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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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      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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      Watch Live: Dean College Commencement, May 6, 2017

      05/04/2017

      Watch Dean College's 151st Commencement via live stream.

      Dean College's 151st Commencement exercises will be available to view via live video stream!

      Commencement will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017 on campus.

      Click here to access the live stream (available 15 minutes prior to start time).

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