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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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August
 
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Bud Cooper Memorial Golf Classic,
Wild Bluff Golf Course
6-
Lake State After Hours, 4:30 pm, Tanglewood Marsh Golf Course
26-
Freshman Move-In Day, 8:30am-6:30pm, LSSU Campus
28-
Lakerpalooza, 12:30-3pm, Norris
29-
Women's Walk, 9am, Norris Center
31-
Ice Cream Social, 11:30-1pm, Campus Green under the Blue & Gold tent
September  
3-
Lake State After Hours, 5 pm,
1668 Winery & Lockside Brewery
October
 
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Lake State After Hours, 5 pm,
Buffalo Wild Wings
16-17
Great Lake State Weekend (Homecoming) Hockey vs. NMU
23-
Laker Hockey vs. Michigan State & Alumni Social, 10pm,
Trippers Sports Bar, Lansing
31-
Pink in the Rink, Laker Hockey & Volleyball, Taffy Abel Arena
November  
5-
Lake State After Hours, 5 pm,
Soo Brew
7-
Alumni Social, 5:30 pm, Jed's Fireball & Grill, Bowling Green, OH
7-
Laker Hockey vs. Bowling Green, 7:07pm, Bowling Green, OH
8-
Red Wings Game - Yooper Night
vs. Dallas, 3pm, Joe Louis Arena
14-
Alumni Social, 5:30 pm,
Alumni House
14-
Laker Hockey vs. Arizona State, 7:07 pm, Taffy Abel Arena
December  
3-
Lake State After Hours, 5 pm,
Captain's Pub
12-
Alumni Social, 5:30 pm,
Alumni House
12-
Laker Hockey vs. Mich Tech,
7:07 pm, Taffy Abel Arena
January  
16-
Alumni Social, 5:30 pm,
Alumni House
16-
Laker Hockey vs. Alaska,
7:07 pm, Taffy Abel Arena
23-
Alumni Social, 5:30 pm,
Rounders, Mankato, MN
23-
Laker Hockey vs. Minn. Mankato,
7:07 pm, Verizon Wireless Center
   















 

       
 
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