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Miller Business Honors Program Class of 2015

Miller Honors/Scholars Class of 2015

Meet the students in the Miller Business Honors Program's Class of 2015:

Emily Chase | Nolan Cockrell | Stephanie Ehlerding | Lauren Fosnight | Robert Franz
Aly Hopkins | Danielle Huff | Emily Looney | Alex Makximenko | Kirsten Mesch
Mollie Miller | Michelle Poteet | Malachi Randolph | Alec Smith | Sarah Stichter
Taylor Thurlow | Erica Walsh | Matthew Weinberg | Neal Werle | Nick Wilkey


Emily Chase

Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana   Major: Accounting, financeEmily Chase

High School Achievements/Activities: Accounting Award, AP Literature and Composition Award, Project READ’s Tutor, VHS society member

Ball State Interests/Activities: Accounting Club

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I’ve really gotten a positive impression of the program so far. I enjoy the small classes and like having the same group of people in them so I’m able to get to know people and know who to talk to if I have questions. Everyone has been extremely helpful and has made the transition to college as smooth as possible.

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I chose Ball State because it was a good fit for me. The business program is very successful, the size of the school is good and financially it was my best choice. The more I hear about the program, the better I feel about my decision to come to Ball State. 

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Nolan Cockrell

Nolan Cockrell

Hometown: Kokomo, Indiana   

Majors: Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Minor:  Marketing

High School Achievements/Activities: Ball State Presidential Scholarship, George Marvin Reul Scholarship, Robert K. Downey Award, Northwestern Lions Club Scholarship, October 2010 Student of the Month

Ball State Interests/Activities: The Revolution church, Ball State Univeristy APICS

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I chose Ball State because it offered me so many opportunities and I felt immediately at home. I chose the business program and honors program because they provided me with many options in a career field I enjoy. 

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Stephanie Ehlerding

Stephanie Ehlerding

Hometown: Decatur, Indiana   

Majors: Marketing and International Business

High School Achievements/Activities: National Merit Scholar, graduated Magna Cum Laude, APS Scholar, newspaper editor, speech team, Academic All-State Cross Country, track and field

Ball State Interests/Activities: National Society of Collegiate Scholars VP, Lutheran Student Fellowship

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: It was the perfect size school! The Miller College was very impressive and the Honors Program had the extra challenge and opportunities that I felt I needed to excel!

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Lauren Fosnight

Lauren Fosnight

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana   Major: Finance, theatre studies   Minor: Spanish

High School Achievements/Activities: Speech team, show choir, AP Scholar with Distinction, Repertory Theater, Shakespeare Competition State Finalist, Student Council

Ball State Interests/Activities: Swing Society, Ballroom Club, Spanish Club

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: While visiting Ball State, I received more than the typical college visit experience. I was given the opportunity to sit in on classes, talk with staff, and meet with students in my field of study. I could tell that Ball State and the Miller College of Business were going to give me the education I need to be successful. I was also very attracted to the unique faculty offered by the Miller Honors Program.

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Robert Franz

Robert Franz

Major: Finance

High School Achievements/Activities: 8th in class of 420, Treasurer of Robotics Club, FBLA VP, Junior Achievement High School Program

Ball State Interests/Activities: Delta Sigma Pi, ultimate frisbee, laser tag, wallyball

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I chose Ball State because of the friendliness and ease of contact of faculty, internships, and post-secondary opportunities. I also have a close-knit friend circle and study group that I attend class with. 

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Aly Hopkins

Aly Hopkins

Hometown: Muncie, Indiana   Major: Accounting

High School Achievements/Activities: National Honors Society, girls’ tennis team member, boys’ tennis team manager, Jazz Band member

Ball State Interests/Activities: TOMS Campus Club, Pre-Veterinary and Animal Welfare Society, and SVS

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I chose Ball State and the Miller College of Business because it was the best fit for me and it had so much of offer.

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Danielle Huff

Danielle Huff

Hometown: Coldwater, Ohio   

Major: Accounting

High School Achievements/Activities: National Honor Society, Academic All-Ohio, honorable mention WBL for golf, golf, band, Spanish Club, basketball, peer tutoring

Ball State Interests/Activities: Accounting Club, Hall Council, Delta Sigma Pi, Pi Sigma Epsilon

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Ball State University was a good choice for me because it wasn’t too far away from home.  It has also allowed me to graduate with my undergraduate degree in 3 years.  I will then go on to get my Master’s Degree in Accounting from Ball State as well.

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Emily Looney

Emily Looney

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana   

Major: Human Resource Management

Minors:  Organizational Communication and Digital Publishing

High School Achievements/Activities: Bernard F. Dever Memorial Scholarship, national Honor Society, Student Council Co-President, Thespian Society, National German Honor Society, Texas Roadhouse Employee of the Month

Ball State Interests/Activities: Delta Sigma Pi, Society of Human Resource Management, Miller College of Business Dean’s Student Advisory Board, Ball State Honors College, National Residence Hall Honorary, Housing and Residence Life

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Ball State has become my home.  I chose Ball State for the Business Honors program, the small classes, and the beautiful campus.  If I had to go back to senior year in high school, I would choose Ball State over and over.  The Miller Business Honors Program has helped me love my college experience, even from the first day when the Class of 2015 met for the first time.  I would not be as prepared or comfortable with my skills when I think about my future if not for this program, and I hope to have the opportunity to give back to it someday! 

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Alex Makximenko

Alex Makximenko

Hometown: Bedford, Indiana   Major: Undecided

High School Achievements/Activities: Exchange student – Norway, Co-Founder Philosophy Club

Ball State Interestes/Activities: Snowboard/Ski Club

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I chose Ball State because the benefits far outweighed anything else any other college offered me.

