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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: ALASKA
Movie ID: VT3099
Movie Number: 3099
Description: Rand McNally & Company guides you in this unforgettable land rich in history and natural beauty. Travel by boat to Sitka, the old Russian capital; then on to Ketchikan where hundreds of Totem Poles retell Eskimo history. Listen to the "white thunder" as you fly over Glacier Bay to watch the ice fields tumble into the sea. See soaring eagles, playful bears, reindeer and wolf packs plus icy waters filled with humpback whales, great salmon and seals at play. Your northern journey continues in the modern cities of Juneau and Anchorage where Mt. McKinley towers in the distance. Alaska--Amerca's most beautiful state.
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Part: 0
Time: 50
Department: BUS/ECON
Call Number: F 910 .A42 1990
At LSSU: Y

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Caroline Demary-Elliott

Caroline Demary-Elliott
Mathematics - Secondary Education

"Not only is LSSU close and convenient to my home in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, but the atmosphere is very welcoming. All of the staff and students seem to be really open, and the teacher-to-student ratio is very personal, unlike larger universities." [ more ]

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