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Miller Business Honors Program Class of 2014

Miller Honors/Scholars Class of 2014

Meet the students in the Miller Business Honors Program's Class of 2014:

Ashley Chambers | Zach Fivecoate | Katie Frazee | Jason Fry | Kaylee Johnson
Jazmyn Jones | Ashton Letzinger | Morgan Lewis | Andrew Litchfield | Nicole McCormick
Catherine Needler | Veronica Prevost | John Schmidt | Alex Sventeckis | Laura Trackwell
Dillon Waggoner | Whitney Weir | Erica Wurst


Ashley Chambers

Ashley Chambers

Hometown: Springport, Indiana   

Major: Information Systems

High School Achievements/Activities: Business Professionals of America officer and national qualifier, Henry County Academy of Community Leadership graduate, class president, National Honor Society officer, Salutatorian of graduating class

Ball State Interests/Activities: Miller Business Honors Program Executive Board, Student Honors Council

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I’ve really gotten a positive impression of the program. I enjoy the small classes, and love having the same group of people in them. I’m able to get to know my peers and faculty, and that makes it easier to find the right people to talk to if I have questions. Everyone has been extremely helpful and has made my transition to college as smooth as possible.

Why I recommend Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I think Ball State and especially the Miller Business Honors Program is extremely helpful when trying to set yourself apart in school. It’s something that gives you an advantage over other students. It has given me the opportunity to start taking classes toward my major right away instead of waiting like many other students. Classes have a different atmosphere and everyone is always willing to answer questions you may have or help out in any way they can. It’s definitely a program I would recommend to others. Through this program, there are so many resources at your disposal. A few include workshops to help you gain professionalism and people to help you with resumes and career searches. All of these resources are invaluable to the college experience. In addition to these great opportunities, this program gives you a wonderful group of peers that become your friends and challenge you as you move through your classes. 

Study Abroad: London, Paris, and Rome

Interesting Fact: One of my favorite candies is Almond Joy, but I hate almonds so I only eat the coconut and chocolate.

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Zach Fivecoate

Zach Fivecoate

Hometown: Noblesville, Indiana   

Major: Finance   

Minor: History

High School Achievements/Activities: National Honor Society, Business First award, top 15 percent of class

Ball State Interests/Activities: Intramural sports, Catholic Student Union, Honors Council

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Overall very good impressions on everything at Ball State. There is always something to do on campus, and the people are all very nice. In the business program, I like having the same group of people in classes who help out each other and are in the program to experience more than just the normal business curriculum. Being able to take classes as an underclassman also helps to get acclimated faster to the type of courses that I am going to take in the future.

Why I recommend Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I would recommend Ball State and the Miller Honors Program because it is a great way to experience real world business life in college and is a very good resume builder, depending on if you get involved in the numerous activities presented. The small class size and the professors' initiative to help students individually is the main thing that stood out to me, particularly about the Miller College Honors Program.

Study Abroad: Europe, hopefully London

Interesting Fact: I am the second oldest of the eight children in my family.

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Jason Fry

Jason Fry

Hometown: Middlebury, Indiana   

Major: Entrepreneurial Management and Operations Management

High School Achievements/Activities: National Honor Society treasurer, S.C.O.P.E. Club (environmental club) secretary, Academic Honors Diploma

Ball State Interests/Activities: The International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta; Pledge Class Recording Secretary, Academic Affairs Chairman, Pledge Educator, Black Diamond Interviewer;  Miller Business Honors Program; Executive Board Member, Social Events Chairman, Welcome Events Chairman; Miller College of Business Dean’s Student Advisory Council; Cardinal Corps Representative; Student Government Association; Secretary of Information Technology, Contract Faculty Committee Student Representative; Interfraternity Council (IFC); Vice President of Scholarship and Academics, Greek Peer Facilitator, Social Evaluation Team; The Association for Operations Management (APICS); Ball State Chapter President; Miller College of Business Operations Management Undergraduate Representative; Beta Gamma Sigma; Order of Omega; Fraternal Values Society; Graduation Ceremony 2012-Jr. Marshall; Note Taker for Disabled Student

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Ball State has a wonderful campus and unique teaching style where immersive learning allows me to take an active role in my education. The Miller College of Business at Ball State has resources and the staff that help me achieve my goals. The Honors Program allows me to make connections with other business students and professors who are always willing to discuss plans and programs that will increase the value of my education.

Why I recommend Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: In the business world, every advantage is necessary to reach the peak of success. The Miller College of Business Honors Program can provide these advantages to those who are willing to put in the time and effort.

Study Abroad: Possibly Europe

Interesting Fact: The experiences on my family’s farm are what influenced me to pursue a career as an entrepreneur.

