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  • Year in Review: 2017 Top 10 Highlights at Dean College

    2017 In Review

    2017 – What an amazing year! It’s hard to believe that this year is coming to an end and 2018 is just days away. This year has been filled with one-of-a-kind opportunities, including amazing guests, fun events and fantastic student performances. We couldn’t help but reminisce the days of the past.

    Here is our list of this year’s top 10 highlights at Dean College:

    1. Guest Lectures. This year, Dean College hosted 15+ business leaders in a variety of industries, including the President of the Pawtucket Red Sox, Charles Steinberg and former CEO of the Boston Red Sox, Larry Lucchino who spoke to our students about their careers in sports and entertainment management. Through our Leadership Institute, we heard from Microsoft Director, Angela McKay who shared information on how to prepare for the digital transformation and stay secure online. Dean alum Adam Rivest travelled all the way from Florida to let students know how Dean prepared him for his career as a Show Producer at Universal Creative. Inside the classroom, Former CNN White House Correspondent, Dan Lothian attended a communications course to assist students in producing a mock newscast. These are just a few of the many leaders we’ve welcomed to campus!

    2. US News & World Report ranked Dean College as 22nd in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report for the Best Regional Colleges, North category. Additionally, Dean placed 15th in this category for Best Value Schools. This is the seventh consecutive year that Dean has received the honor!

    3. Dean Athletics Win Big. Earlier this year, both the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams earned spots in the 2017 USCAA National Tournament. Although, neither team placed in the top three, Jaquan James captured the USCAA three-point contest. Additionally, four members of the basketball program were selected as USCAA D1 All-Americans. This November, the Men’s Soccer team earned the fifth seed in the USCAA National Tournament and five members of the team were honored with a variety of awards at the USCAA banquet. Go Bulldogs!

    4. Global Day of Giving. Dean hosted its 3rd Annual 24-hour Global Day of Giving where alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, friends and the local community came together to support our students and the future of the College. Donations made were matched dollar for dollar – up to $100,000 – to the College’s area of greatest need. This year, we surpassed our goal!

    5. Goodbye Class of 2017, Hello Class of 2021. May was bittersweet as we said goodbye to our graduating Class of 2017. While it was tough to see them go, we were proud to see the great places they went next, whether that meant off to full-time careers in their field of study, or continuing their education at top graduate schools. This fall, we welcomed our first-year students, the Class of 2021! We can’t wait to see all of the great things that this new class will accomplish.

    6. Sold-Out Performances. Our students always put on amazing performances and this year was no different. Dean College had a strong year of dance and theatre performances, including a fully sold-out run of Legally Blonde. Other performances included Six Characters in Search of an Author, Arts Mosaic, American Idiot, Choreographers’ Concert, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress and Dance Company: Waves. See what’s up next by visiting the Dean College Box Office.

    7. NFL Kick-Off. Over 200 Dean College students had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate as on-field performers in the pregame celebration for the NFL season opener at Gillette Stadium between the New England Patriot’s and the Kansas City Chiefs.  The opportunity was brought to life through The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management at Dean College, a partnership with the Kraft Sports Group.

    8. Student Recognition. We already know our students are amazing, but just in case you need proof, this past year our students were acknowledged at various events and festivals across the country. Students were awarded at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for performance, design technology and management. At the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition three Dean students were finalists in the College Musical Theatre category. Over the summer, School of Dance alumna Marisa Melito received a scholarship to study in Italy at a prestigious dance workshop.

    9. NECC Membership. Dean College became the newest member of the NECC for the 2017-18 academic year. Dean College competed in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) before receiving provisional membership status into NCAA Division III on July 1, 2017. Dean now competes in the NECC for all sports except for football, which will be housed under the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).

    10. New Degree Programs. Dean was approved by the Department of Higher Education to offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. Starting in the fall of 2018, students entering Dean College will have the opportunity to enroll in the BFA program. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance is an applied arts degree designed to prepare students for professional careers as performers and/or choreographers. The College also received approval to offer our students a degree in Marketing.  

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    Dean College is a private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition that all students deserve the opportunity for academic and personal success. A uniquely supportive community for more than 150 years, Dean has woven together extensive student support and engagement with exceptional teaching and innovative campus activities. Our graduates are lifetime learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility and demonstrate leadership. This is The Dean Difference.

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