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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 to Hold William “Bill” Evans Dance Intensives, July 6-18, 2015


      This summer William “Bill” Evans, Dean College's Artist in Residence, will be hosting a Dance Teachers' Intensive and an International Conference on Somatics-Based Dance Education. Both the intensive and conference are sponsored by the Palladino School of Dance at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts.

      The Bill Evans Dance Teachers’ Intensive 2015, The Art Science of Teaching Dance, will take place Monday, July 6 through Wednesday, July 15, 2015. The intensive includes three modules to choose from. Faculty include Bill Evans, Peggy Hackney, Claire Porter, Don Halquist, Kitty Daniels, Debra Knapp and Suzie Lundgren. On campus housing and meal plan are available.

      On Wednesday evening, July 15 through Saturday, July 18, 2015, Bill Evans, Cynthia Williams and the Palladino School of Dance at Dean College will host the International Conference on Somatics-Based Dance Education.The conference is dedicated to sharing research, pedagogical practices and creative work integrating somatic concepts and dance. It will feature a variety of presentations by practicing teaching artists, dance performances, a master class by Bill Evans and keynote addresses by international leaders in the field Peggy Hackney and Martha Eddy.

      Both the Evans Teachers’ Intensive and the International Conference will take place at Dean College, 99 Main Street, Franklin, MA. Dean College is easily accessed by train from the Boston Logan International Airport. Registration required. For more information, full faculty bios, and to register, visit

      Three professional dance performances will take place as part of these events on Wednesday, July 15, Thursday, July 16 and Saturday, July 18. All three shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Main Stage and are open to the public. Tickets are $15 for one concert, $25 for two concerts, and $30 for three concerts. Cash or check will be accepted at the door. The Wednesday concert will feature performances by Bill Evans, Don Halquist and Claire Porter. The Thursday and Saturday concerts will be composed of somatics-based works by distinguished choreographers from around the country whose works were selected for presentation at the International Conference.

      About the Keynotes:

      William “Bill” Evans, MFA, CLMA, CMA, honorary DFA, is a world-renowned artist, publisher, advocate, and dance consultant. In August 2014, he became Artist in Residence and Professor of Dance at the Palladino School of Dance at Dean College. He is Visiting Professor of Dance Emeritus in the Department of Dance at the SUNY College at Brockport, where he served from 2004 through 2014, and Distinguished Professor of Dance Emeritus at the University of New Mexico, where he served from 1988 through 2004.

      Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT, EdD is a sought-after authority within the field of Somatic Movement Education & Therapy & Dance Somatics, author and lecturer on how to apply dance and body awareness to neuro-motor development and socioemotional learning, as well as to peace education/conflict resolution, social somatics and ecological issues.

      Peggy Hackney holds a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude) and an M.F.A. in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College. She is internationally known as a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst and a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist. Peggy performed as a dancer in New York City for 10 years before joining the Bill Evans Dance Co. and touring the USA extensively. She is the author of Making Connections: Total Body Integration Through Bartenieff Fundamentals, probably the leading book of its kind ever published.

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      New Student Orientation III, July 9-10, 2015


      Accepted and deposited students are invited and encouraged to attend a New Student Orientation session to become more acquainted with Dean College and all that we have to offer.

      NSO is a day and a half long program full of fun activities, helpful workshops and informative presentations for students and parents alike. By attending, you will learn more about residence life programs, technology services, student activities held on campus and more! You will also have the opportunity to meet and make new friends before the school year begins.

      Visit to learn more about and to register for the third session of NSO.

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      Dean College Administrative Offices Closed Friday, July 3, 2015


      Dean College administrative offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015 for the July 4th holiday.

      Normal operations will resume on Monday, July 6, 2015.

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      Dean College President Paula M. Rooney Receives Award


      Dean College is pleased to announce that President Paula M. Rooney, Ed.D. has received the 2015 Massachusetts ACE Women’s Network Leadership Award. 

      The prestigious award was presented to Dr. Rooney during the 2015 President’s Dinner and Leadership Award Ceremony at Brandeis University on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

      The American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network facilitates the networking of women interested in pursuing leadership opportunities in higher education. The mission of the Massachusetts Network of Women Leaders in Higher Education is to improve higher education in Massachusetts by promoting women’s leadership and participation. 

      Massachusetts ACE Women’s Network offers two awards each year, including the Leadership Award, which recognizes women who exhibit leadership in mentoring, promoting, and encouraging women in the field of higher education in Massachusetts. The awardee exemplifies the principles of the ACE National Network: IDEALS, which stand for Identify, Develop, Encourage, Advance, Link, and Support women to advance their careers.

      “Dr. Rooney’s steadfast support of women’s professional and personal development, coupled with her focused initiatives around the IDEALS that the ACE National Network promotes, exemplifies the qualities of a 

      Leadership Award winner. On behalf of the entire Dean College community, I extend our heartfelt congratulations,” said Mark Boyce, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Dean College.

      For more information on the Massachusetts ACE Women’s Network, visit For more information on Dean College, visit

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      Dean College Approved to Offer B.S. Degrees in Management, Security Management, and Sport Management



      Franklin, MA (June 22, 2015) – Dean College, a private, residential college located in Franklin, Massachusetts, has been approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to offer new stand-alone B.S. degrees, adding to the B.A. programs already offered by the College. Beginning in fall 2016, students at Dean College will be able to complete a Bachelor of Science in Management, Security Management, and Sport Management. 

      These new B.S. programs prepare students for the world of work or graduate school.  “Today’s employers are seeking graduates who have depth of preparation in these specific fields backed by the knowledge and skills that management degrees provide; inquiry and analysis, critical thinking, written and oral communication, quantitative and information literacy, teamwork and problem solving,” said Dr. Michael Fishbein, Vice President of Academic Affairs.

      Dean College now proudly offers 11 Bachelor Degree programs, including Arts and Entertainment Management, Dance, English, History, Liberal Arts and Studies, Management, Psychology, Security Management, Sociology, Sport Management, or Theatre. Additionally, Dean College offers 21 Associate Degree programs, as well as a robust schedule of part-time continuing and professional education credit and certificate programs throughout the calendar year.

      For more information on Dean College, visit our website

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