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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: GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Movie ID: VT3268
Movie Number: 3268
Description: What is seen in Glacier National Park today had its origins about a million years ago--at the beginning of the Ice Age. More than 60 active glaciers can be found in the park today...some that still move up to 30 feet a year. The unsurpassed sights and sounds of this beautiful region are preserved for you on this unique Video Trip. You will travel along Going-to-the-Sun Highway and the scenic shore of Lake McDonald, and catch glimpses of the park's wildlife in the McDonald Creek Valley. You will continue along to the "Trail of the Cedars," and view a massive cedar and hemlock forest. See Avalanche Lake, where you can look back into the past and see how the tumbling glacier waters of the creek polished and carved the stone. Travel on to Logan Pass where the elevation is 6,664 feet and you can find summer snowfields. Then descend past the northern shore of St. Mary's Lake on your way to Many Glacier Lodge, the largest lodge in the park, and catch sight of some of the most incredible views in the park. You will spend time in Waterton National park, in Canada, and stop off at the Prince of Wales Hotel with its European styling. Your trip will also take you to the Northern Lights Saloon, a real backcountry lodge, on your way to Bowman and Kintla Lakes with excellent fishing and camping areas. Glacier offers a wide variety of recreational activities. Hiking, horseback riding, camping, bicycling, fishing, and camping are just a few of the adventures you can experience in glacier country! Glacier, with its carved mountains and valleys, glacier-fed lakes and streams, abundant wildlife, and peaceful, wet forests, is truly a place for man to cherish and enjoy!
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Part: 0
Time: 50
Department: B/E
Call Number: F 737 .G5 .G52 1988
At LSSU: Y

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Thaddeus Lewandowski

Thaddeus Lewandowski
Fisheries and Wildlife

"The opportunity at LSSU to do research is amazing. This past summer I motored through coves and islands with Prof. Garvon surveying water birds for the affects of pollution. I spent the other part of my summer on the shore of Lake Superior monitoring nests of the endangered Piping Plover."

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