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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 Participates in Disability Empowerment Campaign

      06/23/2014

      Dean College recently participated in Mediaplanet’s Disability Empowerment campaign, in which the learning, intellectual, and developmental disability industries unite to raise awareness about overcoming obstacles often faced by those with a disability.

      We are proud to be featured alongside industry influencers, associations and public figures such as Daymond John, Henry Winkler, Temple Grandin, the Special Olympics organization and many more who share their personal experiences, triumphs and awareness efforts. The campaign was distributed through the Washington Post on June 20, 2014 and is published online and in hard copy. To read the full campaign, click here: http://bit.ly/1kUN4SV.

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      Dean College to Host Three New Student Orientation (NSO) Events

      06/18/2014

      Each summer, Dean College hosts its New Student Orientation (NSO) program that is designed to prepare enrolled students for a successful introduction to college.

      This program is a day and a half long (including an overnight stay in one of the dormitories) and allows students and their families to sample the many different aspects of Dean. NSO not only offers informative workshops and presentations but it also offers fun activities for students and parents alike.  

      Dean will be hosting NSO I from Monday, June 23 to Tuesday, June 24, NSO II from Thursday, June 26 to Friday, June 27, and NSO III from Thursday, July 10 to Friday, July 11.

      The goal of this program is to familiarize students and their families with the academic support, residence life programs and technology services available on campus. You will also have fun, meet faculty and staff, and make friends with other Dean students!

      To learn more about the program and register, please check out this link: www.dean.edu/nso

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      Dean College Thanks Dr. Linda Ragosta for 9 Years of Service

      06/05/2014

      Dr. Linda Ragosta recently left Dean College after 9 years of service.

      As Vice President of Academic Affairs and Planning, Linda has been an instrumental member of the Senior Management team at Dean College since 2005. For the past 9 years, Linda has led the college in successfully implementing its mission. The dedication that she has shown to Dean exemplifies the Dean Difference and the care that each individual member of the Dean community shows to bettering the community as a whole.

      Best of luck in any and all future endeavors! You will truly be missed at Dean!

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      Dean College Athletic Director Receives Award

      06/05/2014

      Dean College Athletic Director John Jackson has been awarded the 2013-2014 Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award (ADOY) for the Junior/Community College division. It is the third time that John has been selected to receive this honor. 

      The ADOY Award highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities.

      John will be recognized at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) 49th Annual Convention Awards Luncheon at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida on June 11, 2014.

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      Dean College Welcomes New Dean of the School of Continuing Studies

      06/05/2014

      Dean College welcomes Diletta “Dee” Masiello as Dean of the School of Continuing Studies. With over 15 years of increasing responsibility in higher education, Masiello will focus her new position on building programs for adult students.

      Having worked at Northeastern University for the past 13 years, Masiello is excited to have an impact on a smaller institution. “My goal is to raise Dean’s profile in the area,” said Masiello. “Providing Dean students with more options through the addition of new programs and flexible course delivery is very exiting! Everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue a higher education and these initiatives build more pathways to make that possible."

      Prior to joining Dean, Dee served as the Assistant Dean of Graduate Faculty and Academic Affairs at Northeastern University, where she provided leadership, strategic recruitment, enrollment management, and policy development. During her tenure, Masiello helped launch the first-ever online MBA program at Northeastern University. Under her leadership the program has grown from an original entering class of 18 students in November of 2006 to nearly 1400 students today. “People are now recognizing the value of the online delivery mode,” said Masiello. “To provide flexibility to those who might not be able to attend classes is where online education is valuable.” 

      Masiello holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University and a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has presented at local, regional and national conferences on a variety of topics including: strategic enrollment management, online learning and retention issues of adult and online students.

      "We are excited to welcome Dee to Dean College,” said John Marcus, Vice President of Enrollment Services and Marketing at Dean College. “Dee will be instrumental during our launch of the online degree program in the fall. Her expertise in starting new programs, working with adult learners and online program development and evaluation are exactly what Dean needs at this point in our history.”

      Dee will begin her new role at Dean College on Monday, June 30, 2014.​

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