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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


Students and Faculty/Staff

Students and Faculty/Staff are given free admittance to the Norris Center with their LSSU issued I.D. Students and Faculty/Staff may use the James Norris Physical Education Center during regular posted hours of operation.


The James Norris Physical Education Center is open to the public during designated hours. Please check the hours of operation for full details.

Norris Center Building Rules

  • All activities cease at closing
  • Loud, profane, and or abusive language and/or music is prohibited
  • All emergencies and injuries must be reported to SAC Monitor or Public Safety at (906)635-2100
  • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian
  • Shirt and shoes required
  • Sports equipment to be used only in designated areas
  • No smoking in building
  • No bikes, skateboards, roller skates or rollerblades allowed
  • We are not responsible for lost or stolen items
  • You are participating in activities at your own risk
  • There is Free Walking in the Taffy Able Arena
  • Parking Passes are Provided to Coast Guard and Crops of Engineers with Valid ID
  • Parking Passes Are Only Needed During Fall and Spring Semesters and Between 7:00am and 5:00pm During the School Year. They Can Only Be Purchased in the Ticket Office. They Cost $10.00

Student Activity Center Rules

  • Users must present an ID and be confirmed to use the facility
  • Users must wear proper fitness attire
  • No outdoor shoes
  • Sealed drinks only
  • Equipment from athletic equipment room storage is not to be used
  • Track members only on track equipment

       Fitness Center/Weight Room

    • Put away all weights when you are done with them
    • No weights outside weight area (keep on inside of half wall)
    • No personal equipment allowed
    • Proper attire required
    • Do not drop weights on floor or slam plates on machines
    • Wipe down equipment after use
    • Alert monitor of damaged equipment or improper use of equipment

    Track Rules

    • Walk/Run in the proper designated direction
    • Slower traffic to the inside
    • Be aware of “blind corners” when curtains are down
    • No weights on track
    • Track is for walking/running only

    Court Rules

    • Proper attire required
    • Restrict activities to court boundaries(don’t go onto track)
    • No weights on courts
    • Be aware of “blind corners” when curtains are down

Ice Arena Rules

  • No one without a current high school picture I.D. or driver’s liscense is allowed to use the ice arena without an adult (18 years or older), parent, or guardian with them at all times.
  • Running, pushing, hitting, spitting or dangerous horseplay are not allowed.
  • Rollerblading is not allowed.
  • Floor hockey is not allowed.
  • Rough, loud, and unseemly language or conduct is NOT allowed.
  • Use of arena suites (including the seats outside the suites) is allowed only to individuals possessing a key to the suites
  • No persons, sticks or pucks are allowed on the ice surface while the zamboni is on the ice and the zamboni area doors are open.
  • No smoking is allowed in the building.
  • All persons attending scheduled games or other events in the area must be able to produce a ticket stub, stamp, pass, or other applicable proof of legal admittance upon request of arena monitors

Failure to comply with the rules listed may be cause for dismissal, suspension or loss of membership

Norris Center Complex Daily Fees

Daily Fee: $4 (includes SAC during public hours), $10 Family Day Pass, and $15 Family Weekend( Saturday and Sunday) Pass
Racquetball Fee: $4 per person per hour (No Daily fee)
Pool: $3 adults, $2 children under 12, $8 family (immediate), $1 shower use without daily fee or pool fee
Rock Wall: $3 per day (This is not included in the daily fee for the SAC)

Taffy Abel Arena Daily Fees

Skating and Drop-in Hockey: $2 per person (pay at Ticket Office)
Walking: Free

Membership Fees & Explanations

There are a number of memberships made available that the public may make use of the Norris Center for a nominal fee. Additional information for each membership plan can be found by clicking on the membership type name.

Families, Adults, and Young Adults

Memberships for Families, Single adults, and Junior adults (15 -18 years of age) are available for the Norris Center and can be upgraded to include the Student Activity Center.

  Monthly Semester Yearly
Family Recreation


Single Recreation
Junior (14 - 18)

Senior Citizens

Membership packages are available for Senior Citizens 60 years and older at a reduced rate than the above packages.

Senior Citizen Membership


The following are considerations to be taken when deciding what membership is right for you:

  • Retired Faculty/Staff and Persons with a Senior Pass are free.
  • Spouses of Retired Faculty/Staff must pay half price.
  • Family Recreation includes the Norris Center pool, weight room and is for immediate family only. Family Racquetball includes the Norris Center pool, weight room, racquetball courts and is for immediate family only
  • Single Recreation includes the Norris Center pool, racquetball courts, weight room, and includes all equipment in S.A.C.



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Kim Churchill

Kim Churchill

"I've been accepted to Montana Tech's graduate school to pursue a master's degree in geophysical engineering. I have also accepted a full-funded graduate research assistantship to work with the Montana National Guard on developing magnetic techniques to detect unexploded ordinance. My summer internship with Geolex, a company under contract with the Guard, will study acquiring data, performing analysis, and offering interpretation on unexploded ordinance." [ more ]

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