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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.

Registrar's Office - Course Registration Information 

Adding/Dropping Courses & Withdrawal Policy

Adding/Dropping Courses Through the Sixth Day of the Semester

Students can add or drop courses online using Anchor Access through the sixth day of the Fall or Spring semester. (Students attending during the Summer semester can add or drop courses online through the fourth day of the summer semester.)

Students wishing to add courses that are full, or students wishing to add courses without having the necessary prerequisites, must contact the instructor of the course to request permission. If the instructor approves the request, the instructor will complete an Instructor Override for the student. The student must then go online and register for the course. Courses dropped through the sixth day (fourth day for the Summer semester) will not appear on a student’s academic transcript.

Adding Courses AFTER the Sixth Day of the Semester

Online registration ends on the sixth day of the fall and spring semesters (summer semester online registration ends on the fourth day). Students wishing to add into a course after this date must have the instructorís permission. Students need to complete a Schedule Adjustment Form, have the instructor sign it giving permission, then process the form at the Registrar's Office, located in the Fletcher Center for Student Services. Payment of any additional tuition and fees is due at the time the form is processed.

Dropping Courses AFTER the Sixth Day of the Semester

The time period for dropping a course will be approximately equal to one-half of the course instructional period. Students dropping courses will receive an N grade on their academic transcripts. N grades are not counted in the academic GPA. Please check the Important Dates for the official drop dates.

Students can drop courses (receiving a grade of N) online. Courses dropped online do Not require the signature of the instructor. Students will receive an email (sent to the My.LSSU email account) for courses dropped online verifying the drop. The instructor of the course and the studentís academic advisor will also receive this email. NOTE: There are not refunds for partial drops.

PLEASE NOTE: When a student drops a course during this time, the studentís Billed credits do not decrease. If a student is registered for 16 credits and drops a three-credit course, the student is still billed for 16 credits. If the student then adds an additional three-credit course, the student will now be billed 19 credits. The student will owe additional money.

16 Registered Credits       16 Billed Credits
-3 Credit Dropped       -3 Credit Dropped
13 Registered Credits       16 Billed Credits
+3 New Credit Added       +3 New Credit Added
16 Registered Credits       19 Billed Credits

Because 12-17 credits costs the same amount, the student will owe for the two additional credits. To be cost effective, it is important to make course adjustments before the end of the sixth day of the Fall and Spring semester or before the end of the fourth day of the Summer semester.

Withdrawal Policy  

You must complete the following steps to officially withdraw from the University:

  1. Pick up a Withdrawal Form from the Registrar's Office, located in the Fletcher Center for Student Services.
  2. Gather the required signatures (shown on the form). Note: if you have received federal loans as financial aid, you will be required to complete an exit interview at the Financial Aid Office. You may also be required to speak with a financial aid officer. You will need to provide the complete addresses and phone numbers of two people (living at different addresses), as references for the exit interview process. Important additional Financial Aid information is available at **Financial Aid Withdrawal & Refunds**.
  3. Deliver the completed form to the Registrar's Office and clear any outstanding charges or holds that may prevent your return at a later date or prevent the release of your academic records. Your withdrawal date will be determined by the date the completed form is submitted to the Registrar's Office. Any refunds will be calculated as of that date.

All withdrawals should be done in person. If you are unable to complete the process in person, the Registrar is the only University authority who can authorize the process by phone. Please contact the Registrar at 906-635-2682.

There are NO refunds for partial drops after the 6th school day of the fall or spring semester or 4th school day of summer semester.

After your completed Withdrawal Form is accepted, your University charges will be reduced according to the applicable Refund Schedule. If you have not received any form of financial aid and there is a credit balance on your account, you will be sent a refund check. If you have received aid, your aid may have to be returned to the appropriate source. You may owe money.

Refund Schedule

There are no refunds for partial drops.

Fall Semester 2014 Refund Dates (subject to change)

Fall 2014 Withdrawal Policy (pdf)
Courses Dropped Time of Withdrawal Dates % of Refund
Any or all courses   Through the 6th day of school   August 25 - September 2 100%
Dropping ALL courses
(no refund for partial drop)
  7th - 8th school day   September 3 - September 4 90%
Dropping ALL courses
(no refund for partial drop)
  9th - 19th school day   September 5 - September 19 50%
Dropping ALL courses
(no refund for partial drop)
  20th - 38th school day   September 22 - October 17 25%
Dropping ALL courses
(no refund for partial drop)
  39th - 40th school day   October 20 - *October 21 0%

*Last day to drop with an "N" grade is October 21, 2014

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