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      Dean College Welcomes New and Returning Students


      Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, August 28, students from around the world will be arriving on campus to kick off the 2014-15 academic year!

      Friday marks the beginning of International Student Orientation (ISO) and Arch Orientation. ISO offers an opportunity for international students to become acquainted with Dean and the surrounding areas and Arch Orientation allows those participating in the Arch program to become better acquainted with others in the program.

      On Monday, September 1, the remaining new and returning students will move in and/or check-in to Dean College. Times and locations for check-in vary depending on a variety of factors, so be sure to check out the Move-In Day web page for all information. If you are moving in to a residence hall for the first time, you will also find some tips on what to bring and what not to bring to college.

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      Dean College Approved to Offer B.A. Degree in Communications


      Dean College has been approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to offer a new stand-alone B.A. degree. Beginning in fall 2016, students at Dean College will be able to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

      This new B.A. program will prepare students for the world of work or graduate school.

      “Dean’s Associate degree in Communications has a proud history and great alumni,” said Dr. Michael Fishbein, vice president of academic affairs. “Our students have been asking to stay at Dean to finish their Bachelor’s degree in Communications and we are delighted to provide them with the option to do so.”

      Dean College now proudly offers 12 bachelor degree programs, including Arts and Entertainment Management, Business Management, Communications, Dance, English, History, Liberal Arts and Studies, Psychology, Security Management, Sociology, Sport Management, and Theatre.

      Additionally, Dean College offers associate degree programs, as well as a robust schedule of part-time continuing and professional education credit and certificate programs throughout the calendar year.

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      Dean College to Host FAFSA Day, January 31, 2016


      Join us for FAFSA Day on Sunday, January 31, 2016, sponsored by FAFSA Day Massachusetts, a non-profit, volunteer-driven program providing free assistance to students and families seeking to complete the FAFSA. Students, families and adult learners are invited to receive help with applying for financial aid for the 2016-17 academic year. Learn more and register by visiting

      While on campus, why not check out Dean College? Join us for an information session and tour of campus designed to help you better understand The Dean Difference.

      Tentative schedule of events:

      10:30 Check-in (Campus Center)

      11:00 Brunch

      11:30 Info Session (Campanella Board Room)

      12:00 Tour

      1:00 FAFSA DAY (Technology Center)

      We can't wait to welcome you to campus!

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      Dean College Children’s Center to Host Preschool Exploration Open House, January 11, 2016


      Dean Children’s Center will host an Exploration Open House on Monday, January 11, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Parents of children 2 years old to 6 years are encouraged to bring their child to explore the school and learn about our program. Applications are being accepted for 5-day morning, 2-day morning, 3-day morning preschool programs or 4-day Pre-K program. Preschool begins January 2016 and September 2016.

      Innovative and progressive, the school is NAEYC accredited and well known in the community for an inspiring preschool experience. Dean Children’s Center is a lab school for ECE majors, with teachers-in-training alongside credentialed teachers. The center has a very professional and caring environment for children to learn through exploration.

      The school uses a developmental approach to education which reflects current research in child development and peer conflict resolution. Director Faith Nickolas states “We are a regional resource to parents and educators on peer conflict resolution in young children and our lab school is a demonstration site for best practices in early education of children.”

      Dean College Children’s Center is located at 144 School Street in Franklin. For more information, call 508-541-1598.  

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      Dean College Administrative Offices Closed December 31, 2015 - January 1, 2016


      Dean College administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, December 31st through Friday, January 1, 2016. Administrative offices will resume normal business hours beginning Monday, January 4, 2016.

      Dean College administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, December 31st through Friday, January 1, 2016.

      Administrative offices will resume normal business hours beginning Monday, January 4, 2016.

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      Dean College Athletic Department News


      Dean College is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2016, current athletic director John Jackson will be moving into a newly created role, Director of NCAA Transition and Compliance. Head football coach and associate athletic director, Todd Vasey will assume leadership of the Athletic Department as the Dean College Athletic Director. And, Stephen Tirrell will replace Todd Vasey as the Head Football Coach.

      Earlier this year Dean College notified the NCAA of its intent and desire to explore NCAA Division III membership. The process includes several key strategic decisions that need to be made to ensure the transition is successful and that all requirements are met.

      For the past 35 years, John Jackson has spearheaded the growth and development of the athletic program at Dean College. His years of expertise will prove to be an asset during the College’s NCAA transition.

      “We are certain that John’s longtime commitment to student athletes, loyalty to Dean and network in the athletic profession, will guide us through this rigorous process,” said Dr. Paula Rooney, president of Dean College.

      John will also serve as the College’s Athletic Compliance Officer, an NCAA requirement.

      Coach Todd Vasey entered his 12th season this fall as the winningest head football coach in Dean College history. “Todd has achieved incredible success and instilled a sense of Bulldog Pride among the Dean Community, and most importantly, our student athletics,” said Dr. Rooney.

      Vasey’s tenure as coach, paired with years of experience as an athletic administrator, will make for a seamless transition to the new role.

      “I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead the athletic department at Dean College,” said Vasey. “My goal is to build upon the many great things that John Jackson has put in place and make Dean College Athletics one of the finest Division III athletic programs in New England.”

      Moving to the Head Football Coach slot is Franklin resident, Stephen Tirrell. Prior to his new role in the department, Tirrell was the defensive line coach for the football team.

      “I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to lead the Dean College Football team during this new era,” said Tirrell. “My goal is to continue the success that has already been put in place by Coach Vasey.”

      For more information on Dean College athletics, visit

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