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Miller Business Honors Program Class of 2013

Miller Honors/Scholars Class of 2013

Meet the students in the Miller Business Honors Program's Class of 2013:

Jack Allgood | Bobby Anderson | Kevin Bergen | Laura Chappell | Crissy Curry
Joseph Fazio | Kara Gilbert | Austin Hostetter | Miranda King | MaryBeth Kowalinski
Rachel Kucan | Cailee Morris | Jessica Poeppelman | Jacob Sowers | Samantha Vail
Morgan Walker | Christopher Wilkey | Grace Williams


Jack Allgood

Jack Allgood

Hometown: Michigan City, Indiana   Major: Accounting, economics, finance

High School Achievements/Activities: Academic Honors Diploma, Distinguished Graduate, Burger King Scholars recipient, National Honor Society, middle school boy's basketball assistant coach (2 years), Ball State Presidential Scholarship, Michael & Jacqueline Johnston Family Scholarship

Ball State Interests/Activities: Dean's Student Advisory Council, FMSA, Rotaract, Accounting Club, intramural sports

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Here at the Miller College of Business, the faculty is outstanding. After a year of studies, I have developed personal and professional relationships with several faculty members within the college. This has been instrumental in my college education and will only provide future benefits for me. In addition to these relationships, Ball State and the Miller College of Business tend to have smaller class sizes. This gives each student the one-on-one attention they need in order to be successful. Ball State's ability to offer outstanding faculty members and small classes to prospective students is their true selling point. I'm not sure a student can ask for much more.

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Bobby Anderson

Bobby Anderson

Hometown: Naperville, Illinois   Major: Marketing   Minor: Spanish

High School Achievements/Activities: Neuqua Valley High School DECA chapter president, Illinois DECA Advertising Campaign state champion, Illinois Foundation for Marketing Education Honor Award, voted “Most Likely to Become a CEO” in a graduating class of 1,200 students

Ball State Interests/Activities: American Marketing Association, Hall Council Representative Kn’Ect, intramural sports

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I was attracted to the rigor of the coursework and the networking opportunities offered by the program. The campus, faculty, and business program ultimately led to my decision to attend Ball State.

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Kevin Bergen

Kevin Bergen

Hometown: West Chester, Ohio   Major: International business, finance focus   Minor: Spanish

High School Achievements/Activities: First Honors, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Blueprint newspaper, first team all-GCL bowler

Ball State Interests/Activities: CRU, Focus Bible Study, Catholic Student Union, Bowling Team

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Ball State has an amazing campus and the program here is great too. The scholarship also helped to influence my decision. The personalization of the program was also a big factor.

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Laura Chappell

Laura Chappell

Hometown: Zionsville, Indiana   Major: Accounting

High School Achievements/Activities: 4.0 Award, High Honor Roll, Scholar Athlete Award, Varsity Volleyball captain, Varsity Volleyball MVP, Hoosier Crossroads All-Conference, Eagles as Leaders.

Ball State Interests/Activities: Accounting Club, CRU, American Sign Language Club, business fraternity and sorority, intramural volleyball

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: The size of Ball State seemed like the perfect fit for me. I love Muncie and of course the campus. Ball State’s slogan “immersive learning” as well as the opportunities to study abroad were enough alone to entice me to come here!

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Crissy Curry

Crissy Curry

Hometown: Hagerstown, Indiana   Major: Accounting

High School Achievements/Activities: National Honors Society, English Team and Science Team president, valedictorian

Ball State Interests/Activities: Honors Committee, Accounting Club

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: This program seemed to be the logical next step in furthering my education. I want to challenge myself and I believe this is a perfect situation to accomplish that task.

