Welcome Bulldog Families!
Hello and welcome to our new and returning Bulldog Families! I proudly serve as the Dean of Students, or as many muse...the 'Dean at Dean' . One of the many great roles in my position is the opportunity to connect with you to note some of the wonderful happenings in Bulldog Nation. My monthly updates will focus on significant events, upcoming deadlines and additional notes to support your student from afar. For those returning families I hope you enjoy the new look to the letter this year
Dave Drucker
Assistant Vice President,
Student Life & Dean of Students
Move-in and Bulldog Beginnings
Labor Day was move-in day for many of our first year students and our move-in crew worked tirelessly and braved steamy temperatures to help move students and belongings into the halls. This also kicked off Bulldog Beginnings, a new program to help all new students transition to life at Dean. Our first year class, pictured above in front of iconic Dean Hall, was part of the largest overall enrollment at Dean College since 1989!
Dean Rises in the Rankings
Dean College has been  ranked 23rd  in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report for the Best Regional Colleges, North category. Additionally, Dean placed 12th in the category for Best Value Schools.   

We are excited to welcome our Dean Alumni and Families to campus on Saturday, October 20 th for Homecoming. We have a variety of events planned, including first year residence hall open houses, a cookout during the football and soccer games, as well as a new session “The Career Path and Dean” where students and families can learn more about the career and internship process at Dean College. In addition, we have our Bulldog Spirit Area at the football and soccer games, full of family friendly activities, as well as the Dean Showcase, highlighting a variety of performances in the evening.

A full schedule of activities can be found at . See you there!
Protect against the flu
Does your student need a flu vaccine? 
Health Services receives a small supply of free flu vaccines from the Department of Public Health. This vaccine can be administered to students who are 18 years of age or younger. They also purchase a small supply that can be given to students 19 and over for a cost of $20.00. The cost will be charged to the students' account.

Additionally, Walgreens will be offering a Flu Vaccine Clinic on campus Friday, October 19th in Chapman House from 12:30 pm– 2:00 pm . Students should go to Health Services to sign up for an appointment and please have them bring their insurance card with them.
Campus Entertainment
There have been several terrific social events to kick off the new year including Free Food Friday featuring food trucks and live music, a nationally renowned mentalist, bumper cars, fashion show, karaoke, trip to the Red Sox and outdoor laser tag. We have seen fantastic attendance and know our Student Activities Committee will continue to unveil great entertainment throughout the year. Make sure your student is checking out Today@Dean , as well as posters in the Campus Center and watching the Campus Life Channel on Dean TV 3.1 to see all the great events coming up.
Fall Athletics
The fall athletics season is well underway with eight of our men's and women's teams in action. The college has welcomed Field Hockey back to campus for the first time in two decades. They earned their first win on September 14 th , a 2-0 decision over Albertus Magnus. Women’s volleyball hovers around .500 as they enter the heart of their schedule, playing eight of their nine conference opponents in the month of October. Football earned its first win of the season with a 42-15 thrashing of Becker and will host Alfred State on Saturday, September 29 th . Men's Cross country has finished second in its last two meets while the women finished fifth. Golf will compete in the NECC Championships this weekend and men's and women's soccer are looking to build off recent wins over Lyndon State and Mass Maritime, respectively. Follow the teams all season long at DEANBULLDOGS.COM. Fans can also download the app DeanBulldogs Front Row to follow scores and watch live feeds of many contests. Let's Go Bulldogs !
Fall Performances
The School of the Arts will premiere its first performances of the year in October with the Theatre Department’s production of  Scapino and Joan Palladino School of Dance’s production of Arts Mosaic . Often students can access heavily discounted or free tickets on select dates. Tickets and ticket packages can be purchased at . Don't miss out on seeing the wonderful talents of our students on stage!
Time to get some rest
Did you know that 1/3 of college students fall asleep in class at least once a week? Dr. J. Roxanne Prichard, Ph.D., from the University of St. Thomas, MN visited Dean College last week to discuss the critical importance of sleep with students, faculty and administrators. While college students likely stay up later than usual and pull 'all nighters' to get that paper done, Dr. Prichard spoke candidly about her research and regular sleep patterns playing a pivotal role in academic success and performance on the playing field and stage.

Service to the Community
Making a difference in our community is an important part of being a Bulldog. The Office of Orientation & Community Service works with student groups to sponsor service projects both on and off-campus. Projects range from stocking shelves at the Franklin Food Pantry, blood drives, visiting local senior living communities, and volunteering at events in the town of Franklin. The first few weeks have included members of our women’s softball and volleyball teams assisting with the Walk to Defeat ALS, first year students cleaning up Nason Street Park as a part of Bulldog Beginnings and a group of students taking part in the UnitedHealthcare “Do good. Live well.” playground build. Students can join either of our two service-related clubs on campus if they are interested in planning and executing service initiatives.
Bon Appetit
The Smith Dining Center, Boomer's Restaurant and Bulldog Beanery have been buzzing with activity since day one of the fall semester. Students enjoyed a welcome back barbecue, summer 'Glamping' theme dinner with make your own s'mores and Jiffy Pop...a true throwback for many of us. Shrimp Alfredo was chosen as the first 'student's choice' entrée that we will run once per month and fresh squeezed lemonade on the concourse. Remind your students to ask our very talented culinary staff if they have any food challenges we should be aware of. It's always a great time to add Boomer's Bucks for that late night snack or coolatta!
Select the link Dean Dining  for more information.
Conversation starters with your student
Now that we are a few weeks into the fall semester, here are some great questions to converse with your student about:

What are the names of your faculty and your success and career advisor?

Have you down loaded the new MyDC app and are you actively using it to see your schedule, view campus activities, etc.?

What campus activities have you attended since the start of the year?
Dean Resources
As always please feel free to reach out to any of our offices if we can be of further support to you or you student. Wishing you a great start to the fall!

Advising and Career Planning: 508.541.1536
Athletics: 508-541-1816
Center for Student Financial Planning and Services: 508.541.1518
Dining Services: 508.541.1564
Health Services:  508.541.1600
Morton Family Learning Center: 508.541.1768
Campus Safety: 508.541.1888                                     
Residence Life: 508.541.1838

Go Bulldogs!