Volume 15, Number 3
October 7, 2008

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Student Council Elections

The Student Council Elections for the 2008-2009 academic year will take place according to the Election Calendar.

The Student Council Regulations, the Election Calendar, the Application Form for Candidacy for Department Representation in faculties/schools/institutes, other useful information and announcements can be accessed through the University's web page at http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/konsey

You are strongly urged to become a candidate for your Department Representative first so that you can seek membership in the Student Union Executive Committee or run for President of the Student Union. (continues)

TDP’s First Meeting of the Academic Year Held, New Volunteers Welcomed


Bilkent's Community Projects/Toplumsal Duyarlılık Projeleri (TDP) is ready for the new semester. Many Bilkent students are familiar with the work of TDP, which is carried out by student volunteers and supported by other organizations such as Toplum Gönüllüleri Vakfı (TOG) and Uygar Görme Engelliler Derneği.

These organizations allow students to volunteer in several activities, such as tutoring elementary school students in underprivileged areas, teaching sports, art, and computer classes, or visiting senior citizens in retirement homes.


TDP met with new members at an introductory meeting on Tuesday, September 23. Ayşin Gürbüz, Coordinator, Dean of Students, gave the opening speech and discussed how social projects started at Bilkent University. She explained that all the projects are accomplished by volunteer students. They create their own projects, start them up, improve upon them and work in providing solutions to, or raising awareness of social problems. Ms. Gürbüz thanked volunteers and addressed new volunteers by saying “All people have something to bring in respect to their ability.” Then, eleven different projects were introduced, and new members started their lives as Bilkent University volunteers.

Be part of the voluntary activities at Bilkent.

For more information, call ext.1550, email tdp@bilkent.edu.tr or visit http://tdp.bilkent.edu.tr

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Dr. Alper Şen Awarded By Hewlett Packard

Assistant Professor Dr. Alper Şen, a faculty member in the Industrial Engineering Department, has received the Hewlett Packard (HP) Laboratories Innovation Research Award 2008.

As part of the HP Labs Innovation Research Program, an open and competitive process that reviewed more than 450 proposals from 200 universities in 28 countries spanning the globe, HP selected 41 projects at 34 institutions to receive HP Labs Innovation Awards. Awardees will work with HP Labs researchers to help generate the next set of technology breakthroughs in the areas of information explosion, dynamic cloud services, content transformation, intelligent infrastructure and sustainability.

Dr. Alper Şen received this award for his project proposal titled "Design and Analysis of Procurement Contracts and Related Bidding Processes". He was the only recipient of this award from Turkey. One of Dr. Şen's graduate students will also be supported and given the opportunity to apply for the HP internship program.

A Surrealist Mevlevi:
Asaf Hâlet Çelebi Remembered

Prominent modern Turkish poet, Asaf Hâlet Çelebi, will be commemorated by Bilkent's Center for Turkish Literature on the 50th anniversary of his passing. As the title “A Surrealist Mevlevi” indicates, Çelebi's poetry, both modern and traditional, is a synthesis of East and West, and is unique in this sense.

A panel discussion will feature speeches by the chairman, critic Doğan Hızlan; Professors Ramazan Korkmaz and Fatih Andı; Associate Professor Ramazan Gülendam; Assistant Professor Laurent Mignon and Dr. Mustafa Şerif Onaran. Several M.A. students from the Department of Turkish Literature will read Çelebi's poems.

The event will be held Thursday, October 9, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at FEASS, C-Block Auditorium. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

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