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Kaylee Johnson

Kaylee Johnson

Hometown: Kokomo, Indiana   

Majors: Accounting and Finance

High School Achievements/Activities: Academic Honors Diploma, high school honors graduate, National Honor Society junior and senior class secretary, Future Business Leaders of America 4-year national qualifier

Ball State Interests/Activities: Chi Omega, Beta Alpha Psi

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I chose Ball State because of the campus size and the great opportunities there are in the business program. I really like the smaller class sizes and how helpful all the students and faculty are.

Why I recommend Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Students on campus are very welcoming and willing to help you. There’s a great diversity of students and faculty. The size of the campus is also perfect; still a lot of people but not too overwhelming. Miller Honors really gets you involved in the business college, and you’re offered a lot more guidance and advantages.

Study Abroad: Ball State London Centre Fall 2011

Interesting Fact: I can play the violin.

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Jazmyn Jones

Jazmyn Jones

Hometown: Romulus, Michigan   

Major: Human Resource Management

Minor:  Psychology

High School Achievements/Activities: National Honors Society treasurer, lead role in school musical, 120 hours of community service during senior year, 3.76 GPA, Academic Honors Diploma

Ball State Interests/Activities: Voices of Triumph

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors:The Miller Honors Program is just a great opportunity that has been given to me. The people that I have met from being in this program (and throughout Ball State in general) are very nice, concerned, and genuinely want to help you

Why I recommend Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I would recommend Ball State to anyone because it is such a beautiful place. The people here are genuinely looking out for your safety and academic success and it makes being here so much better.

Interesting Fact: I played Cinderella in our high school musical, “Cinderella’s Glass Slipper”.

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Ashton Letsinger

Ashton Letzinger

Hometown: Muncie, Indiana   

Major: Accounting

High School Achievements/Activities: Class salutatorian, Academic Honors Diploma, IHSDTA state championship winner in pom and jazz, business department and accounting award winner, dance team 3-year captain.

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I think Miller Honors is a well-run, fun and opportunity-filled program. We have a couple meetings each month along with fun outings and classes with other Miller Honors students our age, which helps to build friendships with students with similar interests. The program can present challenges to make us better students, and there are always unlimited opportunities in which to partake.

Why I recommend Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I think the program offers a lot to students. It gives guidelines for class schedules, presents opportunities for anything and everything, promotes friendships and, overall, it guides us into the professional world.

Study Abroad: Italy/U.K., May 2011; London Centre, Fall 2011

Interesting Fact: I have the same birthday as my mom.

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Morgan Lewis

Morgan Lewis

Hometown: Guilford, Indiana   

Majors: Economics and Finance

High School Achievements/Activities: Tenth in graduating class, French Club officer, National Honors Society, local youth home fundraiser developer, Student Council state convention organizer

Ball State Interests/Activities: Beta Alpha Psi, Economics Club, Community Service, Center for Business and Economic Research

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I love The Miller Honors Program. Everyone’s so close and supportive. As soon as you walk in it feels like a family.

Why I recommend Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors:The Miller Honors Program is great. We get a lot of great faculty mentors and the upperclassmen are super helpful.

Interesting Fact: I’m a second-degree black belt in Shotokan karate.

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Andrew Litchfield

Andrew Litchfield

Hometown: Hoagland, Indiana   

Majors:  Risk Management & Insurance and Business Administration

Minor: construction management

High School Achievements/Activities: - High Honor Roll for all 16 quarters, National Honor Society, 3.83 GPA, top 15 percent of class

Ball State Interests/Activities: Gamma Iota Sigma (RMI & Actuarial Science Business Fraternity), Construction Management Student Organization, Ball State Storm Chase Team, Ball State Men’s Volleyball (manager)

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: On my first visit to Ball State, I really took a liking to the whole campus and everything it had to offer. It was just the right size and only about an hour away from home, which is very nice! I was accepted into the university and then the University Honors College and then the Pre-Business Honors Program, and I knew all of these would bring great opportunities to help me reach my goals. I was impressed with the Pre-Business Honors Program because of the size of each class; I realized that I was going to be a part of an “elite” group, which is really cool.

Why I recommend Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Ball State has so much to offer. The Miller Honors Program is an awesome opportunity to advance you in more than just the business degree of your choosing, it helps prepare you as a person in many aspects. It is rewarding to see that you are a part of a select group and the friends you will meet through the program will become you friends (or even roommates) and are all friendly and will be there with you for at least the next four years.

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Nicole McCormick

Nicole McCormick

Hometown: Jeffersonville, Indiana   

Majors: Human Resources Management and French   

Minor: Organizational Communication

Internship: Store Management Intern, Kohl's Department Stores, Marion, IN - Summer 2013

Ball State Interests/Activities: Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), Campus Crusade (Cru), Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO)

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Being a student at Ball State has helped me determine my career path and find what I truly love to do. As a Miller Scholar, I've had countless networking opportunities that give me experience and contacts to use in the future. I also had the chance to work with an excellent mentor through the Miller Mentors, and I was even able to experience a 2-week study abroad program. Ball State is a great place to learn and grow, both as a student and as a person.

