Miller School inducts 42 future entrepreneurs

Bob and Jenny Rippy, center, with the inaugural Rippy Fellows

The Miller School of Entrepreneurship in the College of Business held its third induction ceremony on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, in the ECU Main Student Center. The Miller School welcomed 42 students who plan to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship degree within the next two years.

The inducted students include:

  • Aaron Albrecht
  • Stephen Brown
  • Maxwell D’Amelio
  • Tyler DeRosa
  • Mackenzie Dickinson
  • Maxwell Ferrie
  • Jared Hardenbergh
  • Ethan Hayes
  • William Howell
  • Lauren Humann
  • Emily Hymel
  • Brett Johnson
  • Jaxton Kahn
  • Wesley Kanyok
  • Samuel Kesler
  • Cole Languell
  • Farren MacDonald
  • Charlton Mandizha
  • Parker Mason
  • Paula Mateus
  • Phillip McCain
  • McKenzie Narron
  • Neeraj Mehra
  • Tyler Mintz
  • Alyssa Moore
  • Jacob Nasta
  • Michelle Niedwick
  • Nathaniel Parker
  • Keith Philip
  • Benjamin Reichbart
  • Tully Ryan
  • Camden Schiavone
  • Jake Seagraves
  • Logan Sutton
  • Molly Thomas
  • Aisleth Torres Tabora
  • Savannah Trainer
  • Hailey Valenti
  • Andrew Vasco
  • Mikaila Waldo
  • Alexandra Weiland
  • Robert Winborne

Miller School acting director Chip Galusha welcomed inductees and families to the celebration. Dr. Mike Harris, interim dean of East Carolina University’s College of Business, congratulated the inductees on behalf of the COB. Van Isley ’85 was also on hand for the induction.

For the third time in as many years, students named as Chesson Fellows were recognized. The Chesson Fellows program, a scholarship program for entrepreneurship majors, is named in honor of Chip Chesson, who graduated with a BSBA in 1966.

The Chesson Fellows for 2023 include Aaron Albrecht, Mackenzie Dickinson, Neeraj Mehra, Keith Phillip and Logan Sutton.

New to this year’s induction ceremony was the recognition of the Bob and Jenny Rippy Fellowship, designed to encourage and promote student success within the Miller School of Entrepreneurship.   The inaugural Rippy Fellows included Lauren Humann, Emily Hymel, Cara Jett, Cole Languell and Jake Seagraves.

“The Miller School Induction is a unique experience for College of Business students,” said Galusha. “It represents a celebration of the work they have done to be accepted to the school, and it is a time to celebrate with their fellow students, faculty, staff and Miller School donors and patrons. I was honored to be a part of it, and it could easily become the high point of my fall semester.”

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