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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.

Office of the President

Past Presidents: The Arbuckle Years, 1992-2002 Dr. Robert D. Arbuckle

The University enjoyed spectacular improvements in the physical plant. More than $60 million dollars of capital construction projects were completed in Arbuckle's tenure...

Dr. Robert D. Arbuckle became the University’s fourth president on August 1, 1992. Before his move to the Sault, Arbuckle was the chief executive officer at the New Kensington Campus of the Pennsylvania State University System.

The University enjoyed spectacular improvements in the physical plant. More than $60 million dollars of capital construction projects were completed in Arbuckle's tenure including: expansion of the Kenneth J. Shouldice Library; renovation and expansion of the Harry Crawford Hall of Science; construction of the Student Activity Center which is now named in his honor; an expansion and renovation of the Norris Center's Ice Arena – Taffy Abel. Several million dollars were used to upgrade student residence halls and the Row Houses as well. His final legacy, in terms of buildings, is the approval and pending construction of the Fine and Performing Arts Center, a $15.3 million project, a Center whose concept dates to the Shouldice era.

Under Dr. Arbuckle's leadership, several academic programs were expanded including a move from engineering technology to a full engineering program. LSSU reemphasized its commitment to the EUP through the Great Lakes Academy. A full 10-year approval for accreditation was issued. The initiatives are many, and the successes testify to his energy and forge ahead attitudes.

The Pennsylvania native was the driving force in reestablishing the Alumni Association and in hiring the University's first full-time alumni director in 1993. More than one-third of all LSSU alumni graduated during his term as president. In his 10 years as president, giving to the University has grown from less than $200,000 a year to more than $2 million dollars.

Arbuckle retired on July 1, 2002, having established a reputation as a man of action. More importantly, this man, known as the "Student's President" touched many lives and left a lasting stamp on this campus.

 

Vision of 1st Place

Robotics Industries Association

First Place
Lake Superior State University

Automated Assembly of Seat Indexing Mechanisms

Other award recipients: Carnegie Mellon University, and a team comprised of students from University of Kentucky, University of Florida, and the Colorado School of Mines

1999 Robotics Industries Association: Robotics & Vision Show

May 11, 1999
International Scholarship Competition
Detroit, Mich.

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