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      Dean College Named 2017-2018 Business College of Distinction

      02/05/2018

      Dean College Named 2017-2018 Business College of Distinction

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      Dean College, already an honored member of Colleges of Distinction, has been further recognized for its excellent programming in Business.

      College of Distinction’s new Field of Study badges were created to recognize colleges and universities like Dean College for their innovative leadership in higher education. Those who have received this honor have proven themselves for qualities such as breadth of program and track record for success.

      Dean College continues to be an outstanding representation of the student-centered colleges. As a College of Distinction, Dean College is actively preparing the next generation of young adults with a successful delivery of four distinctions – Engagement, Teaching, Community and Outcomes.

      We are proud to be named a 2017-2018 Business College of Distinction. To learn more about the many awards, recognitions and accomplishments that Dean College continues to be honored with, visit the Dean College Awards and Recognition webpage. 

      For more information on Colleges of Distinction, visit www.collegesofdistinction.com

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      Dean College Welcomes Former NFL Standout Sammy Morris To Coaching Staff

      06/26/2018

      Dean College Welcomes Former NFL Standout Sammy Morris To Coaching Staff

      Franklin, Mass. – Sammy Morris, a 12-year National Football League (NFL) veteran who played for four different organizations, including four seasons with the New England Patriots, has been named the running backs coach at Dean College it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.

      A member of the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), Dean competes at the NCAA Division III level and in recent years has transitioned from a junior college to a four-year institution in the process of gaining NCAA membership.

      Morris, who has been an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Patriots since the 2016 season and an assistant coach at Attleboro (Mass.) High since 2013, will take over a ground game at Dean that ran for more than 150 yards per game and nine touchdowns a season ago.

      "We are extremely excited to announce the hiring of Sammy Morris to coach the running backs and special teams at Dean College," said head coach Steve Tirrell. "His knowledge and experience will make an immediate impact on our coaching staff and student athletes."

      Morris had a decorated NFL career, rushing for more than 3,000 yards and 26 touchdowns while playing for the aforementioned Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and the Dallas Cowboys.

      A fifth-round pick out of Texas Tech by the Bills in the 2000 NFL Draft, Morris played four seasons in Buffalo before signing with Miami in 2004. After spending three seasons with the Dolphins -  including the 2004 season when he was Miami's leading rusher - Morris signed with Patriots in time for the historic 2007 campaign, in which New England was undefeated until a Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants.

      During New England's undefeated 16-0 regular season, Morris had back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances against Cincinnati (21 carries, 117 yards, TD) and Cleveland (21 carries, 102 yards). His season was derailed one week later, however, when he suffered a season-ending injury against the Cowboys.

      The 2008 campaign proved to be the best season of Morris' career, rushing for a career-best 757 yards and seven touchdowns on 4.7 yards per carry. He had a monster performance against the Broncos in October, running for a career-high 138 yards on just 16 carries in a 41-7 New England victory.

      Morris spent two more seasons in New England before being released right before the start of the 2011 season. He was scooped up by the Cowboys late in the season and ran for 98 yards in three games.  

      He played two seasons of college football at Texas Tech and was an integral part (33 carries, 170 yards) of the Red Raiders upset of No. 5 Texas A&M back in 1999.

      A 2000 graduate of Texas Tech with a degree in communication studies, Morris graduated from the Harvard Business School's NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program in 2009.

      Dean football student-athletes are slated to return for preseason practice beginning on August 10. Their first game is a little more than three weeks later when they travel to Curry College on Saturday, September 1.

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      Dean College New Student Orientation 2018

      06/18/2018

      Dean College New Student Orientation 2018

      NSO is required for all incoming students for fall 2018. The program is designed to prepare you for a successful introduction to college and will allow students and their families to sample many aspects of Dean College. All students must register to attend one NSO session.
      NSO offers helpful and interactive presentations to make the transition to college as easy as possible. The required program will familiarize you and your family with the academic support, expectations within our community, residence life programs available on campus and more. You will also have a chance to meet our faculty and staff, connect with other Dean students, and make new friends!

      *Visitors should park in the Dean Hall Lot. If you are using a GPS, enter the address: 75 Emmons Street, Franklin, MA 02038

      Visit www.dean.edu/nso to learn more and register.

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      Dean College Welcomes Dr. Brad Hastings as Dean of the School of Liberal Arts

      06/12/2018

      Dean College Welcomes Dr. Brad Hastings as Dean of the School of Liberal Arts

      “Dean College is proud to appoint Dr. Hastings as our newest school dean,” says Dr. Michael Fishbein, Vice President of Academic Affairs.  “His impressive background and hands-on approach is a perfect fit for our school. He already understands The Dean Difference.”

      Hastings comes to Dean College most recently from Mount Ida College where he served as the Dean for the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. In this role, Dr. Hastings oversaw ten majors and four academic departments while managing an extensive staff of full-time and adjunct faculty members.

      Prior to Mount Ida, Dr. Hastings served as the Social Sciences Department chair at Mount Aloysius College following a stint in Colorado. In addition, he has chaired and co-chaired numerous committees associated with accreditation for Middle States and NEASC and served as a leader in program development, assessment, curriculum development and international education.

      “I am excited to join the Dean College community,” said Hastings.  “Every student has their own unique story and I am eager to work with each one and to continue the growth in the liberal arts programs here at Dean.”

      Dr. Hastings grew up in Pittsburgh, PA.  He received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Psychology from Kansas State University in 1995, a Master’s of Science in Social Psychology from Kansas State University in 1993, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1989 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Dr. Hastings has participated in the Senior Leadership Academy sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Council of Independent Colleges.

      He has two college-aged sons and lives in the greater Boston area. His scholarly interests include authoritarianism, political behavior, philosophical psychology, spirituality, and theoretical developments in personality theory. His personal interests include reading, working out, Pirates baseball, Steelers football, hiking, live music, sci-fi television and movies, politics, and travel.

      For more information about Dean College and the School of Liberal Arts, visit www.dean.edu

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      Dean College Alum Receives 2018 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Boston/New England Emmy Award

      06/07/2018

      Freddy Wheeler, Class of 2011, Receives 2018 National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England Emmy Award.

      Freddy Wheeler '11 and his colleague Celine McArthur just received the 2018 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Boston/New England Emmy Award  for producing "Beyond the Border: The Opioid Pipeline". After their New Hampshire television station unexpectedly shut down in February 2017, armed with only three months severance pay, two personal DSLR cameras and eight GoPros, the two embarked on a 1,700 mile journey to find out how a record amount of drugs are flowing into the Granite State. The special aired on Boston’s WCVB NewsCenter 5. 

      Congratulations, Freddy!

      Watch Now: Beyond the Border: The Opioid Pipeline

      Learn more about the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England.

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      Dean College New England Summer Dance Intensive August 5-12, 2018

      06/04/2018

      Dean College New England Summer Dance Intensive August 5-12, 2018

      High school students ages 14-18 interested in majoring in dance train with esteemed faculty from all over New England. 

      The New England Summer Dance Intensive will help students in the following: 

      • Learn about college dance programs, the application process and the audition process
      • Learn dance works from renowed guest artists. 
      • Attend workshops about college life, majoring in dance, resume writing and head shots
      • Explore the craft of choreography
      • Staff-guided residential program with 24-hour supervision
      • Athletic trainer on-site for injury prevention
      • $1,250 residential, $950 commuter
      • Payment plans available

      For more information and to register, visit dean.edu/summerintensive. 

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