GRA Students Receive Awards in RATEM "I Have an Idea" Competition

Hüma ÖzaydınlıkArzu Sultan Selvitop

Arzu Sultan Selvitop and Hüma Özaydınlık, third-year students in the Department of Graphic Design, were among the winners of the fourth interuniversity "I Have an Idea" competition organized by RATEM (the Professional Union of Broadcasting Organizations). The motivation behind the competition was to raise societal awareness regarding the protection of intellectual property and the fight against piracy.

This year students from 53 universities participated in the competition, with approximately 500 works entered. Arzu won second prize in print media and Hüma received third prize in the television category. The award ceremony took place on December 19, in front of a large audience including the chairs and members of the Radio and Television Supreme Council, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Directorate General for Copyright, the Television Broadcasters' Association and RATEM as well as important figures from the Turkish art and media world and academia.

The winners' works can be seen at

Radyo Bilkent Receives Award for Supporting Cultural Events in Ankara

Radyo Bilkent has just received a new award, which was presented at an event held by the Sevda Cenap And Music Foundation to recognize supporters of the Ankara Music Festival.

The award ceremony took place on the evening of Wednesday, December 20 in the Hilton Hotel, with Minister of Culture and Tourism Ertuğrul Günay present. Radyo Bilkent received the Silver Medal of Honor for its promotion of the Ankara Music Festival during recent years. Mr. Günay presented the award to Semih Şahnaoğlu (PHIL/IV) and Göktuğ Akan (ECON/IV), who are responsible for the management of Radyo Bilkent and represented the station at the ceremony.

In Remembrance of Prof. Berkman

This Monday, December 23, was the anniversary of the loss last year of Prof. Ümit Berkman, founding chair of the Department of Management, longtime faculty member of the Faculty of Business Administration, former vice rector for administrative and financial affairs, and secretary general of the university for 16 years. This week, on Thursday, December 27, the seminar room (MA-330) in the Faculty of Business Administration will be named in his honor.

Throughout the year but especially upon this anniversary, we remember Prof. Berkman with deep sorrow and also with enduring affection. All of us, from his students to his fellow faculty members, from Bilkent administrative personnel to his many friends, have our own cherished memories.

We at Bilkent News recall him with special fondness as a member of our Editorial Board from 1995 to 2011, whose generous advice and wise counsel could always be depended upon.

Bilkent News Editorial Board

Library Extends Opening Hours During Finals

Final examinations are almost upon us, and students need a quiet place to prepare. Starting this week, from December 24 until January 8, 2013, the three reading rooms in A-Block of Main Campus Library will remain open until 3 a.m. each day, except on December 31, when we will close early, and January 1, when we will be closed all day. There will be no reference or circulation services after 11:30 p.m., but Coffee Break will stay open to provide refreshments for those who need to work late in the Library. We hope these extra opening hours will help students when preparing for their finals.

As many library users will already know, last week student volunteers from the Literature Society organized a colorful and seasonal addition to the entrance of Main Campus Library: a Christmas tree made entirely from books! They have also set up a "wish board," where you can write and pin up your thoughts and expectations for 2013. Even if you are not planning to enter the Library, please come and admire the beautiful book tree and add your wishes to the board.

Bilkent Professors Receive Mustafa Parlar Awards

Özgür UlusoySinan GeziciCoşkun KocabaşEmrah Özensoy

Every year the Middle East Technical University Parlar Foundation recognizes the achievements of scientists and scholars from a variety of fields for their exceptional research productivity, in honor of the late METU professor, Mustafa Parlar.

Prof. Özgür Ulusoy, a faculty member in the Department of Computer Engineering, has been named a recipient of the 2012 Science Award bestowed by the foundation. Prof. Ulusoy received this award for his outstanding scientific activities in the field of database systems. Assoc. Prof. Sinan Gezici from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Asst. Prof. Coşkun Kocabaş from the Department of Physics and Asst. Prof. Emrah Özensoy from the Department of Chemistry received the 2012 METU Prof. Dr. Mustafa Parlar Foundation Research Incentive Awards.

From the Editorial Board

Dear Bilkent News Readers, The next issue of Bilkent News will be published on Tuesday, February 5.

Have a happy holiday season, and good luck on your finals!