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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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Checklist for Success

Before arriving at LSSU for your first semester:

  • Check out my.lssu.edu! This is your one-stop resource to a variety of university services including Anchor Access and your free LSSU e-mail. Anchor Access (from My Home tab > LSSU Web Services channel, then click on Anchor Access link) allows you to check your class schedule, update personal information and view your grades at the end of the semester. Note that grades are not mailed out. (Your MY.LSSU username and password will be mailed to you before the start of classes.)

    If you have any problems logging in, please contact the Student Service Counter or Registrar’s Office by e-mail: register@lssu.edu or by phone at (906) 635-2232 or (906) 635-2682. If you have forgotten your password, you will need to show picture ID at the Student Service Counter to have your password reset.

  • Buy your textbooks at Barnes & Noble at Lake Superior State University . You may do so in person, or on-line at http://lssu.bkstore.com/ You will need to know your course number(s) which are on your schedule.

  • Pick up a temporary parking permit to use this semester. You may pick it up at the LSSU Public Service Office (Campus Security) located on the west end of the Administration Building . If you have any questions, or concerns, you may e-mail parking@lssu.edu.

  • Get your LSSU Student ID Card at the Walker Cisler Student and Conference Center Information Desk. (It’s free!) You will need to bring a copy of your class schedule. You can get your ID anytime between now and the start of classes. The office is open during the summer from 8:30am – 4pm .

  • Be informed about LSSU’s Learning Center and support services at http://www.lssu.edu/lc/.

  • Take a campus tour. This is a great way to become familiar with campus and to learn where your class(s) will be located. Call the Admissions Office at 635-2231 or schedule on-line at http://www.lssu.edu/admissions/visit/.

  • Double check your class schedule for class locations on Anchor Access (accessible through My.LSSU) just prior to the start of the semester. Sometimes the locations are changed just prior to the start of classes.

 

Robotics...

Dereck Wonnacutt

Dereck Wonnacutt
Robotics and Computer Science

"Lake Superior State is the only robotics program of its kind in the country. I can work up any research or senior project idea with a professor or my advisor. I studied for a year in Japan through LSSU's connection with the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, and became fluent in Japanese. A Japanese company called Fanuc makes most of the robots in our lab. I'd like to roll my senior research project into a career with Fanuc that bridges the two countries and cultures."

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