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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

Pool Programs and Activites

There will be no Aqua Tots scheduled for the Summer of 2014.

Aqua Tots

Developed for children 6 months to 5 years of age, American Red Cross Parent and Child Aquatics builds swimming readiness by emphasizing fun in the water.

Parents and children participate in several guided practice sessions that help children learn elementary skills, including water entry, bubble blowing, front kicking, back floating, underwater exploration and more.

Once children can perform basic skills without parental assistance, they may begin Learn-to-Swim courses. Children in swim lessons aren't required to bring any equipment except a bathing suit and a towel. We ask that any child that is not potty trained be sure to wear a swimmer's diaper.

Dates & Cost:
There will be no Aqua Tots scheduled for the Summer of 2014.

 

Swim Lessons

The new American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim classes provide instruction to help swimmers of all ages and abilities develop their swimming and water safety skills. It is designed to give students a positive learning experience.

Learn-to-Swim teaches aquatic and safety skills in a logical progression. The objective is to teach people to swim and to be safe in, on and around the water.

Skills are categorized in the following way:

  • Water Entry and Exit
  • Breath Control and Underwater Swimming
  • Buoyancy
  • Changing Direction and Position
  • Treading
  • Swimming on Front, Back and Side
  • General and Personal Water Safety
  • Helping Others

The six learn-to-swim levels and the objectives for each level include:

Level 1
Introduction to Water Skills: helps students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely.

Level 2
Fundamental Aquatic Skills: gives students success with fundamental skills.

Level 3
Stroke Development: builds on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice.

Level 4
Stroke Improvement: develops confidence in the strokes learned and to improve other aquatic skills.

Level 5
Stroke Refinement: provides further coordination and refinement of strokes.

Level 6
Swimming and Skill Proficiency: refines the strokes so students swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Level 6 is designed with "menu" options. Each of these options focus on preparing students to participate in more advance courses, such as Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Training. These options include:

  • Personal Water Safety
  • Lifeguard Readiness
  • Fundamentals of Diving
  • Fitness Swimming

Dates & Cost:
Session 1:
June 16 - July 17
Session 2: July 21 - August 14
Monday - Thursday: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: $65 per child; $52 per additional child in family

*NOTE: There will be no classes June 30 - July 4.

 

Water Aerobics

Water aerobics offers participants a variety of shallow and deep water activities. The class develops or helps improve cardiovascular endurance, stretching, core strengthening (abdomen), and muscle tone (using water filled milk jugs as weights). Individuals with varied exercise and weight training ability can gain from these classes.

Dates & Cost:
June 16 - August 15

Monday - Thursdays:
9:00am - 9:50am
Cost:
$84

Drop-In Rate:
$4 per day

*NOTE: There will be no classes June 30 - July 4.


Registration

You can stop by the Norris Center Ticket Office to register and pay for sessions. We will also be offering registration over the phone with Visa or MasterCard. Payment must accompany registration to guarantee a spot in our programs. We are no longer billing participants for classes. Registration will be on a first pay basis. Early registrations will not be taken, so please carefully read the dates for the sessions you wish to register for before calling.

Cancellation

There will be a $15 cancellation fee for cancellation of water exercise or learn to swim classes. After four classes there will be no refund.

*NOTE: There will be no classes if the University is closed due to inclement weather. You will be contacted if a cancellation is necessary for any other reason. Classes will be made up.

 

Top Engineers

SME

First Place
Lake Superior State University

Tied with: Eastern Michigan University

Second Place
Lawrence Technological University

Third Place
Western Michigan University

Other participants included: University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Ferris State University

2000 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Region 6 Conference

Student Design and Build Competition

March 25, 2000
Lansing, Mich.

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