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Joseph Fazio

Joseph Fazio

Hometown: Cedarburg, Wisconsin   Major: Business (undeclared)   Minor: Spanish, psychology, entrepreneurship

High School Achievements/Activities: DAR Good Citizen Award, National Honors Society vice president, varsity football and basketball captain, High Honors, 4-year scholar athlete, All-conference linebacker, wide receiver and punter, golf team, math team, FCA lender, Teens Teaching Tolerance Head teacher, Student Council representative

Ball State Interests/Activities: Ball State football team, Catholic Student Union, Oxfam member, FOCUS Bible Study, intramural basketball coach

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: The people at Ball State and within the Miller College of Business are all so outgoing, friendly, and willing to help. That goes for professors, students, and staff. Everyone wants you to be here and to have a great experience. This made the choice easy for me. Go Cardinals!

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Kara Gilbert

Kara Gilbert

Hometown: Cedar Lake, Indiana   Major: Accounting

High School Achievements/Activities: Senior Spanish Student of the Year, 4-Year Superior Honor Roll, class secretary, "best defensive player" in varsity softball and volleyball

Ball State Interests/Activities: Accounting Club, choir, sorority

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Miller College and Miller Honors will allow students to reach full potential through teacher/student relationships and work relating to real world scenarios.

Interesting Fact: I played 8 years of travel softball and 2 years club volleyball. I wish to attend law school after my years at Ball State.

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Austin Hostetter

Austin Hostetter

Hometown: Nappanee, Indiana   Major: Business (undeclared)

High School Achievements/Activities: Varsity tennis, captain junior year, class vice president, Student Council vice president, Nappanee Missionary Church employee, helped coordinate efforts that raised more than $55,000 for African countries, Business Professionals of America, National Honor Society, high school Earth Week coordinator, school recycling program founder

Ball State Interests/Activities: The Revolution Church, tcom club, political organization club
Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Everything added up. I thought the MCOB was an excellent program. I loved the campus and felt like BSU’s commitment to “immersive learning” would prepare me for a future career.

Interesting Fact: I love politics (I worked the polls in this past election). I’ve spent 2 weeks this summer in the Dominican Republic doing evangelical and service-based work and have done the same in Washington, D.C.

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Miranda King

Miranda King

Hometown: Plainfield, Illinois   Major: International business, marketing

High School Achievements/Activities: National Honor Society, Giekman National Honor Society, 3.0 GPA, Illinois State Scholar

Ball State Interests/Activities: Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity pledging, Ball State Hall Council

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I chose Ball State because of the beautiful campus and extraordinary people.

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MaryBeth Kowalinski

MaryBeth Kowalinski

Hometown: Mishawaka, Indiana   Major: Undecided (marketing, business education)

High School Achievements/Activities: Ranked 9th in class, Kiwanis Youth Leadership Award, varsity golf, NHS secretary, ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, church youth group student leader

Ball State Interests/Activities: CRU, Swing Dance Club, Young Republicans, Advanced Professionalism Certificate

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I loved the campus and how welcoming everyone was. I chose Miller College because I loved the business honors program and all the opportunities it has to offer.

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Rachel Kucan

Rachel Kucan

Hometown: Hobart, Indiana   Major: International business and French

High School Achievements/Activities: Ranked 7th in class, 4.0 GPA, Girls Golf Captain, National Honor Society, We the People state qualifier

Ball State Interests/Activities: Hall Council, Advanced Professionalism Certificate, business fraternity

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I liked the smaller campus. I really liked Ball State’s learning approach of immersive learning. Also, Miller College has a long list of successful alumni showing the program is successful. After I saw the campus, talked to students, and visited with professors, I became very confident. I really enjoy the academic challenge Ball State offers and the social activities during the week and weekends. Ball State is a wonderful school all around!

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Cailee Morris

Cailee Morris

Hometown: Winfield, Illinois   Major: Business (undeclared)

High School Achievements/Activities: Battle of the Bands co-founder, Executive Board, Principal's Award, chair of five school dances

Ball State Interests/Activities: CRU, Ball State Hall Council, Honors Council, Young Republicans, Advanced Professionalism Certificate

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I chose Ball State University and Miller College of Business because of the amazing opportunities in the Honors College and Miller honors programs. The smaller classes and immersive learning opportunities allow me to have a well rounded education.

