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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: VIENNA: END OF AN EMPIRE THE WALTZ CITY
Movie ID: VT3483
Movie Number: 3483
Description: Vienna waltzed to the music of the Strausses as the Hapsburg Empire dwindled away in the 19th Century. The most distinguished serious composers living in Vienna during the heyday of the Strausses were two Germans, Johannes Brahms and Richard Wagner, who both claimed Beethoven as a father--the one relating to the Classical, and other the Romantic strain in Beethoven's work. (The resulting controversy has produced some of musicology's most quotable quotes, notably Hanslick's "The only thing which prevents me from declaring the Prelude to Di Meistersinger to be the world's most unpleasant overture is the even more horrible Prelude to Tristan und Isolde.") The program continues through the work of Anton Bruckner, and contains a priceless segment of Brahms speaking and playing a few chords on the piano to inaugrate Mr. Edison's new phonograph machine.
Series: MAN AND MUSIC
Part: 0
Time: 53
Department: AL
Call Number: ML 246.8 .V53 .V5 1989
At LSSU: Y

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Peter Bonneau

Peter Bonneau
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"I’ll be beginning medical school at Wayne State University beginning the fall of 2009 while participating in the U.S. Air Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program. Upon receipt of my MD, I intend to enter into a residency in family Medicine and afterwards practice as a family physician in the U.S. Air force."

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