Volume 16, Number 9
November 17, 2009

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Atatürk Commemorated


November 10, 2009 marked the 71st anniversary of the death of Turkey's beloved Atatürk. Bilkent University commemorated the landmark date with a program in his honor.

The day began at Bilkent's Atatürk Monument with a moment of silence. Toğrul Ganiyev (violin) and Ayşe Gülüm Sürmen (piano) of the Department of Music performed a mini concert in the Mithat Çoruh Auditorium. Asst. Prof. Mehmet Kalpaklı, from the Department of History, then gave a speech focusing on Atatürk’s policies and beliefs on culture and literature.


“Culture is the foundation of the Turkish Republic,” Kalpaklı said, quoting Atatürk. “We have accomplished great things in a short period of time. The greatest of these is the Turkish Republic, which is based on Turkish heroism and our great Turkish culture.”

On Friday, November 13, at the Bilkent Concert Hall, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra performed L. Van Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Symphony No.3 in E flat major, Op. 55 “Eroica” and G. Mahler's  “Kindertotenlieder” in a special concert to commemorate Atatürk. Under Music Director and conductor Klaus Weise's baton, the BSO accompanied soloist mezzo soprano Aylin Ateş.

Bayram Holiday

In order to take additional measures for H1N1 flu, classes are cancelled between November 23-26, preceeding the Bayram Holiday.

All academic and administrative units will function as usual, and shuttle services for personnel will continue to operate. On the eve of Bayram Holiday, Thursday November 26, personnel services will depart at 12:30 p.m.

Note: The editorial staff wishes you a happy Bayram Holiday! The next issue of Bilkent News will be coming out on December 1.

Lunchtime Seminar Explores “Realm of the Coral”

realm of the coral

Last week, on Wednesday, November 11, Associate Provost Prof. Orhan Aytür
delivered a fascinating and visually stunning talk on the “Realm of the Coral: Color, camouflage, consumption, cleaning and courtship under tropical seas,” as part of the Library Lunchtime Lecture series.
A member of Bilkent’s Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department, Prof. Aytür is also an award-winning underwater photographer. With the aid of his own detailed, colorful photographs taken in various exotic locations, including the Red Sea and Indonesia, he described the life of a wide variety of animals that dwell in tropical seas.

realm of the coral

Prof. Aytür began by discussing the different kinds of corals, their anatomy and characteristics, and then continued by showing how fish, shrimp, octopi, sharks, and other animals interact and coexist, often quite closely and intimately. His photos, some of creatures only a few millimeters in size, vividly brought to life the habitats and communities that make up the tropical waters. The fact that sunken boats and cars are themselves covered by coral and other forms of marine life indicates that humans have a part to play in this underwater world, though not always positively. Prof. Aytür concluded his talk by taking questions from the audience. This semester’s Library Lunchtime Lecture series will continue on Wednesday, December 16, with a talk entitled “The History of Censorship in Turkish Cinema:
The Censorship of Religion as a Case” by Dr. Dilek Kaya Mutlu from the Department of Graphic Design.

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Assoc. Prof. Cengiz Yener, Passes Away November 14, 2009

ümit berkmanAssoc. Prof. Cengiz Yener, retired faculty member of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture passed away on Saturday, November 14, from a heart attack. Yener has served the University since 1989 and retired in August 2008. He will be sadly missed not only by his family, but also by many of his colleagues.

Funeral services for Yener were held on Monday, November 16, 2009 at Maltepe Mosque.

We wish to extend our sincere condolences to the Yener family, his colleagues, friends and members of the Bilkent community.

Elections for Department Representatives Start Today!

Tuesday, November 17 marks the first round of elections for Department Representatives.

Eligible students are strongly encouraged to vote. Voting will be done electronically, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The names of the candidates with photos and eligible voters are posted at www.bilkent.edu.tr/konsey
You can choose to vote at any of the locations provided in the table, no matter what your department is, and you need only your student ID card with you.

Remember to Vote for Your Department Representative Today

Locations of Voting Stations

- Faculty of Engineering, B Block, Foyer
- Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, F Block, FFZ-21
- Computer Center, B Building, 3rd Floor
- Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences, A-130
- School of Applied Technology and Management, RE 108
- BUSEL C Building, DB-03
- Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, 3rd Floor, No. 336
- Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences, MAZ-08 
- Computer Technology and Information Systems Building, East Campus, E-115

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