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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: SELLING OF TERRI GIBBS
Movie ID: VT2808
Movie Number: 2808
Description: Terri Gibbs' story is like a fairy tale. In a few months she rose from a streak-and-ale singer to a nationally-known country/pop recording artist. Her bluesy single "Somebodys Knockin'" sold one million copies, the album about one-half million. Whether Terri Gibbs could stay at the top of the charts depended on whether she could produce "crossover" country music: songs that appealed to both the country audience and to the pop audience.
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Part: 0
Time: 29
Department: BE
Call Number: ML 420 .G43 .S45 1983
At LSSU: Y

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