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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 19, 2005

UI Turkish Student Association Offers Free Turkish Lessons

The University of Iowa Turkish Student Association is offering free Turkish lessons to anyone interested in learning the language. The lessons will be offered every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. through May 2006 with the exceptions of university holidays and breaks. The location will be determined when the number of participants is established. The class is free and open to the public.

Those interested in participating should contact Elif Albayrak, (319-335-2832) or Ozge Girit, (319-335-0585).

The Turkish Student Association is a well-established organization, which supports Turkish students who have come to get an education at the UI. Members also work to represent Turkey and its culture to the best of their abilities. Burcu Esmer and Yigit Saglam, both graduate students studying economics, will give the lessons, which will also include showing Turkish movies and celebrating Turkish national holidays. Ozge Girit, vice president of the group adds, "Those who take part will also have a chance to learn about the Turkish music and the delicious food of our country."

"This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to gain skills in a new language or simply to enrich one's lifestyle. We are looking forward to everyone's participation from different age groups and interests," said Elif Albayrak, the group's president.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Ozge Girit, 319-335-0585,; Writer: Erin Vaughn