Grad Live – May 18, 2012
Five bands made up of RC grads took to the stage at Indigo in Beyoğlu on May 18th for the second annual Grad Live. The evening was emceed by art teacher Merril Hope-Brown, who introduced the bands: Spent Six, Oldu Bitti, Ustalara Saygı Kuşağı, Buket Coşkuner & Uluç Büyükbeşe, and Bunsen Burner.
Grad Live is a spin-off of Lise Live, which was started by Merril Hope-Brown, and Teacher’s Live.
Residential Life Symposium – March 10, 2012
Robert College hosted its first professional development event for people working in boarding schools on Saturday, March 10, 2012. The symposium, entitled “Living and Working in a Residential School: What Are We Doing? What Can We Do?”, included 75 participants from 16 state and private schools from Izmir, Tarsus, Edirne, Antalya, Adapazari and Istanbul. The participants were individuals who are devoting their careers to caring for children living so far away from home. The aim was to bring people together to start sharing their experiences and expertise.
Teachers Rock the Stage at 2nd Teachers Live
Seven acts, made up of teachers and students, took to the Suna Kıraç stage on February 24th for the 2nd Teachers Live, organized by the Student Council. A crowded audience was entertained with jazz classics, Turkish pop, rock and musical favorites. Groups included The Geezers (Koray Demirkapi, Colin Edmonds and Deniz Baysal), EdGir (Colin Edmonds, Elif Ayaroglu L11 and Oğul Girgin L11), CMJ (Colin Edmonds, Michael Hays, John Dew) and Spent 6 (Jake Becker, Andy LaRaia, John Dew, Jameson Vierling, Rick Hummel and Joe Welch). In addition, Michael Hays, Deniz Baysal and John Dew performed a trio of jazz songs, and Koray Demirkapi and Deniz Baysal amused the crowd with “Belli Mi Olur”.
One of the highlights of the show was Melissa Altıntaş and Su Özer L9, who wowed the audience with an upbeat performance of “My Man”, with Graham Fleming making a special appearance as the man.
The show ran smoothly thanks to the crew – Murat Ersan, Atalay Onay L10, Kaan Bahçıvan L9, Utku Veznedaroğlu L10, Mina Meriç L9 and Arjin Şimşek LP.
RC 08-11 Graduates Reunite at Meetball ‘11
RC graduates from the past four years came together on the evening of December 24th, filling up Marble Hall. This year, in addition to meatballs and other snacks, mulled wine and several fun activities awaited attendees. Many graduates showed off their musical talents playing Guitar Hero, while others tried to figure out which teachers the distorted photos represented in Guess Who?.
Teachers' Day Luncheon Honors RC Teachers - Nov 24, 2011
Teachers' Day was once again celebrated at Bizimtepe on Thursday, November 24th. The rich lunch banquet was provided by the Parents Association, and RC teachers old and new were greeted by a string duo. There was a record number of retired teachers who attended the celebration. After reminiscing about the good times and eating the delicious treats, the cake was cut by the two youngest members of the RC faculty – English teacher Liz Washburn and Turkish teacher Müge Kanuncu who both joined RC this year. In the end the much anticipated group photo was taken right before the guests left happily with new memories.
RC Celebrates Republic Day - Oct 27, 2011
The RC Turkish Literature Department prepared an outstanding program to celebrate Turkey’s 88th Republic Day. The festival took place on the evening of October 27, 2011 on campus and was attended by students, parents, alumni, staff and former faculty. The program started with a torchlight procession from Bizim Tepe to the Forum. It was a crowded parade accompanied by two marches, “Dağ Başını Duman Almış” and “10. Yıl Marşı”. An amazing Black Sea folkdance show at the Forum was followed by refreshments. The crescendo of the evening was the Timur Selçuk concert at Suna Kıraç Hall. The concert lasted 2 hours, with the audience singing along to many of the songs.
