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      Dean College Receives NEH Grant to Transform Education in the Humanities

      08/02/2017

      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)

      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 www.neh.gov.

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      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: www.dean.edu.

      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: www.neh.gov.

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      Dean College New Student Orientation 2018

      06/18/2018

      Dean College New Student Orientation 2018

      NSO is required for all incoming students for fall 2018. 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: 75 Emmons Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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

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      Dean College Welcomes Dr. Brad Hastings as Dean of the School of Liberal Arts

      06/12/2018

      Dean College Welcomes Dr. Brad Hastings as Dean of the School of Liberal Arts

      “Dean College is proud to appoint Dr. Hastings as our newest school dean,” says Dr. Michael Fishbein, Vice President of Academic Affairs.  “His impressive background and hands-on approach is a perfect fit for our school. He already understands The Dean Difference.”

      Hastings comes to Dean College most recently from Mount Ida College where he served as the Dean for the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. In this role, Dr. Hastings oversaw ten majors and four academic departments while managing an extensive staff of full-time and adjunct faculty members.

      Prior to Mount Ida, Dr. Hastings served as the Social Sciences Department chair at Mount Aloysius College following a stint in Colorado. In addition, he has chaired and co-chaired numerous committees associated with accreditation for Middle States and NEASC and served as a leader in program development, assessment, curriculum development and international education.

      “I am excited to join the Dean College community,” said Hastings.  “Every student has their own unique story and I am eager to work with each one and to continue the growth in the liberal arts programs here at Dean.”

      Dr. Hastings grew up in Pittsburgh, PA.  He received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Psychology from Kansas State University in 1995, a Master’s of Science in Social Psychology from Kansas State University in 1993, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1989 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Dr. Hastings has participated in the Senior Leadership Academy sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Council of Independent Colleges.

      He has two college-aged sons and lives in the greater Boston area. His scholarly interests include authoritarianism, political behavior, philosophical psychology, spirituality, and theoretical developments in personality theory. His personal interests include reading, working out, Pirates baseball, Steelers football, hiking, live music, sci-fi television and movies, politics, and travel.

      For more information about Dean College and the School of Liberal Arts, visit www.dean.edu

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      Dean College Alum Receives 2018 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Boston/New England Emmy Award

      06/07/2018

      Freddy Wheeler, Class of 2011, Receives 2018 National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England Emmy Award.

      Freddy Wheeler '11 and his colleague Celine McArthur just received the 2018 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Boston/New England Emmy Award  for producing "Beyond the Border: The Opioid Pipeline". After their New Hampshire television station unexpectedly shut down in February 2017, armed with only three months severance pay, two personal DSLR cameras and eight GoPros, the two embarked on a 1,700 mile journey to find out how a record amount of drugs are flowing into the Granite State. The special aired on Boston’s WCVB NewsCenter 5. 

      Congratulations, Freddy!

      Watch Now: Beyond the Border: The Opioid Pipeline

      Learn more about the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England.

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      Dean College New England Summer Dance Intensive August 5-12, 2018

      06/04/2018

      Dean College New England Summer Dance Intensive August 5-12, 2018

      High school students ages 14-18 interested in majoring in dance train with esteemed faculty from all over New England. 

      The New England Summer Dance Intensive will help students in the following: 

      • Learn about college dance programs, the application process and the audition process
      • Learn dance works from renowed guest artists. 
      • Attend workshops about college life, majoring in dance, resume writing and head shots
      • Explore the craft of choreography
      • Staff-guided residential program with 24-hour supervision
      • Athletic trainer on-site for injury prevention
      • $1,250 residential, $950 commuter
      • Payment plans available

      For more information and to register, visit dean.edu/summerintensive. 

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      Dean College Summer Pre-College Programs, July – August, 2018

      05/07/2018

      Dean College Summer Pre-College Programs, July – August, 2018

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

      Summer Pre-College Programs:

      Sport Management                   July 9, 2018 – July 20, 2018

      Sports Broadcasting                July 23, 2018 – August 3, 2018

      Data Science and Analytics     July 23, 2018 – August 3, 2018

      Coding                                      July 9, 2018 – July 20, 2018

      Forensics                                 July 9, 2018 – July 20, 2018

      Summer Program (non-credit course):

      Drones for Beginners    July 23, 2018 – July 27, 2018

      To learn more about our Pre-College Summer Programs and to register, visit www.dean.edu/summerprograms.

      Information Session

      Attend our Summer Program Information Session on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Campanella Board Room, located within the Dean College Campus Center. During this session, you will hear from each instructor of the programs and can understand more about the application process. We will also review offsite activities, dorm rooms, dining hall schedule, what to pack and more.


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