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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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Petoskey Regional Center

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Where do I start?

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

Joe Balinski

Petoskey Regional Site Director

Lake Superior State University

1515 Howard Street, Room 48

Petoskey, MI 49770

231.348.6623

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.

Additional Services

  • 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.)

Graduate School Bound ...

Kim Churchill

Kim Churchill
Geology

"I've been accepted to Montana Tech's graduate school to pursue a master's degree in geophysical engineering. I have also accepted a full-funded graduate research assistantship to work with the Montana National Guard on developing magnetic techniques to detect unexploded ordinance. My summer internship with Geolex, a company under contract with the Guard, will study acquiring data, performing analysis, and offering interpretation on unexploded ordinance." [ more ]

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