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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.

Ontario Hall
The kitchen of Ontario Hall

Honors Program

Housing

Students is the Honors Program have been given the privilege of exclusive rights to the use of Ontario Hall (one of our historic Row Houses). Entering Freshmen are eligible to live in Ontario Hall if space allows. (In each of the last few years, there has been space for incoming freshmen.) Students should write 'Ontario Hall' as the housing choice on their Housing Application. If a student has already submitted a Housing Application, you may change your preferance by emailing Mrs. Caryn Routhier (crouthier2@lssu.edu) from Housing and Residential Life and copying the message to the Honors Director (jswedene@lssu.edu). Pending a review by the Honors Director, applicants are cleared to live in Ontario Hall.

Current residents are given preference for subsequent years if their GPAs are 3.4 or higher and they are making satisfactory progress towards the honors degree.

Ontario Hall Offers Students:

  • large double rooms
  • more common area space
  • a kitchen and laundry facilities
  • a central campus location
  • the oppotunity to live in one of the original Fort Brady buildings
  • the chance to interact with other fellow Honors students, outside of classes

 

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Shyla Jones,
Business Administration

" Our small campus is inviting and really allows you to get to know other students as well as professors. All of my professors know who I am and care about my education just as much as I do. " [ more ]

 

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