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Miller Business Honors Program Class of 2017

Miller Honors/Scholars Class of 2017

Sara Binkley | Kaleb Chowning | Lucy Clements | Bobby Cramer | Elizabeth DiGennaro
Amanda Baskfield | Katie Fillingsness | Alex Getz | Allison Gregory | Emily Halley
Logan Kimbler | Craig Maschmeyer Kyle Mendenhall | Kimmy Merkel | Eli Parks
Jessica Recker Lilly ReeceRebecca Schlesinger | Natalie Shoemaker Katelyn Warner


Sara Binkley
  Sara Binkley

Hometown: Danville, IN

Major: Business Administration

Minor: Organizational Communication

Campus Activities: Ball State University Dance Marathon - Director of Finance; Women in Business - VP of Company Relations

Experience: Summer 2015, 2016 Stewardship intern with the National FFA Foundation

Impressions of BSU/Miller College/Honors Program: There are so many opportunities available to me as a student within the program, and also Ball State.It is easy to find activities to connect with inside the program with fellow classmates, but also the flexibility to be a campus leader within larger university organizations.

Why you would recommend BSU/MCOB Honors Program to other students: I would recommend BSU for its size and sense of community. I hear over and over again that campus is large enough to see a new face every day, but it is small enough to form connections with professors and staff and have the opportunity to be a leader.

Study Abroad Plans or Trips Taken: I intend to go on study abroad before graduating - I am looking into Denmark or South Africa.

Interesting fact about me: I have fallen in love with the city of Toronto, Canada and may move there one day.

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Kaleb Chowning
  

Kaleb Chowning

Hometown: New Madison, OH

Major: Business Administration and Telecommunications

Campus Activities: West Side East Side Basketball Association; Global Brigades; Cardinal Filmworks

Experience: Recreation Services Supervisor; Media Specialist Intern

Impressions of BSU/Miller College/Honors Program: The Miller Honors Program develops future leaders in a tight knit academic community that fosters meaningful skill building by providing real world experience and excellent opportunities.

Why you would recommend BSU/MCOB Honors Program to other students: I would recommend the program because it allows you to go beyond the typical classroom experience and take part in opportunities you might not find elsewhere.

Study Abroad Plans or Trips Taken: Germany, Ireland, Austria; Future: Rome, London, Brussels.

Interesting fact about me: I've never seen Frozen.

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Lucy Clements
  Lucy Clements

Hometown: Warsaw, IN

Major: Finance

Minor: Political Science

Campus Activities: Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Council for Alumni and Student Engagement, Miller College of Business Dean's Student Advisory Council, writer for country-wide college publication, The Odyssey

Experience: Past: Risk Management Intern at Lake City Bank; Future: Finance Credit Risk Intern at Goldman Sachs

Impressions of BSU/Miller College/Honors Program: I love the Ball State Miller Honors Program because of the small class sizes, opportunity to get to know the professors, and team-oriented atmosphere.

Why you would recommend BSU/MCOB Honors Program to other students: Instead of being one student in the many students of a business school, students are given personal attention in the Miller Honors Program. The professional workshops and group-oriented approach prepares students for internships and careers.

Interesting fact about me: I love politics.

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Bobby Cramer Bobby Cramer

Hometown: South Bend, IN

Major: Finance and Economics

Campus Activities: Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity

Experience: Para Planning Intern with Legacy Consultants Group; Finance Department Intern with Beacon Health System; Attended the Crowe Horwath Learn2Lead Conference

Impressions of BSU/Miller College/Honors Program: My impressions of the MCOB program are nothing but positive. I think a lot of that has to deal with the individual attention you can recieve in both advising and in the classroom, but also my peers are the greatest part of the program. They are just as motivated as I am and it shows in every facet of our interactions. The relationships built through this will alst a long time.

Why you would recommend BSU/MCOB Honors Program to other students: I would recommend the MCOB program to an incoming freshman because they experience I have gained both in the classroom and professionally is unparalleled.

Interesting fact about me: I have been to at least one Notre Dame home football game every year since the age of 7.