Why I recommend Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: The Miller Honors Program is one of the reasons I chose Ball State. The opportunities for networking, learning and study abroad available to us are just incredible. There are so many possibilities for my future at the Miller College. Even without the scholarship, I would still have chosen Ball State.

Study Abroad: Honors Program Field Study - 2 weeks - Rome, London, Paris - Summer 2011

Interesting Fact: My part-time job led to an internship and a full-time position! I can't wait to begin my career with an amazing company with whom I've already spent 3 years!

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Catherine Needler

Catherine Needler

Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana   

Major: Accounting and Finance

Minor:  Information Systems

High School Achievements/Activities: DECA Internationals two-time participant, marching band snare line three-year member, Sterling Sentinel in Business nominee.

Ball State Interests/Activities: Student Voluntary Services

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I love the size of Ball State and the campus environment. I had heard great things about the Miller College and wanted to challenge myself by being in Miller Honors.

Why I recommend Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Ball State isn’t too big or too small. The campus is beautiful and the students and staff are very friendly.The Miller Honors Program gives you so many opportunities that you probably wouldn’t get anywhere else on campus. I couldn’t be happier.

Interesting Fact: I have a 3-year-old nephew named Emilio.

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Veronica Prevost

Veronica Pevost

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana   

Major: Accounting

High School Achievements/Activities: Top 20 percent of class, National Honor Society, Academic Letter Award

Ball State Interests/Activities: Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Ball State has a beautiful campus filled with friendly people. This was the first time I had been away from home. I was nervous, but everyone was there to be my friend and introduce me to others.

Why I recommend Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: The Miller Honors Program allows you to become very close to the students and the faculty. It makes it easy to find people to help out with homework or studying. I was nervous about my choice to be part of the honors program at Ball State but now I’m really happy that I did.

Interesting Fact: Ball State is the first school I’ve gone to that another family member has not attended.

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Alex Sventeckis

Alex Sventeckis

Hometown: Fishers, Indiana   

Major: Entrepreneurship   

Minor: Spanish, computer science

High School Achievements/Activities: Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy's David E. Ross Entrepreneurial Award of Distinction, Domestic Extemporaneous Speech two-time national participant and four-time state participant, DECA International Business Plan two-time international participant, Cum Laude Society inductee, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Youth Advisory Board

Ball State Interests/Activities: University Honors College, Honors College Peer Mentoring, student philanthropic giving, Ball State Greek Life, student leadership

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I greatly enjoy the campus and people here at Ball State! The University Honors College and the Miller Honors Program appear challenging, but they are challenges I am willing to accept.

Why I recommend Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: The Miller Honors Program is an extremely immersive program, focusing both on academic portions and real-world experience. The program encourages its participants to create their own ideas and follow them through to success, which is critical in the actual business environment. The instructors and associates of the program are fantastic people and are also wonderful friends.

Interesting Fact: I have been on television more than a dozen times, appearing on Brain Game (a television show airing in central Indiana).

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Laura Trackwell

Laura Trackwell

Hometown: Speedway, Indiana   

Major: Mathematical Economics and Business Economics

High School Achievements/Activities: Top ten of graduating class, Cross Country "Most Improved," "Merital Attitude" and "Hanna Scholastic" award-winner, National Honor Society

Ball State Interests/Activities: Women’s Ultimate Frisbee, business fraternity

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: The Miller Honors Program is very well organized and provides students with a lot of opportunities.

Why I recommend Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: It can open doors for your education and future after school.

Interesting Fact: I held my school's record for cross country for two days despite being terrible at cross country.

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Whitney Weir

Whitney Weir

Hometown: Kokomo, Indiana   

Major: Business (undeclared)

High School Achievements/Activities: Ranked 11th in class, Academic Honors Diploma, volleyball "most service aces in a season" and "most service aces in a career" school record holder, track 4 x 800 meter relay school record holder

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I really like the Miller Honors Program and University Honors College program. The small class sizes are beneficial; I feel like I get a lot more out of the classes.

Why I recommend Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: The Miller Honors Program gives you a chance to be involved in a group of people with similar goals and interests as you, and it gives you countless opportunities to help you succeed.

Study Abroad: Australia

Interesting Fact: I have a twin brother who is also attending Ball State.

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Erica Wurst

Erica Wurst

Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana   

Major: Accounting and Information Systems

High School Achievements/Activities: Yearbook editor, Relay for Life captain, We the People 5th place state finalist, Key Club 4-year member in good standing

Ball State Interests/Activities: Ball Memorial Hospital Volunteer, Resident Assistant, Homecoming Steering Committee, Miller Honors Program Exec, Beta AlphaPsi

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Although I have only been in school a month, I love the community and culture around campus. My small class sizes and Miller College activities have made the transition to college easier. I am already attached to Ball State and all of the friends I have made feel like family.

Why I recommend Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: The program provides a support system both socially and academically. The school feels smaller and I love that my business classes have familiar faces.

Interesting Fact: I don’t eat the ends of my french fries.

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