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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.

Welcome

Mission—

LSSU Campus Recreation promotes student success and is dedicated to serve LSSU and surrounding communities by encouraging healthy lifestyles through fun, purposeful and quality programs, student development, and leadership opportunities.

Vision—

As staff members of the department of Campus Recreation, we have the unique opportunity to provide within the diverse university community, opportunities in which participants can enhance their quality of life through recreational experiences.

It is therefore our vision:

  • That we instill in our community the desire for a healthy and active lifestyle.
  • That we are advocates for a service ethic, which emphasizes leadership, cooperation, and partnerships throughout the campus community.
  • That we consciously link our purpose to the strategic plan of the university.
  • That we develop employment opportunities that emphasize ethical work behaviors, customer service, and enhance the academic mission.
  • That we will continuously strive to offer opportunities that emphasize fun and creative experiences.

By dedicating ourselves to this vision we are committed to improving university life by creating and maintaining a culture of student leaders and an involved campus community.

 

 

 

Impact in the real world...

Rachel Claucherty-Arnold

Rachel Claucherty-Arnold
Environmental Health

What made Rachel's Lake Superior State experience so unique was the practical research she did with top-notch faculty.

"I really enjoyed working with environmental chemistry professor Judy Westrick and biologist Deb Stai," Rachel says. "For my senior project, we evaluated a lab method for cultivating a fungus that causes infections in humans."

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