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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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Excess Aid Refunds

Excess aid refunds issued in the first two weeks of school will be limited to $600. Any balance over $600 will be refunded starting 14 days after the start of classes.

Financial aid may be disbursed to your account prior to classes starting, however, refunds of excess financial aid at the beginning of fall and spring semesters will be limited to $600. The first $600 of excess aid will be available by direct deposit Friday before classes start. Students not on direct deposit will have checks mailed to their on-campus or local mailing addresses on file. This will allow students to purchase books and supplies prior to classes beginning.

NOTE: All summer semester aid is not released until after classes start.

The remaining excess financial aid refunds will be issued starting 14 days after classes begin. This is to allow for all schedule adjustments during the drop/add period and to ensure that students are receiving the correct amount of refund.

Students who are using excess aid to pay for off campus housing may request a letter to present to their landlord showing the tentative excess aid to be refunded in order to prove funding for housing. Please make requests in person at the Business Office.

We highly recommend students sign up for direct deposit to ensure the fastest possible refund. Sign up for direct deposit through the Bill and Payment Suite in Anchor Access. For more information on using the Bill and Payment Suite, click here.

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Caroline Demary-Elliott

Caroline Demary-Elliott
Mathematics - Secondary Education

"Not only is LSSU close and convenient to my home in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, but the atmosphere is very welcoming. All of the staff and students seem to be really open, and the teacher-to-student ratio is very personal, unlike larger universities." [ more ]

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