Speaker Date Topic
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe Apr 26, 2018
Pros for Africa
Pros for Africa

Sister Rosemary Nyirumba, a Catholic nun whose humanitarian work has drawn the attention of Bill and Chelsea Clinton, Forest Whitaker and other high-profile supporters, has dedicated her life to helping girls formerly held captive by warlord Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army.  She was named as one of The Most 100 Influential People in 2014 by Time Magazine.

A native of Paidha, Uganda, she began serving teh people of her country after joining the Catholic order of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1976. As director of St. Monica's since 2001, Sister Rosemary has given hope to more than 2,000 young women, many of whom were abducted, raped, tortured, and forced to kill their own family members as soldiers in Kony's army.  In addition to providing a safe harbor for the former abductees, who are often shunned and persecuted by the people of the own villages, she has given them a way to support themselves through job training in tailoring, catering, and other skills.  Currently, approximately 250 girls and 250 children live at St. Monica's.  Sister Rosemary also oversee a second school in Atiak, Uganda.

Joe Harroz May 03, 2018
OU Law School
OU Law School

Dean Joseph Harroz, Jr. is Dean and Director of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, University Vice President, and the Fenelon Boesche Chair of Law. He earned a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.

Harroz served as Legislative Director and Legal Counsel to then U.S. Senator David L. Boren and later joined the law firm of Crowe and Dunlevy, working in the area of commercial litigation. In 1994, he came to OU as Vice President for Executive Affairs. He then served twelve years as General Counsel to the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma, the longest to serve in that role in the University’s history. Prior to becoming Dean, Harroz was president of a publicly traded healthcare company. For the past twenty years, he has taught at OU Law, primarily in the area of employment law.

Harroz was named Dean of OU Law in July of 2010. During his tenure, the OU College of Law has enjoyed a great deal of success and growth, including achieving the highest U.S. News & World Report ranking ever earned by an Oklahoma law school; being named a Best Value Law School each year; consistently leading the state in Bar Exam passage rates; being a Top 15 Competition Teams school for five consecutive years; doubling the size of its scholarship endowment; increasing its annual giving by more than five times; increasing the annual amount of scholarship money given to students to more than $1.5 million; creating joint degree and certificate programs to enhance the J.D.; and launching the nation’s first-ever law school Digital Initiative preparing students for success in the legal profession in the 21st century.