December 17, 2007-Madison, Indiana
TCA honors the Honorable Albert G. Huntington, Mayor of Historic Madison, Indiana, for his efforts in promoting Turkish investment in southeastern Indiana and cultural exchanges between Turkey and the United States . Mr. Huntington is stepping down as mayor at the end of 2007. Madison , like Savannah , Georgia , and Charleston , South Carolina , is a national historic landmark that attracts some 500,000 tourists a year. To add to Madison ’s cultural diversity, Mayor Huntington has been encouraging investors to establish a Turkish restaurant on Madison ’s Main Street. The city’s current connection to Turkey is through Hanover College, one of the top liberal arts colleges in the Midwest. Hanover has a successful and popular study abroad program with Bosphorus University in Istanbul, and it now hopes to attract Turkish students to study at its campus as the college strives to expand its international student body.
TCA honors the Honorable Albert G. Huntington, Mayor of Historic Madison
From left to right: Mayor Albert Huntington; Dr. Ahmet Gultekin, President-elect of the Tristate Turkish American Association in Cincinnati, Ohio; Dr. Justin McCarthy, Ottoman Scholar at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky; Alp Berker, Regional Vice President of ATAA in Indianapolis, Indiana; the Honorable Kenan Ipek, the Turkish Consul General in Chicago, Illinois; Dr. Sue DeWine, President of Hanover College; and G. Lincoln McCurdy, President of TCA. Participating in the ceremony but not pictured are Talha Uzun, President of the American Turkish Association in Indianapolis ; Daniele Berker and Uzay Kirbiyik of Indianapolis ; and Beth McCarthy of Louisville.