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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

2001 Hall of Fame Inductees

Frank Anzalone

  • Hockey 1982 – 1990, Ice Hockey Coach
  • Led the Lakers to their first NCAA Division I Championship (1987-88)
  • Led the Lakers to their first CCHA Championship (1987-88)
  • NCAA Quarterfinalist (1988-89, 19989-90)
  • Led Lakers to first NCAA Tournament appearance (1984-85)
  • 191-108-22 (.630 winning percentage), December 1982 to 1990

Linda Thompson Hula

  • Basketball - 1980-1984
  • 1st Team All-GLIAC (1982-83, 1983-84)
  • 5th Laker to break the 1,000 point barrier (1363 points)
  • Top 10 season marks in scoring, field goals, free throws, field goal percentage, rebounding and assists
  • Top 10 career marks in scoring, assists and field goals
  • Terry McDermott Award (1980-81)
  • Outstanding Female Athlete (1983-84)

John Bennin

  • Basketball - 1964-67
  • Scored 999 points
  • Scored 402 points, the 10th best season mark at the time (1966-67)
  • Led the Lakers in assists in each season
  • Established the single game assist mark with 16. A record that stood for more than twenty years.
  • Top 25 on the Laker points and assist career charts.
  • Cliff Everett Award recipient 1966-67

Mike West

  • Basketball - 1983-87
  • 1st team All GLIAC (1985, 1986, 1987)
  • Team MVP (1985, 1986, 1987)
  • Top 10 single season marks including points, shooting percentage, free throw percentage, and field goals.
  • Top 10 career marks including points, field goals, free throw percentage and assists.

James Leyndyke

  • Wrestling - 1971-74
  • NCAA Finals – fourth place (1974)
  • GLIAC Champion (126 lb. 1974)
  • NAIA District 23 Champion (1972, 1973, 1974)
  • NAIA Runner-up (126 lb. 1971-72)
  • NAIA All American (1972)
  • NAIA Coaches All American (1971-72)
  • Top 10 careers marks include falls (32, 4th), wins (97, 6th), points (362, 7th)



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