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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.

Campus Map

Academic Buildings Residence Halls Service Buildings
2) R.W. Considine Hall (formerly South Hall)
5) Crawford Hall of Science
7) Brown Hall
9) Kenneth J. Shouldice Library
24) East Hall
69) Center for Applied Sciences and Engineering (CASE)
623) Continuing Education
21) Brady Hall
39) Osborn Hall
28) Erie Hall
30) Chippewa Hall
31) Huron Hall
32) Ontario Hall
34) Laker Hall
36) Easterday House
38) Ryan House
61) Moloney Hall
62) Neveu Hall
63) Marquette Hall
64) Student Village
66) Townhouses

1) Administration Building
8) Fletcher Center
26) Eskoonwid Endaad
27) President's Residence
29) Lukenda Alumni House
33) Admissions Office - Hillside House
40) Barnes & Noble at Lake Superior State University
42) Child Care Center
45) East Gate
52) Central Heating Plant
621) Student Health Center
65) Walker Cisler Center
67) James Norris Center
68) Pianosi Maintenance Center
70) Student Activity Center
71) Arts Center

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Kenneth J. Shouldice Library Townhouses East Gate Brown Hall Lukenda Alumni House President's Residence Admissions Office Erie Hall Eskoonwid Endaad Chippewa Hall Laker Hall Huron Hall Ontario Hall Center for Applied Sciences and Engineering (CASE) Administration Building Cisler Center Brady Hall Fletcher Center Barnes & Noble at Lake Superior State university Osborn Hall Student Village Neveu Hall Moloney Hall Central Heating Plant Continuing Education Student Health Center Crawford Hall South Hall Child Care Center East Hall Ryan House Easterday House Student Activities Center James Norris Center Marquette Hall Arts Center

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Gabby Castillo

Gabby Castillo
Communication
Mt. Pleasant, MI

My favorite thing about LSSU is the diversity of people you can find, despite the fact that it's a small campus! [ more ]

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