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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.

Honors Program

LSSU Honors Program Graduates

 

2013

EXTRA WORK, EXTRA HONOR – Lake Superior State University Honors program students are recognized during commencement day breakfast on April 27 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. From the left are Sarah Becks (Cheboygan, Mich.), who completes her degree in English language and literature/secondary education; Joselyn Coullard (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.), biology; Thomas Hubbert (Holly, Mich.), political science; Ashley Ryckman (Houghton Lake, Mich.), biochemistry/pre-professional; and Christine Larkin (Troy, Mich.), biology. Honors students must graduate with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and complete 21 Honors credits, including a senior-year honors thesis reviewed and approved by a council of five faculty members. Run a Web search on "LSSU Honors program" for details. (LSSU/John Shibley)

 

2011


HONORS SCHOLARS – Lake Superior State University Honors program students Robert Steinhoff and Jeanna Radzinski are introduced before commencement on April 28 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., by honors program director Prof. Jason Swedene. Honors students must graduate with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and complete 21 Honors credits, including a senior-year honors thesis reviewed and approved by a council of five faculty members and at least three students. Steinhoff, from Munising, Mich., graduated magna cum laude and was selected as outstanding political science graduate. He plans to attend law school this fall. Radzinski, from Sterling Heights, Mich., graduated cum laude and was selected as outstanding communication graduate. She will attend graduate school at Boston University where she will study communication and broadcasting. (LSSU/John Shibley)

 

2009

Dr. Jason K. Swedene (podium) introduces and acknowledges the accompishments of the May 2009 Honors Program graduates. The nine graduates appear left to right in the 2009 order (below).

2009

2008

  • Lisa Anderson (History)
  • Jamie Brown (Psychology)
  • Alex Mwai (Chemistry) studies graduate Nuclear Chemistry at the University of Rochester.

 

2007

  • Heather Mydosh (English) studies comparative literature at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
  • Hilary Kozma (Political Science)
  • Hillary Edison (Psychology) studies graduate Behavioral Neuroscience at the Memorial University in Newfoundland.
  • Erik Fredericks (computer science / engineering)
  • Amanda Falk (Biology)


Prof. Jason Swedene, LSSU's Honors Program director, introduces, from left, Hilary Edison, Amanda Falk, Erik Fredericks (computer science/ engineering), Hilary Kozma (political science/legal assistant studies), and Heather Mydosh (English language and literature) (Photo by John Shibley)
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2006

  • Nancy (Braschayko) McNamara (Chemistry) attends the University of Michigan School of Medicine.

 

 

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