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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.

Admissions

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University Center at Gaylord

Lake Superior State University is known for strong and distinctive academic programs taught by faculty who take an interest in student success. Our students are afforded many opportunities to actively engage with faculty members on research projects and experiential learning. LSSU is Michigan’s smallest public university and the only institution (public or private) to offer these unique programs in Northern Lower Michigan.

Bachelor Degrees

Degrees are available in the following areas:

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Course Schedule

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Where do I start?

Please contact Joe Balinski, Site Director for the Gaylord Regional Center. He can be reached at:

Joe Balinski
Gaylord Regional Site Director
Lake Superior State University
80 Livingston Blvd.
Gaylord, MI 49735

Phone: 989.705.3791
Fax: 989.705.3757

Email: jbalinski@lssu.edu

What you can expect from us:

  • Personal Attention
    The director of our regional center is available to assist you with your educational goals. Course selection, counseling and registration are all services available as you seek your degree from Lake Superior State University. Our regional center office is staffed full time and includes evening hours so that those who work have an opportunity to seek advice without missing work and other commitments.
  • Small Classes
    The regional site offers small classes and personal attention from your professors. Your professors will know you by name … you’re not just another number to us!
  • Knowledgeable Faculty
    LSSU faculty take great pride in teaching and present a personal approach to education. They are experts in their fields who share a commitment to developing students as good citizens and professionals. They believe in a student centered environment which is personal, natural and superior.
  • Student Friendly!
    Students are important to us. You will be greeted with a smile and your questions will be answered. We make it easy for you to earn your degree from a Lake Superior State University regional center.

Forms

Consortium Financial Aid Information Form (pdf)

Textbooks

Textbooks are available from the bookstore (Barnes & Noble at Lake Superior State University).
Call 1-877-557-SHOP or order online at http://www.lssu.bkstore.com.

Library Services

Please see the LSSU library page for information on off-campus services for our students.

Student Services

My.LSSU (access Web 4 Students, E-mail, Calendar, etc...)

Disability Services (Services are arranged with the assistance of regional center staff, who can assist with providing extended testing time, proctoring in alternative locations, alternative format for textbooks and exams. Disability Services also serves as the facilitator between students, faculty, and regional center staffing.)

Nationally Recognized

Brittany Currie

Second Place
Lake Superior State University
“Mobile Robotics Workcell – Using Robotics to Lure Young Minds to Manufacturing Engineering.”  

First Place
University of Florida, Gainesville

Third Place
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2006 ASME International Conference of Manufacturing Science and Engineering

Student Manufacturing Design Competition

October 9, 2006
Ypsilanti, Michigan

Learn More...

-Computer Eng.
-Electrical Eng.
-Mfg. Eng. Tech.
-Mechanical Eng.

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