The Votes Are In!

Dear Turkish GSA Members,

I am happy to announce the 2018-2019 e-board members…

President: Ali Rifat Kaya
Vice President: Ashley Cercone
Secretary: Yunus Esencayi
Treasurer: Bekir Turkkan

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the election! Today, the GSA will vote on our recognition- fingers crossed! (inşallah!).

Stay tuned for information regarding our upcoming events.

Turkish GSA 2018-2019 Elections – URGENT


Dear Turkish GSA Members,

Elections for the 2018-2019 year will close tomorrow morning! Please complete the Google Form ASAP so that we can legitimize the club.

You may vote using this link:

Please note that you must be a current UB graduate student to vote and you must use a UB e-mail to access the form.

Attached to this message you will find speeches written by the candidates.

*I am also requesting that voters please send me a photo of their student ID.

Thank you/Teşekkürler!

2018-2019 Elections Now Open – VOTE NOW!

Dear Turkish GSA Members,

Elections for the 2018-2019 year have now opened! Please complete the Google Form ASAP so that we can legitimize the club.

You may vote using this Google Form:

Please note that you must be a current UB graduate student to vote and you must use a UB e-mail to access the form.

You will find speeches written by the candidates by clicking this link: Nominees

Thank you/Teşekkürler,

Honoring Atatürk

Dear Arkadaşlar/Friends,

On November 10th, 1938 at 9.05AM, our great leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk passed away. Yesterday, we observed his death and commemorate his legacy.

We shall remember him forever as a great man and leader.

Büyük Türk’ün Ölüm Yıl Dönümü. Saygı, sevgi ve özlemle. 🙏🏼

Call for Election Nominations

Dear Turkish GSA Members,

I invite you to nominate yourself for one of the four open positions on our e-board. It is imperative that we fill all positions in order for the club to legitimized for the 2018-2019 academic year.

You may nominate yourself using this Google Form:

Please note that you must be a current UB graduate student to run for a position and you must use a UB e-mail address to access the form.

Below are the duties of each position:
-President: The President shall be the chief executive of the club/organization, maintain operating procedures,
serve as the liaison for the club/organization with University at Buffalo administration, call and preside over
meetings, take care that this constitution and the policies and procedures at the University at Buffalo are faithfully
-Vice President: The Vice President shall assist the President with all administrative duties and assume those duties in
the President’s absence.
-Secretary: The Secretary shall keep accurate and detailed records of all meetings and affairs are responsible for all
correspondence with Turkish GSA members, coordinate preparation and distribution of handouts, flyers, and
-Treasurer: The Treasurer shall receive and distribute Turkish GSA funds upon the authorization of the President, in
accordance with the SUNY Mandatory Student Activity Fee and the financial rules and regulations of the University
at Buffalo, prepare the annual budget, sign requisitions for club and organization funds.

Thank you/Teşekkürler,
Ashley Cercone

Call for a meeting!

On behalf of our president, Ozge:

I would like to organize a “Turkish Night” in June in order to celebrate all of important days for our culture, Turkish Republic Day (29th of October), National Sovereignty and Children’s Day(23rd of April), Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day (19th of May), Nevruz, Hidirellez, Ramadan, ….(you may add more) Needless to say that, whatever the name of the event is, the most important aim is being together and enjoy together.

For that reason, I would like to call a meeting in order to plan our event. My propose is holding the event on June 15th around 6pm in Student Union, the first day of Ramadan Feast). But we may change the date if you have any time conflict.

The meeting for planning the event will be on Tuesday May 29 at 6pm, in Starbucks north Campus UB.

If you have any question or concern regarding of the event, please feel free to email me at

Have a wonderful day!

Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth, and Sports Day

Today, we celebrate the Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth, and Sports Day / Atatürk’ü Anma, Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı.

On this day in 1919, Mustafa Kemal Paşa, now known today as Atatürk, stepped ashore in Samsun to initiate the Turkish uprising against the Allied Forces following World War I. After landing in Samsun, he would start the Turkish National Movement, an act that would lead to the Turkish War of Independence and ultimately, the beginning of our great nation, the Republic of Turkey in 1923.

On May 19, 1936 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk reminisced with his friends in the Dolmabahçe Palace that he landed in Samsun 17 years ago. His friends did not remember, but Atatürk reminded them that it was the anniversary of our country being liberating. From then on, Atatürk declared that the Republic of Turkey celebrates the landing at Samsun each year. In 1938, the day was officially recognized as the “Festival of Youth and Sports.” This story can be found in Atatürk’s speech titled Nutuk. The festival later included a celebration of Atatürk because he considered May 19th to be his birthday.

As the Turkish GSA of the University at Buffalo, we proudly celebrate and remember the birth of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the beginning of the Turkish War of Independence, and all of the fallen soldiers who fought for our independence.

Turkish Republic Day 2017

October 29, 1923, a vote took place in the Grand National Assembly and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was elected the first president of our nation by a unanimous vote. Since that day, our nation celebrates Republic Day on October 29th in honor of the birth of our Republic.

Today we celebrate an important milestone in our country’s history as we mark the 94th anniversary of the founding of our republic. The Turkish GSA of the University at Buffalo, proudly celebrates the founding of our Republic and commemorates the great leadership of Atatürk. We offer our warmest wishes to our Turkish GSA members and the millions of Turkish people that live around the world, as we celebrate the birth of the Republic of Turkey.

Cumhuriyet Bayramınız kutlu olsun!

Welcome Turkish GSA 2017-2018!

Welcome! Hoşgeldiniz!

Turkish Graduate Student Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to represent the Turkish Graduate Students at SUNY Buffalo campus. Through social and cultural activities, the Turkish GSA attempts to develop an exchange between Turkish students, non-Turkish students and the community. This page, as well as our Facebook page, has been designed to announce upcoming events, provide help to new students, keep track of the Turkish students at UB and present some of the past activities.

We recommend the new students or students who are planning on applying to UB to check out the survival page on Facebook and the activities page for issues like housing, transportation and attractions in the area.

For any questions, you can either contact us via email or post a message to our facebook group.

Turkish GSA membership and activities are open to people of all ages and cultures.

President: Özge Bostancı
Vice President: Ashley Cercone