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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: GOYA
Movie ID: VT2722
Movie Number: 2722
Description: Perhaps no other artist in Spanish history so brilliantly documented the time in which he lived, as did Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes...GOYA. He was sought after by nobility as a premier portrait artist of the day, tolerated by the King and court in spite of his artistic mockery of them, and revered by most as a true genius. This motion picture faithfully captures Goya's most prominent works: the etching, war scenes, bullfight sequences, tapestries, and portraits of royalty and friends...the frescoes at the cathedral at Salagossa and the Church of St. Anthony...the famous "black paintings" from the walls of his own home. From the ambition of his youth, to the dark agony of his later years, Goya offers an introspective look into the very soul of one of the greatest Spanish masters of all time.
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Part: 0
Time: 54
Department: AL
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At LSSU: Y

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Brian Applegate

Brian Applegate
Fire Science

LSSU's dedicated three-story fire lab made all the difference to Brian Applegate.

"Our certification training classes offered real situations," Brian says. Students practice victim search techniques while controlling and extinguishing fires. Applegate says his favorite exercise was the live fire flashover simulation. "We saw how fires evolved as they burned," he says. "It’s as close as you can get to the real thing."

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