What is Collo?

Good question. I like to think it’s all puppy dogs and rainbows. Here’s what’s been on the syllabus since I started teaching facilitating this course:

This course should provide an opportunity for you to develop personally, academically and professionally, to help foster a sense of community within the Honors College, and to volunteer and serve the community. In short, this course is a way to receive credit hours for doing those things you should, as an Honors student, already be doing.

That’s not terrible, though I’m not sure it really captures what Collo is. Increasingly, I view Collo as two separate courses–one for incoming students and one for returning students. For new students, Collo serves as an extended introduction to ETSU and the Honors College. The course acquaints students with opportunities, resources, and expectations for Honors students. It also gives students an opportunity to explore and develop a plan for their time in the Honors College. Incoming students meet regularly in class with their cohort. They are also required to attend some Honors College and campus events, engage in community service, and reflect on their own personal values and goals.

For returning students, Collo is a nudge (or a maybe a stick) to keep you engaged on campus, in the community, and with the Honors College. Returning students have much more flexibility with respect to course requirements. Students are required to spend a certain number of hours each semester on personal, academic, or professional development; community service; and building connections to and within the Honors College. The particular content and distribution of those hours is largely up to each individual student. The focus is less on what you are doing, and more on that you are doing these things.

My hope is that Collo is a course that helps unify and make sense of your time in the Honors College. It’s the one class you will take every semester you are in the Honors College, and it hopefully provides opportunities to reflect on your goals and intentionally seek, engage, and reflect on opportunities to further them.

Where Is Collo?

Collo is everywhere. Sometimes it’s in a classroom. But it’s also around campus, at Honors House, in Yoakley, in your dorm room, in the community, at a play, at a lecture, and in a gallery. It’s on the internet, in a book, in a conversation, when you’re hanging out with friends, and when you’re deep in thought. Collo is wherever and whenever you are being consciously honorsy (I think I coined that phrase, so please attribute appropriately.) We want and expect ETSU Honors Students to be “bright, curious, highly motivated students” who show “dedication to their community” and are “intellectual and creative risk takers.” Wherever you are when you are thoughtfully and intentionally being that kind of student, that’s where Collo is.

When is Collo?

Officially, it is on Tuesdays from 5:15 to 6:30. In reality, it’s all the time. See above.

Who is Collo?

Nobody, but insofar as an actual human being is associated with Collo, I suppose it is me. Hi, I’m Daniel Hedden, and I facilitate Collo. You can read a little bit about me in this edition of the Honors College Newsletter. I sometimes blog here. You can follow me on twitter @danielhedden. I’ve been at ETSU since 2007, first in the Philosophy Department and, since 2012, in the Honors College. I love teaching and I love the challenge of trying to turn Collo into a course that works for everyone, is actually useful and helpful, and rises above the minimal threshold of being non-terrible. I garden, play the guitar, occasionally draw, eat vegetarian, and ride a 1974 Schwinn Suburban. I love Auburn football. I also hate Auburn football. I like woodworking, cooking, and manual labor. I hate shaving, Luke Bryan, and sushi. John Stuart Mill is right. Kant is wrong.

Why Collo?

Because we love you.