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      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

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      Dean College Approved to Offer BFA Degree in Dance


      Dean College Approved to Offer BFA Degree in Dance

      Dean College, a private, residential college located in Franklin, Massachusetts, has been approved by the Department of Higher Education to offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. Beginning in the fall of 2018, students entering Dean will have the opportunity to enroll in the BFA program.

      Dean College already offers students the opportunity to earn a minor in Dance, an Associate of Arts degree in Dance and/or a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance, and will now add the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance to its program.

      “We are delighted that the BFA will take its place beside our BA to provide students with the widest range of possibilities to pursue their passions in the field of Dance,” says Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Michael Fishbein. 

      The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance is an applied arts degree designed to prepare students for professional careers as performers and/or choreographers. 

      “Dean College has always maintained a strong commitment to the discipline of dance on its campus,” says Marc Arentsen, dean of the School of Dance. “The new BFA in Dance will continue in that tradition and enable skill sets, practices and perspectives of today’s professional-level dance. For students, this new degree program ultimately represents a whole lot of work,” he added. “But then, Dean Bulldogs never miss a chance to dance.”

      The Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College provides rigorous, well-rounded technical training within a purposeful liberal arts curriculum. For more information about Dean College and the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance, visit

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      Move-in day, Fall 2017


      Dean College Welcomes New and Returning Students, September 4, 2017

      On Monday, September 4, 2017 new and returning students will move in and/or check-in to Dean College. Times and locations for check-in vary depending on a variety of factors, so be sure to check out the Dean College Move-In Day web page for all information. If you are moving in to a residence hall for the first time, you will also find some tips on what to bring and what not to bring to college. 

      New International students will check-in for International Student Orientation (ISO) on August 31st in the Campus Center near the Robbins Family Center for Advising and Career Planning. ISO offers an opportunity for international students to become acquainted with Dean and the surrounding areas.

      Students enrolled in the Arch Learning Community should check in for Orientation on Friday, September 1, 2017. Arch Orientation allows those participating in the Arch program to become better acquainted with others in the program.

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      Dean College Receives NEH Grant to Transform Education in the Humanities


      Dean College is among 245 recipients slated to receive a total of $39.3 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

      Franklin, MA (August 2, 2017) – Dean College is among 245 recipients slated to receive a total of $39.3 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) aimed at supporting vital research, education, and public programs in the humanities.

      This is Dean College’s first grant application submitted and award received from NEH. The College plans to use the awarded funding to infuse the humanities into Core Distribution offerings by developing and piloting two courses in the history of science that incorporate hands-on labs: “History of Science” and “Henrietta Lacks: Medicine, Race, Class, and Gender in America.”

       “Culture shapes science, and science shapes culture,” says Project Director and Associate Professor of History Dr. David Dennis. “From early ideas about the Earth’s place in the cosmos to popular attitudes toward climate change and cancer treatment, the humanities are essential for how we understand the past and present of modern scientific society. This project furthers the ongoing revitalization of the humanities for the twenty-first century at Dean College and beyond. The opportunity to combine history courses with lab science underscores Dean’s record of educational innovation. I look forward to working with science and humanities faculty, as well as external scholars, to bring this groundbreaking curriculum to our students.”

      A full list of grant recipients can be found by visiting


      About Dean College

      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. To learn more, visit:

      About the National Endowment for the Humanities

      Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

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      Dean College Becomes the Newest Member of the NECC


      Dean College Becomes Newest Member of the NECC

       Dr. Joseph L. Chillo, Newbury College President and Chair of the New England Collegiate Conference Presidents Council announced today that Dean College will become the newest member of the NECC for the 2017-18 academic year.

      "We are delighted to welcome Dean College and their student-athletes to the NECC. This is an exciting time for the conference as we add another quality institution committed to the philosophy and values of the NCAA and the NECC.  We're confident that Dean College will continue its success and provide a high quality experience for all student-athletes competing in the NECC."

      “Dean College is proud to become a member of NECC,” said Dr. Paula Rooney, President of Dean College. “We look forward to welcoming NECC members to our athletic facilities this fall.”

      Dean College competed in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) before receiving provisional membership status into NCAA Division III on July 1, 2017. The College will now compete in the NECC for all sports except for football, which will be housed under the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).

      “Competing within the NECC is a great opportunity for Dean College,” said Todd Vasey, Director of Athletics at Dean College. “We feel strongly that our philosophies and ideals regarding student-athlete success, intercollegiate athletics and community involvement match up perfectly with the NECC.”

      Dean College’s intercollegiate teams include men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer and volleyball and women’s basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball. Dean will add field hockey in 2018.

      "We are proud to welcome Dean College as a member of the NECC, said Del Malloy, NECC Commissioner. They are fully committed to offering a quality athletic experience for their student-athletes and have a long and distinguished history of doing things the right way in all aspects of the student-athlete experience.”

      For more information on Dean College Athletics, visit For more information on the New England Collegiate Conference, visit

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      Dean College New Student Orientation, August 14, 2017.


      Dean College New Student Orientation IV August 14, 2017

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

      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 to learn more and register.

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