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Jessica Poeppelman

Jessica Poeppelman

Hometown: Fort Loramie, Ohio   Major: Accounting, finance, economics

High School Achievements/Activities: Valedictorian, Student of the Year, Outstanding Business Student, Outstanding Mathematics Student, Outstanding Industrial Arts Student, National Honor Society president

Ball State Interests/Activities: Accounting Club, CRU, Delta Sigma Pi (professional business fraternity), Ball State Runner's Association, Advanced Professionalism Certificate program, Miller College of Business Honors Executive Committee

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I chose Ball State University because I knew it had so much to offer. It is the perfect size for me and not too far from my hometown. The Miller College of Business is also great because it offers top-notch professors and programs that challenge a student in several different aspects.

Interesting Fact: I enjoy woodworking and built my own grandfather clock without any plans. This clock also earned Best Floor Clock Honors in the 2008 National Klockit Contest.

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Jacob Sowers

Jacob Sowers

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana   Major: Accounting

High School Achievements/Activities: Perfect SAT math score, National Honors Society, United Way Youth leadership initiative participant

Ball State Interests/Activities: Accounting Club, service groups, rec sports (basketball)

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Campus is large but not too big like IU/Purdue, went to career counselor and recommended Ball State and Miller College, liked smaller class size and having classes w/Miller Honors students.

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Samantha Vail

Samantha Vail

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana   Major: Accounting

High School Achievements/Activities: Top Ten (freshman-junior) Top Twenty (senior)

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I love the campus and the program Miller College offers.

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Morgan Walker

Morgan Walker

Hometown: Mulberry, Indiana   Major: Business (undeclared)   Minor: Spanish

High School Achievements/Activities: National Honor Society, Z-Club (philanthropic organization), Student Council, Academic Honors Diploma, Honorable Mention Academic All-State (softball), varsity softball and cross-country, Hoosier Girls State Delegate, Senator Lugar’s Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders

Ball State Interests/Activities: CRU, Ball State Hall Council

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I chose Ball State because I felt a better fit here than any other university I looked at. I loved how friendly and helpful the students and faculty were, and the size of the campus was exactly what I wanted. The outstanding reputation of Miller College of Business was definitely the determining factor in my decision to attend Ball State. I absolutely love it at Ball State University and Miller College is a large part of that. Coming from a small town, I was extremely nervous about starting college and making friends, but the Miller Honors Program has truly made this transition an easy one.

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Christopher Wilkey

Christopher Wilkey

Hometown: Lewisville, Indiana   Major: Sales   Minor: Economics, digital media

High School Achievements/Activities: Second in the nation in Business Professionals of America Economic Research Team Competition, senior class president, National Honors Society president, salutatorian

Ball State Interests/Activities: American Marketing Association (AMA), Excellence in Leadership program (EIL), Student Alumni Realtionship Team (St.A.R.T.), Miller College Dean Student Advisory Council, Cardinal Corps, Grace Village

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I chose Ball State because it was close to home and it offered the programs I wanted. The campus was nice and the people were even nicer.

Interesting Fact: Since 2008, I have owned and have run my own DJ business, Alpha Entertainment.

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Grace Williams

Grace Williams

Hometown: Champaign, Illinois   Major: Marketing   Minor: Spanish

High School Achievements/Activities: National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, senior class secretary, Illinois State Scholar, Award for Outstanding Involvement in Student Council, head of Senior Mentor Committee within interact (Rotary), Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society).

Ball State Interests/Activities: Honors College, Miller Honors program, Ball State Hall Council, Student Honors Council, University Programming Board, Student Government Association, greek life

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Ball State was the perfect choice for me. It offers top-notch facilities and quality teaching. At around 18,000 students, it is the medium sized school I was looking for... not to mention the beautiful campus. On my first trip to the Miller College of Business I knew it was the place for me. All of the staff is welcoming and they create a great learning environment for college and beyond.

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