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Celebrating the Legacy of President Carole A. Cowan
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2007
Mike Wallace & Chris Wallace
They flew into Lawrence Airport and their
plane landed early. When we arrived to
pick them up, Mike was just sitting on the
tarmac!
2008
Jay Leno
He was so funny. In
every picture, he would put that Jay Leno
smirk/smile on. Afterwards he said, "Tell me
the truth: Did I have my picture taken with
everybody in that auditorium?" Jay is also
very generous. He and his wife, Mavis, have
contributed more than $216,000 for MCC
student scholarships.
2009
Sarah Ferguson
She was royalty,
in a way, yet very down to earth. We had
great dinner conversation.
2010
Ken Burns
He had been on our
short list for a long time, but we never could
make it happen. When James Cameron
canceled, we reached out to Ken, he agreed
to come and was fabulous. We could have
listened to him all night.
2011
Robin Roberts
She has this ability
to connect with an audience and relate to
people on a human level because of her
compassion and empathy.
2012
Michael J. Fox
He was special.
I left his presentation feeling inspired
that somebody with such a serious illness
(Parkinson's Disease) can be so focused on
work and family, in spite of what they're
going through personally.
2013
Laura Bush & Jenna Bush
Hager
Laura was just as gracious and
appreciative as if she were meeting a head
of state. And Jenna did a spectacular job
of interviewing her mother.
2014
Robert Redford
Oh, he was
wonderful. He was very engaged wanted
to know all about the MCC Foundation and
Nesmith House, and all about the college.
He is just very grounded.
President Cowan remembers past speakers
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