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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 to Host Women's Basketball Region XXI Tournament, February 28 - March 1, 2015

      02/24/2015

      Franklin, MA (February 24, 2014)  – The Dean College Women’s Basketball team will host the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region XXI Division II Tournament this weekend, February 28-March 1, at Pieri Gymnasium, 60 School Street, Franklin. 

      Dean, the second seed of the tournament with a current record of 14-5, earned the right to host the tournament by defeating Region XXI rival, the Community College of Rhode Island in both contests this past winter. The Bulldogs face the number three seed, Orange County Community College of Middletown, New York, in the second semi-final on Saturday, with a game time of 2:00 p.m.  The top seed, Monroe College (21-8) of New Rochelle, New York, will play in the first semi of the day at 12 noon against the Community College of Rhode Island (7-17), the number four seed.  The two winners on Saturday will meet in the championship game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

      The two teams that meet in the championship game will both advance to the District Tournament on March 7-8, held in Region 19 (New Jersey).  The District Champion would then advance to the NJCAA National Tournament, held at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, on March 17-21.

      NJCAA Region XXI Tournament @ Dean College, Franklin, MA

      Saturday, February 28, 2015

      12:00 pm         Monroe College (21-8) vs Community College of Rhode Island (7-17)

      2:00 pm           Dean College (16-8) vs Orange County CC (27-2)

      Sunday, March 1, 2015

      1:00 pm           Championship

      Additionally, the Dean College Men's Basketball team will compete for the Region XXI Crown on Sunday, March 1, 2015 against the Community College of Rhode Island. Game time and site is TBD. Click here for the most up-to-date information.

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


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      Dean Hosts Saturday with Dean, February 28, 2015

      02/23/2015

      Dean College hosts Saturday with Dean events to familiarize students with campus.

      Come to Dean College on Saturday, February 28, 2015 for Saturday with Dean, which is an information session and tour of campus designed to help students better understand the Dean Difference.

      The information session begins at 10:00am and is followed by a tour of campus, allowing you plenty of time to enjoy the rest of your Saturday. Representatives from the Office of Admissions staff will be on hand to answer all of your questions.

      Register now.

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      Discover Women’s Athletics, February 24, 2015

      02/23/2015

      Dean College is hosting a special event for prospective women athletes on February 24, 2015.

      Come to campus to learn more about athletic opportunities for women at Dean. Hear from current student-athletes and coaches and learn how lady Bulldogs navigate the NJCAA eligibility and recruitment process, and how they balance academics with being a student-athlete on campus.

      The schedule is as follows:

      4pm: Information session and Q&A
      5pm: Dinner in the Smith Dining Center
      6pm: Men's Basketball game
      8pm: Women's Basketball game and student-athlete awards night

      Register to attend this exciting event!

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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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