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Professors make the difference

July 27, 2016

If Ben Kendell isn’t in class or studying, chances are he’s running.

Ben KendellKendell had a great fall season on the Titans Cross Country team, setting career records in the 6K, 8K and 10K, was named to the first team All-Horizon League for the second year in a row and came in second place at the Horizon League Championship with Titan-record-tying time. He also runs the 5K and 10K distance races for the school’s track and field team.

“Running helps clear my mind,” he said. “I can be on my own and reflect on things. What I like about running is that if you put in the hard work, it pays off.”

Kendell is like that in class, too: The junior is in the five-year master’s program in Electrical Engineering and holds a 4.0 grade-point-average.

For his efforts on and off the course, Ben shared the first-ever Horizon League Fall Scholar Athlete of the Year award.

Kendell came to Detroit Mercy because of the reputation of the College of Engineering & Science and because he wanted to run. He chose Electrical Engineering because he likes the problem-solving aspect of the field and the opportunity to have an impact on technology. He praises the close, supportive atmosphere at Detroit Mercy.

“The professors care,” he said. “They know me and know that I’m out of class because of a meet. They want to help all students do the best they can. I also like that there are only 13 kids in my classes. You really get to know them and that makes a difference.”

Ben hopes for a future career in the automotive industry and will spend the summer working in a co-op position in the quality-control department at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. And, of course, running.

Hometown: Huntington Woods, Mich.
High School: Shrine (International School of Turin)

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