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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.


Congratulations and Welcome to Lake Superior State University! 

You've completed the first step in your journey to becoming a Laker.  It's an exciting time and you can't wait to embark on this new adventure in your life, but you know there are still many steps remaining before you start classes in the fall.  So, what's next?  With many new and exciting events still to come prior to your start of classes on campus, this page is designed provide you the information you need to have a successful transition to LSSU. So before you begin classes this fall, let's start with the what needs to be done over the spring and summer:

  • Log into Anchor Access at  This is now your campus e-mail address!  Check back often as this is how university staff and faculty will connect with you before you arrive on campus.  Your username and initial pin are located in your Acceptance Letter.  For a detailed list of instructions on how to access My.LSSU, please download the Login Instructions (pdf) information sheet.
  • Plan a Campus Visit if you haven’t already. While on campus you’ll receive a guided tour by a current student, meet with a faculty member from your desired major, enjoy a complimentary lunch or dinner at our Quarterdeck dining hall, and receive complimentary tickets to an athletic event.  When registering for your visit, be sure to indicate your area of academic interest so that we can set up a meeting between you and a faculty member.  Sign up for a visit today!
  • Register for an Admitted Students Reception. At the Admitted Student Reception you’ll meet with professors, current students, alumni, financial aid representatives, and other students who have been admitted to LSSU.  You’ll get to ask questions, network, socialize, and figure out if LSSU is the right fit for you. 
  • Complete and submit your FAFSA form.  Beginning January 1, students admitted for the fall semester can begin completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and must submit it by March 1.  You can access information and submit the form online at
  • Review your Financial Aid package. If you are offered a scholarship from LSSU, remember to accept your award by May 1st to secure your scholarship.  If you file a FAFSA and receive an Official Offer of Financial Aid, be sure to accept your award promptly. You can accept your award either by: 1) signing and returning your award letter or by 2) accepting your award through Anchor Access.  Find instructions for accepting your award online at:  (use the 2nd set of directions). You can speak directly to a Financial Aid Representative by calling (888) 800-LSSU or email your questions to:
  • Register for Housing.  Housing packets are sent to admitted students beginning in December and about 1-2 weeks after Admission to students applying after December.  Complete and return your form as early as possible to receive priority housing based on your preferences. Visit the Housing and Residential Life homepage for more information on housing options available at LSSU.
  • Register for an Orientation Session.  Orientation registration information will be mailed in late February.  You may register online at  Remember: The earlier you attend orientation, the more choices you’ll have for your first semester classes!
  • Apply to the Honors Program if eligible. Students with at least a Composite ACT score of 27 and high school G.P.A. of 3.0 are invited to apply to LSSU’s Honors Program.  There will be an opportunity to apply at Orientation, but you can apply early online.  The earlier you apply, the more likely you are to qualify to reside in Honors housing.  Use this link to learn more: (Use the “Freshman” link on the left hand side to apply.)
  • Attend Orientation!
    • Meet with an academic representative and register for classes.
    • Attend the Resource Fair and connect with a student group before you even start classes!
    • Spend the day getting to know your new classmates and LSSU’s campus.


  • Move in, have fun, and take part in Laker Week activities!  Faculty, staff, and current students will be on hand to help you unload the car, carry your stuff, and even decorate your dorm room if you choose! Laker Week is a huge part of your transition to LSSU and includes academic and social activities to help you with a smooth transition into the campus community. 


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Thaddeus Lewandowski

Thaddeus Lewandowski
Fisheries and Wildlife

"The opportunity at LSSU to do research is amazing. This past summer I motored through coves and islands with Prof. Garvon surveying water birds for the affects of pollution. I spent the other part of my summer on the shore of Lake Superior monitoring nests of the endangered Piping Plover."

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