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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.

LSSU Elders

Lake Superior Elders Executive Board

Officers:

Chair: Evelyn Shackleton
Vice Chair: Gary Thurston
Secretary: Virginia Shaffer
Treasurer: Audrey Gillett

Committee Chairpersons:

Marketing and Publication: Meta Geyer
Membership/Registration: Regina Aimar
Curriculum:
Elizabeth Hellow
Special Events: Evelyn Shackleton

LSE Lending Library: Audio-visual materials have been purchased by the LSE Association and may be checked out by contacting Laurine Kelly. Visit her office or call to investigate our selection.

Notes of Interest: Before traveling to Canada, you can check the bridge traffic for any back-ups by going to the following web site: saultbridge.com/

LSE members may receive a student rate at any performance at the Soo Theatre by showing their membership card.

Peter Gianakura, a long time LSE member and well known Soo citizen, has recently published a book “An American Café: Reflections from the Grill” The book is available for purchase at several locations including Book World, Chippewa County Historical Society, and Ace Hardware. Congratulations Peter!

News From LSE Executive Board

Election of Officers/Appointment of Committee Chairs:

At the general membership meeting, following the June 17 th luncheon, Gary Thurston was elected as Vice Chair. No nominations for the remaining offices were received and the current officers agreed to serve another term. The committee chairpersons also agreed to again serve in their respective positions.

Louise Armstrong and Alice Matheson will assist the Curriculum chairperson with the many tasks involved within this committee. Thanks to all of these members who have stepped forward to work in these important positions.

Financial Report for 2008-09: The report was approved at the Executive Board meeting of August 26 th and is available for review to members in Library Room 102.

“Get Well Cards”: Notify Laurine if you are aware of a LSE member who is ill or in the hospital and she will send a card.

Next Spring Curriculum Meeting: Monday, November 9, 2pm. All members are strongly encouraged to attend, as we plan our Spring Semester activities, LBR 362.

Next Executive Board Meeting: Wednesday, November 11, 2:00 pm, LBR 362.

Nationally Recognized

Brittany Currie

Second Place
Lake Superior State University
“Mobile Robotics Workcell – Using Robotics to Lure Young Minds to Manufacturing Engineering.”  

First Place
University of Florida, Gainesville

Third Place
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2006 ASME International Conference of Manufacturing Science and Engineering

Student Manufacturing Design Competition

October 9, 2006
Ypsilanti, Michigan

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