Volume 16, Number 18
February 23, 2010

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GRA Student Wins Hürriyet Newspaper's Kırmızı Journal Advertisement Award

Başak Ceylan Torun

This year’s Hürriyet Newspaper Kırmızı Journal Advertisement Award first-place honor goes to Bilkent Graphic Design Department senior Başak Ceylan Torun.

Kırmızı AwardAfter attending a series of workshops on the Nutella Advertisement Campaign, Torun was awarded the Jury Special Award. This qualified her to enter the "Red - The Best in Media" (Kırmızı - Basında En İyiler) competition in the category of Education.

Torun then won the first place in her category 'Red - The Best in Media,' out of 74 other competing advertising agencies, and 750 advertisement submissions.

A New Book From Bilkent's Turkish Literature Center

evliya çelebiThe Center for Turkish Literature presented on April 3-5, 2008 a symposium on the greatest Ottoman travel writer Evliya Çelebi (1611-1683) entitled "Çağının Sıradışı Yazarı Evliya Çelebi" (Extraordinary Writer of His Age). This historic event, the first international Evliya Çelebi symposium ever, started with opening speeches by professors Halil İnalcık and Metin And. Cultural commentators, Evliya Çelebi specialists and professors of literature who delivered papers during the 3-day symposium were Enis Batur, Tansu Açık, Münteha Gül Akmaz, Alphan Akgül, Günil Özlem Ayaydın-Cebe, Mehmet Aydın, Jean Louis Bacqué-Grammont, Yücel Dağlı, Robert Dankoff, Musa Duman, Feridun Emecen, Arzu Erekli, Caroline Finkel, Nurettin Gemici, Ferah Hüseynova, Priscilla Mary Işın, Seyit Ali Kahraman, Fatih Kemik, Machiel Kiel, M. Sabri Koz, Pierre MacKay, Mine Mengi, Zafer Önler, Ersu Pekin, Gisela Prochazka-Eisl, Claudia Römer, Claus Schönig, İbrahim Sezgin, Nuran Tezcan, Mustafa Tupev, Mehmet Tütüncü.

The literary supplement of the daily Vatan praised the book as “a guide that lends depth to the pleasures of reading Evliya Çelebi's travelogue,” and Cumhuriyet's literary supplement recommended it as a scholarly work that whets the appetite for the great master's work.

The full texts of the papers have now been collected in a 412-page volume published by Yapı Kredi Yayınları, one of Turkey's leading publishing houses. The editor is Dr. Nuran Tezcan of Bilkent's Department of Turkish Literature who had also served as the coordinator of the symposium. The book is on sale for 26 TL.

From the Library: Web 2.0, Lunchtime Lectures

libraryThe Bilkent University Library has decided to enter the connected age of Web 2.0! In order to extend and improve communication with our users, the Library is planning to create an account with at least one of the more popular social networking websites, such as Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace. To help them make the best decision, they will be conducting a small survey of users in the library during the course of this week. You will be asked which social networking site(s) you use and how often, as well as which library services you would like the Library to provide using these sites - for example, reference questions, library announcements, material request etc.

In addition, Spring 2009-10 Library Lunchtime Lectures will start this week on Wednesday, February 24, with an exciting talk called 'Which Is True: Turkey is not part of Europe, Turkey is part of Europe?' by Halil İnalcık, Professor of Ottoman History and founder of the History Department at Bilkent.

halil inalcık

In this lecture, Prof. İnalcık will consider the on-going debate about Turkey's candidacy for the European Union from the perspective of an historian. He will outline the main political, cultural and economic ties between Turkey and Europe in the past, and will counter the various objections to Turkish membership of the EU by arguing that both logically and historically, Turkey should be considered as part of Europe.

Prof. İnalcık's lecture, which will be in Turkish with parallel English translation, will take place at 12:40-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Library Art Gallery and, as usual, lunchtime refreshments will be supplied. The lecture is certain to be well attended, so please come early to be sure of a seat!

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Girişmen, First Turkish Laureaus Award Nominee

Gizem Girişmen

Gizem Girişmen, a 2004 graduate of Bilkent's Department of Management a member of the Turkish National Archery Team and Paralympic medallist, was nominated as the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability. Girişmen is the first Turkish sportsperson who has been nominated to this award. 
She has been ranked number one archer in the world for Women's Ind. Recurve-W1/W2 since 2007. She confirmed her world champion status by winning gold at the Para-Archery World Championships in August 2009.

Born in 1981, Gizem Girişmen had an unfortunate traffic accident in 1992 when she was eleven. It left her paralyzed. In 2004, she completed her education with an Honors in Business
Administration and became interested in archery. Her dedication to the sport lead her to a first place finish in the 2007 Czech Republic International Archery Tournament, and second place in the 4th European Disabled Archery Grand Prix in the United Kingdom. She plans to compete in the 2012 Paralympic games in London.

Gizem Girişmen

The Laureus World Sports Awards is recognized as the premier honors event in the international sporting calendar. The Awards Ceremony provides a high profile focus as stars of the sporting world come together to salute the finest sportsmen and sportswomen of the year.

The winners are selected by the ultimate sports jury of 46 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, living legends of sport honoring the greatest athletes of today. The 2010 annual Laureus World Sports Awards will be held in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, March 10.

Melis Eser Passes Away, February 15, 2010

melis eserTragic Loss
Melis Eser, preparatory student at the Department of Commerce and Administration, passed away on Monday, February 15, 2010, in a fatal car accident between the Bilkent bridge and YÖK junction.

An eye-witness describes in a shocking way, the hands of fate which put an end to the life of Melis Eser, our friend and student, only 18 years old, in her first year at university.

“This car suddenly emerged from amongst the vegetation dividing the road leading up to Bilkent. I braked hard to avoid colliding with this car and, as the car overturned in the air, I saw a young girl fly from the window on the driver's side and land on the road, then roll into the ditch at the roadside.”

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Melis Eser, and wish to offer our condolences to her family and friends as well as the whole Bilkent community.

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