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      Dean College Students Perform in NFL Kickoff Pregame Show at Gillette Stadium

      09/08/2017

      Over two hundred Dean College students performed in the 2017 NFL Kickoff Pregame Show at Gillette Stadium!

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      Franklin, MA (September 8, 2017) – Best experience ever; Indescribable; Truly special; Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – these are just a few words that Dean College students are using to describe their experience as on-field performers in Thursday’s NFL pregame celebration at Gillette Stadium.

      Over two hundred Dean College students, including Arts and Entertainment Management (AMGT), Business, Dance and Sport Management majors, participated as stunt card group members, banner holders and dance performers as the New England Patriots faced the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL opener.

      This is the second opportunity for Dean College to participate, having previously performed in the NFL pregame celebration in September 2015.

      It was unequivocally sweet for those students who performed for their second time.

      “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I had the opportunity to experience twice,” said AMGT major Pat Budris '19. “When we ran out to the field, you could feel the electric in the air. The crowd was roaring; it was incredible.”

      Jaclyn O’Keefe '18 also participated in the 2015 performance and shared the same sentiments. “Never in a million years would I think that I'd be able to participate in the Patriots NFL Kickoff not only once, but two times! My two experiences were different, but both indescribable.” 

      Sport Management major Dean Bennett '18 was part of the night’s banner group, holding the 2017 Super Bowl banner with his peers at the 50-yard line. “This was my first experience participating in the event and holding the center banner was amazing. I was standing right next to Gronk (Rob Gronkowski) which made the experience even better.” 

      Angeli Myatt '20 was thrilled to participate in the stunt card group. “Getting the opportunity to participate at the Patriots Kickoff is something I'll never forget. The energy on the field and in the stands brought such a wonderful and happy feeling. Definitely one of my most memorable nights!”

      Even faculty members participated alongside students, including Associate Professor of Dance, Todd Shanks. “Exciting doesn’t even begin to describe it,” said Shanks. “Dancing side by side with my students and colleagues on the field, in front of over 60,000 fellow Patriots fans was incredible. Beyond the experience of the performance, it was great for all of us to be a part of such a large-scale production.”

      The night turned out to be a family affair for first year dance student Celine Santorsola '21, as she performed on the field alongside her sisters Adrena '19 and Leanne '16, current Patriots Cheerleaders. “It felt amazing to walk in my sisters’ shoes for a night…I idolize them so much,” said Santorsola. “If this is the beginning of my time at Dean, I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

      By the end of the night, students were able to experience first-hand what it takes to produce such a large-scale performance. In the upcoming weeks, students will receive an event debrief in the classroom to bring the learning experience full circle.

      The opportunity was brought to life through The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management at Dean College, a partnership with the Kraft Sports Group. For more information about Dean College, visit www.dean.edu. For more information on The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management at Dean College, visit www.dean.edu/thecenter.

      For pictures from the 2017 NFL Kickoff Pregame Show click here or visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/deandifference

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      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.

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      Dean Leadership Institute Presents: Michael Spillane, February 15, 2018

      01/02/2018

      Dean Leadership Institute Presents: Michael Spillane, February 15, 2018

      Dean College is honored to host Michael Spillane, President of Categories and Product at NIKE for the Dean College Leadership Institute Executive Lecture Series on Thursday, February 15, 2018. The Executive Series offers a unique and interactive opportunity for students, alumni and the local community to interact with today’s business leaders.

      Spillane is responsible for developing the strategy that drives the creation of all NIKE footwear, apparel and equipment. He also leads the merchandising of all product to the global marketplace. Prior to his current position, he was a GM and VP for NIKE, Greater China. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Umbro Ltd. and Chief Executive Officer of CVEO Corporation (formerly, Converse Inc.). 

      With extensive experience in marketing consumer products, Spillane previously held senior management roles at leading apparel and textile companies, including Malden Mills, Tommy Hilfiger USA, Jockey International, and Missbrenner, Inc. Spillane serves on the board of directors at The Boston Beer Co., and Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA).

      Featuring an unprecedented list of national business leaders, including past speakers like Robert K. Kraft, Jonathan Kraft, Bert Jacobs, Anne M. Finucane, the Executive Lecture Series is a signature event for the Dean Leadership Institute and an exciting opportunity for our students and the community to gain knowledge from an experienced business executive. 

      The speaking program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Guidrey Center at Dean College, 109 West Central Street, Franklin, MA on February 15, 2018. The program is FREE and open to the public. Registration is required as seating is limited. For more information and to register, visit www.dean.edu/dlispillane.

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      Dean College Spring Semester Move-In Information

      01/02/2018

      Dean College Spring Semester Move-In Information

      Dean College Spring Semester Move-In Information

      Dean College looks forward to the start of our spring semester. Resident students should report to campus on Monday, January 15th between 9am-5pm. And New Student Check-In is from 9am-10am in the Campus Center.  Commuter students who have been financially cleared may go directly to their first registered class on Tuesday, January 16th. 

      For more information about check-in visit www.dean.edu/moveinday.

      Have a great semester!

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      The School of Continuing Studies at Dean College Announces Winter 1-Week Intersession Courses

      12/27/2017

      The School of Continuing Studies at Dean College Announces Winter 1-Week Intersession Courses

      The School of Continuing Studies at Dean College will offer Winter Intersession courses with one-week courses beginning Monday, January 8, 2018. Accelerate your progress toward a degree or certificate program this winter by enrolling in one of Dean College’s one-week classroom courses. These engaging classes are open to students of all ages and experience levels.

      Special one-week course topics include Business Negotiations, Sales and Marketing and Entertainment Industry Management. 

      To register for courses and for more information, contact the School of Continuing Studies visit www.dean.edu/scs.

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      Dean College Administrative Offices Closed, January 1, 2017

      12/27/2017

      Dean College Administrative Offices Closed, January 1, 2017

      Dean College administrative offices will be closed Monday, January 1st

      Administrative offices will resume normal business hours beginning Tuesday, January 2, 2017. 

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      Dean College Administrative Offices Closed, December 22, 25-26, 2017

      12/18/2017

      Dean College Administrative Offices Closed, December 22, 25-26, 2017

      Dean College administrative offices will be closed Friday, December 22nd as well as Monday, December 25th and Tuesday, December 26th

      Administrative offices will resume normal business hours beginning Wednesday, December 27th, 2017. 

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