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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.

James Norris Physical Education Center

Laker Hockey

Laker Hockey

Want to see our Lakers in action? Visit the Norris Center box office or go to our online ticket office to get in on the action. More info on when the Laker Hockey team can be found on the Athletics page.

Taffy Abel Ice Arena

Home to three-time NCAA Division 1 champion hockey team the LSSU Lakers, the Taffy Abel Ice Arena is the pride of LSSU. The Ice Arena has a seating capacity of over 3,800 and is the home of Lake Superior State University’s NCAA Division 1 hockey team, the Lakers. Beyond providing entertainment to the local community through the games(minimum 18 per year), ice is also scheduled for teams of all ages on the American or Canadian side that are sponsored locally. Their practices and games are hosted in our arena attracting families and friends to come cheer their players on.

The local figure skating club also uses the facility. Other events occur when the ice is not on such as the commencement ceremonies for the University as well as local events and fundraisers such as the annual Chippewa County Spring Show which showcases local businesses.

Hockey camp  

Graduation 2008

Laker Hockey Game

Reservations

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Graduate School Bound ...

Kim Churchill

Kim Churchill
Geology

"I've been accepted to Montana Tech's graduate school to pursue a master's degree in geophysical engineering. I have also accepted a full-funded graduate research assistantship to work with the Montana National Guard on developing magnetic techniques to detect unexploded ordinance. My summer internship with Geolex, a company under contract with the Guard, will study acquiring data, performing analysis, and offering interpretation on unexploded ordinance." [ more ]

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