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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.

James Norris Physical Education Center

Norris Center James Norris Physical Education Center

Hours of Operation (Fall 2012):
Sunday: 8am - 11pm
Monday through Thursday: 6:00am - 11:00pm
Friday: 6:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 8:00pm

Norris Center Facilities


Family Recreation

Includes the Norris Center Complex (Norris Center Pool, Cooper Gymnasium, Public Weight Room, and locker rooms). For immediate family members (mom, dad, brother, sister, and step-children living in the same house). Children must be 14 years of age or accompanied by an adult to use the facilities.
Monthly $55
Semester $165

Yearly $480

Summer $110


Single Recreation

For individuals 18-60 years of age. Includes the Norris Center Complex (Norris Center Pool, Cooper Gymnasium, Public Weight Room, and locker rooms).
Monthly $40
Semester $120

Yearly $320

Summer $80


Junior (14 - 17)

For individuals 14-17 years of age. Includes the Norris Center Complex (Norris Center Pool, Cooper Gymnasium, Public Weight Room/Track, and locker rooms).
Monthly $28
Semester $84

Yearly $224

Summer $56


Senior Citizen

For individuals 60 years and older. Includes the track in the Student Activity Center, Norris Center Pool, and Equipment in the Student Activity Center. Student Activity Center is only available during public use hours (please see below).
Single Semester $20
Single Yearly $55

For two individuals 60 years and older, we offer the full benefits of the above single membership, but at a reduced cost.
Couple Semester $30
Couple Yearly $80


Public Use Hours

Public Use Hours are defined times when the public (those with memberships and their guests) may use the Student Activity Center. For up to date information about public use hours, please see the Hours of Operation page.



Political Science ...

Krystal Bosley

Krystal Bosley
Political Science

"The study of political science/law is basically the path of least resistance for me. It is a subject that has always interested me, and one that I have proved to be naturally insightful in. Studying political science isn’t just the study of how governments function or how it is composed, but the study of why it exists and to what ends. In short, it is the study of what makes everything else possible."

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