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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: RENAISSANCE
Movie ID: VT2750
Movie Number: 2750
Description: In the Renaissance, music moved away from the elaborate formality of the Gothic and sought new and purer forms. The emerging power of the courts provided additional sponsorship for composers and performers and this period has provided us a rich legacy of both secular and religious pieces. In this program we hear: Dufay's Ce moys de mai, Binchois' Deuill Angoisseurs, Ockeghem's Kyrie from the Requiem Mass, Josquin's Nymphe des bois, Je ne me puis and Scaramella, Taverner's O Wilhelme, Pastor Bone, Andrea Gabrieli's Ricercare, Palestrina's Sanctus from Aeterna Christi Muneri and Sicut Corvus, Victoria's Domine, Non Sum Dignus, Milan, Two pieces for Vihuela, Tromboncini's Ite in Pace, Sospir Fieri, Claudin's Las je m'y plains, Lassus' La Nuit froide et sombre, Giovanni Gabrieli's Omnes Gentes. Performers include the Schutz Choir, Emma Kirkby and the New London Consort.
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Part: 0
Time: 60
Department: AL
Call Number: ML 160 .M87 1982
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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