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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 Holds 148th Commencement Saturday, May 10, 2014

      05/10/2014

      Dean College held its 148th Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Dean College campus in Franklin, MA. A total of 285 individuals received their degrees, with a large number of family and friends in attendance.

      The keynote address was provided by Dean College President, Dr. Paula M. Rooney, who told students not to concentrate on the finish line because “it is the journey that matters.” Dr. Rooney encouraged students to “use a solid foundation of knowledge, sense of curiosity and opportunity to achieve your very best.”

      Additional remarks were provided by Joseph C. Maher, Jr., Esq., Co-Vice Chairman of the Dean College Board of Trustees, along with two graduating students, Caleb Dolman from Manchester, NH and Hanna Anderson from Bridgewater, MA. 

      Caleb Dolman earned his Associate Degree in Sport/Fitness Studies with a concentration in Physical Education. Caleb began his speech by quoting Mahatma Gandhi who said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Caleb told students that “change is not easy – it is tedious but necessary…if it were easy there would be no accomplishments.”

      Hanna Anderson received her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Studies with a concentration in Psychology.  Hanna quoted Maya Angelou, who said, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” She told students “As you walk across the stage today, remember to thank the people that have helped you along the way.” She encouraged students to realize that the possibilities in life are endless. “Each of you is now sitting here because you did not settle. You did this.”

      For more information on Dean College, visit our website www.dean.edu.

      To see pictures and videos from Commencement, visit www.dean.edu/commencement.

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      Dean College Approved to Offer B.A. Degrees in English, History, Psychology & Sociology

      04/30/2014

      Dean College has been approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to offer stand-alone B.A. degrees. Beginning in fall 2014, students at Dean College will be able to complete a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology or a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. These degree programs will take the place of concentrations in English, History, Psychology and Sociology under the umbrella of the B.A. in Liberal Arts and Studies. The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Studies will remain, and students pursuing that degree will be able to design their own major with the approval of the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

      These new B.A. programs, along with the LAS bachelor’s degree, prepare students for the world of work or graduate school.  “Today’s employers are seeking college graduates who have the knowledge and skills that liberal arts degrees provide; inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, quantitative and information literacy, teamwork and problem solving,” said Dr. Linda Ragosta, Vice President of Academic Affairs.

      Dean College now proudly offers 9 Bachelor Degree programs, including Arts and Entertainment Management, Business, Dance, English, History, Liberal Arts and Studies, Psychology, Sociology or Theatre. Additionally, Dean College 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.

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      Dean College Hires Boston Agency CTP for Branding and Marketing Services

      04/29/2014

      Dean College is pleased to announce that CTP, an award-winning marketing and communications agency for brands like the Boston Red Sox, Eastern Bank and Microsoft, has been hired to develop and manage a comprehensive marketing program for the college.

      Click here for the official press release.

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      Company Gold 50th Anniversary Performance May2-4, 2014

      04/29/2014

      Company Gold will hold a 50th Anniversary Performance this Friday, May 2nd through Sunday, May 4th.  Award winning faculty and guest choreographers set work on our best dance majors,showcasing their talent in hip hop, jazz, modern, tap, and ballet pieces. This culminating concert of the year impresses with the high level of dancing and vivid choreography. Our 50th anniversary celebration of Company is not to be missed!

      To purchase tickets, visit www.dean.edu/performance

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      Dean College

      04/25/2014

      Dean College will host the Region XXI Softball Tournament this Sunday, April 27th, with the first game slated to start at 1:00 p.m.  The second game of the best two out of three will start at approximately 3:00 p.m.  If the two teams split on Sunday, they will play the final game of the series on Tuesday, April 29th at 3:00 p.m.  All games will be played at Dean’s Longley Field, located at 69 Maple Street, Franklin.

      The Dean College Softball team earned the top seed in the Region XXI playoffs with a sweep of the Community College of Rhode Island this week, 15-8 and 7-4.  With an 18-5 record, the Bulldogs look to win their first regional softball title since 2005, when they were the Northeast District champions with a 17-8 record. 

      Dean has been led by sophomore outfielder Andrea Vulter (Grafton, MA), batting at a .471 clip with 16 runs batted in and 11 stolen bases.  Freshman shortstop Arianna Medeiros (Tewksbury, MA) gets the offense going from her leadoff position with a .459 average and 12 stolen bases.  These two set the table for Jackie Kielty (Middleboro, MA) who leads the team in runs batted in with 29 and in triples with 3.  Overall the team is batting .368.  On the mound, Kielty and freshman Shelbie Eldredge (Harwich, MA) provide a solid 1-2 punch that allows under three runs per game.

      The winner of the regional tournament will advance to the Northeast District tournament, held on May 3-4 at the site of the Region 15 (Long Island-Westchester County) champion.

      For more information on the Dean College softball team, visit www.dean.edu.

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