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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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Title: REBELLION
Movie ID: VT4788
Movie Number: 4788
Description: Describes the war against the Indians, a war that has never ended. It is estimated that 90 million people died in this slaughter in the first century after Columbus. The Ona of South America were exterminated in the early part of this century, a fate shared by many Native peoples since 1492. But people as diverse as the Kuna of the Caribbean coast of Panama, the Ika of Columbia, the Souix of the Black Hills of Dakota and the Mohawk of Quebec continue to fight for their land, their rights, and their culture.
Series: BEFORE COLUMBUS
Part: 3
Time: 51
Department: AL
Call Number: E91.R52 1993
At LSSU: Y

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Jessica Hirt

Jessica Hirt
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"One of my favorite things about LSSU is its size. The classrooms, especially as you get to the upper levels, get smaller, so you not only have a chance to discuss your ideas in an honest, supportive manner, but you also get to know your professors and classmates. The upper level courses really allow you to focus on what you love, and the small class size allows you to have time to share and to discuss your ideas."

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