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Farewell to a legend

Farewell to a legendDr. Tulin Sener, Professor of Finance, has been a staple in the School of Business, teaching courses in both the undergraduate and graduate level for almost 30 years. With a heavy heart, she has decided to retire as of May 2013. Her presence and leadership in the School will surely be missed by her fellow faculty, colleagues, students, and alumni.

Dr. Hadi Salavitabar, Dean of the School of Business, raves of her success in many facets. "Dr. Sener's accomplishments in teaching, research, and service were simply outstanding and unbelievable."

To say Dr. Sener is very accomplished is an understatement. She has significant investment and development banking experience and has served as the former President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the State Investment Bank of Turkey. She is the first woman President of any bank in Turkey.

Dr. Sener has published extensively on global equity investing and asset allocation, currency hedging, emerging markets, international capital markets and banking, financing and investment decisions, and investment project appraisal.

She has consulted on financing and appraisal of investment projects, financial budgeting and joint ventures for the World Bank, Toshe Ross, Thyssen, Eczacibasi, and Mustad International.

She has conducted many international and national workshops and conferences in the USA, Europe and Far East, and has produced handbooks for brokers and investment project managers.

Dr. Sener has been the recipient of major international grants, such as the Fullbright USA Government Grant, several OECD grants, European Community and AID grants, and French and Turkish Government Grants. She received the Chancellor's Research and Scholarship Recognition Award in 2003. She also received many SUNY New Paltz research, teaching and service awards as well as the Dean's Distinguished Research Award.

Dr. Don Furman '87, '00g, Assistant Professor of Accounting, has had the privilege of knowing Dr. Sener for her almost 30 years at New Paltz – in the 1980s as his undergraduate professor, in the 1990s as his graduate professor, and for the past decade as his colleague. "In addition to being a wonderful teacher, mentor and colleague, she has been one of the most influential people in my life and I, personally, as well as the School of Business, will sorely miss her as she transitions into the next phase of her life. Thank you and best wishes Dr. Sener!"

Umit Alptuna '92, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, fondly remembers Dr. Sener as an outstanding professor. "She broke down complex topics into simple to understand concepts for her students, making learning fun. She was also very efficient in the way she delivered the finance curriculum, not only conveying the academic meaning of the time value of money, but also highlighting the practical meaning of 'time is money!' I wish her the best of luck and long powdery days of endless skiing."

Andreas Stefanidis '94, President, Academy of Entrepreneurship, felt Dr. Sener was not only a great professor, but she also taught him the impact of attitude on life from the very first day of her class. "She would say, '10 percent is what happens to us and 90 percent is how we react to it.' I follow her advice every day in my life."