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Elizabeth DiGennaro
 Liz DiGennaro

Hometown: Mason, OH

Major: Marketing

Minor: Entrepreneurship

Campus Activities: Women in Business (WiB); American Marketing Association (AMA)

Experience: Dare to Dream Cakery (owner); SugarPlums CupCakery (management position)

Impressions of BSU/Miller College/Honors Program: Challenging, yet very effective in teaching the class material. The group of students in the program are extremely supportive and want each other to achieve success.

Why you would recommend BSU/MCOB Honors Program to other students: The people that you get to surround yourself with is the best part of the program, hands down.

Study Abroad Plans or Trips Taken: Studied abroad in Limerick, Ireland for a semester; Traveling to Brussels and Rome for two weeks in the summer of 2017

Interesting fact about me: Currently own a business, Dare to Dream Cakery.

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Amanda Baskfield
Amanda Dingman

Hometown: Fishers, IN

Majors: Finance and Biology

Campus Activities: CKI, HOSA, Camp Kesem

Experience: Cancer Research Assistant/Independent Research at Cooper with Dr. Olesen, RSCRCF Board Member (finance)

Impressions of BSU/Miller College/Honors Program: I really like how the professors are very involved with the students. A lot of my professors still stop in and say hi and ask how things are going. I had one professor who was intrigued by my choice of majors and he has been beneficial in learning how to merge the two for a thesis.

Why you would recommend BSU/MCOB Honors Program to other students: The program offers students to learn in a setting that isn't as much instruction, but also discussion based. A lot of the learning is dependent on us putting in the extra effort, which I personally like.

Interesting fact about me: I taught myself how to play piano by books and the internet.

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Katie Fillingsness
 Katie Fillingsness

Hometown: Fishers, IN

Major: Marketing and Human Resources

Campus Activities: Panhellenic Council - Vice President of Community Service & Philanthropy; Sigma Kappa - Executive Vice President

Experience: Human Resources Intern - Lifetouch National School Studios; Student Manager - Ball State University Hotel

Impressions of BSU/Miller College/Honors Program: Ball State is not just a school to its students, it is a home. Everyone has a different reason for loving BSU and a place that they belong on campus.

Why you would recommend BSU/MCOB Honors Program to other students: The MCOB honors program is the reason I chose Ball State, and I wouldn't be where I am today without it. I owe all the relationships, opportunities, and memories I've made here to being accepted to this program.

Interesting fact about me: I hate cotton balls.

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Alex Getz
 Alex Getz

Hometown: Hamilton, OH

Majors: Accounting, Finance, and Economics

Campus Activities: Miller Honors Program Executive Board, Accounting Club Executive Board, Finance Society, Academic Tutor at the Learning Center

Experience: Finance Risk Intern at Allied Solutions-Summer 2015; Audit Intern at Ernst & Young-Summer 2016

Impressions of BSU/Miller College/Honors Program: The college in general; the professors are very nice and approachable, the advisers are helpful, and most classes emphasize group work and ingenuity. As for the program; the access to the advisers and being so connected with the students in your cohort make for a very unique and beneficial experience.

Why you would recommend BSU/MCOB Honors Program to other students: Being in the program offers you a very different experience from just being in the College of Business. The workshops, access to advisers, and connectivity with your cohort will definitely help to prepare you much better when networking and pursuing career opportunities.

Study Abroad Plans or Trips Taken: I plan to study abroad in Brussels, Belgium and Rome, Italy in May of 2017.

Interesting fact about me: I have had a different combination of majors each of the three years that I have attended Ball State.

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Allison Gregory
 Allison Gregory

Hometown: Evansville, IN

Majors: Marketing

Minors: Entrepreneurship and Visual Communications

Campus Activities: American Advertising Federation, Women in Business, FOCUS Bible Studies

Experience: Marketing Intern for Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, Communications Intern at Habitat for Humanity of Evansville, provided marketing work for the Rinker Center for International Programs as Study Abroad Peer Advisor

Impressions of BSU/Miller College/Honors Program: The Ball State Miller Honors Program allows students to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who are working to achieve personal and professional success.

Why you would recommend BSU/MCOB Honors Program to other students: The support provided through the MCOB Honors Program allows students to learn from one another, while taking honors level courses, attending professional development workshops, and being exposed to numerous eye-opening business experiences throughout the course of their college career.

Study Abroad Plans or Trips Taken: I studied abroad at the University of Limerick in Ireland during the Spring 2015 semester.

Interesting fact about me: I have traveled to nine different countries.

