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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

2007 Hall of Fame Inductees

John Gilbert

Basketball 1984-1988

  • Named to First Team All-GLIAC and North Central Region, 1987-88
  • Career totals of 1,309 points and 558 rebounds
  • Second in LSSU record books for single-season field goal percentage at .613, 1987-88
  • Ranked third at LSSU for single-season scoring average at 24.6, 1987-88, which ranked ninth in the nation that season
  • Scored career-high 42 points in a single game vs. Grand Rapids Baptist, November 24, 1987
  • Recognized as Most Valuable Player at LSSU, 1987-88
  • Described by Coach Bob Eldridge as the best all-around player he has ever coached

Teresa Watwood Gilbert

Basketball 1984-88

  • Named to Kodak All-District IV First Team, 1988
  • Three-time GLIAC All-Defensive Team selection and two-time All-GLIAC First Team selection
  • Career totals of 1,153 points and 723 rebounds
  • Outstanding LSSU Female Athlete Award, 1987-88
  • Named MVP of 1988 Great Lakes Regional after totaling 47 points and 26 rebounds
  • Led LSSU to three straight 20-win seasons
  • Second in LSSU record books for season field goal percentage at .570, 1987-88
  • LSSU’s leading rebounder for team three consecutive years, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88

 

1978 Volleyball Team

  • Best season record in school history at 28-7-1 overall and 10-0 GLIAC
  • Won LSSU’s first league championship in volleyball
  • Earned a perfect 6-0 record to win the SMAIAW State Championship
  • Midwest AIAW Regional quarterfinalists
  • Season included a 19-match winning streak
  • GLIAC Coach of the Year (Debra K. McPherson)
  • All-State Honors (Shaun Lake Antler, Teresa Shaheen Jensen)
  • Midwest AIAW Tournament Team (Shaun Lake Antler)
  • First-team All-GLIAC (Shaun Lake Antler, Teresa Shaheen Jensen)
  • Honorable Mention All-GLIAC (Martha Campbell)

 

 

 

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