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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 Welcome Back BBQ, September 4, 2018

      09/03/2018

      Join us for the All-College Welcome BBQ on September 4th!

      Dean College faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the All-College Welcome BBQ on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Picnic Grove.

      Welcome back Bulldogs! We look forward to seeing you there!

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      Dean College Check-In and Move-In Information, September 2018

      08/14/2018

      Welcome new and returning students!

      On Monday, September 3rd, 2018 new students will arrive on campus and on Tuesday, September 4th, returning students will follow. 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. Visit the move-in day web page for more information.

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      Dean College Hosting Two Symposiums to Develop Courses That Infuse the Humanities with Science

      07/13/2018

      National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant to aid in the development of courses.

      Last summer, Dean College was among the 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.

      With this funding, College faculty are developing two courses in the history of science that incorporate hands-on labs: “History of Science” and “Beyond Henrietta Lacks:  Race and Medicine in 20th Century America.” Both courses are set to pilot for the 2018-19 calendar year. 

      Project Director and Associate Professor of History at Dean College, Dr. David Dennis spearheaded the development of the courses, alongside Project Co-Director, Dr. Jessica Pisano, as well as Dr. Rob Lawson, who will teach the course on race and medicine. The three have been hard at work this past year, developing both courses.

       “Culture shapes science, and science shapes culture,” said 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.”

      For the next two weeks, the College will host two symposiums, one for each course, and will bring in four outside scholars, two from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one from UMass Amherst and one from Emmanuel College, to help design the curriculum. 

      “The real innovative part here, what I’m most excited about, is that we’re going to couple a humanities course, what would otherwise have been a standard 3-credit course, with a science lab, that allows student to have hands-on experience with the science that’s being discussed in the humanities course,” said Dennis. “The symposiums bring together Dean College faculty with outside experts to answer a key question: how do we integrate a history classroom with a science lab in a way that makes the experience compelling, engaging, and seamless for our students?” he added.

      The group plans to finalize the curriculum for each course this summer with the first offering set to roll out in fall of 2018.

      For more information on the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), visit www.neh.gov. To learn more about Dean College, visit www.dean.edu

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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

      *Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

       

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      Dean College New Student Orientation, July 12-13, 2018

      07/10/2018

      Dean College to Hold New Student Orientation, July 12-13, 2018

      New Student Orientation (NSO) is required for all incoming students for fall 2018. The program is designed to prepare students 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 Named 2018-19 College of Distinction

      07/10/2018

      Dean College Honored Among National Colleges of Distinction

      Dean College has been recognized for its committed implementation of High-Impact Educational Practices, earning its title as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction. This is the third consecutive year that Dean College has earned this honor. 

      “We are absolutely thrilled to recognize Dean College as a College of Distinction for its effective dedication to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction is so impressed with Dean College’s curriculum, which is enriched with the kind of High-Impact Educational Practices that are most crucial for student development. Such innovative engagement is preparing the next generation of young adults to thrive after college.”

      Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of a review of each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, alumni success, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more. Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. 

      “Colleges of Distinction is far more than a ranking list of colleges and universities,” said Schritter. “We seek out the schools that are wholly focused on the student experience, constantly working to produce graduates who are prepared for a rapidly changing global society. Now recognized as a College of Distinction, Dean College stands out in the way it strives to help its students to learn, grow, and succeed.”

      Dean College has been further recognized with a Field of Study badge for its Business Management program. This is the second consecutive year that Dean College has earned this honor. College of Distinction’s Field of Study badges were created to recognize colleges and universities like Dean College for their innovative leadership in higher education. Those who have received this honor have proven themselves for qualities such as breadth of program and track record for success.

      Dean College is proud to be named a 2018-19 College of Distinction. To learn more about the many awards, recognitions and accomplishments that Dean College continues to be honored with, visit www.dean.edu. For more information on Colleges of Distinction, visit www.collegesofdistinction.com.

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