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Emily Halley
 Emily Halley

Hometown: Goshen, IN

Major: Marketing

Minor: Entrepreneurship

Campus Activities: President of Women in Business; President of American Marketing Association; Standards Delegate for Alpha Omicron Pi; Member of Miller College of Business Dean's Advisory Board

Experience: Marketing Intern for Burston Marketing in Elkhart, IN

Impressions of BSU/Miller College/Honors Program: My impressions of Miller Honors Program is that it gives me the best of both worlds. I'm a student on a campus with over 15,000 students, but at the same time I have classes with only 20 other students. I'm able to make grow relationships with my cohort and my professors, while also benefiting from the opportunities of a larger populated university. I have both the big college campus feel, while also loving the smaller classroom settings.

Why you would recommend BSU/MCOB Honors Program to other students: I would recommend the MCOB Honors Program to other students because in addition to the opportunities to grow personally and professionally, you always feel supported by the faculty and other members of your cohort. The other students in my classes have become more than the people I go to when I'm struggling on a homework assignment, they are the ones I go to when making big life decisions, such as internships, classes, and which dining hall to eat at that evening.

Study Abroad Plans or Trips Taken: I studied abroad the summer between my freshman and sophomore year with the Miller Honors Program to Germany and Ireland. I also have plans to study abroad after my senior year with the Honors Program to Brussels and Rome.

Interesting fact about me: I helped start Women in Business with two other Miller Honors Program members.

 

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Logan Kimbler
 Logan Kimbler

Hometown: Kokomo, IN

Major: Human Resource Management

Minor: Hospitality Management

Campus Activities: Chi Omega Sorority; Late Nite @ Ball State; Rho Lambda Honor Sorority; College Mentors for Kids

Experience: Event Intern at Mustard Seed Gardens; Director of Social for Chi Omega; Event and Marketing Coordinator for Late Nite @ Ball State

Impressions of BSU/Miller College/Honors Program: I couldn't imagine not have going to Ball State. There are so many opportunities provided at Ball State and in the Miller College Honors Program. The classes in the Miller College are differentiated and provide experiences that you can take into the world after college.

Why you would recommend BSU/MCOB Honors Program to other students: I would recommend MCOB Honors Program to other students because it provides a 'fit' for students at the very start of your college experience. MCOB Honors Program becomes a family and an accountability program over the time spent at Ball State. Advisers and professors are available to tailor your experience and help you excel in whatever you wish to pursue.

Interesting fact about me: I enjoy playing tennis in my free time.

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Craig Maschmeyer
 Craig Maschmeyer

Hometown: Franklin, IN

Major: Entrepreneurial Management and Finance

Minor: Environmental Management

Campus Activities: Phi Delta Theta, Women in Business

Impressions of BSU/Miller College/Honors Program: It is a good program to prepare you for your career, and it has a lot of built in support from faculty members and staff. It is a group of close knit students with the same goals which helps to maintain high levels of academic success.

Why you would recommend BSU/MCOB Honors Program to other students: I believe it has benefited me by preparing me both academically and socially for the real world.

Study Abroad Plans or Trips Taken: Summer in Costa Rica

Interesting fact about me: I enjoy traveling, and I'm planning a cross country train trip for this summer.

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Kyle Mendenhall
 Kyle Mendenhall

Hometown: Russiaville, IN

Major: Marketing

Minor: Digital Publishing

Campus Activities: Phi Gamma Delta; Inter-fraternity Council Judicial Board

Experience: 2015 Summer internship with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, LLC in Kokomo, Indiana as a production floor supervisor. I was invited back for the 2016 Summer as a direct hire for another internship; Marketing and Management internship with America Multi-Sport in Muncie, Indiana. I still recruit volunteers for them, work at their events, and was invited to work with them during the 2016 Summer.

Impressions of BSU/Miller College/Honors Program: The Miller Honors Program is unique to Ball State University. Other universities do not have programs like the Miller Honors Program. This program has given me the tools I need to succeed and has surrounded me with a group of students and faculty who drive me to be my best.

Why you would recommend BSU/MCOB Honors Program to other students: Because the Miller Honors program gives you access to so many valuable tools. First, you always have a strong core group of peers around you when you need something. Second, you get to participate in professional skill building workshops. Finally, you have access to faculty and advisors who are always willing to help you with whatever you may need.

