Volume 7, Number 28
14 May 2001

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Distinguished Teachers Honored

The university is pleased to announce the recipients of the Distinguished Teachers of the Year Award for 2001. Each of the recipients has been chosen by the students for demonstrating outstanding teaching abilities, and for contributing to the academic and intellectual development of the students. The four new recipients will be honored with a plaque at the graduation ceremonies on Thursday, June 14.
Dr. İrşadi Aksun (EE):

“I am very grateful to our students for this unexpected honor and to Bilkent University for providing an exceptionally good teaching environment for the faculty members. Since teaching is our main duty, I believe we, the faculty members, do our best to pass on our knowledge and experiences to our students the way we think best. Therefore, it is extremely gratifying for teachers to be appreciated for their efforts. Thanks very much to all my current and former students.”

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SQ 2001 Exhibits Students’ Creativity

“I’m sorry Dave, I can’t do that.” That immortal line from the movie, “2001-A Space Odessy” is repeatedly uttered by students in my first year CS101/102 programming course. I never accept it. I always tell them that they can do anything they put their minds to, and the projects exhibited at this year’s Software Quest provide ample proof of that. I must confess; they even surprised me. They were simply excellent.
In this year’s Software Quest, more than 300 students, professors, and representatives from the software

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Spring Is In the Air

Here comes the spring again. Get ready to celebrate it at Spring Fest 2001, which will take place between Wednesday, May 16 and Friday, May 18. Highlights include cartoon and film shows, exhibitions, talks, concerts, sport and fitness activities, games, tournaments and contests. Try not to miss these activities, and refresh your minds before final exams. Some of the outstanding activities are listed below. Please refer to the complete program, available on May 14, for more detail.
Wednesday, May 16
12 p.m.
, Tournament, Upwords
4:30 p.m., Talk, Cem Özer
8 p.m., Concert, BASSO with Hakan Aysev / Alfred Michourine
10 p.m., Concert, Grup Gündoğarken
Thursday, May 17
2 p.m.
, Talk, Mithat Bereket
4 p.m., Sports, Step Master Class
6 p.m., Cartoon, Toy Story 2
9:30 p.m., Concert, Altay
Friday, May 18
12:30 p.m.
, Talk, Zülfü Livaneli
2:30 p.m., Dance, Brazilian Dance Show
2:30 p.m., Talk, TV Programs for Youth / Producers and DJs, Defne Joy, Okan Karacan, Kadirhan Basalak, Yunus Günce
8 p.m., Party, Radio Bilkent Open Air Party / Dance Show

Get Ready for Graduation!

Graduation will take place on Thursday, June 14 at the Bilkent Odeon. Ceremony and rehearsal times for each department are listed below. Please note the time of your ceremony and make sure that you arrive at the commencement site at least an hour before the ceremony begins.
Morning Ceremony:
Thursday, June 14
at 10:30 a.m.
Rehearsal: Wednesday, June 13 at 10 a.m. FEASS, FBA, FMPA, STHM, STHS, Graduate Students
Afternoon Ceremony:
Thursday, June 14
at 5 p.m.
Rehearsal: Wednesday, June 13 at 2 p.m. FADA, BUSEL, FHL, FE, FS, SAL, SCTOM
Note: Please make sure you pay off your library, traffic, and dormitory balances before graduation or you will not receive your diploma.

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