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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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About Noel Granger...

I first became a Laker in 2009 as a freshman. I graduated from LSSU in 2013 with a double major in International Business and Marketing. Attending LSSU was the best option for me because it opened up many opportunities to enhance my professional portfolio as a business student.

I love to dance and am a proud alumni of the Lake Superior Dance Company. When I am not practicing in the dance studio I enjoy hiking, camping and crafting. I am originally from Fraser, Michigan, a small town north of Detroit. Although I grew up in metro Detroit, I fell in love with Sault Ste. Marie quickly. Sault Ste. Marie is home of many historic sites including the famous Soo Locks and every season offers new and beautiful outdoor scenery.

I am excited you are interested in becoming a Laker! I hope to meet with you here on campus or perhaps at a college fair or while visiting your high school. Please contact me if you have any questions! I look forward to helping you discover what it means to be a Laker! 

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    • Antrim
    • Benzie
    • Charlevoix
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    • Emmet
    • Grand Traverse
    • Kalkaska
    • Leelanau
    • Montmorency
    • Oscoda
    • Otsego
    • Presque Isle

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Fax: (906) 635-2644
Email: ngranger@lssu.edu

1-(888) 800-LSSU

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Highest Awards

Brittany Currie

Second Place
Lake Superior State University

2003 ASME Student Design Contest – Region V

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