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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 Completes Major Energy Efficiency Project

      02/23/2015

       

      Franklin, MA (February 23, 2015) – Dean College has completed a major energy efficiency project as one of the founding colleges participating in the Mass College Green initiative.  The project is expected to deliver more than $691,000 in lifetime energy savings and features energy efficiency measures, campus engagement and sustainability components.

       

      “The project is reducing energy costs in our Campus Center, the Science Center and in five residence halls,” said Dr. Paula M. Rooney, the President of Dean College. “The innovative financing approach provided by Mass College Green is helping us reach our sustainability goals by providing a solid investment towards our future.”

       

      The College collaborated on the project with GreenerU, a company that implemented the controls and lighting upgrades to the Campus Center, AW Peirce Technology and Science Center, and Adams, Bourret, Ewen, Jones, and Wallace Halls. A range of energy conservation measures were completed, including mechanical and lighting measures that are aimed at improving energy efficiency across a variety of building types. In addition, behavioral measures have been conducted to engage building occupants, create a sense of shared achievement, and enhance campus-wide sustainable behavior, including the development of “Living Green at Dean: It’s What Bulldogs Do.”

       

      “Energy efficiency and sustainability projects colleges help our colleges keep higher education affordable for our students,” said Richard Doherty, President of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM). “This initiative integrates what the Dean faculty teaches and what students and staff care deeply about—a smarter, more environmentally sustainable campus.”

       

      “Recently, GreenerU has been giving special focus to science centers and dorms as high energy buildings whose energy impact greatly relies on the interaction with building occupants,” said David Adamian, VP of Operations and Engineering at GreenerU. “By addressing energy usage in these buildings, Dean College will see reductions in total campus energy usage.”

       

      The Mass College Green initiative is developed through a partnership with the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), MassDevelopment and GreenerU. It is designed to reduce typical barriers to implementation such as lack of funding, limited staffing time and resources, and deferred maintenance. Hampshire College, Lesley University, Nichols College, and Mount Holyoke are other colleges currently participating in the program.

       

      About Dean College

      Founded in 1865, Dean College is a private, residential college located in Franklin Massachusetts, 45 minutes from Boston, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island. Dean College offers nine baccalaureate degrees in Arts and Entertainment Management; Business; Dance; English; History; Liberal Arts and Studies, Psychology; Sociology; and Theatre. Dean also offers 17 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, visit www.dean.edu.

       

      About the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM)

      Established in 1967, AICUM is the leading voice on public policy matters affecting independent colleges and universities in the Commonwealth. Comprising 60 degree granting, accredited, private, and non-profit colleges and universities, AICUM works closely with member institutions to preserve and strengthen higher education and to promote awareness of the significant contributions by colleges and universities to the cultural, economic, and knowledge-based reputation of the state. For more information please visit www.aicum.org.

       

      About MassDevelopment

      MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2013, MassDevelopment financed or managed 350 projects generating investment of more than $2.4 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create more than 7,000 jobs and build or rehabilitate 800 residential units. For more information please visit www.massdevelopment.com.

       

      ABOUT GREENERU

      Founded in 2009, GreenerU is a leading provider of energy solutions and services to the higher education marketplace. Through its core technical capabilities and its unique, integrated behavioral change management approach, GreenerU helps colleges and universities save energy, update infrastructure, reduce deferred maintenance, and engage stakeholders to help institutions meet their sustainability goals. Using a best-in-class integrated offering approach to serve the specialized needs of its higher education clients, the Company delivers lasting, high-value solutions to a client base with complex challenges and significant needs. Learn more at www.GreenerU.com.

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      Dean College Performing Arts Auditions, Saturday, February 21, 2015

      02/20/2015


      Dean College Performing Arts Auditions will take place this Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in the campus center.

      Students applying to degree programs in Dance or Theatre are required to complete an on campus audition. Prospective students must complete their application for admission before they participate in their audition. Students who are not accepted to a performing arts program based on their audition may be admitted to the college in another major and have the opportunity to re-audition during their freshman or sophomore year.

      Registration is now closed. The next audition will take place on March 22, 2015. Click here for more information and to register.

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      Think Pink Night, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

      02/18/2015

      This Wednesday, February 18, 2015 is "Think Pink" Night at Dean College!

      In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, the Dean College community is encouraged to wear pink to the "Think Pink" basketball games that evening! The men's basketball team plays at 6:00 p.m. and the women's at 8:00 p.m., both versus the Community College of Rhode Island.

      Show your support for the cause and your Bulldogs and come out dressed in your best pink attire!

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      Dean College Turns 150 on Founder’s Day, Thursday, February 19, 2015

      02/17/2015

      Dean College will celebrate its sesquicentennial on Thursday, February 19, 2015!

      Founder’s Day will be a day of celebrating the achievements and success of Dean College over the past 150 years. Throughout the day, we will also strive to make history with our first full day of giving, Project Dean 150. Because of a generous donor, all gifts made on this day will be matched! Double your impact on your favorite academic school, athletic program or performing arts by donating on February 19th! Click here to donate.

      During the evening of February 19, 2015, we will be holding a Founder’s Day Celebration – to which all members of the Dean College community are welcome to attend! Click here to register to attend this free event. If you are unable to come to campus, you can watch the live stream of the evening at dean.edu/150years.  

      Please celebrate this momentous occasion with us in any way that you can!

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      Dean College to Host Discover Dean Day, Friday, February 20, 2015

      02/17/2015

      On Friday, February 20th, the Dean College Office of Admissions will host Discover Dean Day!

      Discover Dean Day brings together the Dean community and prospective students for a day of discovering what Dean College has to offer. Discover the Guidrey Center and Main Stage performance venues, our athletic facilities, our radio station and television studio, the major you want to study and so much more! Come tour campus, meet current students, chat with professors and Deans of the different academic schools and dine with us.

      Discover Dean Day
      February 20, 2015
      9:30AM – 1:00PM

      To reserve your space, simply register online or contact the Office of Admission at 508-541-1508 or toll free at 1-877-TRY DEAN.

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