The Rodman Seminars Program allows Rodman Scholars to take part in learning experiences without the formality of a traditional class. Its purpose is to allow scholars explore interesting and useful topics to develop relevant skills to complement their academic education, or just for the joy of learning.

Spring 2017 Seminars

How to Produce for Engineers Led by our own Emmy Award-winning producer Maya Drake, this seminar will focus on documenting the design process of ongoing research, projects, or capstones that you are involved with in the form of a 5-10 minute video. Each student will learn the basics from producing, writing, shooting, and editing in Final Cut Pro.
Introduction to SolidWorks Learn the basics of design in SolidWorks. All students who pass this seminar will have the fee to take the Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) exam covered at the end of the semester.
Introduction to 3D Animation Learn basic 3D animation skills using Blender. Students will be taught the basics of modeling, texturing, and motion animation. The course will culminate with building a 3D environment that we can explore in VR.
Theory and Practice of Coffee This class will introduce students to the "practical science" that goes into making a great cup of coffee. We will cover things like how to parse out the origin and roast of coffee beans, how to store and grind your coffee like a snob, and how to brew coffee with a variety of methods like pour-over, cold brew, and french press. The class will be a small group who want to hang out and learn to make delicious coffee together. We hope to include a few field trips to visit local cafes and roasters, too.
Film Studies This semester, the film studies seminar will focus on American Classics, movies that have and will withstand the test of time. Your parents have seen these movies and your kids will probably see them some day. There will be about 20 minutes of discussion after a movie showing that will be required to count attendance of the movie. Potential titles include: The Shawshank Redemption, Casablanca, Taxi Driver, To Kill a Mockingbird, Goodfellas, Rocky, The Godfather, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Yoga and Meditation A seminar offered to introduce the practice of yoga as a discipline of the body and the mind, with the goal of cultivating more vibrant physical and mental health. The class aims to integrate mindfulness into everyday life through the pursuit of yoga in its various forms. No former experience required.
Taylor Swift The infamous "Taylor Swift RodSem" is designed to give students an understanding and appreciation for the impact singer/songwriter Taylor Swift has brought on music, art, and society. Whether a fan or merely an observer of her music, she has played a huge role in society for the past decade. This course will give you context of Swift’s background, and we will delve into the five major albums she has released since 2006 and break each “era” down into influences, music, videos, marketing, and accompanying tour (with a potential surprise guest too!).
Beer Brewing Students will learn the history and science of beer brewing as well as the business and processes of microbreweries in Virginia.

Student-Led Seminars

Recently, student-led seminars were introduced to allow scholars to learn from each other and share their knowledge about topics they are passionate about. Students may apply to be an instructor here. The students' relevant experience in the topic, commitment and interest in leading the seminar, and the development of the syllabus will be taken into consideration in this application.