Interesting fact about me: During my sophomore year at Ball State I lived with 30 guys. During my junior year I am living with 4 girls, a dog, and a cat.

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Kimmy Merkel
 Kimmy Merkel

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Major: Accounting

Minor: French

Campus Activities: BSUDM; St. Francis Youth Retreat Team; Intramural sports

Experience: Auditing internship with Ernst and Young winter 2016; Auditing internship with Crowe Horwath summer 2016

Impressions of BSU/Miller College/Honors Program: It is a valuable support system that encourages networking connections, professional development, and offers special opportinities for learning and growth.

Why you would recommend BSU/MCOB Honors Program to other students: This is a program that will provide excellent opportunities beyond the scope of other schools and programs.

Study Abroad Plans or Trips Taken: Two week field study during the spring of 2017

Interesting fact about me: I have never flown in a plane.

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Eli Parks
 Eli Parks

Hometown: Kendallville, IN

Major: Accounting and Finance

Campus Activities: Executive Board of Miller Business Honors Program; Ambassador and Phase 2 Mentor for Excellence in Leadership; Accounting Club; Young Alumni Council Student Representative; Vice President of Beta Gamma Sigma; Freshmen Leadership Council

Experience: Miller College of Business Undergraduate Fellow; Accepted Future Positions: Internship- Katz, Sapper, & Miller Summer 2016; Internship- Crowe Horwath Spring 2017; Internship- Ernst & Young Summer 2017

Impressions of BSU/Miller College/Honors Program: Ball State is a place that has something to offer to students. Because of its size, it has benefits of small class sizes. But it also has, the benefits of having the resources of a large University. The Miller College of Business is a very focused and driven college. The professors with the college truly put the students first. The professors want the students to succeed not only in their own courses, but also in their careers. The honors program gives an abundant amount of opportunities to succeed as well.

Why you would recommend BSU/MCOB Honors Program to other students: I would absolutely recommend the Miller Business Honors Program to anyone who wants to become a business major. The program is great for those that really believe "what you put in is what you get out." Between the cohorts, advising, professional development workshops, and senior experience; student development into great leaders and professionals.

Study Abroad Plans or Trips Taken: I plan to take the Miller Scholars Business Honors Program study abroad program to Brussels, Belgium and Rome, Italy in May of 2017.

Interesting fact about me: I played travel baseball in 6 different states in the Mid-West and South East.

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Jessica Recker
 Jessica Recker

Hometown: Delphos, OH

Majors: Finance and Accounting

Campus Activities: Kappa Delta Sorority; Delta Sigma Pi; Accounting Club; Intramurals

Experience: PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) - Tax Intern (Winter 2016); ADP - Client Relationships Intern (Summer 2015); ADP - I9 Team Intern (Summer 2014)

Impressions of BSU/Miller College/Honors Program: Ball State University is a great school. BSU appealed to me because the size of the student body wasn't too large but also not small. Everything is in close proximity, so it is easy to navigate. Plus, you get to see people you know every day! The Miller College of Business is extraordinary. The professors really care about their students and are approachable. The Honors Program has helped me along my college progression. The Honors Program is challenging but worthwhile. The program is very individualized and teaches valuable skills to the students.

Why you would recommend BSU/MCOB Honors Program to other students: I would recommend BSU and the MCOB Honors Program to other students because of what I previously stated about my impressions. Ball State is welcoming to everyone, and I believe it is a great university to have a fresh start. The Honors Program is very individualized and helps students improve their professionalism. Ball State and the MCOB Honors Program have helped shaped me into who I am today and have helped me to become well-rounded in all that I do.

Study Abroad Plans or Trips Taken: I am going to be studying abroad with the MCOB Honors program in May of 2017 after graduation to visit Brussels and Rome for two weeks!

Interesting fact about me: I am double-jointed in all of my joints.

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Lilly Reece
 Lilly Reece

Hometown: Noblesville, IN

Major: Accounting and Economics

Campus Activities: Women in Business

Experience: Currently working at Katz, Sapper, and Miller as an intern

Impressions of BSU/Miller College/Honors Program: Perfect size, you find great friends withing your cohort, and the program offers great networking opportunities.

