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.
The Registrar's Office
Veterans and Active Duty Educational Benefits
Nicole Parker, Assistant Registrar, Department of Veterans Affairs Certifying Official
Email: email@example.com, Telephone: (906)635-2696.
Information provided by Lake Superior State University & the Department of Veteran's Affairs
National Guard Members
Lake Superior State University is pleased to offer this educational opportunity to all active drilling Michigan National
Guard members eligible under National Guard Federal Tuition Assistance. It is available at our main campus in Sault Ste. Marie, as well
as at our regional centers in Dearborn, Escanaba, Gaylord and Petoskey. Essentially, the program takes the stipend you receive through the
National Guard Federal Tuition Assistance program, which is intended to partially cover the costs of taking college courses, and accepts that
stipend as full payment for tuition.
Please print the Michigan Army & Air National
Guard Verification Form.
The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund (MVTF) is a program used when an unforeseen situation has caused a temporary financial emergency or hardship that a grant, if approved, would resolve and the applicant can show that they will be able to meet future expenses.
Additional Information for All Armed Forces Members
Lake Superior State University is proud to participate in the Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program. For information on all the education
benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs including the Post 9/11 GI Bill go to:
http://www.gibill.va.gov/. This webpage includes announcements made by the Department of
Veterans Affairs, and other resources including a benefits calculator.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Chapter 36 - Education and Career Counseling program offers a great opportunity for transitioning Servicemembers, Veterans, and eligible family members to get personalized counseling and support to guide their career paths, ensure most effective use of their VA Education benefits, and achieve their goals. Their Fact Sheet outlines the beneift and the 28-8832 Educational/Vocational Counseling Application will start the process. For additional questions or help, contact the VA by calling the nationwide toll free number, 1-800-827-1000.
If you are a veteran or a dependent of a veteran and receive educational benefits, you are required to submit a "Course Certification Request" to the V.A. Certifying Official in the Registrar's Office. Recertification is required every semester (including
summer semester) for veterans who are continuing their benefits. If the "Course Certification Request" is not received, your benefits may be discontinued.
NOTE: If you stop attending a class or classes for any reason you must immediately notify LSSU's, VA
Certifying Official, Nicole Parker by telephone at 906-635-2696 or by email at
This on-line application is used: to activate new VA Educational Benefits, when transferring to a new school (VA Form #22-1995 - Request for Change of Program or Place of Training), or changing your
Chapter from Chapter 30 to Chapter 33. To avoid a delay in payments, please complete all changes early. Application and/or changes to your benefit may take up to 6 weeks processing time with
This form must be completed immediately following registering for courses for the next semester. The
form must be submitted to the VA Certifying Official located in the Fletcher
Building for Student Services. Veterans Affairs processing time is 6 to 8 weeks.
Complete this form if you are changing your major (curriculum) e.g. changing from Computer Science to Criminal
Justice. This also must be completed if you change your VA Chapter, e.g. changing from 1606 to 1607
Once classes begin, Chapter 30 and/or Selected Reserves (1606) students must confirm enrollment on/or
after the last day of each month. This link connects with Veteran's Affairs 'WAVE' (Web Automated
Verification of Enrollment).
For a Military Veteran or next-of-kin of a deceased, former member of the military to order a copy of military
records. These records may include: a DD214-using Standard Form 180 or obtain essential military records of
a deceased next-of-kin for potential Chapter 35 students.
Complete this application immediately after scheduling for classes. The application must be completed and submitted prior to classes beginning. For this application login in at
National Guard Virtual Armory.
The mission of LSSU Counseling Services is to promote students' personal growth and development and to assist students in coping with personal difficulties so they can benefit and succeed from their
The purpose of this web site is to present information about the services that the Vocational Rehabilitation
and Employment (VR&E) program provides to veterans with service-connected disabilities. However this
site has many information links that pertain to all Veterans and Dependants of Veterans
"The study of political science/law is basically the path of least resistance for me. It is a subject that has always interested me, and one that I have proved to be naturally insightful in. Studying political science isn’t just the study of how governments function or how it is composed, but the study of why it exists and to what ends. In short, it is the study of what makes everything else possible."