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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.

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Supporting Our Students

Learning Resources

LSSU offers several different options to choose from if your student is feeling overwhelmed in his/her classes. First and foremost are the Professors. We encourage students to take advantage of their professor’s office hours for assistance with questions and comments about coursework. However, if your student doesn’t want to talk to a professor, then LSSU comes equipped with a Learning Center .

The Learning Center (LC), located in the KJS Library Building , offers free academic support services to all enrolled students at LSSU, at all levels of learning (freshman through Senior). Here are some aspects of the Learning center:

  • Peer tutoring and supplemental instruction (also known as organized study groups) are available for many preparatory, 100-and 200-level courses across the disciplines.
  • The LC’s Writing Lab staff can assist your student with all types of writing at all levels for all disciplines.
  • Your child can enhance their academic performance by using our state of the art computers equipped with tutorial software for many LSSU courses, as well as various other programs such as the Internet, Corel and MS Office. With more than 80 programs to choose from, the LC has something for everyone.
  • Our student success seminars (on topics such as study skills, test preparation, test anxiety and time management) are available each semester on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Study space, tutorial video and audio libraries, and a book-lending library are also available.

Our friendly staff will be happy to assist your student in reaching their academic goals. Please contact us at 906-635-2849 or visit our Website at http://www.lssu.edu/lc for the latest information on hours and services provided.

Career Services

Lake Superior State University offers career planning and placement service for students and alumni. Our staff will assist your child in locating suitable and desirable employment as a student and as a graduate. We can also help your student make career choices that suit their skills and interests. If your child is seeking part-or full-time work during the academic year or summer, we also maintain a listing of positions available for students.

Licensed professional counselors are available to discuss the career counseling needs of all currently enrolled students. Through our vocational counseling program, which may include comprehensive testing with follow-up career exploration activities, assistance can be provided to those needing help with career decision-making. They are a great resource for assisting in decision making when choosing a career and helping your student find a job. Visit the career services website at http://www.lssu.edu/conseling/CareerServices.php

Library

LSSU has one library on campus, the Kenneth J. Shouldice Library. In 1999 it underwent a $12 million expansion and doubled its size. It features wireless capabilities, high speed internet access, more than 132,000 books, 17,500 bound volumes of periodicals, 265,000 microforms, more than 72,000 government documents, and 900 annual subscription titles.

Computer Labs

LSSU Information Technology offers a variety of services and programs for students. Classroom laboratories provide for instruction that involves computers and/or software. During non-class hours, general access labs provide copies of the software used in classes, open Internet access to students, as well as word processing software. Help for students utilizing software in the classroom or labs is available in the Learning Center . PCs enhance the research ability of the KJS Library and many databases. The University maintains a student-to-computer ratio of 10:1 whenever possible.

Note : The residence halls are all equipped for computer usage. If your child has a computer at home, they can bring it to school with them for personal use in the dorms.

Vision to Succeed

Robotics Industries Association

First Place
Lake Superior State University

Design and development of low cost robotics machine tending system

Second Place
University of Waterloo, Canada

Third Place
New Mexico Institute of Mining

2001 Robotics Industries Association: Robotics & Vision Show

International Scholarship Competition

June 5, 2001
Chicago, IL

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