November/December 2019
The holiday season is here and the end of the semester is near! One FINAL (exam) stretch before the break.
Dean Families,

With this year's calendar providing one less week of holiday shopping it will undoubtedly lead to even more crazed mall sprinting and on-line delivery pressure in search of the best deal and the perfect gift. On campus it will be the fervor of final classes, papers, presentations and exams, also guaranteed to provide a few late nights and anxious moments. All of this is sandwiched around holidays that are supposed to remind us of what is truly important, giving thanks for what we mean to one another. This cannot be found in a box or a price tag (sounds like a quote from the Grinch!). In Bulldog Nation, as we put a bow on another terrific semester, we give thanks for the unique opportunity each day to shape young people for the world that awaits as we move into a new decade! Each day provides an opportunity to see our students' talents on display in the classroom, on the playing field and on stage. As families you continue to provide the strength, compassion and enthusiasm for them to take that leap of faith and further build self confidence and traits of empowerment. We truly hope that in the weeks ahead, amidst all of the fast paced action, you will find time to slow down, share thoughts about what means most to you about each other (not over text!) and simply enjoy the final moments of 2019...before we start all over again. Please see below for important deadlines, activities and highlights from campus.

Have a wonderful holiday season and New Year!
Dave Drucker
Assistant Vice President,
Student Life & Dean of Students
FINAL EXAM WEEK: DECEMBER 9-12

The Green Family Library Learning Commons will have extended hours in the Writing Center which will be posted for students at dean.mywconline.com . The link will also provide a complete list of peer tutors in a variety of subjects. Additionally, there will be organized Study Labs where Academic Coaches will be available to work with students. The Math Center, located in the Science Building, will have additional hours posted for students to work with faculty and peer tutors. Students should also check for any extra hours that the library café, Bulldog Beanery , will offer during the exam period. Nothing like a steaming cup of peppermint hot chocolate or coffee to stimulate the system in the late hours!
  Final Exam Week- Quiet Hours

Twenty-four-hour residence hall quiet hours will go into effect on Saturday, December 7 th at 12 midnight and remain in effect throughout exam week. This will be enforced by staff and result in swift sanctions if violated as we want everyone to have an environment that is conducive to studying around the clock!
Where and when are my exams?

Does your student know where and when all of their exams are? Ask your student if they have checked all of their syllabi and/or spoken with their professors to ensure the dates and times of any written exams and due dates for papers. There will be a posting of final exam dates and times outside the Robbins Family Center for Advising and Career Planning. Did you know . . . any student with three scheduled exams on one day can have one moved to an alternate day? Students must see their advisor to make this request.
Winter Days Activities and Events
Winter Days are fast approaching! This event is one of the many great traditions in Bulldog Nation. This year’s Winter Days will be on Thursday, December 5 th and Friday, December 6 th . Festivities will kick off with the annual tree lighting on Awpie Way followed by numerous activities including a shirt give-a-way, stuff-an-animal, rolled up ice cream, ice skating, bowling, a hot chocolate bar, do-it-yourself snow globe ornaments, a dance and snow much more! Brought to you by the Student Activities Committee.

Students will also enjoy the Late Night Breakfast on Monday, December 9 th served by faculty and staff. A great way to de-stress during exam week and connect with friends one last time before the semester comes to a close.
Residence Hall Closing
The residence halls will close at 6:30pm on Thursday, December 12 th for Winter Break. Students are required to   depart two hours after the completion of their last exam . Any exceptions to this policy will be determined by the Office of Residence Life located in Chapman House. Students may leave all belongings in their room unless they are not returning for the spring semester. Students are reminded to exercise caution when leaving any valuables in their room Resident students must sign up for a check-out time with the Residence Life staff in their respective building.    Lastly, please know that if your student has a space in their room, they need to have it clear and ready for a new student to move in as we often see several students transfer into Dean in the spring. Reminder: residence halls re-open for the spring semester on Monday, January 20 th and classes will begin on Tuesday, January 21 st . Please check the link Spring Move-in as we get closer to move in day. 
Travel Preparations
Winter Recess

If your student is making use of mass transportation for the break there are a few different ways to get around. There are multiple ways to get to South Station (train and bus terminal) and Logan Airport. Students can download the m-ticket app to get MBTA tickets sent right to their device. A one-way ticket from the Franklin/Dean College MBTA station to South Station is approximately $12. There is a free bus from South Station to Logan Airport. To inquire about shuttle service to and from the airport you can contact KNIGHTS LIMOUSINE SERVICE at KNIGHTSLIMO.COM or by phone 800.822.5456.

Students can also make use of a car-sharing service with both Uber and Lyft in the Franklin area. Students should reserve these rides with their phone/ device 24 hours in advance to ensure an on-time pick-up. Estimated rates for rides to TF Green in Providence are around $55, Amtrak in Providence is $45 and Logan International Airport is around $70. Rates can vary based on time of day and season. If your student can find another student to share the ride they can split the fare/ tip on their phones!
 
Your student can always ask staff members here at Dean to help them examine the best ways to Boston or Providence terminals. We're happy to assist!

Reminder: Residence halls re-open for the spring semester on Monday, January 20th and classes will begin on Tuesday, January 21st.
From the Office of Institutional Advancement:
Celebrate the New Year with
Dr. Rooney in NYC!
Join President Paula Rooney for a
New Year Reception in New York City

Thursday, January 9, 2020
Rosie O'Grady's
800 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY  
6:30 – 8:30 pm

RSVP online by December 31
Calendar Planning

When seeking information about Dean College calendar dates, please use the Official Academic Calendar that is listed on www.dean.edu under the Academics tab . Please do not use Google or other internet search engines for the calendar as it is likely to produce outdated and incorrect information.
Spring Billing

Spring tuition bills will be available online next week and are due by January 3, 2020 . You may view your bill online at dean.afford.com . Please contact the Center for Student Financial Planning and Services at 508-541-1518 or via email at sfp@dean.edu with any questions regarding your online bill. Spring opening information will be placed on dean.edu and Today@Dean (the student portal) in the coming weeks. Please read this information carefully as it will provide all details necessary for the return to campus.
Intersession Courses

Registration is open for our winter intersession courses through the School of Continuing Studies. If your student needs to catch up or wants to get ahead, Intersession provides an excellent opportunity to earn credits in three weeks or even as little as one week!
  