Why you would recommend BSU/MCOB Honors Program to other students: You are able to find varied opportunities while still enjoying a close knit community.

Study Abroad Plans or Trips Taken: MCOB Program trip in 2017

Interesting fact about me: I never learned how to whistle.

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Rebecca Schlesinger
 Rebecca Schlesinger

Hometown: Naperville, IL

Major: Economics and Business Administration

Minor: Mathematics

Campus Activities: Treasurer, development team member, and mentor for College Mentors for Kids; Program coordinator for Student Voluntary Services; Women in Business club member

Experience: Research Assistant at Ball State Center for Business and Economic Research; Indirect Procurement Intern at McDonald's Corporation; Swim Lesson Program Director/Manage at Maplebrook II Swim & Racquet Club

Impressions of BSU/Miller College/Honors Program: Since freshman year, the MCOB Honors Program has become so much more than just a program for me. It has introduced me to professors who inspired me to not only choose a major, but who helped me get jobs, internships, and an idea of my future career path. It has given me the confidence I need to apply for positions I never would have in the past. And, most importantly, I have met many of my best friends through the program who have helped me through every step of college. The MCOB Honors Program is what made my college experience so positive.

Why you would recommend BSU/MCOB Honors Program to other students: The MCOB Honors Program has given me so much more than just a positive classroom experience. I have been taught by professors who have helped me determine my life path, made lifelong friends, and participated in workshops that have given me the confidence I needed to get prestigious internships and jobs. I would recommend this program to other students because it truly develops you as a person and prepares you for life in the real world.

Study Abroad Plans or Trips Taken: I studied abroad with KIIS for 10 days over winter break in Italy. We spent 5 days in Rome and 5 days in Florence. I would highly recommend studying abroad as it gave me a whole new outlook on the world and the ability to experience another culture first hand. I learned more on this trip immersed in the Italian world than I ever could in a classroom.

Interesting fact about me: I am terrified of deer.

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Natalie Shoemaker
 Natalie Shoemaker

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Major: Human Resource Management

Minor: Entrepreneurship & Organizational Communication

Campus Activities: Society of Human Resources Management, Miller Dean's Advisory Counsel, Rhythms Dance Troupe

Experience: HR Intern at PrimeTech Communications, Inc.; Undergraduate Intern at Ball State Office of Admissions

Impressions of BSU/Miller College/Honors Program: From the moment I got to campus, everyone at Ball State, especially in the Miller Honors Program, were so warm and welcoming! I could tell that this program was filled with other students a lot like me, and that I could make a lot of friends and really find my home in the Miller College of Business.

Why you would recommend BSU/MCOB Honors Program to other students: The MCOB Honors Program has so much to offer. This program is an opportunity to learn among a group of like-minded students in smaller class settings, develop yourself professionally with a variety of workshops, and more. I came to Ball State for this program, and definitely recommend it to other motivated and driven students.

Study Abroad Plans or Trips Taken: Rome & Florence, Italy

Interesting fact about me: I have a dog named Gus!

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Katelyn Warner
 Katelyn Warner

Hometown: Greenwood, IN

Major: Marketing

Minors: Community Health Education and Spanish

Campus Activities: College Diabetes Network; The Navigators; Timmy Global Health

Experience: Multicultural Ambassador and Coordinator (January 2014 - March 2015); Academic Peer Mentor (August 2015 - May 2016); Global Digital Marketing Intern with Roche Diagnostics (June - August 2015, May - August 2016)

Impressions of BSU/Miller College/Honors Program: My first impression of Ball State was "home!" I felt so comfortable and excited at the thought of being here when I first visited. Of the Miller College and Honors Program, I felt similarly. I truly connected with many of the individuals in the program on my interview day, and knew that I would fit in here as a student.

Why you would recommend BSU/MCOB Honors Program to other students: I would recommend Ball State to other students because of its mid-size and Midwestern culture. It is small enough that I see many people I know frequently, making it feel like home, but I also meet new people all the time. I also love the fact that so many professors are truly focused on how to help their students grow and learn in academics and in life. The MCOB Honors Program imitates these values and the culture of Ball State, while remaining rigorous and current.

Study Abroad Plans or Trips Taken: Non-Profit Internship in Costa Rica (Summer 2014)

Interesting fact about me: I was born tongue tied and could not speak until I was 3 years old.

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