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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: AGE OF THE HEROS (DVD FORMAT)
Movie ID: VT2071
Movie Number: 2071
Description: Some 3000 years ago, according to Homer's "Iliad," the "most beautiful woman in the world" was kidnapped, setting off a 10-year war that would end only when a hollow wooden horse filled with Greed soldiers was hauled inside the gates of the city on Troy. Fact or fiction? That's the subject of this compelling six-part probe. Wearing the hats of historian, archaeologist, detective and storyteller, British journalist Michael Wood journeys to supposed Trojan War sites in Greece and Turkey and delves into the complex literary and historical records in an effort to separate the myths from the facts. In part 1, Wood recounts the story of one of the first "who searched before," an enigmatic German named Heinrich Schliemann (1822-90). Known to many as " the father of archaeology," Schliemann was the first to unearth what were believed to be ruins or Troy, in the 1870's. later
Series: IN SEARCH OF THE TROJAN WAR
Part: 1
Time: 60
Department: ALSS
Call Number: BL793.T7 I5 2004
At LSSU: Y

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