February 25 Marks Third Anniversary of Prof. İhsan Doğramacı's Passing

February 25, 2013, marks the third anniversary of the loss of our beloved founder, Professor İhsan Doğramacı.

The Bilkent Symphony Orchestra concert on February 25 will be dedicated to Prof. Doğramacı, who was a lifelong music-lover. The orchestra, conducted by Maestro Gürer Aykal, with pianist Gülsin Onay, will perform pieces by Saygun, Mozart and Tchaikovsky.

To commemorate the anniversary of the loss of our founder, the Mevlit will be recited at the Doğramacızade Ali Paşa Mosque on Monday, February 25 following the noonday prayers. Buses will depart from the Rektörlük building at 11:45 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.

English-Language Edition of Book on Evliyâ Çelebi Published

The book on Evliyâ Çelebi edited by Bilkent University Department of Turkish Literature faculty members Assoc. Prof. Nuran Tezcan and Prof. Semih Tezcan and published by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism last year has recently been published in English with the sponsorship of the Banks Association of Turkey. Prof. Robert Dankoff from the University of Chicago, who has taught courses as a guest faculty member in the Department of Turkish Literature at Bilkent, is the editor of the English edition.

The first article in the book introduces Evliyâ Çelebi as a genius. Research on the "Seyahatname," which began with its discovery in Istanbul by the renowned Austrian historian Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall at the beginning of the 19th century and continues today, demonstrates the importance of this work in the international scholarly world. One article compiles the documentary evidence about Evliyâ Çelebi aside from his work. Other articles comprise maps and itineraries of his journeys; evaluate his city monographs and his descriptions of Ottoman and Byzantine architecture; discuss the information he gives on various peoples and languages; and evaluate his significance as an author and traveler and the place of the "Seyahatname" in Turkish and world literatures.
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Gold Medalist and Bilkent Graduate Gizem Girişmen: An Inspiration for Success


Last week, as part of the the Career Center's ninth annual Personal Development Days, Bilkent students had the opportunity to meet with Bilkent graduate Gizem Girişmen (MAN 04'), a member of the Turkish National Para-Archery Team and a Paralympic medalist.

Ms. Girişmen was paralyzed following a traffic accident when she was 11 years old. She graduated with honors in business administration from Bilkent University in 2004. That same year, she was introduced to paralympic archery. She placed third in the 2006 European Tournament and first at the Czech IPC International Archery Tournament in 2007.

At the 2007 IPC Archery World Championship, Ms. Girişmen placed ninth during the elimination rounds (with the highest score during ranking). She took second at the European Disabled Archery Grand Prix in 2008. Another highlight, her second gold medal, came at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. She won an additional gold medal at the 2009 FITA Para-Archery World Championships in Nymburk, in the category Recurve Bow Class W2 Women.
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