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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.

Study Abroad







For Faculty

Consider planning a study abroad opportunity for students

International experiences are increasingly important for success in today's global society. Students frequently report that their international travel experiences have been life-changing. If you would like to lead a group of LSSU students abroad for course credit, you are invited to submit a proposal.

The study abroad short term program proposal begins with discussing your program ideas with your department and Dean. The Provost’s Office will make all final determinations but early discussions are encouraged. Preliminary proposal forms should be submitted at least two semesters prior to the start date, preferably earlier. Early approvals allow students sufficient time to plan the program into their next academic year as well allowing them to plan financially. This extra time also allows the Study Abroad Office and faculty more time to promote their programs.

An Excel budget template is also available below to be used in preparing your proposed budget. All budgets should be discussed with your Dean before submitting your proposals are submitted to the Provost.

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