“Goodbye Espo” - Jun 15, 2011
What is the measure of a man? Is it in the knowledge he imparts? In the decisions he makes? In the trials he has endured? Or simply in the quality of his company? The man in question is one that has “endured” the winds of change through 4 decades in Istanbul; he’s imparted knowledge to hundreds of students over those decades who lovingly referred to him as “Espo” and still do; the quality of his company is unrivalled, just sit down with him for 10 minutes; and the decisions he’s made, most importantly, to continue his life education and career at Robert College, is considered by all, an incredible accomplishment worth celebrating.
On Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 85 faculty, alumni, staff and former colleagues gathered at Mr. Esposito’s favorite restaurant, Çınaraltı Restaurant in Ortaköy, to celebrate his retirement. A friend and fellow colleague, Jennifer Sertel described the event, “It was wonderful!! There was a roast, toast or boast session in which many took the microphone and recalled ways in which their lives had been touched by Mr. Esposito/ Phil. The most touching thing was afterwards, Phil told me that seeing all those former students and teachers, and hearing their testimonials, he realized he had made the right choices in his life by staying in Turkey and by giving so much to his students and the school.” Now that Phillip Esposito, English Department Head, retires and embarks on a new chapter in his life, he will undoubtedly be missed!
*A full tribute to Phillip Esposito can be found in the latest issue of the RCQ .
Teachers Take Their Awards – May 10, 2011
On the cool evening of May 10, 2011, over canapés and cocktails, teachers, staff and visiting trustees huddled together to honor teachers who were being inducted to this year’s Faculty Recognition Program. Presented by Headmaster John Chandler and Turkish Director Güler Kamer, the Jane Page Award, being given out for the 8th time since 1997, was presented to Mehmet Uysal for his demonstration of excellence in meeting the standards outlined in the “Expectations of Faculty Members at Robert College.” The Headmaster’s Award has been given out since 2008; this year’s 4th recipient was Alison Oğuz, who was recognized for her contribution to teaching and learning at Robert College. The other awards were presented to teachers who demonstrated the highest level of quality, skill and effort in their craft; those faculty members are as follows: Cyrus Carter (The Master Teacher Award), Jake Becker (Award for Innovative Teaching), Necla Sönmezay (Service Award) and Colin Edmonds (Co-Curricular Activities Award). The prestigious Faculty Peer Recognition Award went to Turkish Teacher Yıldız Düzköylü.
|L to R: Cyrus Carter, Jake Becker, Güler Kamer, Yıldız Düzköylü, Colin Edmonds, Necla Sönmezay, Mehmet Uysal, Alison Oğuz, John Chandler, Nina Köprülü
Celebrating Turkish Culture & Literature – April 30, 2011
On April 30, 2011, Robert College hosted 160 teachers and students for the 6th Annual Culture & Literature Symposium, led by the Turkish Language and Literature Department. Under the heading “Contemporary Turkish Storytelling,” distinguished Turkish writers such as Semih Gümüş, Müge İplikçi, Ayşe Sarısayın, Cemil Kavukçu, Mehmet Zaman Saçlıoğlu and Özcan Karabulut shared their views on the importance of storytelling with teachers and students. In addition to discussions, storytelling workshops were also held with the writers and participants. A highlight of the event was the appearance of retired faculty members Münir Aysu and Aydın Ungan. Mehmet Uysal, Head of the Turkish Language and Literature Department remarked that, “this symposium was a very productive literary event, and I hope to see it reach its 7th year.”
Teachers Live - March 3, 2011
A first of its kind, the Teachers Live event rocked the house! The Suna Kıraç Theater was full to the brim with students and teachers - seated and standing - to support some of the school’s current and retired faculty who took part at a memorable musical event. Jazz, pop, rock and classical Turkish music performances received standing ovations! Teachers “bands” included The Geezers with Deniz Baysal, Colin Edmonds and Koray Demirkapı; Türk Sanat Musikisi Korosu with Gülhiz Yüksek, Hafize Değer, Necla Sönmezay, Ferdağ Sezer, Serap Yılmaz, İzzet Dodurgalı, Burcu Aybat, Mehtap Kaya, Gülcan Üçok, Sengül Özdemir and Süheyla Soğancılar as well as retired staff members Mine Taşçıoğlu and Sezen Ertürk, retired Turkish teacher Ayşe Güven and retired French teacher Çiğdem Taran; the Tater Hays Group (a faculty-student ensemble) with Deniz Baysal, Koray Demirkapı, John Dew, Michael Hays, Alp Paksoy (L-11), Değer Turan (L-11), Dehan Elçin (L-10), Melis Özsoy (L-11) and Cemre Necefbaş (L-10); and Spent Six with English Teachers Rick Hummel, Andrew Laraia, Jameson Vierling, Jake Becker, German Teacher and the Dean of Student Activities Joe Welch and Art Teacher John Dew. One of the highlights of the evening was when P.E. Teacher Graham Fleming and English Teacher Melissa Altıntaş sang “Endless Love”. Eat your heart out Diana Ross!
