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Engage Learning Day set for February 13

Encouraging students to take learning beyond the classroom by tackling real world problems

Engaging with Dance

Lindsay Sockwell
From the SMU Magazine:

Senior Lindsay Sockwell, one of the first Engaged Learning grant recipients, experienced her own “journey of discovery” this past summer while working with orphans in Zambia. She used her skills as a dance performance major with a psychology minor to inspire the children, most of whom lost their parents to the AIDS epidemic in Africa.

Lindsay Sockwell“I had spent time in Africa last year and saw how the children’s facial expressions changed in the presence of music and dance,” Sockwell says, “and I became interested in how that could be therapeutic for orphaned kids in Zambia.”

Sockwell divided her time in Zambia’s capital of Lusaka between a summer camp and an orphanage, both operated by Family Legacy Missions International of Irving. She worked with a group of boys ages 4-16 for two weeks and helped lead dance sessions within large-group gatherings for another two weeks. Sockwell and other counselors taught the children songs through repetition and taught dance movements that used symbolic gesture because most of the children don’t speak English. The youngsters reciprocated by teaching the Americans a few songs in their tribal language.

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February 9, 2012

SMU's Engaged Learning initiative will hold a series of events on Monday, February 13, aimed at encouraging students to take their learning experience beyond the classroom by tackling real world problems.

The day's activities will include an open house at the Engaged Learning office, workshops and presentations by students who are currently completing projects.

"We want students to ask themselves 'What do you care about?' and 'What are you going to do about it?' ” said Susan Kress,  Director of Engaged Learning.  "Answering these questions will hopefully inspire them to imagine and make a project happen, a project that links to their SMU education."

The day's schedule includes:

11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Open House
On the Garden Level of Clements Hall

2 p.m.

Workshop: Engaged Learning 101
On the Garden Level of Clements Hall
Everything you wanted to know about the program and taking the initiative.

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Student Presentations
in the Forum of Hughes-Trigg Student Center

  • Junior business marketing, photography and art history major Colby Kruger empowered young women to define "beauty" in their own way by teaching them photographic skills and developing a creative perspective.
  • Junior statistical science and mathematics major Michael McCarthy built an information database needed to improve home care services for veterans with spinal cord injuries.
  • Junior dance performance major Lindsay Abigail Sockwell served as a 2011 intern for Family Legacy Missions International, introducing music and dance to orphaned children in Zambia.

4:30 p.m.

Workshop: Make It Count
on the Garden Level of Clements Hall.
How to turn ideas, research, service or internships into an Unbridled Learning Project. Students may already be engaged in activities that could be ramped up to count as a project. And they can get credit on their transcripts for their projects.

5 p.m.

Information Table, Etc.
There will be a 3-sided 8-foot tower where students can post their answers to the question: "What do you care about?"

For more information, contact the Office of Engaged Learning at 
or at 214-768-3223.

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