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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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Welcome Future Laker Parents!

At Lake Superior State University, from the day your child enrolls until the day they graduate, we will do everything possible to ensure their success.

Individual support and personal attention are hallmarks of a Lake State education. Here, your child will experience the excitement of learning by interacting with their professors in and out of the classroom. Student clubs, organizations, and a variety of events and activities will continue their learning, get them involved in the campus, and sharpen their leadership skills. Your child can make a difference at Lake State, and Lake State will make a difference in them. Here, they can realize their full potential.

The University offers outstanding academic programs and the opportunity to work and study with talented and dedicated faculty and staff. Laker athletic programs, including NCAA, Division I hockey, are always exciting. Our historic, beautiful, and safe campus provides an excellent environment in which to live, learn, and prepare for your child's future.

Our graduates are successful engineers, teachers, lawyers, scientists, and doctors. Some work in business, criminal justice, fire sciences, fisheries and wildlife management, and recreation. Many graduates pursue exciting employment options in the liberal arts and sciences. All are well prepared to meet the challenges of the decades ahead.

Your child, and their future can come together at Lake Superior State University. We look forward to helping them realize their dreams and achieve their goals. When they are successful, then we have been too.

Sincerely yours,

Tony McLain
LSSU President

 

Hands-on Training...

Brian Applegate

Brian Applegate
Fire Science

LSSU's dedicated three-story fire lab made all the difference to Brian Applegate.

"Our certification training classes offered real situations," Brian says. Students practice victim search techniques while controlling and extinguishing fires. Applegate says his favorite exercise was the live fire flashover simulation. "We saw how fires evolved as they burned," he says. "It’s as close as you can get to the real thing."

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