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Miller Business Honors Program Class of 2012

Miller Honors/Scholars Class of 2012  

Meet the students in the Miller Business Honors Program's Class of 2012:

Jeff Cline | Katie Cohen | Andrew Edwards | Lesley Ferkinhoff | Hilary Fichter
Kelley Hux | Peter Kaskie| Joe MacriMadison Moseman | Nick Pollastrini 
Kimberly Shreves | Nick Sizemore | Adam Smith | Terah Studer | Colleen Walton
Marissa Wynn | Briana Yoder | Brooke Zollinger


Jeff Cline

Jeff Cline

Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana   Major: Economics

Campus Activities: Reviving the Ball State chapter of the American Marketing Association

Study Abroad: London/Paris

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Fun and interesting, full of challenges and opportunities

Reasons to Apply: Caring professors who expand your thoughts and horizons, a network of honors students who are always around when you need them, and welcoming faculty and staff in the Miller College and all around Ball State.

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Katie Cohen

Katie Cohen

Hometown: Chelsea, Michigan   Major: Human resources   Minor: Organizational communications

Internship: Allegiance Health, human resources intern

Campus Activities: K'nect Hall council (environmental representative), Sigma Kappa (philanthropy chair)

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: At first, I thought that this program was going to be really hard because I didn't really know why I made it into the program, but as I became more confident in myself, I saw it as a great opportunity to be involved in something that has never been accomplished at Ball State before. When I was really stressed out, I questioned why I was involved in Miller College's honors program, but the more I think about it, the more I realize that the friendships and the relationships I have gained through this program even in the short year that I have been involved in it has been more beneficial than any stress that was caused by the program. I have found my most effective way of studying has been in groups, I learned how to study and how to accomplish great things because more than one mind working together can accomplish great things. That is why Miller Honors will be successful because it allows great minds to work together creating an even better masterpiece that one alone could never dream of creating.

Reasons to Apply: The program helps you gain confidence if you do not already have it. This program also lets you feed off of other people's minds, and when you can pick someone's brain apart, you a bound to learn great things. Your professors actually learn your name and are very helpful (this is very important even if you don't think so). Having a professor who actually cares about you and will guide you in the right direction is key to success in college. Getting to know your professors is a privilege; many people at larger colleges do not even know their own professor’s name, let alone have their professor know theirs.

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Andrew Edwards

Andrew Edwards

Hometown: Albion, Indiana   Major: Information systems

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Excellent program, great opportunities, beneficial to be in classes with everyone else in the program. I would recommend to anyone who wants to be in business. Ball State is a lot of fun, great chance to meet new people. Campus is not too large to be a hassle but big enough to have everything you need.

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Lesley Ferkinhoff

Lesley Ferkinhoff

Hometown: Richmond, Indiana   Major: Accounting   Minor: French, economics

Internship: Katz, Sapper & Miller, tax intern

Study Abroad: France/U.K. Field Study (real-world application of my French minor)

Campus Activities: Cru, RunClub, Accounting Club

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I am very thankful for the Miller Honors Program because it gave me a chance to get connected to other students with similar interests as mine. Having two classes with these same people was helpful because it was easy to find help if I didn't understand something, and it was easier to get together to study and work on projects since we were familiar with everyone in the two classes.

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Hilary Fichter

Hilary Fichter

Hometown: Massillon, Ohio   Major: Accounting, finance

Internship: Ernst & Young, audit intern

Campus Activities: Accounting Club, working at the Center for Business and Economic Research

Study Abroad: Next available field study to France/U.K.

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I would recommend Ball State to anyone who is planning to attend college. I have had such a great experience here. The professors have been really helpful, and there is always something to do. There are enough students attending Ball State to give you the full college experience, but not so many that you feel overwhelmed. The Miller College of Business has been especially helpful during my first year of college. Miller Honors was a great way to really get to know my professors and to experience small, personalized classes. It was also helpful to have classes with people you know so you can learn things together.

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Kelley Hux

Kelley Hux

Hometown: Springboro, Ohio   Major: International business   Minor: Spanish, marketing

Campus Activities: Rhythms Dance Troupe, Today’s Black Women, Black Student Association

Study Abroad: Chile/Argentina, May 2009

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I chose Ball State because the campus is beautiful, and I felt right being on this campus, more than any other campus I have been to. I also chose the Miller College of Business because the faculty seemed very interested in what I was doing and how I could perform to the best of my abilities.

