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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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Lake Superior Elders (LSE) NewsLetter

Winter/Spring Semester Schedule 2014

All classes are at the Cisler Center unless another location is specified.

January 8, 2014, Wednesday, 2:00 p.m., Chippewa County Foundation – Debbie Jones.
Ms. Jones will provide an overview of the Chippewa County Community Foundation and the programs and scholarships supported by the Foundation.  MONTHLY PROGRAM  Cisler Center

January 15, Wednesday, Noon Luncheon & Look Around Downtown – presented by Holly Kibble and Sonja Norris.  
Re-convening at Avery Square, 2nd Floor Conference Room at noon, for a Meals-on-Wheels lunch and beverage, followed by a January Sales Shopping Spree at “perimeter” stores:   Alpine Chocolate, Austin Furniture, Casual Lifestyles, Co-ed Flowers, Twenty Below Gallery, Thinking of You, and Downtown Thrift Store.  We will have an interesting video after lunch for you!   Hot chocolate follows after shopping.  Cost for full lunch is $3.00 per person.  Avery Square
 
January 22, Wednesday, 2:00 p.m.  Sheriff Robert Savoie .
Sheriff Savoie will discuss the Sheriff’s Department roles and responsibilities, jurisdictional  issues, legal obligations, collaboration with other law enforcement agencies and constitutional requirements.  Cisler Center

January 29, Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. – Holly Henderson, Animal Control Shelter
Discover the roles and responsibilities of the Chippewa County Control Shelter in the area of animal control, adoption, and community collaboration.  Learn about the many ways you can volunteer at the shelter and make a difference in the lives of our beloved animals. Cisler Center

February 4, Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. – Tendercare Tour and Luncheon – presented by Karen Gauden, DON and Reinette Murray, ETD.
Tendercare welcomes LSE with a tour of their remodeled facility.   We will have lunch at 12:30 p.m. followed by a guided tour.   Please call Sandy Hope at 635-2802 by January 27, 2014 to make your reservation.   We will meet in the parking lot of Tendercare at 12:30 p.m.   There is no charge for the Luncheon. Tendercare 

February 13, Thursday, 2:00 p.m. – The Sunny Side of Psychology – Presented by Geri Taekens, (assisted by Jake, her guide dog).  
“Discovering Self: Loving Yourself”   That’s actually a methodology of the modern world of psychology.   Geri has decades of experience:  Sault High retired counselor, author, musician, and song writer! MONTHLY PROGRAM Cisler Center

February 19, Wednesday,  2:00 p.m.  – Elder Abuse -  DHS, Presenters Terri Bush, Supervisor for Adult Protective Services, and Tessa Laacksonen, Primary Investigator for all Abuse/Neglect.
The Chippewa/Luce/Mackinac County Department of Human Services mission is to assist children, families, and vulnerable adults to be safe, stable, and self-sufficient.  The Adult Services program provides adult protective services. Cisler Center

February 26, Wednesday, 2:00 pm, Spring Flowers with Annette Schilts and Ann Cook from Co-Ed Flowers
Bring your favorite container and have fun filling it with fresh Spring flowers.  Cost for the flowers is $10.  Call Sandy Hope (635-2802) by February 20th to reserve your spot.  Bring your money with you to pay for the flowers.  Co-Ed Flowers

March 4, Tuesday, 11:00 am,  Lunch at Dock’s in Canada. 
Meet at the parking lot at the Norris center.  We will leave at 11:00 a.m. Bring your Passport or Enhanced Driver’s License.   Lunch prices range from $12 to $20.  Please call Sandy Hope (635-2802) by Tuesday February 25th to be included in our reservation count.  Non-drivers will need to contribute $5.00 towards gas and bridge fare for this event.  Dock’s in Canada

March 12, Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. – My Life as a TV Meteorologist presented by Jim Lehocky.
Jim Lehocky is the popular former Channel 9 & 10 news meteorologist now at 95.1 FM Radio in Sault Ste. Marie.   With over 22 years of experience as a weatherman, Jim has some “wild and wooly” weather stories to share and some explanations for our often extreme and rapid climate changes in the UP.  MONTHLY PROGRAM  Cisler Center

March 19, Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. – Let’s Play Cribbage presented by Sharon & Don Brunner.
We will play with groupings of four (4) people, with at least one person in the four knowing the rules of cribbage.  Cisler Center 

