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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.

Guided Tour

James Norris Physical Education Center

The complex is home to the University's athletic teams, including the three-time NCAA Division 1 champion hockey team. The complex includes racquetball courts, weight rooms, pool, gymnasium, dance studio, equipment room and athletic offices. The School of Recreation and Exercise Science has offices on the first floor. The second floor houses the Criminal Justice Department, whose facilities include classrooms, fire science and criminalistics laboratories, and a firing range.

Lake Superior State University Athletics participate in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) at a NCAA Division II level, while our Men’s Ice Hockey is a NCAA Division I sport. If you are interested in Varsity Sports contact our Athletic Department.

The Varsity sports at LSSU include:

  • Cross Country (M, W)
  • Basketball (M, W)
  • Men’s Ice-Hockey
  • Tennis (M, W)
  • Softball (W)
  • Track & Field (M, W)
  • Women’s Volleyball
  • Golf (M, W)

Intramurals

Let’s face it, not all of us were meant to be college athletes. For those of us out there who seek athletic activity purely as enjoyment, Lake State offers Intramural activities open to all students. With intramurals there is no harsh workout regimen and the schedules fit better with most students’ schedules. So if you were an athlete in High School and you feel as though Collegiate Varsity Sports are not for you, check out the intramurals. You will find that they are a fun, fast-paced and exciting way to release competitive energy.

The Intramural Sports at LSSU include:

  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Broomball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag Football
  • Floor Hockey
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Outdoor Soccer
  • Racquetball
  • Stickball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wally Ball

Other Options for Students

The Norris Center has a dance studio, weight lifting equipment and a pool. At the pool you could swim laps, play water-polo, or water basketball. After the swimming, you could head over to the dive pool and practice those diving skills.

Some of our student organizations are athletically oriented as well, such as: the Cheerleading Club, Kuk Sool Won (Korean Martial Arts Club), Men’s Club Hockey, Superior Swing Dance Club and the Professional Recreation Club.

So whether you seek group or individual Athletics, LSSU has something for you.

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Third Place
Leith Nader of Lake Superior State University

2004 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Design Engineering Division (Mechanics and Robotics Committee)

28th Biennial Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Student Mechanisms Design Competition Award (Graduate Competition)

Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 2004
Salt Lake City, Utah

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