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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 Presents: Footloose, the Musical, November 14-18, 2018

      10/31/2018

      The entire run of Footloose is SOLD OUT! Please contact tlane@dean.edu or call 508-541-1605 with any questions.

      The School of the Arts at Dean College will perform Footloose, the Musical, beginning Wednesday, November 14 through Sunday, November 18, 2018.

      Based on the 1984 screen version, Footloose is an explosive musical that has come to the stage with thrilling results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to the rural town of Bomont, he is not prepared for the strict religious local edicts, which include a total ban on dancing. Ren breaks all the rules in trying to restore dance to the heart of a community held back by lingering memories of a tragedy. In addition to the original film score’s songs, such as “Let’s Hear it for the Boy,” “Holding out for a Hero,” and the title song, “Footloose,” dynamic new songs written specifically for the stage production are sure to get you to your feet!    

      Music by Tom Snow; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford with additional music by: Eric Carmen, Sandy Hagar, Kenny Loggins, and Jim Steinman; Stage Adaptation: Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie

      The Dean College production of Footloose, the Musical will take place in the Main Stage in the Campus Center at Dean College, 109 West Central Street, Franklin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $22, Seniors $12 and Children $7.

      To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.dean.edu/boxoffice.

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      Dean College to Host Discover Dean Day, November 12, 2018

      10/30/2018

      Discover Dean Days are full day open house programs that include campus tours, presentations and opportunities to meet with faculty, staff and students from throughout the Dean community. 

      The following is the schedule for Discover Dean Day:

      9:30AM - Registration and Continental Breakfast

      10:00AM - Welcome and Overview

      10:45AM - Academic Fair

      11:15AM to 1:00PM - Discover the Dean Difference - Explore our campus through a variety of activities that will allow you to visit with current students, meet with our athletic coaches, tour our Children's Center, learn more about academic support services and tour the campus!

      You can also visit the Smith Dining Center when you are in the mood for lunch...it's on us!

      To reserve your space, simply register online or contact the Office of Admissions at 508-541-1508.

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      Dean College Offers Programs for High School Students to Earn College Credit, January 2019

      10/26/2018

      Special one-week and online course options available!

      This winter, Dean College welcomes high school juniors and seniors looking to explore their academic interest and quickly earn transferrable college credits with a variety
      of formats including online and on-campus.

      Special one-week courses and one - and two-week online courses available.

      Click here to learn more! 

      Call 508-541-1624 for more information and to register. 

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      Dean College to Host Fall Fest 5k, November 10, 2018

      10/21/2018

      Join us for a day of fall, family, and fun!

      Registration to run, walk, or crawl in the Fall Fest 5K is now open. The race will begin at 10:00am on Awpie Way at Dean College on Saturday, November 10, 2018.

      Registration fee includes t-shirt, food, and access to race day activities!

      To register, visit www.dean.edu/FALLFEST5K

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      Dean College Accepting Applications for Horace Mann Scholarship

      10/21/2018

      Deadline: November 15, 2018

      Dean College is seeking applicants for the Horace Mann Scholarship. The tuition scholarship totals $20,000 per year and will be given to one deserving Franklin, MA resident attending Dean College in the fall of 2019.

      The scholarship will be given on a need-basis to a Franklin resident attending Dean College who possesses a passion for learning and exemplifies the philosophy of Horace Mann, who believed that one can benefit mankind through education, philanthropy and social reform.

      The Horace Mann Scholarship is renewable for subsequent years provided the student maintains a 2.7 or higher, grade point average.

      Applicants of the need-based Horace Mann Scholarship must meet the following criteria:

      • Be a documented resident of Franklin, MA
      • Meet the admission requirements of Dean College
      • Is a US citizen
      • Has completed the 2019-2020 FAFSA

      Additional requirements are included within the scholarship application.

      Applications must be submitted no later than November 15, 2018. For more information and to obtain a scholarship application, visit www.dean.edu/scholarships.

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