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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 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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      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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