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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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Campus Life

Location:
Room 125 Cisler Center
Phone:
(906) 635-2236 Front Desk
(906) 635-2676 Director
Fax:
(906)-635-7510
E-mail:
Hours:
8 AM - 5 PM, Mon - Fri
Sat & Sun: Closed
Director:
Scott Korb
   

Housing/Residential Life

Phone: 906) 635-2411
Fax: (906) 635-2111
E-Mail: housing@lssu.edu
Hours: 8 AM - 5 PM, Mon - Fri
Location: 125 Cisler Center
Director: Scott Korb
   

Public Safety

Phone: (906) 635-2200
911 (Emergencies)
E-Mail: pstevens@lssu.edu
Hours: 24 Hours
Location: Administration Building
Director: Priscilla Stevens
   

 

    

Registrar

Phone: (906) 635-2682
Fax: (906) 635-6669
E-Mail: registrar@lssu.edu
Hours: 8 AM - 5:00 PM, Mon - Fri
Location: Fletcher Center for Student Services
Director: Nancy Neve
   

Financial Aid

Fax: (906) 635-6669
Phone: (906) 635-2678
E-Mail: finaid@lssu.edu
Hours: 8 AM - 5:00 PM, Mon - Fri
Location: Fletcher Center
Director: Deborah Faust
   

Vice President for Student Affairs

Director: Kenneth Peress
Phone: (906) 635-2634
E-Mail: kperess@lssu.edu
Hours: 8 AM - 5 PM, Mon. - Fri.
Location: Administration Building
   

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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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