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Peter Kaskie 

Hometown: Naperville, IL Major: Information Systems Minor: Computer Technology

Internship: McDonald’s – Corporate IT

Campus Activities: Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity, Intramural Sports

Off-Campus/Community Activities: Web Development

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: The Miller Honors Program has helped me evolve from a student to a professional. Being in a network of motivated students, professors and advisers has made my experience at the Miller College of Business both challenging and rewarding.

Reasons to Apply: Ball State has the amenities of a large university with the personal attention of a small one. There is something here for just about everyone.

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Joe Macri

Joe Macri

Hometown: Clayton, Indiana   Major: Accounting   Minor: Economics, financial planning

Internship: Ernst & Young, tax intern

Campus Activities: Beta Alpha Psi, American Marketing Association

Off-Campus/Community Activities: Hazelwood Christian Church, Habitat for Humanity

Study Abroad: Germany field study, summer 2009

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I think Ball State is a first-rate institution, and I am very happy that I chose to come here. The Miller College of Business provides its students with a high-quality business education. The business professors are excellent, and they genuinely care about their students. Miller Honors is an extremely beneficial group to be involved with. The classes are small and with familiar people. Also, the honors professors are very engaging and full of knowledge, and the professional development/networking opportunities are quite beneficial.

Reasons to Apply: I would recommend Ball State, the Miller College, and Miller Honors to anyone that might be interested. I couldn’t be happier here.

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Madison Moseman

Madison Moseman

Hometown: Columbus, Indiana   Major: Finance

Internship: Zimmer, finance intern; Almeida Capital (London, U.K.)

Campus Activities: Hall council, Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity

Study Abroad: London internship, summer 2010

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Miller College Honors Program is a great aid to your academic and professional career. Professors go out of their way to help students in whatever they need. Throughout the year, I realized how much this program is going to help me succeed through networking and professional development. It also provides a wonderful support base, including friends and faculty.

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Nick Pollastrini

Nick Pollastrini

Hometown: Naperville, Illinois   Major: Accounting, finance

Internship: Wolf & Company, audit intern

Campus Activities: Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: This program is extremely beneficial and helped expose me to the business world during my first year of college. The Miller College honors program gave me a rare chance to take business classes before most freshmen, which gave me a chance to experience business classes before many other students. I also enjoyed the many business events throughout the year. Talking to professional alums of the college and visiting businesses reinforced that business is the career for me. The faculty teaching the honors courses are very dedicated and supportive. I enjoyed every minute of Miller Honors my first year at Ball State University.

Reasons to Apply: The Miller College of Business program will challenge students to develop efficient study habits and provide close relationships with other students in the program. The classes are advanced in a way which students will have to motivate themselves to learn challenging topics. This program is a perfect match for any incoming student that is dedicated to business and enjoys challenges.

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Kimberly Shreves

Kimberly Shreves

Hometown: Shelbyville, Indiana   Major: Accounting   Minor: Spanish

Internship: Ernst & Young, audit intern; BKD, tax intern

Campus Activities: Delta Sigma Pi, Cru, Accounting Club, Student Voluntary Services

Study Abroad: Chile/Argentina field study, May 2009

Off-Campus/Community Activities: The Revolution (church)

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I think the Miller College honors program has been a great experience. It has helped me to meet lifelong friends as well as outstanding faculty members. I feel like the Miller College honors program will provide me with unique opportunities to excel in the future.

Reasons to Apply: The campus is the perfect size. Also, the professors genuinely care about their students. Miller Honors allows you to transition to college life much easier as well as to make some amazing friends.

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Nick Sizemore

Nick Sizemore

Hometown: Richmond, Indiana   Major: Actuarial science, economics   Minor: Spanish

Internship: Milliman, actuarial intern

Campus Activities: Learning Center math tutor, intramural sports, Sigma Nu fraternity

Off-Campus/Community Activities: Adopt-A-Road volunteer, external employment

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I love it all. I want it to be never-ending. I'm seriously really upset that I have to go back home this summer. I thought I was on top of the world in my studies, but I really had no idea. There's so much out there that you are going to learn about that you wouldn't have even imagined.

