Miller Honors Program

To whom much is given, much is expected

Not Goodbye, but Good Luck.


As the Class of 2016 “The Fam” prepares to walk across the stage, I want to take some time to do a couple of things. First, I want to wish them all the best as they start the next chapter of their lives. For some of them this is graduate school, for others it is full time jobs at so many different locations. I have no doubt that you are all as prepared to begin this chapter as anyone else walking across the stage on Saturday. You will go on to do some very amazing things and I know you will make whatever organization you join a better one.

Second, I would like to take some time to thank you all. From freshmen year on you have served as Bigs, mentors, and great resources that I could reach out to for help in classes, choosing sections of classes, and advice for how to not only survive, but also thrive in this honors program.  I have had the excellent opportunity to not only get to know all of you, but also work with many of you within many different honors sections. This, most recently and most notably, was the Senior Experience and Capstone course in the Miller College of Business Honors Program.  Thank you all so much for not only letting Alex and myself join this section, but also welcoming us. I really felt like “Adopted Fam” and not just an “Unpredictable” with the “The Fam.” I had so much fun with all of you at Disney World in January.

Finally, I want to take some time to encourage you to continue doing everything you are doing now. You were all admitted and completed this highly demanding and rather competitive program. You have been doing things that many other students do not even think about doing. To name just a few running for SGA, attending conferences, taking Summer Internships, accepting full time jobs six months to a year in advance, and preparing to move to such places as Iowa and Maryland. You all entered Ball State already successful, and are leaving even more so. I anticipate you all making a very big impact on everyone around you. I do not want to say Goodbye only Good Luck, because I hope to stay in touch with all of you. Enjoy your successes from the past 4-years and prepare to have many more of them. As successful entrepreneur Steve Blank said, “You get to make your own luck. 80% of success in your career will come from just showing up. The world is run by those who show up… not those who wait to be asked.”

All the bests,

Eli Parks Class of 2017

Interview Day – 2016

On February 20, 2016, the Miller College of Business Honors Program hosted its annual Interview Day. Interview Day is one of the most important days for the Honors Program because it is the day when potential scholarship recipients and future Program members are decided. This year’s Interview Day featured 35 high school students from various states. The day consists of various panels, discussions, tours, and meals with current members of the Honors Program as well as other candidates for the Program. Continue reading “Interview Day – 2016”

Miller Honors Head to Disney World

Beginning freshman year in the Miller Business Honors Program, students look forward to the trip seniors in the Program get to take to Disney World. Finally, the time had come for the class of 2016. disney 2We departed on a Wednesday afternoon and arrived in Orlando just around dinner time. The entire class of 2016 had agreed upon a location for the group dinner, which resulted in a night of laughter and entertainment at the Irish restaurant, Raglan Road, in Disney Springs. The following day was dedicated to the Disney Institute. It was a day filled with workshops, information, and discussions about how Disney has become what it is and why they do what they do from a business standpoint. The business model of Disney is one to be admired, and that idea is exactly what we noticed while engaging with cast members and entertainment attractions on property. Continue reading “Miller Honors Head to Disney World”

NCHC Conference

From November 11th to the 15th, Dr. Hartleroad, Jessica Hill (Class of 16) and I had the opportunity to attend the National Collegiate Honors Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Not only did we have the honor of attending, but we also had the chance to represent the Miller Business Honors Program by giving presentations over our Honors Program’s best practices. It was great to tell others about our program and get feedback on what we could be doing differently. We gave two presentations: one was on Career and Professional Development Programming for Honors Students, and another on Appreciative Advising with Honors Students. Both of these topics are aspects of our program that we, the Miller Business Honors Program, think are done pretty well, but we are always open to suggestions.

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Miller Scholars Making No Little Plans

Mid-November, three employees from the Miller College of Business Office of Student Services hit the road to represent the Miller Business Honors program at the National Collegiate Honors Council’s 50th Annual Conference. The conference—grandiosely themed, Make No Little Plans—was held in the equally impressive city of Chicago. Dr. Gayle Hartleroad, Eli Parks, and I wore several different hats to embody different areas of our business honors program, ranging from administrator to student.

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