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Kirsten Mesch

Kristen Mesch

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio   

Major: Marketing   

High School Achievements/Activities: Honor Roll (4 years), Head of Theater Make-Up Crew, President of ART Club, Student Government

Ball State Interests/Activities: Rock climbing club, Ball State Swing Society, TOMS Campus Club

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I have so many ideas for what I want to do in life, and I realized that with a good business background, I can do all of those things, so I started looking for schools with good business programs. When I heard about Ball State I applied and shortly got accepted, and soon after my acceptance, I was told about the Miller Scholars program. After visiting Ball State and seeing the program, I knew BSU was where I wanted to go.

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Mollie Miller

Mollie Miller

Hometown: Sharpsville, Indiana   

Majors: Finance and Marketing

High School Achievements/Activities: National Honor Society, Graduated with Honors, Varsity Basketball Team Captain, Young Women’s Institute Attendee

Ball State Interests/Activities: Finance Society, Waterski and Wakeboard Club, Rock Climbing Club, Student Action Team

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I loved the close-knit feeling that the program offered while still being able to offer similar opportunities of a large program.

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Michelle Poteet

Michelle Poteet

Hometown: Zionsville, Indiana   Major: Business, psychology

High School Achievements/Activities: Distinguished AP Scholar, High Honor Roll, Show choir champions (3 years), Spanish National Honors Society, peer mentor

Ball State Interests/Activities: Choir, CRU, college mentors for kids

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Choosing Ball State was easy. As soon as I walked on campus I knew I belonged here. It’s the perfect size for me; not too big and not too small. Ball State cares about the success of its students, and I loved all the opportunities I heard about. I chose the Miller College of Business Honors Program because of the awesome opportunities it offers. I’m sure I will gain valuable experience through the program.

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Malachi Randolph

Malachi Randolph

Hometown: Goshen, Indiana   Major: International business   Minor: Spanish, Asian studies

High School Achievements/Activities: Valedictorian, Academic All-State, All-Conference tennis, sectional/regional champion tennis, “We the People” Government Competition State Finalist

Ball State Interests/Activities: Ball State Bold, Pi Sigma Epsilon, student government, CRU

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I was very impressed with the close-knit community prevalent in both the Miller College of Business and Honors Program. The small classes and Living/Learning Communities enable students to learn more interactively and with peer accountability. 

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Alec Smith

Alec Smith

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

High School Achievements/Activities: National Merit Scholarship, Bold Celebration Scholarship, E. Virginia Johnson Business Scholarship, John Phillip Sousa Award, three gold ratings for ISSMA state-level clarinet Solos and ensembles, marching band awards, National Honor Society, band, orchestra, FCA, Christian Youth in Action, Bible Quiz Competition

Ball State Interests/Activities: Navigators, SVS, intramural basketball

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I chose Ball Stater, Miller College of Business and Miller Honors because of the opportunities that they present for individualized attention, internship and networking connections, and collaboration with other highly motivated students with similar interests. 

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Sarah Stichter

Sarah Stichter

Hometown: Etna Green, Indiana   

Major: Accounting

High School Achievements/Activities: Valedictorian, National Merit Scholar, National Honor Society, Indy Star Academic All-Star, Academic All-State volleyball, basketball, softball

Ball State Interests/Activities: National Society of Leadership and Success (Treasurer), Westside/Eastside Basketball Association (Secretary), Beta Alpha Psi (Reporting Secretary), Student Alumni Association

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Ball State has a variety of activities and opportunities that cannot be found at other universities.  The Accounting program is ranked in the nation and always pushes and challenges me.  I have been offered a personalized education with a group of students who I can count on and the ability to make real connections, both with students and professionals.

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Taylor Thurlow

Taylor Thurlow

Hometown: Westfield, Indiana   

Majors: Finance and Economics

High School Achievements/Activities: National Honor Society, TCTA co-author, Distinguished Student Athlete, varsity tennis, track and field, bible study

Ball State Interests/Activities: The Way International Campus Fellowship, Finance Society, and Housing and Residence Life

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I really like what this program offers. It has a variety of majors and classes, yet has a lot of personalized care. I felt that I would get a bunch of help and attention here.  

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Erica Walsh

Erica Walsh

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana   Major: Economics   Minor: Legal studies

High School Achievements/Activities: Academic All-State

Ball State Interests/Activities: Ball State Dems, synchronized swimming, ballroom dancing

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Ball State’s campus felt at home from the start, and the business school seemed like the perfect fit. The Honors Program offers great opportunities and has a very friendly staff. 

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Matthew Weinberg

Matthew Weinberg

Hometown: Vernon Hills, Illinois   

Major: Entrepreneurial Management

High School Achievements/Activities: Honor Roll, first place IL FBLA, delivered commencement speech at graduation

Ball State Interests/Activities: Miller Honors Program Executive Board, Gamma Iota Sigma, APICS

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I chose to participate in the Honors Program because I have a passion for business, and know it will help me in the future. 

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Neal Werle

Neal Werle

Hometown: Richmond, Indiana   Major: Business administration, telecommunications

High School Achievements/Activities: National Merit Scholarship, Eagle-rank Boy Scout, B.O.S.S. competition county winner, chamber choir

Ball State Interests/Activities: Swing Dance Club, Cardinal Filmworks

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I want to be a successful movie producer/director.

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Nick Wilkey

Nick Wilkey

Hometown: Lewisville, Indiana   Major: Marketing, political science

High School Achievements/Activities: Business Professionals of America President, Senior Class President, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, academic and technical honors diplomas

Ball State Interests/Activities: Student Government, SUS, Sky Diving Club

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I felt that Ball State was going to be my new home when I first stepped foot on camps my junior year of high school. I chose the Miller College of Business and Honors program because of their amazing staff, and I have seen first-hand how the program helps create future business leaders. 

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