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      Dean College Welcomes New and Returning Students

      08/27/2014

      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 Students Perform in NFL Kickoff Pregame Show at Gillette Stadium

      09/08/2017

      Over two hundred Dean College students performed in the 2017 NFL Kickoff Pregame Show at Gillette Stadium!

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      Franklin, MA (September 8, 2017) – Best experience ever; Indescribable; Truly special; Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – these are just a few words that Dean College students are using to describe their experience as on-field performers in Thursday’s NFL pregame celebration at Gillette Stadium.

      Over two hundred Dean College students, including Arts and Entertainment Management (AMGT), Business, Dance and Sport Management majors, participated as stunt card group members, banner holders and dance performers as the New England Patriots faced the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL opener.

      This is the second opportunity for Dean College to participate, having previously performed in the NFL pregame celebration in September 2015.

      It was unequivocally sweet for those students who performed for their second time.

      “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I had the opportunity to experience twice,” said AMGT major Pat Budris '19. “When we ran out to the field, you could feel the electric in the air. The crowd was roaring; it was incredible.”

      Jaclyn O’Keefe '18 also participated in the 2015 performance and shared the same sentiments. “Never in a million years would I think that I'd be able to participate in the Patriots NFL Kickoff not only once, but two times! My two experiences were different, but both indescribable.” 

      Sport Management major Dean Bennett '18 was part of the night’s banner group, holding the 2017 Super Bowl banner with his peers at the 50-yard line. “This was my first experience participating in the event and holding the center banner was amazing. I was standing right next to Gronk (Rob Gronkowski) which made the experience even better.” 

      Angeli Myatt '20 was thrilled to participate in the stunt card group. “Getting the opportunity to participate at the Patriots Kickoff is something I'll never forget. The energy on the field and in the stands brought such a wonderful and happy feeling. Definitely one of my most memorable nights!”

      Even faculty members participated alongside students, including Associate Professor of Dance, Todd Shanks. “Exciting doesn’t even begin to describe it,” said Shanks. “Dancing side by side with my students and colleagues on the field, in front of over 60,000 fellow Patriots fans was incredible. Beyond the experience of the performance, it was great for all of us to be a part of such a large-scale production.”

      The night turned out to be a family affair for first year dance student Celine Santorsola '21, as she performed on the field alongside her sisters Adrena '19 and Leanne '16, current Patriots Cheerleaders. “It felt amazing to walk in my sisters’ shoes for a night…I idolize them so much,” said Santorsola. “If this is the beginning of my time at Dean, I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

      By the end of the night, students were able to experience first-hand what it takes to produce such a large-scale performance. In the upcoming weeks, students will receive an event debrief in the classroom to bring the learning experience full circle.

      The opportunity was brought to life through The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management at Dean College, a partnership with the Kraft Sports Group. For more information about Dean College, visit www.dean.edu. For more information on The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management at Dean College, visit www.dean.edu/thecenter.

      For pictures from the 2017 NFL Kickoff Pregame Show click here or visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/deandifference

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      Dean College is a private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition that all students deserve the opportunity for academic and personal success. A uniquely supportive community for more than 150 years, Dean has woven together extensive student support and engagement with exceptional teaching and innovative campus activities. Our graduates are lifetime learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility and demonstrate leadership. This is The Dean Difference.

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      Dean College Approved to Offer BFA Degree in Dance

      09/05/2017

      Dean College Approved to Offer BFA Degree in Dance

      Dean College, a private, residential college located in Franklin, Massachusetts, has been approved by the Department of Higher Education to offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. Beginning in the fall of 2018, students entering Dean will have the opportunity to enroll in the BFA program.

      Dean College already offers students the opportunity to earn a minor in Dance, an Associate of Arts degree in Dance and/or a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance, and will now add the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance to its program.

      “We are delighted that the BFA will take its place beside our BA to provide students with the widest range of possibilities to pursue their passions in the field of Dance,” says Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Michael Fishbein. 

      The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance is an applied arts degree designed to prepare students for professional careers as performers and/or choreographers. 

      “Dean College has always maintained a strong commitment to the discipline of dance on its campus,” says Marc Arentsen, dean of the School of Dance. “The new BFA in Dance will continue in that tradition and enable skill sets, practices and perspectives of today’s professional-level dance. For students, this new degree program ultimately represents a whole lot of work,” he added. “But then, Dean Bulldogs never miss a chance to dance.”

