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2018/09 The Sunflower Initiative Quarterly

September 2018
L to R: Jane Herb Rinden, Martha Hildenbrand Scott, and Nahid Hamzei enjoying tea in Saint-Malo, France.
Endings and Beginnings
We begin our newsletter with the sad news of the loss of a key member of the TSI team and the welcome of a new Board member.
Jane Herb Rinden (R-MWC ’62), who served for the past three years on The Sunflower Initiative’s Scholarship Committee, died unexpectedly on July 23, 2018. Jane brought to our committee the intelligence, diligence, and skills of an experienced educator and passionate advocate for women’s colleges. Ever the teacher and mentor, she loved learning about our applicants and read their materials with close attention. Her wide-ranging intellect, sound judgment, and extraordinary sensitivity and care transformed our internal discussions, as well as our Skype interviews with finalists, into stimulating experiences for all of us. We feel Jane’s loss keenly as we look ahead to the coming scholarship season without her. 
And we welcome Ruth Barnes Kinsolving (R-MWC ’68) to the Sunflower Initiative’s Board of Directors.
After receiving a JD from the University of Florida College of Law, Ruth practiced more than 45 years as a commercial real estate lawyer, retiring in 2008. She was chairman of The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and remains on the executive council in retirement. She was a Fellow and former Governor of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and a member of the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.
Ruth’s volunteer work is varied and extensive: former member and president of the Athena Society, a Tampa Bay area organization dedicated to “Advancing the status of women through Equality, Acceptance, Education, Opportunity;” advisory board for the U. of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum; active in regional Arts and Cultural Affairs organizations including the Chipola Regional Arts Association helping to fund arts and music classes in the schools of a 5 county region; the Florida Society of St. Andrew, a gleaning and distribution effort for local food banks; as well as Florida Master Gardener.
Ruth says that her experience at a liberal arts woman’s college “shaped my core beliefs and confidence (and those of my classmates) to pursue careers that encourage women to reach their full personal potential and to treasure the qualities inherent in the female character.”
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Top row: Meg McKean, Emily Moss, Nahid Hamzei
Bottom row: Gerry Brann, Betsy McCrodden, Ellen Ramsburgh
Your board welcomed Gerry Copley Brann (R-MWC ’66), and our 2015 scholar, Emily Moss (Wellesley ’19), at dinner during our Washington DC retreat, and were able to visit on Sunday morning with Toby Delrahim (R-MWC ’95). We enjoy connecting with TSI supporters at our retreats and look forward to gathering with friends in the Atlanta area at our 2019 retreat.
A highlight of the weekend was the opportunity to get better acquainted with Emily who was spending her summer as part of the Wellesley in Washington program. Wellesley funds a cohort of students to pursue summer internships in DC. Emily was a housing policy intern at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities focusing on how social policies impact low-income families. She contributed to data analysis and research on a variety of federal housing assistance programs. In a note of thanks Emily wrote, “It is so nice to share a mutual understanding and appreciation for the power of a women’s college education. I’m feeling especially grateful tonight to be a part of the Sunflower community.”
Our much-appreciated Kristin Hodges is taking some time away from the board to care for her family. She continues to support TSI and hopes to return to the board in the future.