Friday, May 9, 2008

Turksa Gives Back

"Gifts in Kind" to Libraries

Turkish Student Association donated eight items to the University at Albany Libraries in order to enhance resources for the campus community to learn about Turkey and the Turkish culture.

In his meeting with Dr. Mary Casserly, Assistant Director for Collections and User Services, on May 9, 2008, Turksa treasurer Cüneyt Gözü handed over two illusrated books and DVDs of six Turkish movies to be catalouged for circulation. Turksa purchased the DVDs through RGSO funds and the books were donated by Zeynep Özkan from The College of Saint Rose.

To learn more about gifts in kind and to donate to the University Libraries, please visit their Web site.

List of Donated Items
1- İstanbul [Book] by İlhan Akşit (1981)
2- Marketplaces… Bazaars… [Book] by Eczacıbaşı (2005)
3- İklimler “Climates” [DVD] Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (2006)
4- Hacivat Karagöz Neden Öldürüldü? “Who Killed the Shadows?” [DVD] Directed by Ezel Akay (2006)
5- Dondurmam Gaymak “Ice Cream, I Scream” [DVD] Directed by Yüksel Aksu (2006)
6- Selvi Boylum, Al Yazmalım “The Girl with the Red Scarf” [DVD] Directed by Atıf Yılmaz (1977)
7- Hokkabaz “The Trickster” [DVD] Directed by Ali Taner Baltacı & Cem Yılmaz (2006)
8- Babam ve Oğlum “My Father and My Son” [DVD] Directed by Çağan Irmak (2005)

Sunday, May 4, 2008

GSO Awards Turksa

Graduate Student Organization (GSO) of the University at Albany awarded Turkish Student Association with the

2008 GSO Most Culturally Enriching RGSO Award

for "organizing various multi-cultural events with engaging in alternative ways of fundraising, collaborating with various GSO committees and university offices to improve programming capacity and quality, and utilizing creative ways of outreach and advertising."

Turksa vice president Çağrı Özköse-Bıyık received the award from Dr. Ray Bromley, Director of the Office of International Education, at the GSO End-of-Year Gala and Award Ceremony held at a cruise on Hudson River on Sunday afternoon of May 4th, 2008. After receiving the award on the behalf of Turksa, Çağrı sang an Azeri-Turkish song for the event attendees.

Turksa thanks GSO and the award committee for their decision and looks forward to organizing more activities to contribute to UAlbany community.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Board Materials Available

Turkey on Your Board

In the observation of the celebration of May as the "Turkish Month" in US by some cultural organizations, Turkish Student Association composed a set of promotional materials for cultural boards to advertise Turkey and the Turkish culture.

Materials include information about location of Turkey, quick facts about Turkey, celebration of May as the Turkish month in US, Turkish history timeline, examples from Turkish cuisine, places to visit in Turkey, cultural figures, Turkish holidays, and some trivia information.

Although the initial motivation was specifically for the month of May, board materials can be displayed any time of the year with the exclusion of "Why May" document. All of the materials were retrieved from the specified Internet resources and available free of charge.

If you would like to use our visuals in your school or workplace boards designated for cultural purposes, you can download the materials to print from our Web site.