Family and friends of Oklahoma attorney and human rights activist Fern Holland will gather with representatives of the University of Oklahoma to dedicate a bench in her honor at 4 p.m. today on the campus.
Holland, an Oklahoma native, graduated from OU with honors before traveling and working in schools, hospitals and orphanages in Europe and Africa.
She returned to the United States and pursued a law degree from the University of Tulsa in an effort to improve global human rights causes.
In 2003, she went to Iraq to investigate human rights abuses during the reign of Saddam Hussein and gather evidence for war crimes prosecution in Iraq. She helped draft the portion of the interim Iraqi constitution that dealt with women's rights and their role in government. The interim constitution was signed earlier this year the day before Holland and two co-workers were killed in Iraq.
Holland's family and Delta Gamma sorority have established trusts in her name to continue the pursuit of human rights causes. The bench dedication will be in the Pan-Hellenic Gardens, west of the Michael F. Price College of Business and east of Bizzell Memorial Library.
College fair planned at UCO
Representatives from more than 100 universities and colleges across the country are expected to attend the University of Central Oklahoma's Area Wide College Fair from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the Nigh University Center, 100 N University Drive.
High school students and their parents are invited to the free event to get more information about financial aid, prospective schools and degree programs.
For more information, call Kristi Jones at 974-2727.
Supper to benefit state Democrats
State and national candidates have been invited to speak during a bean supper from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Communication Workers of America Union Hall, 5408 N Santa Fe.
The program is sponsored by the Oklahoma 5th District of the Federation of Democratic Women.
Admission is a $5 donation. Proceeds benefit campaign efforts of Oklahoma Democrats.
For more information, call Ruby Moore at 771-5990.
Support group to conduct vigil
To increase awareness of women's reproductive system cancers, the support group Helping Ovarian Cancer Patients Everywhere will have a ceremony and candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Sunday at the OU Physicians Building, 825 NE 10.
The HOPE ceremony will feature presentations by physicians who specialize in gynecological oncology. A candlelight vigil and balloon release will honor survivors, caregivers and supporters, as well as the women of Oklahoma who have lost their battles with cancer.
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