History of TSO

Founded in 1998

The Turkish Student Organization (TSO) at Auburn University was organized during a social gathering on January 24, 1998. After the purpose and goals of the organization were outlined, the charter executive committee was elected at the same gathering.


The charter executive committee (1998 Executive Committee):
President: Tulin Arslan
Vice President for Administration: Ilhan Altinok
Vice President for Public Relations: Mehmet Dogan
Treasurer: Attila Karsi
Secretary: Mediha Yildirim
Social Chairs: Narin Smith
Selda Kucukciftci
Siyami Karahan
Academic Advisor: Sadik Tuzun, Associate Professor

The Organization was given a probationary membership by the Student Government Association (SGA) on June 1, 1998. However, until June ‘98 the organization has accomplished many events including celebration of the International Children Festival and participation in the World’s Fair exhibition at Auburn University. TSO hosted the international coffee hour with a slide show on November 24, 1998. TSO has accomplished its biggest event of ‘98 on November 15, celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey. After this successful celebration over a dinner, TSO has decided to hold such events every year.

TSO continued its success: organizing social gatherings, another celebration of the international children festival day, and participating in the World’s Fair of ‘99. TSO was granted its full membership to SGA on June 1, 1999. As recommended by the members and the unanimous decision by the executive committee, the Turkish Night of ‘99 was devoted to raising funds over a dinner for the victims of the deadly earthquake that occurred on August 17, 1999 in highly populated areas of Turkey. SGA granted $500.00 for the event. For this humanitarian effort, TSO was awarded a certificate of appreciation on November 10, 1999 by the Lee County Red Cross. The amount of money collected for the Turkish Relief Fund was $14,334.00 as of November 23,1999, which has been the highest amount of money collected for a special effort in the history of the Lee County Red Cross.

TSO will continue to add many other glorious pages to its history book by sharing the Turkish Culture with American and other international friends, participating in, and organizing many other events.


2006 Executive Board
President: Esin B. Sözer
Vice President for Administration: Dilek Sengil
Vice President for Public Relations: Lale Isikel
Treasurer: Emir Adanur
Secretary: Duygu Ucuz
Academic Advisor: Şadel Güven
2007 Spring Executive Board
President : Emir Adanur
Vice President for Administration: Duygu Ucuz
Vice President for Public Relations: Ramazan Duzgen
Secretary : Derya Ucuz
Treasurer : Ömer Öztürkoglu
Academic Advisor : Şadel Güven
2007 Fall Executive Board
President : Emir Adanur
Vice President for Administration: Erdal Sahin
Vice President for Public Relations: Özgur Özmen
Secretary : Yucel Öztürkoglu
Treasurer : Ömer Öztürkoglu
Academic Advisor : Şadel Güven
2008 Executive Board
President : Erdal Sahin
Vice President for Administration: Ozgur Ozmen
Vice President for Public Relations: Cihan Uzunpinar
Secretary : Guler Ergul
Treasurer : Yunus Alp
Academic Advisor :