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      School of Dance Welcomes Four Renowned Dancers to “Choreographers’ Concert” Production

      01/27/2014

      In the spirit of “So, You Think You Can Dance,” “America’s Got Talent,” and other popular reality shows, the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College presents Choreographers’ Concert for Dance Momentum weekend beginning on Friday, February 21, 2014, featuring Dean College dance students and renowned guest choreographer judges.  Additionally, Dean College will host Master Classes open to the public on February 22, 2014.

      “Dancers and dance lovers in the community should mark Feb. 21st and 22nd in their calendars as an important and inspiring weekend of dance,” said Julianne Pedersen O’Brien, Dean of the School of Dance. Dancers will get the chance to take classes in Contemporary, Afro-Modern, Hip Hop, and Modern Repertory from renowned performer/choreographers, as well as participate in a talk back session with the artists.”

      The Choreographers’ Concert on Friday, February 21st will take place at 8:00 p.m. in the Guidrey Center, featuring Dean College dance students and renowned guest choreographer judges. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors/children.  The College will host master classes on February 22, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  The fee is $70, which includes lunch and your choice of attending one to all four classes. 

      The two-day dance event features David Parker teaching a modern technique class with elements of choreographic investigation, Nyama McCarthy Brown teaching Afro-Modern, Marc Kimelman teaching Hip Hop, and Martin Lofsnes teaching traditional modern technique.

      David Parker is the artistic director of The Bang Group, commissioned by The American Dance Festival, The Yard, and Dance Theater Workshop.

      Dr. Nyama McCarthy-Brown holds a PhD in Dance Education and Cultural Studies from Temple University.  She is a visiting professor at Bowdoin College.  Additionally, she has performed with Ballethnic Dance Company. 

      Marc Kimelman has worked with the New York City Ballet, Katy Perry, Phish, Neil Young, and Chaka Kahn.  His Broadway credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Broadway Bares, and Play It Cool. 

      Martin Lofsnes is a principle dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, a dancer with Maurice Bejart and Matthew Bourne, and faculty with the Ailey School and Martha Graham School.  Additionally, he is the artistic director of 360º Dance Company. 

      Pedersen O’Brien added, “it is an affordable and exciting day of dancing and learning about dance, and it is an honor to bring these guest to the regional community! It is a dance weekend not to be missed.”

      To purchase tickets to the Choreographer’s Concert visit the calendar of events page at www.dean.edu.  To register for a Master Class, visit www.dean.edu/worldofdance or contact Tracy Lane at (508) 541-1606 or via email at tlane@dean.edu.

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      Dean College Proudly Announces Tom Werner as Fall Speaker

      07/23/2014

      Dean College is honored to host Thomas C. Werner, Chairman of the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, for the Dean College Leadership Institute Executive Lecture Series on September 23, 2014. The Executive Series offers a unique and interactive opportunity for students, alumni, and the local community to interact with today’s business leaders.

      The speaking program will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Guidrey Center at Dean College, 99 Main Street, Franklin, MA on September 23, 2014. The program is FREE and open to the public. Registration is required as seating is limited. Click here to register for this event.

      Guest speaker Thomas C. Werner is one of the chief architects behind three World Championships for the Boston Red Sox in 2004, 2007 and 2013, in which the Sox won their first World Series at Fenway Park since 1918.

      “The Red Sox are a New England institution and Mr. Werner has helped build one of the most successful franchises in all of sports,” said Dr. Paula Rooney, President of Dean College. “This event is a great opportunity for our students to learn from the management of the Red Sox as Mr. Werner shares many of the keys to his and the team’s great achievements.”

      Before joining the Red Sox ownership group, Mr. Werner, was an award-winning television producer behind several network hits including The Cosby Show, Roseanne, and That 70’s Show and is a member of the Television Hall of Fame. He became Chairman of the Boston Red Sox in 2002 when his company, Fenway Sports Group, bought the club. He is also chairman of the New England Sports Network, and since 2010, chairman of the Liverpool Football Club of the English Premier League.

      Under Werner’s leadership as Chairman of the Boston Red Sox, he oversaw successive improvements to Fenway Park that restored its luster. In 2012, Fenway Park was the first ballpark to celebrate its 100th anniversary. More importantly, during Werner’s tenure, the Boston Red Sox have enjoyed unprecedented success, having advanced to postseason play three straight seasons and six times in seven years for the first time in its history. The pinnacle, of course, was the 2004 World Championship that ended an 86-year drought. Another World Series victory would follow in 2007, and another in 2013.

