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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

Paramedic Water Rescue
Students practice Paramedic Water Rescue

Swim Classes At LSSU

We have a number of swim classes available this summer at the Norris Center. Check the Programs and Activities page for more information.

Pool

The Norris Center Pool consists of two separate pools. The dive pool ranges from 11.5 feet deep to 15 feet deep and has 2 diving boards. The 25 meter lap pool is 4 feet deep at both ends and 8 feet deep in the middle and is equipped for handicap access. There are multiple classes offered that are American Red Cross certified as well as senior water exercise. The natatorium also has adjacent seating for 420 spectators and is the site of many area swim meets.

Norris Center Pool

As well as being used for swimming classes, the Norris Center Pool is used for classes at LSSU too.

Scuba Class at LSSU
Scuba Class at LSSU

Paramedic Water Rescue
Paramedic Water Rescue at LSSU

The pool is also used for some special events, such as the Cardboard Boat Regatta!

Cardboard Boat Regatta

Reservations

If you would like to reserve the Pool area for your special event or group, refer to the calendar below to check availability, then click on button below.

Psychology Driven...

Mary-Ellen

Mary-Ellen
Psychology

"LSSU is a relatively small school and I believe for this reason I have received a better education. The close atmosphere as opposed to a larger university has provided me with an opportunity to become acquainted with my professors. The professors therefore have an opportunity to assist with problems fairly easily, especially in upper level classes. The classes are fairly small also which provides one on one conversations which is very helpful."

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