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      Save the Date: 2014 President's Cup Golf Tournament



        Save the Date: 2014 Golf Tournament

      18th Annual Dean College President’s Cup Golf Tournament
      to benefit the Dean College Scholarship Fund
      Monday, September 15, 2014
      Franklin Country Club

      Details of event coming early summer.

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      Dean College Thanks Dr. Linda Ragosta for 9 Years of Service


      Dr. Linda Ragosta recently left Dean College after 9 years of service.

      As Vice President of Academic Affairs and Planning, Linda has been an instrumental member of the Senior Management team at Dean College since 2005. For the past 9 years, Linda has led the college in successfully implementing its mission. The dedication that she has shown to Dean exemplifies the Dean Difference and the care that each individual member of the Dean community shows to bettering the community as a whole.

      Best of luck in any and all future endeavors! You will truly be missed at Dean!

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      Dean College Athletic Director Receives Award


      Dean College Athletic Director John Jackson has been awarded the 2013-2014 Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award (ADOY) for the Junior/Community College division. It is the third time that John has been selected to receive this honor. 

      The ADOY Award highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities.

      John will be recognized at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) 49th Annual Convention Awards Luncheon at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida on June 11, 2014.

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      Dean College Welcomes New Dean of the School of Continuing Studies


      Dean College welcomes Diletta “Dee” Masiello as Dean of the School of Continuing Studies. With over 15 years of increasing responsibility in higher education, Masiello will focus her new position on building programs for adult students.

      Having worked at Northeastern University for the past 13 years, Masiello is excited to have an impact on a smaller institution. “My goal is to raise Dean’s profile in the area,” said Masiello. “Providing Dean students with more options through the addition of new programs and flexible course delivery is very exiting! Everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue a higher education and these initiatives build more pathways to make that possible."

      Prior to joining Dean, Dee served as the Assistant Dean of Graduate Faculty and Academic Affairs at Northeastern University, where she provided leadership, strategic recruitment, enrollment management, and policy development. During her tenure, Masiello helped launch the first-ever online MBA program at Northeastern University. Under her leadership the program has grown from an original entering class of 18 students in November of 2006 to nearly 1400 students today. “People are now recognizing the value of the online delivery mode,” said Masiello. “To provide flexibility to those who might not be able to attend classes is where online education is valuable.” 

      Masiello holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University and a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has presented at local, regional and national conferences on a variety of topics including: strategic enrollment management, online learning and retention issues of adult and online students.

      "We are excited to welcome Dee to Dean College,” said John Marcus, Vice President of Enrollment Services and Marketing at Dean College. “Dee will be instrumental during our launch of the online degree program in the fall. Her expertise in starting new programs, working with adult learners and online program development and evaluation are exactly what Dean needs at this point in our history.”

      Dee will begin her new role at Dean College on Monday, June 30, 2014.​

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      Dean Kicks Off “Celebrate the Past – Secure the Future” Campaign


      In 2015, Dean College will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding and President Paula M. Rooney will celebrate twenty years as President. Both of these milestones provide the opportune time to celebrate the significant achievements of this noble institution and the still growing legacy of its current President.

      The Sesquicentennial is the ideal backdrop for an important initiative that will secure a dynamic and promising future for Dean. To that end, the Dean College Board of Trustees established Dean 150: Celebrate the Past – Secure the Future a comprehensive campaign beginning its public phase on June 1, 2014.

      President Rooney thanks all donors for their commitment to the College and the campaign: “Dean has evolved into a leader and a model for retaining a focus on the associate’s degree while adding carefully designed baccalaureate programs. We approach the Sesquicentennial from a position of strength. Our distinct mission and focus on the academic and personal success of each student creates a remarkable learning community of caring and challenge.”

      The goal of the campaign is to raise $7.5 million by May 31, 2016. Click here to donate.
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      Dean Thanks Retiring Faculty and Staff for 87 Years of Service


      Three influential members of the Dean College community have recently retired or are transitioning to another position. These individuals leave behind 87 combined years of experience, service, and loyalty to the College.

      Thomas (Tommy) Pruvot started working at Dean in 1974 as a custodian. During his 40 dedicated years, Tommy forged strong friendships and earned the love and respect of all those with whom he worked. In honor of Tommy’s legacy, a pathway near Dean Hall was named after Tommy, Tommy’s Way.

      Jean Wenzel began teaching dance courses here at Dean in 1982. Dean Emerita, Joanie Palladino, said that when she was told she should interview Jean for a teaching position, she did not know what to expect. Jean was someone who had been a Show Girl and had performed with the legendary Jimmy Durante. In the early days of the dance program, Jean took the lead in making tap an integral part of the dance curriculum. She has done this with distinction, by teaching countless Dean students the art of tap. In 2006, she received the first part-time faculty teaching excellence award. Jean exemplifies the ideal of living each day to the fullest. She has given her all to Dean College over the past 30 years.

      Jed Griswold started teaching at Dean as an Adjunct Faculty member. For 17 years, Jed dedicated his time to teaching Psychology and Philosophy to many generations of students. He is retiring as a Professor, leaving behind a rich legacy. 

      The dedication that these faculty and staff members have shown to Dean College exemplifies the Dean Difference and the care that each individual member of the Dean community shows to bettering the community as a whole. Congratulations on your retirements and best of luck in future endeavors!


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