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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.

Charter Schools

Webinars

March 2014

Understanding the Three-Legged Stool: Maintaining Balance Among the Authorizer, Board and ESP

Media Communications and PR in the Information Age

January 2014

Future Planning: It Is Never Too Soon To Think About The Future!

Communicating With Your Educational Service Provider

November 2013

Articulating Assessment Outcomes To Your Board

Interpreting Assessment Data

Retreat: August 2013

Michelle Ribrant: Teacher Evaluation AUG 2013 Retreat

Blended Learning Panel Discussion AUG 2013 Retreat

Mark Weinberg: Student Achievement AUG 2013 Retreat

Ilene Satchell: Common Core Standards AUG 2013 Retreat

Elyastine Davis: Bold Leadership in the 21st Century

Rebecca Clawson: Introduction to Public School Academy Finance AUG 2013 Retreat

Rebecca Clawson: Public School Finance AUG 2013 Retreat

June 2013

Charter Schools June 15 Superior Room Day 1: Bruce Harger

Charter Schools June 15 Superior Room Day 1: Mark Eitrem

Charter School June 2013 Ontario Room Day 2: Bruce Harger and Larry Lindquist

Charter School June 2013 Lake Superior Room Day 2: Mark Weinberg

Febuary 2013

Open Meetings Act Compliance (February 13, 2013)

Impact in the real world...

Rachel Claucherty-Arnold

Rachel Claucherty-Arnold
Environmental Health

What made Rachel's Lake Superior State experience so unique was the practical research she did with top-notch faculty.

"I really enjoyed working with environmental chemistry professor Judy Westrick and biologist Deb Stai," Rachel says. "For my senior project, we evaluated a lab method for cultivating a fungus that causes infections in humans."

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