Reasons to Apply: No one says that money is one of the values they care about in their life. Unfortunately this is total falsehood for about 95 percent of those people. Everyone with a brain wants to be able to live their life with nice things and not worry about accruing debt. The business college, no matter what major you go into, will prepare you for the financial life that you have ahead of you.

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Adam Smith

Adam Smith

Hometown: South Bend, Indiana   Major: Information systems, human resources  Minor: Organizational communications

Internship: Roche, business intern

Campus Activities: Skydiving Club, Catholic Student Union

Off-Campus/Community Activities: Play guitar for St. Francis Church

Study Abroad: London Centre, fall 2009

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Great professors and small classes with the same people mean help is always around. Study abroad stipend a great way to experience the world, definitely take advantage of that.

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Terah Studer

Terah Studer

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois   Major: Marketing

Internship: Cross-Continent Events, event planning intern

Campus Activities: Cru, Knotts/Edwards resident assistant (RA)

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: This program is really great. The specialized help is a major benefit that is rarely seen in many of my other core classes. There are many opportunities here at Ball State and through the Miller College that, in any larger school, would be difficult get in to. Ball State and the Miller College of Business really care about the success of their students.

Reasons to Apply: The school is the perfect size. There are enough students where there is variety and still plenty of new people to meet, but you are also more than just a number, especially in Miller College honors program. The smaller group size makes classes a lot easier. Also having the same 20 people in your business classes is very convenient because you always have someone to help you or study with.

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Colleen Walton

Colleen Walton

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana   Major: Business administration

Internship: Conner Prairie, event intern

Campus Activities: Ball State tour guide, Ball State orientation leader, Welcome Week leader, and Delta Sigma Pi

Study Abroad: Edith Cowan University, Australia, spring 2010

Impressions of Ball State: What I love most about Ball State is the size. I was worried that I would be just a face in a crowd here. But I always see someone I know when I walk to class, give a tour, or go somewhere to eat. I love that I can have the small campus feel but still have all the opportunities and experiences available at a large school.

Impressions of Miller College/Miller Honors: I like that I take my business classes with the same people. We've all gotten to know each other really well, and we're friends outside of class. There's always someone there to help me with homework if I need it, but there's always someone available to go eat or hang out with, too. I like knowing that, when I show up for the first day of class in a new semester, I'm going to see 20 people I already know. We all really support each other and understand that we have different strengths.

Reasons to Apply: I get one-on-one attention from my professors and advisors that I don't feel like I would get otherwise. I think Miller Honors provides me with every opportunity I need to be successful. We're encouraged to try new things and push ourselves and we know there will always be someone there to help us along the way.

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Marissa Wynn

Marissa Wynn

Hometown: Fairfield, Ohio   Major: Information systems   Minor: Organizational communications

Internship: Cisco Systems, information technology intern

Campus Activities: Ball State Swing Society, Student Volunteer Services program coordinator, Student Honors Council (secretary, fall 2009)

Study Abroad: London Centre, spring 2010

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: One thing that surprised me is how much professors are willing to do to help you succeed.

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Briana Yoder

Briana Yoder

Hometown: Nappanee, Indiana   Major: Marketing   Minor: Digital publishing

Internship: Sexton Communities, sales intern

Campus Activities: Delta Sigma Pi (VP of community service), Honors College office student assistant, immersion program at the Virginia B. Ball Center

Study Abroad: London, Vienna, or South Africa internship, summer 2010

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I would recommend the business honors program to all students, it has been a very helpful resource in transitioning to college, and I have made some really good friends in the program.

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Brooke Zollinger

Brooke Zollinger

Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana   Major: International business   Minor: Spanish, marketing

Internship: King Systems, international marketing intern

Campus Activities: Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity, American Marketing Association

Study Abroad: Costa Rica/Panama field study, winter break 2008-2009

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I love the atmosphere of Ball State's campus, and there is always something to do. Miller College and Miller Honors have helped me immensely in my first year of college. I can't imagine doing everything without the help I've received from everyone involved in the college and Miller Honors.

Reasons to Apply: I would recommend Miller Honors to anyone who is willing to work hard and work closely with others in the program. It has been a huge blessing to have others to count on and ask questions that you have.

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