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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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Hall of Fame

1996 Hall of Fame Inductees

Rick Comley

  • 1967-1971 Ice Hockey
  • NAIA All American (1968)
  • 1970-71 International Collegiate Hockey Association All Star
  • 151 career points (44 goals, 107 assists)
  • Led Lakers in assists three times
  • Clifford Everett Outstanding Athlete Award recipient (1971)

Gunile Myers-DeVault

  • 1974-83 Coach
  • Pioneered the women's athletics program at LSSU
  • LSSU first women's basketball coach (87-112)
  • First Women's Athletic Coordinator
  • Laker tennis coach (1974-1983)

Gary Fors

  • 1972-76 Basketball
  • NAIA All-American (1973-74; 1974-75; 1975-76)
  • NAIA All-District 23 (1973-74; 1974-75; 1975-76)
  • GLIAC All-League (1972-73; 1973-74; 1974-75; 1975-76)
  • Led team in scoring four straight seasons (23.1 career average)
  • Terry McDermott Award recipient (1973)
  • Clifford Everett Award recipient (1975, 1976)

Archie Orazietti

  • 1966-70 Ice Hockey
  • NAIA All-American (1969, 1970)
  • Defenseman who talied 109 points (24 goals, 85 assists)
  • Two-time MVP (1969, 1970)
  • Team captain for three years (1967-70)

Ron Mason

  • 1966 to 1973 Ice Hockey
  • Laker's first hockey coach, compiling a 129-47-8 (.723) record
  • Led the Lakers to the 1972 NAIA National Championship and three NAIA runner-up trophies (1968, 1969, 1970)
  • Coached 19 NAIA All-Americans

Shaun Lake Antler

  • Volleyball 1977-1981
  • Earned eight varsity letters including four in volleyball, two in softball and two as a basketball cheerleader · Four-time volleyball team captain, her teams posted a career record of 98-33, two SMAIAW titles (79, 81) and GLIAC championship (79)
  • Two-time All-State College Volleyball as a setter (78, 79)
  • Two-time Midwest AIAW Tournament Team (79, 81)
  • Three-time recipient of the Ronald `Bud' Cooper Coaches Award
  • Terry McDermott Award recipient
  • Outstanding female athlete (77-78)

Jamie Fleming Berge

  • 1975-1979
  • Led team in scoring four consecutive years (76-80), one of only two in Laker sports history to accomplish that feat
  • Career 15.2 scoring average
  • Four-time team MVP
  • First team GLIAC and SMAIAW (78-79)
  • Terry McDermott Award recipient (1975)
  • Outstanding female athlete (1978-79)

Randy McArthur

  • Hockey 1966-1970
  • NAIA All American (1969)
  • ICHA All Star (1968, 1969, 1970)
  • Led the Lakers in goals scored three consecutive years (1967-70) and points twice (1968, 1969)
  • 208 career points (113 goals, 95 assists)
  • Scored six goals in a game (Ohio State, 1968), 13 game winning goals, 5 season and 13 career hat tricks

Brad Shouldice

  • Track, Basketball 1966-1970
  • Three-sport athlete who earned 10 varsity letters including two in cross country, and four each in track and basketball.
  • Two-time NAIA District 23 All-Star (1969, 1970)
  • Twice led team in scoring (22.3ppg, 1969, 1970)
  • Captain or co-captain in all three sports in one year
  • Michigan Collegiate Conference All-Conference basketball (1970)
  • Established several Lake State track records ; MVP of the track squad in each of his four years.
  • Cliff Everett Award recipient (1969, 1970)

Helen Vukovich

  • Volleyball 1976-1977, 1980-1982
  • GLIAC All-conference (1980, 1981)
  • LSSC's Outstanding female athlete (1977, 1981, 1982)
  • Terry McDermott Award recipient (1976)

Archie Orazietti

  • Hockey 1966-1970
  • NAIA All-American (1969, 1970)
  • Defenseman who scored 24 goals, 85 assists (109 points)
  • Two-time team MVP (1969, 1970)
  • Terry McDermott Award recipient (1967)
  • Cliff Everett Award recipient (1968, 1970)

Frank Hamilla

  • Basketball 1955-1957
  • Two-time leading scorer for the Soo Hornets with a 21.2 points per game average
  • He and his teammates posted a 36-5 record
  • Clifford Everett Award recipient (1956-1957)

 

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