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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

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Sandy Hope
Lake Superior Elders Facilitator
Phone: 906-635-2802
Office: Library 102
Email: shope@lssu.edu

LSSU Elders is an association of Lifelong Learners. The Association is dedicated to provide continuous learning and social opportunities tailored to the interest of older adults. It provides personal growth, camaraderie and a sense of community. A wide variety of classes are offered each quarter. Typical schedules might consist of current events, historical subjects, religious, estate planning, geology, birding, horticulture, quilting, classical music, poetry, literature and book discussions, travelogues, trips and visits to nearby sites.

The LSSU Elders was started in 1994 with a mission to provide continuous educational opportunities and activities for people age 50 and older residing in this area. It is membership driven, and classes and activities are offered each year as a result of membership input. The Elder hostel Institute Network (EIN) is a voluntary association of Lifelong Learning Institutes across North America. For more information call 906-635-2802.

Here at LSSU the Elders have a lot to offer the younger students as well as the faculty.

Winter/Spring 2014 Meetings

Impact in the real world...

Rachel Claucherty-Arnold

Rachel Claucherty-Arnold
Environmental Health

What made Rachel's Lake Superior State experience so unique was the practical research she did with top-notch faculty.

"I really enjoyed working with environmental chemistry professor Judy Westrick and biologist Deb Stai," Rachel says. "For my senior project, we evaluated a lab method for cultivating a fungus that causes infections in humans."

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