distinguished Teachers of the Year Awards for 2009. Prof. Bülent Özgüç, Prof. Hayrettin Köymen, Asst. Prof. Yehezkel Sandy Berkovski and Maria Nowotna were chosen for demonstrating outstanding teaching abilities, and for contributing to students' academic and intellectual development. Bilkent News asked this year's "Distinguished Teachers" for their thoughts on receiving this award.

Bülent ÖzgüçProf. Bülent Özgüç
Learning is a life long process. So is teaching. The most important role of a teacher is actually teaching how to learn. This is a mutual process. It can best be achieved by sharing the process of teaching with the students, which basically leads to a process of discovery. I have enjoyed this for nearly thirty- seven years, twenty-three of which were delightfully spent at Bilkent. I am deeply honored to have received this award. I thank my students, my colleagues, the nomination committee, and my family for their support, understanding, and enthusiasm.

Hayrettin KöymenProf. Hayrettin Köymen
I am honored to receive this award. It is a great feeling to learn that my students enjoy and benefit from the educational activities we performed together. I believe any success in engineering education is possible only in a good institutional environment. In this respect, my colleagues and my students are the rightful recipients of this award.Electronics Engineering is a wonderful profession. It is a synthesis of many diverse subjects such as applied mathematics, probability theory, and physics. The most exciting part of Electronics Engineering, however, is that it combines the knowledge in these well established fields with the sense of achievement in designing and eventually constructing an actual instrument. Electronics Engineering education is undertaking the challenge of teaching young individuals how to start from basic sciences and end up in finished, working, real-life, touchable instruments. It is very nice to see that the students appreciate the endeavour to consolidate the abstraction techniques like mathematical modeling, which is often the sole approach in electronic analysis and design, with physical design, construction and testing. This consolidation enables electronics engineers to prefer "knowledge/understanding" based approach to problems, but employ "know-how" only when appropriate.

berkovskiAsst. Prof. Yehezkel Sandy Berkovski
 I am humbled by the award, and I am very grateful to everyone who nominated and selected me for it. Teaching has always been a uniquely rewarding experience. In my classes I was fortunate to have some of the brightest and intellectually courageous students. While they might not have been aware of that, instruction was often going in both directions. Their challenging questions and lucid comments made me think about many issues again and discover puzzles where previously I saw platitudes. This is how true philosophy is done: it begins in wonder and ends with a question mark. I also profited a great deal from the teaching workshop in our department where instructors get to share their teaching approaches and techniques. I was invariably impressed with the competence and commitment of my colleagues. I would certainly not be able to advance my teaching ambitions without their feedback and moral support.

mariaMaria Nowotna
I am extremely honored to be one of the four recipients of the 2009 Bilkent University Distinguished Teaching Award. I would like to thank everyone who has participated in the nomination process, specially my former and current students and my colleagues. Thank you for your generosity. The past twenty years at Bilkent University have been a great pleasure; I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful students, who have became very successful academicians. I enjoy teaching because it is a great satisfaction for me to see talented, young students when they became very good musicians .I thank Bilkent University and Music Faculty for allowing me to develop new ways of teaching in the field of music theory and ear training. With kind regards.

Graduation Ceremonies to be Held on June 19

Graduation ceremonies for Bilkent University graduate and undergraduate students will be held on Friday, June 19 at the Bilkent ODEON.

Please make sure that you arrive at the commencement site at least an hour before the ceremony begins.

Morning Ceremony:
Friday, June 19, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, June 18, 10 a.m.
Graduate School of Education + Institute of Engineering and Science, Faculty of Education, FS, FADA, LAW, FHL, FE, SAL  

Afternoon Ceremony:
Friday, June 19, 5 p.m.
Thursday, June 18, 2 p.m.
MBA + Institute of Economics and Social Sciences, FEASS, FBA, FMPA, VSCTOM, VSEL, VSTHM, SATM

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Faculty of Law Associate Professor Commemorated at Ceremony


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Haluk Konuralp, member of the academic staff of the Faculty of Law, passed away at the early age of 54 on April 20, 2008. He was commemorated by his colleagues and students on the first anniversary of his death at Mithat Çoruh Auditorium. During the ceremony, the "Liber Amicorum in Memoriam of Konuralp," which consists of three volumes contributed to by 143 academics from different legal fields and countries such as Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Greece and the US, was presented to his family. This followed speeches given by the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof. Dr. Osman Berat Gürzumar, Prof. Dr. Baki Kuru, Prof. Dr. Hakan Pekcanıtez and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muhammet Özekes.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Konuralp is remembered with love and respect as someone with an outstanding personality and high intellect, who made exceptional contributions to academia.

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