The Miller College of Business at Ball State University requires each student enrolled in Principles of Marketing (MKG 300) and/or Managing Behavior in Organizations (MGT 300) to participate in the Research Experience Program (REP). The purpose of the REP is to provide an exposure to the process by which business knowledge is developed, and to enhance students’ appreciation of the nature and role of research topics and methods. In the REP, students have the opportunity to experience research first-hand, either as a participant of a research project with a certain research question or as a reviewer of recent research. The REP experience can be valuable in a future career in business in terms of evaluating or conducting research. Faculty members will also benefit from their involvement in the REP, as they will have increased participation in their studies and have a better comprehension of important issues and processes.

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REP Program Checklist

  1. Register for the REP program by Sunday, January 21, 2024 and take the sign up study and receive 1 credit.
  2. Check each Monday (Beginning on Saturday, January 20, 2023) for a new study being posted.
  3. If you participate in a study, you'll receive credit (usually once the study has closed).
  4. Check the online system to see how many credits you have accumulated. You must complete your REP studies by Friday, April 26, 2024 and/or journal article reviews by April 26, 20234, 5pm.
  5. When you earn five (5) credits (1 registration credit and other 4 research credits) you are done for the semester! If you miss the sign up date and study, you can register at any time and still complete.
  6. Your professor will award the 5 percent to your grade at the end of the semester.

Two Ways to Earn Credit

Participate in research or review articles in scholarly journals to satisfy the REP requirement, which will be 5 percent of your grade in MKG 300 and/or MGT 300

REP Access and Link

View sign up instructions for SONA and research studies (PDF).

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Classes should be only the beginning of your education. We strongly encourage you to join one or more student organizations because they are perfect for developing your professional skills while also building your social and business connections.

The Miller College of Business has a wide range of organizations for students covering all areas of study, including honor societies and professional organizations.  Whether you're an accounting major, interested in information systems, looking into entrepreneurship, or would like to meet other students in the business program, there is an organization for you.

You can also build connections through university wide student organizations, which appeal to varied interests.

The Dean's Student Advisory Council has up to 20 students who advise the Miller College of Business dean about issues important to the college’s students and address student needs.

Membership is open to all students of Miller College.

Application and Membership

Appointments are for the academic year (August-May) and are renewable. The online application is due by noon Aug 31. Please also submit a current resume to Jennifer Haney in Whitinger Business Building (WB) 100.


The council meets with the dean from noon to 1 p.m. on three or four Wednesdays a semester in the Atrium Studio Room.

Meeting attendance is necessary for the council to serve its role. Students may meet more frequently for projects as needed.


  • represent the views and opinions of the Miller College student body to the dean
  • provide the dean feedback on issues related to the college’s operations and advancement
  • actively promote Miller College programs
Executive in Residence

The Executive-in-Residence Program is designed to enrich student learning and faculty development by introducing accomplished business leaders to the university community.

Through the years, this program has brought to campus senior corporate executives, business professionals, and successful entrepreneurs from various industries, large and small, private and public.

During the residency, the visiting executive speaks to a number of classes and meets with students, faculty, and local business groups. The series provides an unrivaled opportunity for all to learn from and interact with a highly accomplished business leader in person.

Recent executives

  • Craig Dobbs: Managing director, Graystone Consulting
  • Scott McCorkle: President of product, technology, and strategy, ExactTarget
  • Larry Riley: Senior vice president and wealth advisor, Northern Trust
  • Jeff Fetters: Chairman, president, and chief executive officer, Federated Insurance Companies
  • Robert Shipley: President and CEO, The Hartz Mountain Corporation
  • Bernie Boldt: Manager, Round Rock Management LLC
  • Christopher MacAllister: President, MacAllister Machinery Co.
  • Bob Hunt: Chairman and CEO, Hunt Construction Group
  • Carl Chapman: CEO, Vectren Inc.
  • Leo Denault: Chief executive officer, Entergy Corporation
  • Doug Wilson: Senior vice president and chief administrative officer, Hillenbrand Inc.
  • Liz Hodges: Vice president of brand management, Chico’s
  • Jeffrey Rodewald: Vice president, compensation, benefits, and corporate service, USG Corporation
  • David Barrett: President and CEO, Gene B. Glick Co.
  • Eric Foss: CEO, Pepsi Beverages Co.
  • Josie and Jeoff Fox: Co-founders, Fox Head Inc.
  • Dennis Oklak: CEO, Duke Realty Corporation
  • Umit Taftali: Investment banking executive, KoçHolding A.S.

Dialogue Days, an initiative of the Miller College of Business Alumni Board, connects students with successful alumni professionals to interact, share business experience and expertise, and provide students with an opportunity to engage in a dialogue with our alumni.  

Each year, business professionals return to campus from nearby communities such as Indianapolis and from states as far away as Florida, Texas, and Missouri. These speakers represent a wide scope of professions and industries. Some are sales executives, entrepreneurs, managers, or chief executive officers from industries ranging from manufacturing to financial services and telecommunications.

We always receive an overwhelmingly positive response from alumni who are excited to visit campus, make new connections with fellow alumni, and find the time they spend with students rewarding.  More than 75 alumni participate each year as a way to give back to the university.

Dialogue Days is sponsored annually in February by Miller College and its aAlumni society. Alumni interested in participating in Dialogue Days should contact Tammy Estep, director of external relations at Miller College, at 765-285-8311. We would love to hear from you!