David Letterman: Pride of Ball State

Lettermanclooney_2He is a very special young man. Muncie, Ind.-based Ball State University is naming its new communications building after its most famous alumni, David Letterman.

Letter-mom Dorothy Mengering was on hand Monday for the announcement with Ball State prexy Jo Ann Gora (click here for cute pic of Dorothy, known to viewers for her occasional work as a “Late Show”/”Late Night” correspondent). The $21 million, 75,000-square foot facility houses all kinds of state-of-the-art digital media stuff, a surround sound recording studio and post-production facility, is set to open on Sept. 7. Letterman and his mom are expected to attend the ceremony.

“I’m so thrilled that David finally let them do this for him,” Mengering told the AP. “He’s a very special young man, and I’m proud of him.”

Gora noted that Letterman’s frequent mentions of the school on his NBC and CBS late night shows have exposed Ball State to millions of people who otherwise never would’ve heard of it. He’s also quietly been a huge supporter of its various institutions, from the Letterman Scholarships established in 1985 to the checks he’s written to help launch the school’s radio station, among other initiatives. Letterman graduated from Ball State in 1970.

“I’m proud to have been a student at Ball State, and I’m deeply honored to have this recognition for me and my family,” Letterman said in a statement.

(Pictured above: Letterman, right, and George Clooney. No, Clooney didn’t go to Ball State but I found this nice shot on the CBS press Web site and let’s face it, Clooney livens up any post.)

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