Lake Superior State University
Lake Superior State University
 
Related Sites

 

Alum Success

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.

Parents at Lake State

Administrative Professionals Day is April 26

Whether your student was an on-campus resident, commuted from home or lived in an off-campus apartment, there is an excellent chance that they needed the help of an administrative professional or support staff person this year. These folks help with everything from room assignments, to class scheduling problems, to issues with meal cards. They have an impact on just about every area on campus.

April 26 is Administrative Professionals Day and it seems the perfect time for your student (and you) to thank one or more of these professionals who have helped you throughout the academic year. Here are a few ideas on how to do just that:

  • Have your student take the support staff a box of munchkins or donut holes with a note that thanks them for “Filling in the hole” that is left from you being at home while your student is at college.
  • Send the staff member a virtual card or some type of online gift certificate. This is a great way to reach out from afar and most administrative professionals are linked into their computers most of the day.
  • Have your student drop off a candy treat such as a Nestle Crunch bar with a note attached that says “Thanks for helping my son/daughter in a crunch.” Or a roll of Life Savers with a note that says “You were a real life saver for my son/daughter. Thank you for your help.”

This group is a huge asset on any campus, take a minute to thank them for their help!

Majoring in Nursing...

Katie Farnsworth

Katie Farnsworth
Nursing
Big Rapid, MI

Small campus and small class sizes. [ more ]

Apply Today!

Home » Administrative Professionals Day
Share this page with your friends: