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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.

Alumni Association

23 Michigan Conservation Officers, all LSSU alumni, met up recently at Camp Grayling

Fall 2010

conservation officer alumni
This photo of 23 Michigan Conservation Officers, all LSSU alumni, was taken by Dave Kenyon at the 2010 fall firearms training at Camp Grayling.
Front row: Scott Brown(1995 Conservation Law Enforcement), Marvin Gerlach(1985 Fish & Wildlife Mgmt), Gary Raak(1990 Conservation Law Enforcement), Todd Szyska(1995 Conservation Law Enforcement), Chris Simpson(1994 Conservation Law Enforcement), Peter Wright (1989 Conservation Law Enforcement), Mark Ennet(1984 Conservation Law Enforcement),

Second Row: Kevin Postema(2003 Criminal Justice), Kyle Bader(2007 NRT/Criminal Justice), Jay Person(1995 Conservation Law Enforcement), Kelly Ross(1991 Criminal Justice), Mark Papineau(2004 NRT/ Criminal Justice), Jair Kollach(Mechanical Engineering), Kelly Nightlinger(1996 CJ/Public Safety), Grant Emery(1995 Conservation Law Enforcement), Jon Wood(1996 Criminal Justice),

Third Row: Sean Kehoe(1991 Conservation Law Enforcement), Brian Lebel (1998 Fish & Wildlife Mgmt), Derek Miller(2006 Criminal Justice), Brian Brosky(1996 Conservation Law Enforcement), Joe Molnar(2002 Criminal Justice), Mike Wells(1993 Conservation Law Enforcement), Mike Hammill(2002 Criminal Justice), Not pictured: Jean (Zelenak) Davis

 

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