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Miller College of Business

The Miller Honors Program (including Miller Scholars) gives students a unique head-start in their business education. The programs provide a specialized curriculum, a peer support group and supplemental learning outside the classroom with specially designed social and professional development activities.

Class of 2014

Meet the freshman students in the Miller Honors and Miller Scholars programs:


Emily ChaseEmily Chase

Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana   Major: Accounting, finance

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. 


Nolan CockrellNolan Cockrell

Hometown: Kokomo, Indiana   Major: Business administration

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

Ball State Interests/Activities: The Revolution, Professional Business Fraternity

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. 


Stephanie EhlerdingStephanie Ehlerding

Hometown: Decatur, Indiana   Major: Marketing

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

Ball State Interests/Activities: CRU, Grace Lutheran Church, Honors Council

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!


Lauren FosnightLauren 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.


Robert FranzRobert 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. 


Aly Aly HopkinsHopkins

Hometown: Muncie, Indiana   Major: Accounting

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

Ball State Interests/Activities: Student Voluntary Services, joining a sorority

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: TOMS Campus Club, SVS, Timmy Foundation

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.


Danielle Huff Danielle Huff

Hometown: Coldwater, OH   Major: Accounting, finance

High School Achievements/Activities: National Honor Society, honorable mention WBL for golf, Academic All-Ohio, 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: It wasn't too far away from home, and I got in-state tuition. I love it here already and was ready for an adventure.


Emily LooneyEmily Looney

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana   Major: Accounting, photography

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

Ball State Interests/Activities: Dance marathon for Riley Children’s Hospital, Accounting Club, UPB,
Delta Sigma Pi

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: I chose Ball State because of the Miller Honors Program, the beautiful campus, and the distance from home. I knew Ball State was right for me because of the feeling I got on campus, and because I have small classes even though it’s a large school. Plus, Ball State gives an amazing amount of scholarship opportunities!  Miller College of Business and the Honors Program appealed to me because of the prestigious new program. I’ve wanted to do business for quite a while and Miller College of Business gives me a chance to have personalized help so I can succeed in the world of business. I’m not going to be just a number here. Instead, I’ll be a known student and I will be pushed to succeed.


Alex MakximenkoAlex Makximenko

Hometown: Bedford, Indiana   Major: Undecided

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

Impressions of Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: 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.


Kristen Kristen MeschMesch

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio   Major: Marketing   Minor: Digital media

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

Ball State Interests/Activities: Delta Sigma Pi, Community Service Sorority,
Ball State Swing Society, TOMS Campus Club, Pi Sigma Epsilon

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.


Mollie MillerMollie Miller

Hometown: Sharpsville, Indiana   Major: Finance

High School Achievements/Activities: Graduated with Honors, Captain of varsity basketball team, National Honor Society, attended the Young Women’s Institute

Ball State Interests/Activities: Wakeboard Club, rock climbing, WEBA,
Delta Sigma Pi

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 a large could.


Michelle PoteetMichelle Poteet

Hometown: Zionsville, Indiana   Major: Business, psychology

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

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

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Choosing BSU 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.


Malachi RandolphMalachi Randolph

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

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

Ball State Interests/Activities: Student Government, CRU, Ball State Bold, Pi Sigma Epsilon

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 programs. The small classes and Living/Learning Communities enable students to learn more interactively and with peer accountability. 


Alec SmithAlec 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. 


Sarah StichterSarah Stichter

Hometown: Etna Green, Indiana   Major: Accounting

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

Ball State Interests/Activities: CRU, Honors Student Council

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Ball State has a good accounting program. I chose the Millers and Honors because I knew they would challenge me. 


Debra TalkingtonDebra Talkington

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana   Major: Finance   Minor: Latin, Japanese

High School Achievements/Activities: Aechaen 80 (top 20 students from each class in most elite choir), treasurer of a handful of clubs

Ball State Interests/Activities :Japanese Animation Society, Spectrum, Japanese Conversation Club, choir)

Why I chose Ball State/Miller College/Miller Honors: Ball State offered the best education for me with the best living arrangements. Associates of the program are fantastic people and are also wonderful friends.


Taylor ThurlowTaylor Thurlow

Hometown: Westfield, Indiana   Major: Finance, accounting

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

Ball State Interests/Activities: Ultimate Frisbee, tennis, The Way International Campus Fellowship, Ball State GOP

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.  


Erica WalshErica 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. 


Matthew WeinbergMatthew Weinberg

Hometown: Vernon Hills, Illinois   Major: Entrepreneurship, accounting

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

Ball State Interests/Activities: Miller Honors, intermural sports

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. 


Neal WerleNeal Werle

Hometown: Richmond, Indiana   Major: Business administration, telecommunications

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


Nick WilkeyNick 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.