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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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Athletics at the University: Varsity and Intramural

Sports at LSSUAs with many universities, athletics at LSSU are an integral part of the campus community. They encourage teamwork and camaraderie between student athletes and they also promote healthy relations between the University, the community and other schools.

Lake Superior State University Athletics participate in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) at a NCAA Division II ranking, while our Men’s Ice Hockey is a NCAA Division I sport.

The Varsity sports at LSSU include:

  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Men’s Basketball
  • Men’s Ice-Hockey
  • Men’s Tennis
  • Softball
  • Track & Field
  • Women’s Tennis
  • Women’s Volleyball

Intramurals

Let’s face it, not all of us were meant to be college athletes. For those of us out there who seek athletic activity purely as enjoyment, Lake State offers Intramural activities open to all students. With intramurals there is no harsh workout regimen and the schedules fit better with most students’ schedules. So if you were an athlete in High School and you feel as though Collegiate Varsity Sports are not for you, check out the intramurals. You will find that they are a fun, fast-paced and exciting way to release competitive energy. More information about Intramurals...

The Intramural Sports at LSSU currently include, but are not limited to:

  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Broomball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag Football
  • Floor Hockey
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Outdoor Soccer
  • Racquetball
  • Stickball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wally Ball

Other Options for Students

The Norris Center features many recreational opportunities for our students, including swimming and diving pools, racquetball courts, and weightrooms.  In addition, the Student Activity Center features a 200 meter indoor track, cardiovascular and weight machines, as well as 4 multi-use courts.

Some of our student organizations are athletically oriented as well, such as: the Cheerleading Club, Kuk Sool Won (Korean Martial Arts Club), Men’s Club Hockey, Superior Swing Dance Club and the Professional Recreation Club. More information about Club Sports...

So whether you seek group or individual Athletics, LSSU has something for you.

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SavannahSue Rondeau
Fire Science

"I love the fast pace environment, the people in the profession, and the adrenaline rush of running into a burning building or saving someone’s life," she says.

Rondeau chose Lake Superior State University because it offers the first accredited four-year fire science degree in the United States. She also jumped at the challenge of LSSU's Honors program, which requires her to complete 21 Honors credits, including 10 credits for an Honors seminar/thesis project.

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