March 26, Wednesday, 2:00 pm.   Back by popular demand, LSSU Professor Robert Aldrich will present a timely program on the history of music written and performed during the Easter season and will also be playing some musical numbers on the piano for our entertainment.  Cisler Center

April 2, Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. – LSSU Foundation presented by Virginia Zinser.
 From the LSSU Foundation office will give us an update on the many duties and activities of this important division of the University.   She will also include an update on the renovation of South Hall.   Cisler Center

April 9, Wednesday, 2:00 pm,  Who is Who and Who Does What at the Doctor’s Office? with Ron Hutchens, Dean of the LSSU Nursing Program.  
Learn what a LPN, RN. Physician’s Assistant and others can do for you and what types of training they have received for their jobs.  MONTHLY PROGRAM  Cisler Center
April 13, 2014 – no meeting this week.

April 22, Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. – Life Reality:   America’s Veterans (see panel below) and Dealing with Survival:  Beth Yeack, Veterans Administration and Shawna Mauldin, LSSU Veterans Liaison.
Veterans talking about veterans and their unique struggles. Panel includes Beth Yeack, local VA, Shawna Mauldin, LSSU Veterans Liaison, and two other veterans of combat from the Vietnam era.  Cisler Center

April 29, Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. – Journey Through the Supernatural presented by Tim Ellis and Brad Blair.  Of the Upper Peninsula Paranormal Research Society.   Learn about some of the first Ghost Stories ever told, some of the most famous ghost photos, the pioneers in the field of Paranormal Research, and just what these unseemly entities really are.   Tim and Brad will also share  experiences from their 14+ years of experience of chasing Ghosts. Cisler Center

May 7, Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. The Changing Face of Education with Andy Neuman. 
Our local UNISERVE Director will bring us up to date on the latest changes in education.  See what current changes in laws and trends are affecting education in our classrooms.  Cisler Center

May 14, Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. -  “The Yooper Earth we Tread Upon” –presented by Dave Martin, Director, Environmental Health, Chippewa County Health Department. 
“Renaissance Man” Dave Martin who has an enormous background on our present/historical yooper environment, including true tales on our indigenous rocks.   MONTHLY PROGRAM Cisler Center

May 20, Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. – “Up to Date Overview of Sault Historic Sites presented by Justin Knepper, Downtown Development Authority.
 Justin and a very active Historic Site Committee meet monthly at Bayliss.  They have already walked through, photographed and catalogued most of the Sault Ste. Marie’s historic downtown sites.  That and any updates will be presented by Justin.   Cisler Center

May 28, Wednesday, 9:45 a.m. – Tour of the Pickford Museum and Lunch at  Snickerdoodles.
We will meet at the Norris Center at 9:45 a.m. and plan to depart from there at 10:00 a.m. Non-drivers will need to contribute $5.00 towards gas for this event. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the local Pickford Museum located at 175 E Main Street in Pickford.  Come see how the displays have changed and the improvements that have been made to the building. Following the tour, the group will enjoy lunch at Snickerdoodles in Pickford.  Lunch is at your own expense. 

June 4, Wednesday, 2:00 pm.  Get Your Garden Started with Steve Hollsema. 
June is the perfect time to start your garden.  Steve is a master gardener who will share his experience with you.  His experience ranges from small containers to having a large vegetable garden. Come and get some new ideas for your yard and patio. Cisler Center

June 11, Wednesday – Noon:   Our Annual Spring Luncheon in the Crow’s Nest of the Cisler Center.  Reservations must be called into Sandy Hope by June 2 (635-2802).  
Members are free and guests cost $10.00, payable at the door.   Our guest speaker is David Jahn, War Memorial Hospital CEO.   He will tell us about the Affordable Care Act and its impact on War Memorial Hospital.  Following his presentation, we will have a short business meeting with a review of the by-laws and constitution for the Lake Superior Elders. Cisler Center Crow’s Nest

Robotics...

Dereck Wonnacutt

Dereck Wonnacutt
Robotics and Computer Science

"Lake Superior State is the only robotics program of its kind in the country. I can work up any research or senior project idea with a professor or my advisor. I studied for a year in Japan through LSSU's connection with the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, and became fluent in Japanese. A Japanese company called Fanuc makes most of the robots in our lab. I'd like to roll my senior research project into a career with Fanuc that bridges the two countries and cultures."

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