Campus News and Press Releases

    • + -
      This article has been shared with you

      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

    • + -

      Dean College Athletic Director Receives Award


      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.

    • + -

      Dean College Welcomes New Dean of the School of Continuing Studies


      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.​

    • + -

      Dean Kicks Off “Celebrate the Past – Secure the Future” Campaign


      In 2015, Dean College will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding and President Paula M. Rooney will celebrate twenty years as President. Both of these milestones provide the opportune time to celebrate the significant achievements of this noble institution and the still growing legacy of its current President.

      The Sesquicentennial is the ideal backdrop for an important initiative that will secure a dynamic and promising future for Dean. To that end, the Dean College Board of Trustees established Dean 150: Celebrate the Past – Secure the Future a comprehensive campaign beginning its public phase on June 1, 2014.

      President Rooney thanks all donors for their commitment to the College and the campaign: “Dean has evolved into a leader and a model for retaining a focus on the associate’s degree while adding carefully designed baccalaureate programs. We approach the Sesquicentennial from a position of strength. Our distinct mission and focus on the academic and personal success of each student creates a remarkable learning community of caring and challenge.”

      The goal of the campaign is to raise $7.5 million by May 31, 2016. Click here to donate.
    • + -

      Dean Thanks Retiring Faculty and Staff for 87 Years of Service


      Three influential members of the Dean College community have recently retired or are transitioning to another position. These individuals leave behind 87 combined years of experience, service, and loyalty to the College.

      Thomas (Tommy) Pruvot started working at Dean in 1974 as a custodian. During his 40 dedicated years, Tommy forged strong friendships and earned the love and respect of all those with whom he worked. In honor of Tommy’s legacy, a pathway near Dean Hall was named after Tommy, Tommy’s Way.

      Jean Wenzel began teaching dance courses here at Dean in 1982. Dean Emerita, Joanie Palladino, said that when she was told she should interview Jean for a teaching position, she did not know what to expect. Jean was someone who had been a Show Girl and had performed with the legendary Jimmy Durante. In the early days of the dance program, Jean took the lead in making tap an integral part of the dance curriculum. She has done this with distinction, by teaching countless Dean students the art of tap. In 2006, she received the first part-time faculty teaching excellence award. Jean exemplifies the ideal of living each day to the fullest. She has given her all to Dean College over the past 30 years.

      Jed Griswold started teaching at Dean as an Adjunct Faculty member. For 17 years, Jed dedicated his time to teaching Psychology and Philosophy to many generations of students. He is retiring as a Professor, leaving behind a rich legacy. 

      The dedication that these faculty and staff members have shown to Dean College exemplifies the Dean Difference and the care that each individual member of the Dean community shows to bettering the community as a whole. Congratulations on your retirements and best of luck in future endeavors!


    • + -

      Dean College Children's Center Earns National Accreditation


      The Dean College Children’s Center has earned re-accreditation from the National Association of the Education of Young Children – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

      "We're proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Faith Nickolas, Faculty of Early Childhood Education and Director of the Children’s Center. “NAEYC Accreditation demonstrates we have strived for the highest-quality program which provides an engaging classroom, enhanced relationships with families and a rich early learning experience”.

      To earn re-accreditation, Dean College Children’s Center went through an extensive self-study process, measuring against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria. In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. Approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs are currently accredited by NAEYC. The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. In September 2006, the Association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development.

      “It's a lengthy and rigorous process to achieve NAEYC Accreditation, and Dean College Children’s Center should be commended for seeking high standards,” said Rhian Evans Allvin, Executive Director of NAEYC. “Caring for children is not ‘rocket science’ – it’s brain science. Studies prove that the brain connections made in the first few years of life set a child’s path for success in school and in life. That’s why quality educators are so crucial. For parents and caregivers of young children who are searching for a high-quality early learning experience, Dean College Children’s Center’s NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that it offers a high-quality education in a nurturing and stimulating environment.”

      Click here to learn more about the Dean College Children's Center.​

Take the next Step