      Charitably speaking, Werner was instrumental in establishing the Red Sox Foundation, which gives away millions of dollars each year to local programs, and the Home Base Program, which aims at helping military veterans affected by post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

      Werner has served on a number of Boards, including the White House Fellows Commission. He currently serves on the Crossroads School Board, Board for After School All Stars, and the Ron Brown Scholar Program. Werner also serves on the Board of Major League Baseball Enterprises, Major League Baseball Properties, and the Board of the MLB Network.  In 2013, for his leadership and dedication to the game, Werner received the Dave Winfield Humanitarian Award from the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation.

      The speaking program will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Guidrey Center at Dean College, 99 Main Street, Franklin, MA on September 23, 2014. The program is FREE and open to the public. Registration is required as seating is limited.

      Click here to register for this event.

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      Dean College to Offer Electronic Transcript Service

      07/21/2014

      Effective August 1, 2014, Dean College will provide electronic transcripts in addition to print transcripts to current students and alumni.

      If you graduated prior to 1994, you will still need to complete a transcript request form, but if you graduated after 1994, you may order and purchase your transcript entirely online.

      The fees for these transcript services are $6 for electronic transcripts and $10 for printed transcripts.

      Pass along this information and visit www.dean.edu/registrar for additional information.

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      Dean College to Hold Summer Preview Days

      07/21/2014

      Interested in learning more about the Dean Difference? Dean College will be hosting Summer Preview Days on three Fridays this summer – July 25, August 1 and August 8.

      This event includes an information session at 10:00am where you will learn all about what Dean has to offer. Following the information session, you will then head out on a tour of campus lead by one of our current students. Finish the day with lunch in the Dining Commons where admissions counselors will be able to answer all your questions.

      Can’t make any of these Friday events? Dean also offers tours and informational interviews on weekdays at 10:00am and 2:00pm.

      Go to www.dean.edu/visit for more information, directions or to register online for a Summer Preview Day.

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      Dean College Presents Summer Performance of Grease

      07/14/2014

      Grease is The Word!    

      Tickets for the Star Players of Bristol County and Dean College's production of GREASE are now on sale!

      Grease performs August 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 at 7:30pm and August 3, 10 at 2:00pm at the Gerald A. Croteau Theatre at the Friedman School in Taunton, MA and August 21, 22, 23 at 7:30pm and August 23, 24 at 2pm at the Dean College Main Stage Theater in Franklin, MA. 

      The show is directed by Dean faculty member Jim Beauregard, produced by faculty members Daniel Kozar and Joel Thayer, will feature 20 Dean students, will star Daniel Kozar as “Miss Lynch,” and will have a guest appearance by Dean Dave Drucker as the “Coach.”

      Grease is a 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The musical is named for the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as greasers. The musical, set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School follows ten working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of love and life. The overall themes of this show are love, friendship, teenage rebellion, sexual exploration during adolescence, and, to some extent, class consciousness/class conflict.

      To order tickets, call 774-226-5130, weekdays 9:30am – 4:30pm, or order tickets any time online at: www.StarPlayersBC.com.

      Don’t miss this “Rama-Lama-Ding-Dong” exciting event! Remember tickets are only available while they last!
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      Dean College Welcomes New Assistant Vice President for Enrollment/Dean of Admissions

      07/07/2014

      Dean College welcomes Iris Godes as Assistant Vice President for Enrollment/Dean of Admissions. Godes has over 25 years of experience in higher education. Her new role will focus on setting the enrollment strategy for Dean College.

      Prior to her new position at Dean, Godes served as the Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management at Quinsigamond Community College, where she oversaw the admissions office, created and implemented recruitment strategies, established admission acceptance policies and managed application processing. During her tenure, Godes also managed the Financial Aid Office, supervising, evaluating and training staff members. Additionally, Iris has also worked at Boston University, Seattle University, and Arizona State University. “I am really looking forward to working with the admissions team at Dean,” said Godes. “I believe in having a collaborative approach to the recruitment and enrollment process, one that maximizes each individual’s strengths while benefiting from the diversity amongst the staff, raising them to the next level.”

      Godes holds a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Boston University and a B.S. in Psychology from Syracuse University. She has served on local, regional and national boards and is past-president of the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA). Additionally, Iris has presented at numerous conferences both locally and nationally and has served as a volunteer counselor at Framingham High School, assisting students and families with the college application and financial aid process.  

      "We are excited to welcome Iris to Dean College,” said John Marcus, Vice President of Enrollment Services and Marketing. “Given her extensive background in admissions and financial aid at a variety of higher education institutions, Iris will be instrumental in guiding our enrollment strategies and continuing to promote the Dean Difference to our various constituencies.”

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