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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 to Host Saturday with Dean, February 4, 2017


      Registration now open for Saturday with Dean on February 4, 2017

      Join Dean College on Saturday, February 4, 2017 for an information session and tour of campus designed to help you better understand The Dean Difference. Sessions begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by a tour of campus, allowing you plenty of time to enjoy the remainder of your day.

      Representatives of the Office of Admissions will be on hand to answer all your questions. We can't wait to welcome you to campus!

      Register for Saturday with Dean on February 4, 2017

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      Dean College Announces Appointment of Dean of the School of Business


      Dean College Appoints Dr. P. Gerard Shaw as Dean of the School of Business

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      Dean College is pleased to announce that Dr. P. Gerard Shaw has accepted appointment as the Dean of the School of Business.

      Having taught and provided leadership in multiple capacities at Dean first as an adjunct and since 2005 as a full-time faculty member, Dr. Shaw brings to this role the skills and commitment to take the School of Business to the next level. “His love of Dean is so obvious it almost goes without saying,” says Vice President of Academic Affairs, Michael Fishbein. 

      In addition to his new role, he also serves as the Director of the Dean Leadership Institute, which offers students, alumni and the local community the opportunity to interact with today’s business leaders. “Gerry’s labor of love is the Dean Leadership Institute, through which he has brought 75 senior business leaders to campus to share their insights with our Community.”

      In addition to his roles at Dean, Dr. Shaw's career has included serving as a Vice President of Student Affairs, working as a consultant in the Higher Education Consulting practice at Coopers & Lybrand and co-founding his own consulting practice.

      Believing that service to the community is vital, Dr. Shaw has served on the Board of Directors for the Hockomock Area YMCA for more than 15 years. He has served on the Development Committee at the Providence Country Day School, and taught CCD at his local parish.

      Prior to earning a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Boston College, he earned an M.A. in Systematic Theology from Washington Theological Union; an M.S. in Human Resources from Biscayne College; and a B.S. in Accounting from Villanova University.

      For more information about Dean College and the School of Business, visit

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      Dean College Presents: Senior Showcase, January 27-28, 2017


      Dean College Presents: Senior Showcase, January 27-28, 2017

      The School of the Arts at Dean College will perform Senior Showcase on Friday, January 27 – Saturday, January 28, 2017.

      Creating a performance from the ground up, our talented senior dance students share their choreography, performance and production expertise in this collaborative show.

      The Senior Showcase production will take place in the Main Stage within the Campus Center at Dean College, 99 Main Street, Franklin, MA at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online by visiting

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      Dean College Spring 2017 Move-In, January 16, 2017


      Dean College is looking forward to the start of our spring semester! Move-In begins on Monday, January 16, 2017

      Dean College looks forward to the start of our spring semester.

      Returning Resident students should report to campus on Monday, January 16th and pick up their keys in their residence halls. ALL STUDENTS arriving between 4:30-5:00 p.m. must check in at the Campus Center.

      New student check-in is scheduled from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. in the campus center.

      Commuter students who have been financially cleared may go directly to their first registered class on Tuesday, January 17th.

      For more information regarding move-in, click here.




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      Dean Leadership Institute Presents: Angela McKay, January 24, 2017


      The Dean Leadership Institute (DLI) invites you to attend its Executive Lecture Series on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 6:30 PM in the Guidrey Center. 

      The Dean Leadership Institute (DLI) invites you to attend its Executive Lecture Series on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 6:30 PM in the Guidrey Center.

      Dean College is honored to host Angela McKay, Director of the Government Security Policy and Strategy Team within Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft for this year’s lecture series. The Executive Series offers a unique and interactive opportunity for students, alumni and the local community to interact with today’s business leaders.

      Guest speaker, Angela McKay leads Microsoft’s public policy work on cybersecurity, cloud security, and norms, and on public sector use of cloud.  Her team includes professionals working on these topics across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S. She focuses on driving strategic change, both within Microsoft and externally, to advance trust in the computing ecosystem. 

      Ms. McKay combines technical expertise and public policy acumen to develop policies that improve security and stability of cyberspace, and support development, growth, and innovation.  She serves on the Board of Councilors for the East West Institute, a think tank focused on international conflict resolution, and as Microsoft’s Point of Contact for the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, which provides the President of the United States with recommendations to maintain reliable, secure, and resilient communications. 

      The speaking program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Guidrey Center at Dean College, 99 Main Street, Franklin, MA on January 24, 2017.

      The program is FREE and open to the public. Registration is required as seating is limited.

      For more information and to register, visit the Dean College website



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