      The Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College provides rigorous, well-rounded technical training within a purposeful liberal arts curriculum. For more information about Dean College and the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance, visit www.dean.edu.

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      Move-in day, Fall 2017

      08/22/2017

      Dean College Welcomes New and Returning Students, September 4, 2017

      On Monday, September 4, 2017 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 Dean College 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. 

      New International students will check-in for International Student Orientation (ISO) on August 31st in the Campus Center near the Robbins Family Center for Advising and Career Planning. ISO offers an opportunity for international students to become acquainted with Dean and the surrounding areas.

      Students enrolled in the Arch Learning Community should check in for Orientation on Friday, September 1, 2017. Arch Orientation allows those participating in the Arch program to become better acquainted with others in the program.

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      Dean College Receives NEH Grant to Transform Education in the Humanities

      08/02/2017

      Dean College is among 245 recipients slated to receive a total of $39.3 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

      Franklin, MA (August 2, 2017) – Dean College is among 245 recipients slated to receive a total of $39.3 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) aimed at supporting vital research, education, and public programs in the humanities.

      This is Dean College’s first grant application submitted and award received from NEH. The College plans to use the awarded funding to infuse the humanities into Core Distribution offerings by developing and piloting two courses in the history of science that incorporate hands-on labs: “History of Science” and “Henrietta Lacks: Medicine, Race, Class, and Gender in America.”

       “Culture shapes science, and science shapes culture,” says Project Director and Associate Professor of History Dr. David Dennis. “From early ideas about the Earth’s place in the cosmos to popular attitudes toward climate change and cancer treatment, the humanities are essential for how we understand the past and present of modern scientific society. This project furthers the ongoing revitalization of the humanities for the twenty-first century at Dean College and beyond. The opportunity to combine history courses with lab science underscores Dean’s record of educational innovation. I look forward to working with science and humanities faculty, as well as external scholars, to bring this groundbreaking curriculum to our students.”

      A full list of grant recipients can be found by visiting www.neh.gov.

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      About Dean College

      Dean College is a private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition that all students deserve the opportunity for academic and personal success. A uniquely supportive community for more than 150 years, Dean has woven together extensive student support and engagement with exceptional teaching and innovative campus activities. Our graduates are lifetime learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility and demonstrate leadership. This is The Dean Difference. To learn more, visit: www.dean.edu.

      About the National Endowment for the Humanities

      Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

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      Dean College Becomes the Newest Member of the NECC

      07/25/2017

      Dean College Becomes Newest Member of the NECC

       Dr. Joseph L. Chillo, Newbury College President and Chair of the New England Collegiate Conference Presidents Council announced today that Dean College will become the newest member of the NECC for the 2017-18 academic year.

      "We are delighted to welcome Dean College and their student-athletes to the NECC. This is an exciting time for the conference as we add another quality institution committed to the philosophy and values of the NCAA and the NECC.  We're confident that Dean College will continue its success and provide a high quality experience for all student-athletes competing in the NECC."

      “Dean College is proud to become a member of NECC,” said Dr. Paula Rooney, President of Dean College. “We look forward to welcoming NECC members to our athletic facilities this fall.”

      Dean College competed in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) before receiving provisional membership status into NCAA Division III on July 1, 2017. The College will now compete in the NECC for all sports except for football, which will be housed under the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).

      “Competing within the NECC is a great opportunity for Dean College,” said Todd Vasey, Director of Athletics at Dean College. “We feel strongly that our philosophies and ideals regarding student-athlete success, intercollegiate athletics and community involvement match up perfectly with the NECC.”

      Dean College’s intercollegiate teams include men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer and volleyball and women’s basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball. Dean will add field hockey in 2018.

      "We are proud to welcome Dean College as a member of the NECC, said Del Malloy, NECC Commissioner. They are fully committed to offering a quality athletic experience for their student-athletes and have a long and distinguished history of doing things the right way in all aspects of the student-athlete experience.”

      For more information on Dean College Athletics, visit www.deanbulldogs.com. For more information on the New England Collegiate Conference, visit www.neccathletics.com.

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