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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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Recreation at Lake State and in the Soo

 Recreation*:

  • Refreshment by means of some pastime or the like.
  • A pastime, diversion, exercise, or other resource affording relaxation and enjoyment.

Students enjoying the recreation opportunities at LSSUBeing submersed in everyday college life can be trying, even to the most dedicated of students. Here at Lake State we know that there are times that you need to relax or enjoy some time away from your studies. This is why we have available on campus and around town many recreational activities that give students the opportunities to refresh themselves.

The Norris Center is a short walk from anywhere on campus and offers a great many activities that are available to students, such as the Student Activity Center (home to the intramural activities). The SAC also has weight rooms, racquetball, basketball and volleyball courts as well as a pool and hockey arena.

If you feel as though you want to escape campus, Sault Ste. Marie is a natural beauty that begs to be explored. Just across the river in Ontario there is Hiawatha Provincial Park as well as the beautiful Agawa Canyon. Around town there are parks, trails and sight-seeing opportunities such as Monocle Lake, Point Iroquois Lighthouse and Tahquamenon Falls. Year round there are many things to do outdoors such as: hiking, biking, backpacking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing and hunting.

If outdoor exertion activities are not your thing, you could sign-up for a Yoga class, join the Pep Band, or join in one of the many student organizations that we have on campus. There are also many campus wide activities taking place year round, such as Great Lake State Weekend, Lakerpalooza and Winter Carnival. If creativity relaxes you, then how about an art class, host your own radio show, participate in campus performances at the Arts Center or write for the Compass, our student run newspaper.

LSSU offers recreational activities that exercise the mind, body and soul. Some require little or no commitment (working out in the gym or shooting some hoops down at the SAC), while others require a greater commitment (intramural sports and specialty clubs). If you don’t see something that you want to do, then gather some friends and create a club. Student Life here at the University is what you make of it and there will always be someone around who will encourage, support and make sure that you have an enjoyable, healthy and recreational experience while you study here.

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