Syllabus

For Freshmen and 1st-year MidwaysFor Everyone else

Honors Colloquium, Spring 2019
Tuesdays, 5:15-6:30
Rogers Stout 102 or Yoakley Great Room
Facilitator: Daniel Hedden
Email: hedden@etsu.edu
Office: 200 Yoakley
Office Hours: M-Th, 8-11 or by appt.
twitter: @danielhedden

 

Course Webpage: www.honorscollo.net

Course Rationale: For incoming students, this course helps introduce you to ETSU and the Honors community. We will spend time thinking about your academic and personal goals and values; exploring volunteer, social, and other co-curricular opportunities; and building a sense of community within the Honors College. For returning students, Collo provides a nudge for you to continue to develop personally, academically and professionally; foster a sense of community within the Honors College; and volunteer and serve the community. In short, this course is intended to facilitate you doing those things you should, as an Honors student, already be doing.

For Freshmen and 1st-year Midways:

Requirements for incoming students (Freshmen UHS, Freshmen FPA, and incoming Midways):

  • Attend all classes noted on the calendar that are required for you. 
  • Do five hours of community service.
  • Attend two events (concerts, plays, lectures, exhibitions, club meetings, etc.) during the semester.
  • Attend at least one Honors event (pinning, academic excellence convocation, charity ball, other social events, etc.)
  • Propose and complete a project (individually or in groups) that requires a minimum commitment of 15 hours throughout the semester.
  • You cannot count things for Collo that you receive credit for in another class or that you are paid to do.

For non-freshmen and non-1st-year-Midways 

Requirements

  • As we have done in the past, you will be required to devote a certain number of hours to Collo related activities.
  • You are required to engage in at least five hours of volunteer service.
  • You should attend at least one Honors event (pinning, academic excellence convocation, charity ball, other social events, etc.)
  • The rest of the requirements are largely up to you. You can distribute those hours in the way that makes the most sense and works the best for you. 
  • You will submit a brief proposal or sketch of what you plan to do for Collo hours this semester. The goal here is to try to make what you’re doing more coherent, and less like a hodgepodge of unrelated and/or last minute activities. See information below on the Collo contract/proposal.
  • You cannot count things for Collo that you receive credit for in another class or that you are paid to do.

The Collo Contract/Proposal

In the first few weeks of the semester, you will create your own proposal for what you will do in Collo this semester. Your proposal should include the volunteer hours. You should include as many details as you can about what else you plan to do for Collo during the semester, including the proposed number of hours and dates if you have them. This should give you the opportunity to engage in a more sustained project (people have used this in the past to work on grad school applications, creative projects not associated with any class, and more sustained service projects) or to adjust your schedule to avoid being overworked during a particular period of time. You can assume the proposal is okay with me unless you explicitly hear from me that it is not. Your proposals are due by 2/5.  

Grading

  • Your grade in the course will be based on the time you spend doing course-related things.
  • A: 25 hours, A-: 23 hours, B+: 21 hours, B: 19 hours, B-: 17 hours, C: 15 hours. F: < 15 hours

Recording and submitting your time

  • You will record your time spent on Collo related activities and submit it every five weeks. You must have a minimum of three hours on each submission.  Any five week period in which you have fewer than three hours will result in a reduction in your final grade by 1/3 (from A to A-, A- to B+, etc.). You can have a maximum of twenty hours per five week period. No hours over twenty will count towards the total. Failure to meet the minimum hours in any category will result in a reduction in your final grade by 1/3 for each category that is short of the minimum.
  • You’ll keep track of what you’re doing for Collo on your blog or on the form available on the Collo website. Instructions are on the form, but you will need a google account.
  • These progress reports are due by 11:59 PM ET on Tuesday, 2/26, 3/26, 5/2. Late reports are subject to a ⅓ deduction for each week it’s late.