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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 Safety

Message from the Director of Public Safety

I would like to welcome you to the Lake Superior State University family. Lake Superior State University Public Safety Department is part of the Student Affairs team. The Public Safety staff is dedicated to the protection of life and property while maintaining professional and courteous service to all.  Through preventative patrol and educational programming, members of the Public Safety Department work with the campus community to help raise the level of awareness in learning how to remove or reduce the opportunity for crime to occur. Public Safety Officers serve in a manner that is fair, impartial, and respectful to people’s rights and freedoms.

We have four full time safety officers and several part time officers. This staff provides 24/7 coverage of our campus community. The Public Safety department is also comprised of the Student Auxiliary Officer program. Along with our full time Public Safety Officers our Student Officers respond to requests for service such as campus escorts during evening hours, day and night time campus patrols, enforcement of parking regulations, responding to requests for medical assistance among other emergency type requests and also help coordinate event security.

Our goal is to contribute to and strengthen partnerships with the LSSU students, faculty, staff, and the community to help ensure a safe learning environment that supports academic freedom, respect for the individual, tolerance, and the open exchange of ideas.

LSSU Public Safety has a close working relationship with local, county, and state law enforcement and emergency service agencies.  

If you have any questions about public safety at LSSU, please e-mail me at pstevens@lssu.edu or call 906-635-2727. You may also contact the Admissions team with your questions or for additional information by calling 906-635-2231.

Sincerely,

Priscilla Stevens

Director of Public Safety

Impact in the real world...

Rachel Claucherty-Arnold

Rachel Claucherty-Arnold
Environmental Health

What made Rachel's Lake Superior State experience so unique was the practical research she did with top-notch faculty.

"I really enjoyed working with environmental chemistry professor Judy Westrick and biologist Deb Stai," Rachel says. "For my senior project, we evaluated a lab method for cultivating a fungus that causes infections in humans."

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