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


      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  To register for a Master Class, visit or contact Tracy Lane at (508) 541-1606 or via email at

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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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      Dean College Adopts Test Optional Admissions Policy



      Franklin, MA (June 19, 2015) – Dean College has joined the growing list of colleges to become SAT/ACT Test Optional. After years of requiring these tests for admission to the college and after careful consideration, Dean has decided to embrace the emerging policy beginning with students enrolling in the fall of 2016.

      “The test-optional policy will better align the College with its commitment to a student-centered education. We do not want to put any barrier to enrollment at Dean. We value applications from students of all backgrounds and all academic experiences,” said John Marcus, Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing at Dean.

      The Office of Admissions will evaluate each prospective student based on the high school (and college if any) transcripts, personal essay, extracurricular and leadership activities and letters of recommendation. While students who take either or both tests are encouraged to send them to the college to supplement their application, the tests will not be required. Students without test scores will receive the same consideration for merit scholarships based on their submitted application materials.

      As a result of this new policy, admissions officials hope motivated students who did not take the test or have more modest test scores will be encouraged to apply.

      “We approach our decisions in a very holistic manner, considering the entire experience the student has had over their four years of high school.  We are looking for student’s potential for success based on their experiences both in and out of the classroom,” said Iris Godes, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admission.

      To learn more about Dean College’s new test-optional policy, please contact the Office of Admissions by calling 1-877-TRY-DEAN or email

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      New Student Orientation I and II, June 22-23 & June 25-26, 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 technology services, residence life programs, 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 NSO and to register for one of the upcoming sessions.

      We look forward to seeing you on campus for one of the three sessions: NSO I (June 22-23), NSO II (June 25-26) or NSO III (July 9-10). Visit for additional information about NSO.

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      Second Look Day, Friday, June 19, 2015


      Dean College will hold its Second Look Day on Friday, June 19, 2015.

      At this day of an information session, campus tours and complimentary lunch, those who have already made their deposit can sit down one-on-one with a financial aid counselor. Those who have yet to apply can participate in On-The-Spot Admission, wherein they can apply and be accepted on the spot.

      This day will run from 11am to around 2pm. Click here to learn more about Second Look Day and to register to attend.

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