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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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Student First and IPASS
The Student First and IPASS program (Individual Plan for Academic Support and Success) are designed to help you gain control over your learning through pro-active communication and goal-setting, the development of intentional learning skills and study habits, and personal accountability.  Student's may sign up for Student First during orientation.  For additional information, please contact Carolyn Rajewski at 906-635-2294 or visit our website.

Learning Center

Offers free academic support to all enrolled students at LSSU, at all levels of learning (freshman through senior). Services offered include: free tutoring for 000-, 100-, 200- level courses; supplemental instruction (SI)-group study sessions; writing center and math center; student success seminars; study areas (group & personal); and, access to up-to-date computers, software and Internet. For additional information, please contact the Learning Center at 906-635-2849 or visit our website.

Ability Center for Exceptional Students (ACES)

In compliance with Lake Superior State University policy and equal access laws, disability-related accommodations or services are available. Students who desire such services are to meet with the professor in a timely manner, preferably the first week of class, to discuss their disability-related needs. Students will not receive services until they register with Disability Services and the Ability Center for Exceptional Students. Proper registration will enable Disability Services to verify the disability and determine reasonable academic accommodations, including accommodated testing.  For additional information, please contact Vicki Fox at 906-635-2355 or visit our website.

Career Services
Is dedicated to promoting the academic, personal and occupational success of students by assisting them in the process of career development.  Career Services encourages the discovery of students’ work values, interests and skills, and their relationship to academic and career planning.  With Career Services’ counseling and resources, students become responsible for more productive academic endeavors and make informed decisions about occupational choices.  Their mission is accomplished through collaboration with faculty, staff, alumni and employers.  For additional information, please contact Theresa Weaver at 906-635-2733 or visit our website.

Testing Services
Provides national testing services, employment and civil service testing, LSSU placement testing and LSSU make-up testing for students with approved absences.   For additional information, please contact Carol Boger at 906-635-2027 or visit our website.

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