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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: SEARCH FOR THE GREAT APES
Movie ID: VT2193
Movie Number: 2193
Description: Orangutans and gorillas in the wild.; In the jungles of Borneo, anthropologist Birute Galdikas-Brindamour and her husband Rod are training orphaned orangutans, raised in captivity, to survive on their own, and studying an orangutan called Nick in his natural habitat. Neither job is easy. The young apes are reluctant to leave the couple, and Nick is reluctant to get close.; In the highlands of Africa's Rwanda, zoologist Diane Fossey has had better luck befriending the shy but unpredictable mountain gorilla. One family is seen at play and foraging for food. Used to Fossey's presence, they allow her to approach and even touch them. But her biggest scientific breakthrough may be in deciphering the gorillas' "language," for she has analyzed as many as 17 different gorilla vocalizations.; Richard Kiley is the narrator.;
Series: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Part: 0
Time: 60
Department: BC
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Peter Bonneau

Peter Bonneau
Biology

"I’ll be beginning medical school at Wayne State University beginning the fall of 2009 while participating in the U.S. Air Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program. Upon receipt of my MD, I intend to enter into a residency in family Medicine and afterwards practice as a family physician in the U.S. Air force."

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