Volume 8, Number 19
19 March 2002

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Tourism Experts to Attend Forum

The 6th Bilkent Tourism Forum will take place in the Conference Center of the Bilkent Hotel on Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22. Bilkent Tourism Forums are organized annually, by the School of Tourism and Hotel Management, for professionals to discuss current practices and advances in the field, as well as to propose suggestions for future improvements. On the first day, after the inaugural speech by the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Mustafa Taşar, panelists from the industry, government agencies, professional organizations and universities will discuss “Changes in the Turkish and World Tourism in the beginning of the 21st Century”. On the second day, the 2001 Turkish tourist season will be extensively analyzed by experts from the tourism sector.
The Forum will be conducted in Turkish and is open to public. For more information, visit http://www.tourism.bilkent.edu.tr
or call ext. 5002, Ms Pınar Ok, STHM School Secretary.

Nevruz Festivity Welcoming Spring

Nevruz is an ancient festival celebrated all over the world under different names and as a part of different beliefs.
In the Turkish tradition, Nevruz commemorates to be the departure of the Göktürks from Ergenekon and was accepted as the first day of the new year according to the ancient 12-animal Turkish calendar. This festivity, now part of Turkish culture, has been celebrated for over 5000 years as the beginning of spring on March 21, the Spring Equinox.
As past years, Bilkent University will be celebrating Nevruz on March 21 in the C-Block Auditorium. There will be a forum on “Nevruz in the Turkish World.” Each participant will speak about celebrations in different parts of the Turkish World, ranging from the Balkans to Turkmenistan.

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Career Fair Offering Opportunities

Don’t miss the Career Fair this week, Friday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the fair you will find company representatives at the Main Campus Sports Center. Make sure to have extra copies of your CV with you if you are attending the Fair. At the Fair you will be able to learn more about companies and internships that interest you. For the latest updates about Career Days, please check the web-site at http://mail.bilkent.edu.tr/calendar/

http://goto.bilkent.edu.tr/whatson/ and pay attention to the KAYİYEM boards, and the Bilkent News. You may read about some of the companies which will be present at the Career Fair on pages 3 and 4 of this edition of the Bilkent News.

Writing Across Bilkent: Faculty Spotlight

In order to provide a forum for Bilkent faculty from all departments to discuss ways of helping students become more critical, articulate, and self-reflective thinkers, The Writing Across the Curriculum (or WAC) Project has been created through The First-Year English Program. This project aims to be a resource for faculty members (from any department) who want to use a writing-intensive teaching format. Modeled after endeavors at other universities, the WAC Project is guided by the principle that 1) students learn better and think more critically through expressing themselves in writing and 2) frequent writing and revision based on feedback improves expression and communication skills.
Many Bilkent faculty members already use writing in their classrooms as a means of assessing student performance and developing students’ critical faculties. In order to share these ideas, a series of articles called “Writing Across Bilkent” will spotlight faculty members in the Bilkent News. This first spotlight, provided by Dr. Banu Helvacıoğlu, who has taught in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration since 1994, describes one way of engaging students

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World Poetry to be Featuring World Renown Poet

March 21 is “World Poetry Day”. The 3rd World Poetry Day organized by the Center for Turkish Literature, will be celebrated at Bilkent on Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. at FEASS, C-Block Auditorium.
The Center will present a “Nazım Hikmet Program” which includes a 35-minute documentary produced by Can Dündar, live music based on Nazım Hikmet’s poems, readings of Nazım Hikmet’s poetry in Turkish (including a few poems recorded by Nazım Hikmet himself), readings by Prof. Cüneyt Gökçer and Ayten Gökçer with translations into English and 10 other languages. The program is being presented by Center for Turkish Literature with Edebiyatçılar Derneği. The program is free and open to everyone.

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