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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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Jason 'JB' Burkhardt

Major: Geology

Hometown: Rockland, WI

Activities on and off Campus:

I am involved in LSSU Ducks Unlimited, the Geology Club, I am an RA (Residents Advisor) in Brady, and I like to hunt and fish.

Favorite thing about Lake State:

The small school feel. You can get to know your classmates and professors really well.

Best thing about going to school in Sault Ste. Marie:

How close you are to a lot of nature.

What are some “Words of Wisdom” you would give to new LSSU Students?

Get involved on campus!

Favorite Thing to do in the Soo:

Go duck hunting. The Soo has great duck hunting!

 

 

 

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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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