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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 Announces Horace Mann Scholarship

      06/29/2017

      Dean College Announces Horace Mann Scholarship

      Dean College announces the first-ever Horace Mann Scholarship. The tuition scholarship totals $20,000 per year and will be given to one deserving Franklin, MA resident attending Dean College in the fall of 2018.

      The scholarship will be given on a need-basis to a Franklin resident attending Dean College who possesses a passion for learning and exemplifies the philosophy of Horace Mann, who believed that one can benefit mankind through education, philanthropy and social reform.

      The Horace Mann scholarship is renewable for up to four years provided the student maintains a 2.8 or higher, grade point average.

      Applications are currently not available, but will be posted on the Dean College website this fall. For more information, visit www.dean.edu.


      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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      New Student Orientation 2017

      05/16/2017

      Dean College New Student Orientation - August 14, 2017

      **Traffic Update**

      A major traffic accident has been cleared up this morning on Route 495. Please take exit 16 from Route 495 if you are unable to take exit 17. 

      Dean College will offer the third New Student Orientation session (NSO IV, August 14).

      NSO is required for all incoming students for fall 2017. 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: 35 Emmons Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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

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      Dean College

      05/09/2017

      This summer, enjoy an amazing experience at Dean College while earning college credit! Choose from our selection of science, theatre and sports-based two-week pre-college programs with amazing, one-of-a-kind opportunities. Overnight and day-only options available.

      Registration for any of the programs are now open here.

      To learn more about our Pre-College Summer Programs visit our page here.

      Information sessions about all our programs are open to the public at two different times. On Wednesday, June 7th from 2:00 - 3:00 PM we will be offering our webinar for those who cannot make it to campus. And on Tuesday, June 6th from 4:00 – 5:00 PM our on-campus session will be held in our Campus Center. If you are interested in any of our programs, this is a great opportunity to learn more about living, dining, activities and the program from our instructors and staff. 

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      Dean College Holds 151st Commencement, May 6, 2017

      05/06/2017

      Dean College held its 151st Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

      Dean College held its 151st Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Dean College campus in Franklin, MA. Over 350 students received their degrees, with a large number of family and friends in attendance. Continuing with tradition, the 2017 Commencement ceremony was held outside along Awpie Way.

      The keynote address was provided by Dean College President, Dr. Paula M. Rooney, who encouraged students to never waiver from their dreams. “I hope you will take the insights, experiences, relationships and tools gained here – your can-do attitude and strong work ethic – in effect, your personal definition of The Dean Difference – to reach your dreams and, as Bulldogs, never settle and never lose sight of those dreams.” She reminded students that, “The Dean Difference doesn’t end as you exit with your diploma and begin your next chapter. I ask that you nurture that Difference.”

      Watch Dr. Rooney's speech here. 

      Additional remarks were provided by Mark D. Boyce, Chairman of the Dean College Board of Trustees, along with two graduating students, Karen Laven from Medway, MA and Valerie Davis from Brewster, NY.

      Watch Mark D. Boyce's speech here.

      Karen Laven was the first student speaker of the day. A Business Management major from Medway, Karen reflected on her journey at Dean. “In the fall of 2014, I made the decision to go back to school,” said Laven. “I wanted to teach my daughters perseverance; I wanted to keep going for my husband who took on the role of both dad and mom so that I could fulfill my dream; I wanted to keep going for my mother who sacrificed so much to come to the United States to give her family a better life,” she added. “And so, I stand before you today as proof that no matter where you are in your life, it is never too late to follow your dreams.” 

      Watch Karen Laven's speech here.

      Valerie Davis, a Theatre and Business Management double major from Brewster, NY began her speech with an interesting fact. “Do you know that, Sea otters hold hands when they sleep so that they do not drift apart? I’m telling you this because the world is filled with random, funny and interesting facts that we don’t know. Everyday we are constantly learning something new that will influence us and shape us to who we are – and that is what Dean has done for me.” She ended by urging students to “always hold onto your dreams like the otters hold on to each other, and never let them go.”

      Watch Valerie Davis's speech here.

      About Dean College: Founded in 1865, Dean College is a private, residential college located in Franklin, MA. Dean College offers baccalaureate degrees, 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 on Dean College, visit our website www.dean.edu.

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