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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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Campus Technology

Students using computer labLSSU Information Technology offers a variety of services and programs for students. Classroom laboratories provide for instruction that involves hardware and/or software. During non-class hours, General Access Labs provide copies of the software used in classes, Internet access to students, office suite software, and printers. Help for students utilizing software in the classroom or labs is available in the Learning Center. Computers enhance the research ability of the KJS Library with access to the Internet and many databases. The University maintains a student-to-computer ratio of 10:1, which means there is usually a computer available whenever a student needs one.

Upon enrollment, a student will receive Campus Wide ID (CWID) which can be used to access my.lssu.edu, our campus portal which contains email, calendar, course information, and many other useful resources. Instructions and help for using the e-mail account are available at the information Technology HelpDesk in the Administration Building . High Speed Internet Access is also available in the student residences and many locations across campus, including wireless access in the KJS Library.

Current information regarding Information Technology and Computer Services can also be obtained at http://it.lssu.edu.

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