who camped out overnight for tickets to Dave at Ball State got their chance to
see one of Ball State’s most accomplished alumni Nov. 30. David Letterman
returned to Ball State to a full house at Emens Auditorium. He appeared on
stage with acclaimed filmmakers Spike Jonze and Bennett Miller. The trio
discussed their lives and their careers, as well as pulling two theater
students on stage to reenact a scene from the movie Cabin Boy.
the conversation, Letterman announced a major gift that will benefit students
Students receive thousands of dollars every year from David Letterman’s scholarship program for telecommunications students. The award focuses on creativity over grades. The winner receives $10,000, with another $5,000 going to a first runner-up and $3,333 for a second runner-up.
To honor David Letterman’s commitment to his alma mater, Ball State chose him as the namesake for the David Letterman Communication and Media Building. The facility houses offices for the College of Communication, Information, and Media, as well as classrooms for the telecommunications and communication studies departments.
While here for the dedication ceremony of the building named after him, Letterman made one of his biggest contributions to the university. The result was a lecture series that has brought some of the biggest names in the media and communications to Ball State: Rachel Maddow, Angela Ahrendts, Biz Stone, and Oprah Winfrey, to name a few.