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      Dean College to Host Saturday with Dean, February 3, 2018

      01/24/2018

      Dean College to Host Saturday with Dean, February 3, 2018

      Join Dean College on Saturday, February 3, 2018 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 3, 2018.

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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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      Former Dean College Athletic Director John Jackson to Be Inducted into NATYCAA Hall of Fame

      06/29/2018

      John Jackson, former athletic director at Dean College to be inducted into the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Hall of Fame later this month.

      Former Dean College Director of Athletics John Jackson will join two other athletic administrators being inducted into the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Hall of Fame later this month.

      Jackson, who was named the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year on three separate occasions (2002, 2010, 2014), will be inducted alongside Ron Case, the former AD at Rowan College-Gloucester County and Mary Ellen Leicht, the former CEO of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). 

      "John's tireless work on behalf of the student-athletes at Dean and other institutions continues to be noticed long after his retirement," said Dean College President, Dr. Paula M. Rooney. "That is a testament to his exemplary work as an administrator, instructor and coach, and we are thrilled for him to receive such an incredible honor."

       

      The honor for Jackson comes after he spent 37 years in various roles at Dean College – including 27 as the Director of Athletics. His tenure with the Bulldogs began in 1980 when he took over the men's basketball program and guided them to 120 wins in ten seasons – the most in the history of the program.

      Jackson also served two separate stints as the head softball coach. His first run (2002-04) produced a pair of 20+ win seasons – including a school-record 23 in 2002 -  as well as two Region XXI Championships (2002, 2003). Five seasons later, Jackson returned for five more seasons (2010-14) culminating in an 18-win season in 2014 that saw Dean finish second in the region.

      As an administrator, Jackson was instrumental in the construction of baseball and softball dugouts, the naming of Dale Lippert Field, the synthetic turf installation at Grant Field, and in the process of moving the College's athletic program from NJCAA affiliation towards full National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) membership.

      After stepping down as AD on January 1, 2016, Jackson moved into the role of Director of NCAA Compliance, working closely with head coaches and student-athletes on issues of eligibility and retention before retiring in the spring of 2017.

      Jackson's work was not contained to just Dean College as he served on numerous regional and national committees. He was the Chair of the Standard and Ethics Committee for the NJCAA, while also serving on the NJCAA Men's Lacrosse Committee.

      Additionally, he held the position of women's and men's regional director of the NJCAA and was on the Executive Committee for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

      The College itself has honored Jackson's commitment, renaming the court inside of Pieri Gymnasium after him in 2017 and then establishing the John A. Jackson Sportsmanship Award, given annually to the student-athlete who best demonstrates the qualities of sportsmanship.

      The ceremony will take place on June 28 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Md., just outside of Washington, D.C.

      For the latest information on Dean College Athletics, visit www.deanbulldogs.com.

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      Dean College Welcomes Former NFL Standout Sammy Morris To Coaching Staff

      06/26/2018

      Dean College Welcomes Former NFL Standout Sammy Morris To Coaching Staff

      Franklin, Mass. – Sammy Morris, a 12-year National Football League (NFL) veteran who played for four different organizations, including four seasons with the New England Patriots, has been named the running backs coach at Dean College it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.

      A member of the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), Dean competes at the NCAA Division III level and in recent years has transitioned from a junior college to a four-year institution in the process of gaining NCAA membership.

      Morris, who has been an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Patriots since the 2016 season and an assistant coach at Attleboro (Mass.) High since 2013, will take over a ground game at Dean that ran for more than 150 yards per game and nine touchdowns a season ago.

      "We are extremely excited to announce the hiring of Sammy Morris to coach the running backs and special teams at Dean College," said head coach Steve Tirrell. "His knowledge and experience will make an immediate impact on our coaching staff and student athletes."

      Morris had a decorated NFL career, rushing for more than 3,000 yards and 26 touchdowns while playing for the aforementioned Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and the Dallas Cowboys.

      A fifth-round pick out of Texas Tech by the Bills in the 2000 NFL Draft, Morris played four seasons in Buffalo before signing with Miami in 2004. After spending three seasons with the Dolphins -  including the 2004 season when he was Miami's leading rusher - Morris signed with Patriots in time for the historic 2007 campaign, in which New England was undefeated until a Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants.

      During New England's undefeated 16-0 regular season, Morris had back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances against Cincinnati (21 carries, 117 yards, TD) and Cleveland (21 carries, 102 yards). His season was derailed one week later, however, when he suffered a season-ending injury against the Cowboys.

      The 2008 campaign proved to be the best season of Morris' career, rushing for a career-best 757 yards and seven touchdowns on 4.7 yards per carry. He had a monster performance against the Broncos in October, running for a career-high 138 yards on just 16 carries in a 41-7 New England victory.

      Morris spent two more seasons in New England before being released right before the start of the 2011 season. He was scooped up by the Cowboys late in the season and ran for 98 yards in three games.  

      He played two seasons of college football at Texas Tech and was an integral part (33 carries, 170 yards) of the Red Raiders upset of No. 5 Texas A&M back in 1999.

      A 2000 graduate of Texas Tech with a degree in communication studies, Morris graduated from the Harvard Business School's NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program in 2009.

      Dean football student-athletes are slated to return for preseason practice beginning on August 10. Their first game is a little more than three weeks later when they travel to Curry College on Saturday, September 1.

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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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