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 to Host FAFSA Day, January 31, 2016


      Join us for FAFSA Day on Sunday, January 31, 2016, sponsored by FAFSA Day Massachusetts, a non-profit, volunteer-driven program providing free assistance to students and families seeking to complete the FAFSA. Students, families and adult learners are invited to receive help with applying for financial aid for the 2016-17 academic year. Learn more and register by visiting

      While on campus, why not check out Dean College? Join us for an information session and tour of campus designed to help you better understand The Dean Difference.

      Tentative schedule of events:

      10:30 Check-in (Campus Center)

      11:00 Brunch

      11:30 Info Session (Campanella Board Room)

      12:00 Tour

      1:00 FAFSA DAY (Technology Center)

      We can't wait to welcome you to campus!

    • + -

      Dean College Children’s Center to Host Preschool Exploration Open House, January 11, 2016


      Dean Children’s Center will host an Exploration Open House on Monday, January 11, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Parents of children 2 years old to 6 years are encouraged to bring their child to explore the school and learn about our program. Applications are being accepted for 5-day morning, 2-day morning, 3-day morning preschool programs or 4-day Pre-K program. Preschool begins January 2016 and September 2016.

      Innovative and progressive, the school is NAEYC accredited and well known in the community for an inspiring preschool experience. Dean Children’s Center is a lab school for ECE majors, with teachers-in-training alongside credentialed teachers. The center has a very professional and caring environment for children to learn through exploration.

      The school uses a developmental approach to education which reflects current research in child development and peer conflict resolution. Director Faith Nickolas states “We are a regional resource to parents and educators on peer conflict resolution in young children and our lab school is a demonstration site for best practices in early education of children.”

      Dean College Children’s Center is located at 144 School Street in Franklin. For more information, call 508-541-1598.  

    • + -

      Dean College Administrative Offices Closed December 31, 2015 - January 1, 2016


      Dean College administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, December 31st through Friday, January 1, 2016. Administrative offices will resume normal business hours beginning Monday, January 4, 2016.

      Dean College administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, December 31st through Friday, January 1, 2016.

      Administrative offices will resume normal business hours beginning Monday, January 4, 2016.

    • + -

      Dean College Athletic Department News


      Dean College is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2016, current athletic director John Jackson will be moving into a newly created role, Director of NCAA Transition and Compliance. Head football coach and associate athletic director, Todd Vasey will assume leadership of the Athletic Department as the Dean College Athletic Director. And, Stephen Tirrell will replace Todd Vasey as the Head Football Coach.

      Earlier this year Dean College notified the NCAA of its intent and desire to explore NCAA Division III membership. The process includes several key strategic decisions that need to be made to ensure the transition is successful and that all requirements are met.

      For the past 35 years, John Jackson has spearheaded the growth and development of the athletic program at Dean College. His years of expertise will prove to be an asset during the College’s NCAA transition.

      “We are certain that John’s longtime commitment to student athletes, loyalty to Dean and network in the athletic profession, will guide us through this rigorous process,” said Dr. Paula Rooney, president of Dean College.

      John will also serve as the College’s Athletic Compliance Officer, an NCAA requirement.

      Coach Todd Vasey entered his 12th season this fall as the winningest head football coach in Dean College history. “Todd has achieved incredible success and instilled a sense of Bulldog Pride among the Dean Community, and most importantly, our student athletics,” said Dr. Rooney.

      Vasey’s tenure as coach, paired with years of experience as an athletic administrator, will make for a seamless transition to the new role.

      “I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead the athletic department at Dean College,” said Vasey. “My goal is to build upon the many great things that John Jackson has put in place and make Dean College Athletics one of the finest Division III athletic programs in New England.”

      Moving to the Head Football Coach slot is Franklin resident, Stephen Tirrell. Prior to his new role in the department, Tirrell was the defensive line coach for the football team.

      “I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to lead the Dean College Football team during this new era,” said Tirrell. “My goal is to continue the success that has already been put in place by Coach Vasey.”

      For more information on Dean College athletics, visit

    • + -

      The School of Continuing Studies at Dean College Announces Winter Intercession Courses


      The School of Continuing Studies at Dean College will offer Winter Intercession courses beginning Monday, December 28, 2015. Courses are open to all ages and experience levels and will be taught in such areas as Business, English, History, Sociology and Psychology.

      The Dean Leadership Institute and the School of Continuing Studies have partnered with industry leaders to offer two cutting edge one week course options, including Negotiating Skills for a Complex World and Building Value through Sales and Branding.

      Presented by the Accenture Negotiation Center of Excellence, Negotiating Skills for a Complex World aims at improving negotiating and decision-making skills. Students learn the importance of preparation and dealing efficiently with tensions, differences, and conflicts. The second one week course offering, Building Value through Sales and Branding, is presented by EMC2 Corporation and focuses on the sales process and the sales person. A highly interactive experience, the course will go through the sales process and the steps involved and will culminate in a sales pitch delivered on the final day.

      Both 2-week and 4-week course credit options are also available. To register for courses and for more information, contact the School of Continuing Studies at 508-541-1624 or visit


Take the next Step