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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

1997 Hall of Fame Inductees

Debra McPherson

  • 1976-1993 Coach
  • LSSU's career wins leader in volleyball with 282
  • 1978 GLIAC champions
  • Won SMAIAW championships (1978, 1980); Midwest AIAW crown (1978)
  • 1978 GLIAC Coach of the Year
  • 1978 team posted the school's best winning percentage in any sport (30-4, 88.2%)
  • 1981 squad posted school record for wins in a single season in any sport (42-8)

Jim Booth

  • 1966-1970 Hockey
  • NAIA All-American (1968, 1969, 1970)
  • 161 career points (58 goals, 103 assists)
  • Twice led team in scoring (1967, 1970)
  • First Laker to be inducted into the U.S. College Hockey Hall of Fame (1976)

James Kjolhede

  • 1973-77 Basketball
  • Second team NAIA All American (1976)
  • 1793 career points
  • Top 10 in all career and season categories, except 3-point field goals
  • All-conference and All-district (1976, 1977)
  • Set school high jump record (1975)

Martha Wallace

  • 1978-1983 Basketball
  • The only Laker, man or woman, to grab 1,000 career rebounds
  • 1626 career points; 648 field goals; tied for second in field goal percentage (.512); and fourth in career free throws (350).
  • Holds single game record for field goals with 19 vs Hillsdale College in 1983
  • All-conference selection (1981, 1982, 1983)
  • One of two Lakers to lead team in scoring three consecutive seasons
  • Laker MVP (1981, 1982, 1983)

James Wiley

  • 1968-1972 Ice Hockey
  • The first triple crown in school history (56 points, 22 goals, 34 assists)
  • Member of the first NAIA championship team (1972)
  • 155 career points (70 goals, 85 assists)
  • Led Lakers in goals and points in 1971 and 1972
  • 1972 Laker MVP



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