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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: WHAT'S WRONG WITH OUR SCHOOLS?
Movie ID: VT1727
Movie Number: 1727
Description: Increasing centralization & professional control of elementary & secondary education has restricted parental choice & converted schools into sources of conflict, segregation, & perpetuation of poverty instead of agents of unification & Americanization. Higher schooling--colleges & universities--involves a major redistribution of income from the poor to the current of future well-to-do. In both areas the solution that would strengthen a free society is greater resort to market principles, via to-do. In both vouchers in elementary & secondary education & full-cost tuition plus temporary loan
Series: FREE TO CHOOSE
Part: 0
Time: 0
Department: LIB & AV
Call Number: HB 501 .F72 PT.6
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Rebecca Secrest

Rebecca Secrest
Social Science
Alanson, MI

"LSSU's size is perfect. I see familiar faces every day. There is a security and comfort in that. The professors are wonderful, and there is a lot of interaction in the smaller classes. The level of attention students get is the same as at a small private college, but at a great price." [ more ]

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