The 4th "NetwoRC Evening" - Thursday, October 21, 2010
Subject: The Music & Entertainment Business
Speakers: Ayhan Sicimoğlu - Musician and TV Personality, MEhmet Uluğ - Co-founder and Parter of Babylon / Pozitif and the session was moderated by Nuri Çolakoğlu RA 62 & RC Trustee.
The 3rd "NetwoRC Evening" - Monday, April 19, 2010
Subject: Banking & Finance
Speakers: Ersin Özince - General Manager of Türkiye İş Bankası, Ergun Özen - General Manager of Garanti Bankası and the session was moderated by Nuri Çolakoğlu RA 62 & RC Trustee.
Boston Reception - February 2010
Despite the threat of a major snow storm, which fortunately did not materialize, over 40 RC alums, former staff and faculty, and friends came to the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge, MA, on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, where they were greeted by RC Trustee Stephen Clark, RC Headmaster John Chandler, and New York Office Director Lynne Prevot. This now annual event is eagerly anticipated by all. Mr. Chandler presented a brief update on the school, calling on former Lise Director Whit Shepard, whose trip to Boston happily coincided with the reception, to expand on a few remarks. Former Head Chris Wadsworth and wife Lori were also there to greet alums. Thanks again to Cemal Kafadar, RC’73, who acted as our sponsor at the Club.
The 2nd "NetwoRC Evening" - Wednesday, January 20
Subject: Business & Marketing
Speakers: Galya Frayman Molinas - President of Coca Cola Türkiye, and Serpil Timuray - CEO Vodafone. The session was moderated by Nuri Çolakoğlu RA 62 & RC Trustee
The 1st "NetwoRC Evening" - Thursday, December 24
Subject: IT & Telecommunications
Speakers: Faruk Eczacıbaşı - Türkiye Bilişim Vakfı, Süreyya Ciliv - CEO Turkcell. The session moderated by Nuri Çolakoğlu RA 62 & RC Trustee.
Meetball is a mini homecoming for those, who graduated from RC in the last four years, and are now in college. It is a great opportunity for the recent graduates to reunite with classmates who are studying at many different campuses in the city, the country or abroad, as well as to re engage with fellow alumni who were a few classes ahead or below them.
RC '06; '07, '08 and '09;
came, met up, and mingled in Marble Hall following UniRC Career Day over snacks and drinks!
Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 17:00.
Boston Reception and New York Fireside Chat - February 2009
Alumni Dinners in Boston and New York - April 2008
Alumni Reunions in Boston, Washington DC, New York - Feb 2008
WINPEACE (Women's Initiative for Peace) - Aug 1-8th, 2007
|The purpose of this annual event is to train young people from Greece, Turkey, and both parts
of Cyprus to become "Ambassadors of Peace". They learn some of the basic skills of Conflict
Resolution. They wrestle with the notions of 'identity" and 'the other'. They meet and discuss
vital topics, but also have fun and live with 'the other'. They discuss and try to solve the
Real Activities For Teachers (RAFT) Workshop - May 19th, 2007
Tree planting & Art Scholarship Award Ceremony in memory of Özlem Akçakuş '97 - Apr. 18th, 2007
MEETBALL @ Suna Kıraç Hall - Dec. 24th, 2006
Young Alumni Dinner @ NY - Oct. 28th, 2006