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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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Student Orientation Staff

Alexandra 'Ally' Barton

Major: Biology - Pre-Med

Hometown: Port Huron, MI

Activities on and off Campus:

  • RC Club
  • Tutor
  • Hanging out at home reading

Favorite thing about Lake State:

My favorite thing about Lake State is that there are small classes and the professors know their students.

Best thing about going to school in Sault Ste. Marie:

Going to school in a small town, it may be small buy you know where everything is.

What are some “Words of Wisdom” you would give to new LSSU Students?

Do not skip class and expect your friends to have good notes.

Favorite Thing to do in the Soo:

  • Go sledding in the winter
  • go putt-putt golfing in the summer

 

 

 

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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