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Santa Clara University picks commencement speakers

Friday, Feb. 18, 2000

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb.18, 2000 - Bob Newhart, entertainer; Ann Bowers, civic leader; and Abner J.Mikva, former lawmaker and retired federal court judge, will speak at the 2000 commencement ceremonies at Santa Clara University.

At the June 10 undergraduate commencement, television superstar Newhart will be given an honorary degree and hand his daughter, Courtney, her SCU bachelor's degree.

Newhart is a well-known comedian in television, theater, movies and records. After showcasing at comedy concerts, nightclubs, and theater stages all over America, "The Bob Newhart Show" debuted on CBS in 1972, marking the beginning of a six-year run. Newhart then moved on to motion pictures such as "Catch 22" with Jon Voight and "Cold Turkey" with Dick Van Dyke.

From 1982 - 1990, Newhart returned to CBS with another series, "Newhart," playing a New York do-it-yourself book author turned Vermont innkeeper. In 1993, he was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. Newhart received his bachelor's degree from Loyola University, Chicago, which like SCU, is a Jesuit university.

He lives in Bel Air, Calif., with his wife Virginia. In addition to Courtney, he has two sons and another daughter.

The 2000 SCU commencement will take place at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Ann Bowers, a member of the Santa Clara University Board of Trustees and the Silicon Valley Joint Education Initiative, will speak at the graduate commencement ceremony on June 11 at Buck Shaw Stadium on the SCU campus.

She also is a senior trustee of the Noyce Foundation, which focuses on stimulating system-wide improvements in K-12 public schools in the areas of early literacy, math and science. In her role as chair of the Silicon Valley Joint Venture Education Initiative, Bowers has been instrumental in challenging Silicon Valley schools to redesign themselves for the 21st century.

Bowers also is a director of the Investment Corporation of America, a large mutual fund, and on the board of both the Exploratorium in San Francisco and the Tech Museum in San Jose. She is also a trustee for Cornell University.

Mikva, a nationally known lawmaker and retired federal court judge in the Midwest, will receive an honorary degree and speak at the SCU School of Law commencement ceremony on May 13 in Mission Gardens on the SCU campus. Mikva receive a law degree from the University of Chicago and began his career in 1951 as the clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sherman Minton. From 1952-1968 and then again from 1973 -1974, he had his own private practice. During this time, Mikva was an Illinois assemblyman, 1956-1966, and a five-term congressman.

Mikva became a judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in the District of Columbia from 1979-1991. In 1991, he became the chief judge of the 10th Circuit, where he served until his appointment to the White House in 1994. Mikva served as White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton from 1994-1996.

Santa Clara University, the oldest institution of higher education in California, is a private Jesuit university with approximately 4,400 undergraduate and 3,300 graduate students. For the 10th consecutive year in 1999, SCU was ranked second among all regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report.

Home to the Mission Santa Clara de Asis, the University celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2000-2001.


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