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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 Complex

The Norris Center Complex is broken up into multiple areas, each serving a different purpose and available to the public. More information can be found by selecting an area from the list below.

 

About the Norris Center

The Norris Center is home for all Lake Superior State University's athletic teams, including the three-time NCAA Division 1 champion hockey team. The School of Recreation and Exercise Science has offices on the first floor. The second floor houses the Criminal Justice Department, whose facilities include classrooms, fire science and criminalistics laboratories, and a firing range. The complex includes the Cooper Gymnsasium, the Taffy Abel Arena, the Student Activities Center, swimming and diving pools, racquetball courts, dance studio, locker rooms, firearm range, and athletic offices.

History

As it stands today, the Center is the product of the combined efforts of the faculty, students, Sault Ste Marie citizens, the State of Michigan and federal government. Work began in 1972 when what was then the Lake Superior State College Board of Control approved the resolution for the physical education building. After much fundraising, ground was broken on the new building on October 19, 1974 and was completed two years later in the Fall of 1976.

There would later be expansions and updates to the facility, including the $3.2 million expansion to what would become the Clarence "Taffy" Abel Arena, named after the legendary Sault Ste. Marie hockey star and Native American. The Arbuckle Student Activity Center was constructed in 1999 at a cost of $3 million and added to the sports complex multiple indoor courts, track, and a fitness center.

Expansion

The Norris Center will soon begin building a new atrium onto the front entrance of the building. The new atrium will feature brick pavers that can be personalized with individual and company names, dates and special messages for a nominal fee.

LSSU Foundation Executive Director Tom Coates. "The new Norris Plaza will be a gateway to the next generation of traditions and legends and it is fitting that this area will also allow our fans to show their pride and leave their own lasting tribute."

More information can be found here.

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