This year we are offering a wide variety of online courses that begin on December 2 1 st . We are also offering one-week intensive courses in Sales, Negotiations, Personal Finance and Podcasting beginning January 1 3 th . Special rates are available for full time students on courses and housing. Students should meet with their Success & Career Advisor as soon as possible to take advantage of this great opportunity. Cost is $330 per credit. 
Want Academic Coaching for the Spring?- Register Now!

Registration for spring Academic Coaching is ongoing. If you are not familiar with Academic Coaching, we encourage you to contact the Morton Family Learning Center at 508-541-1768. We would be happy to answer any questions about this individualized service. Students who do register will be assigned an educational professional to provide one-on-one support and skill development in the areas of note taking, time management, organization, test preparation and writing.

For students currently receiving Academic Coaching, we encourage you to re-register to continue to take advantage of all that Academic Coaching offers. Here is some information about the spring Academic Coaching registration process.

Students can register at any time by going to Today@Dean and completing the Academic Coaching Registration form under Essential Links. The cost of Academic Coaching remains $850 for one hour of academic coaching per week for 14 weeks, with the cost increasing $850 with each additional hour added. Students may enroll in up to 5 hours per week.

The Morton Family Learning Center wishes all our families a joyous holiday season! Go Bulldogs!
Happy Holidays from Sodexo Dining Services!
We hosted Thanksgiving Dinner in the Smith Dining Center on Thursday, November 21. This long honored tradition where faculty and staff serve a feast with all the trimmings saw 700+ students enjoy great company and a wonderful meal. Wishing you and your family Happy Holidays from all of us at Sodexo Dining Services.

Remember, you can always add Boomer's Bucks to your student's account for that late night snacking or cup of coffee to assist with late night studying. Visit Dean Dining  at any time to see menus, add Boomer's Bucks, eatery hours, etc. We have very much enjoyed the fall semester and look forward to a great spring!
Opportunities Fair

Our fall Opportunities Fair, held on Thursday, November 14 was a huge success with more than 70 employers, 7 graduate schools, and 400 students in attendance. Students were able to use this as an opportunity to learn about careers within their major, network with employers as well as apply for a variety of job and internship positions.

Encourage your student to keep their eyes open for Employer Showcase events and networking opportunities in the spring to they can continue to fine tune their networking skills! 
Athletics

Fall sports have concluded for the Bulldogs, and two Dean squads walked away from their seasons with the hardware! 

The Men’s Cross Country team, coached by Joe Cabral, won their second straight New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) championship, bringing home the trophy on October 26 th at the NECC title race.

The football team also won their conference championship, finishing 4-1 in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) and qualifying for the New England Bowl Series against Endicott College in head coach Steve Tirrell’s fourth season at the helm.
 
As the calendar turns towards December, men’s and women’s basketball head into the bulk of their schedule as the teams start conference play this week. Both teams made the conference tournament a year ago, and with coaching staff and star players returning for the women and men’s teams, the winter season should be an exciting one for the Bulldogs!
Hyden wins Bedini Award at NACA Conference

Congratulations to Amanda Hyden for receiving the Ken M. Bedini Student Leader Award at the recently held NACA (National Association for Campus Activities) conference. The award recognizes outstanding contributions of undergraduate student leaders in the region who are making a difference at their institutions. Award recipients must demonstrate a strong record of holding leadership positions, have made meaningful contributions to their communities and have demonstrated leadership skills and abilities.
Service to the Community

This past semester members of the Dean College Community spent over 1,110 hours participating in community service projects. From serving as math mentors at a local elementary school to stocking shelves at the Franklin Food Pantry to spending time at senior living communities, the spirit of giving back was certainly felt on campus. Our two service-based clubs, Dean Community Outreach and Best Buddies, sponsored their semi-annual Nason Street Park Clean Up and annual Friendsgiving Dinner which were enjoyed by those who participated. We are looking forward to another wonderful semester of Dean giving back this spring.
Thoughts from Counseling Services
Winter Break Survival Tips
Papers have been turned in, finals have been taken, winter break is upon us! Many students look forward to seeing family, friends, pets and simply sleeping in their own bed. For families, having their children home may provide a sense of “normalcy” in the house. Although this can be a special time, it also can present some challenges. Prior to leaving for college, students may have had structure, including, curfews, chores, and family responsibilities. Magically, this structure disappears once students come home.

Here are a few tips to help ease the winter break chill:
Grades -Have an open discussion about grades prior to your student coming home. In case grades do not meet expectations, this will clear the air before the start of break.
Space -You probably have 100 questions to ask about their semester. Conversations may go more smoothly if you give them some time to settle in and decompress.
Negotiate ground rules – Discuss a new set of rules related to curfew, family time, responsibilities, use of car, and sleep patterns to ensure everyone is on the same page.
Enjoy - Most importantly, spend time together, make time to relax and have fun!
Wishing all of our Dean families a joyous holiday season and a happy new 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 your student.

Advising and Career Planning: 508.541.1536
Athletics: 508.541.1816
Campus Safety: 508.541.1888 
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
Residence Life: 508.541.1838