February 2019
Happy New Year! New semesters bring new opportunities to engage, excel and build self-confidence.
Dean Families,

Now that the holiday season is in the rearview mirror it's time to put those new year's resolutions to work! Studies tell us that it takes 30 days to make a new habit part of our daily routine - no better time for students to declare a new addition to their daily life at Dean. Small changes such as a different study routine or exercising more often can translate into more positive self reflection and additional successes that in turn make us more motivated to accomplish other tasks. We are very excited to start a new semester in Bulldog Nation and have great anticipation for what the next 15 weeks will bring in the classroom, on stage and the athletic fields.

And great news from the groundhog this year...he did not see his shadow so we are looking forward to an early Spring!
Dave Drucker
Assistant Vice President,
Student Life & Dean of Students
Academic Monitoring

The Advising Center will complete the second round Tuesday, February 19 th . Monitoring includes a snapshot of student attendance and their academic progress to date. Please encourage your student to go to DeanAdvisor, Academic Profile, Student Course Monitoring to view their progress. Also, if your student has granted you access to their academic records, you can access the same view as your student. 
The Morton Family Learning Center is an excellent resource for students to obtain assistance with their courses.  Subject matter tutoring, academic coaching, study halls and study partners as well as the Berenson Writing Center are located within the Center. The Berenson Math Center, housed in the Arthur W. Peirce Center for Technology and Science, is another excellent resource where peer and professional tutors are available to assist students with their math coursework.
Housing Selection for 2019- 2020
Starting on Friday, February 15 th the Returning Student Housing Application will be live for students to complete. This is the first part of the on-line housing process for the 2019-2020 academic year. For students to be eligible for Housing Selection they will need to 1) Pay their deposit of $250 to the Center for Student Financial Planning and Services (Located in Dean Hall); 2) Clear any holds that may be on their account with Student Financial Planning and Services ; 3) Complete the MyHousing Application .

Over the next four weeks, the Office of Residence Life will offer information sessions for students that have questions about the MyHousing system and housing selection process. Additionally, a Housing Booklet, which provides detailed information about housing selection, will be available for students on Today@Dean under the Residence Life department tab. This booklet will also be made available on the Dean Website under the Residence Life page. Housing Selection for all returning students will occur the week of March 25 th .

Students are reminded that unless approved by the Office of Residence Life to change to commuter status they must live on campus as housing is guaranteed for four years.

Commuters students must live with immediate family or an approved guardian confirmed by the Office of Residence Life or they will be in violation of the housing policy and, consequently, may be charged for college housing. 
It's Never Too Late to Get Involved

We have fantastic programming going on each week including last weekend's incredible display of illusion by nationally renowned magician Eric Wilzig. This week features a Dean After Dark and 'Pizza Throw Down'. The International Student Association hosted Chinese New Year in the Dining Hall and later this month the Black Student Union will host an Excellence Showcase in celebration of Black History Month. Encourage your student to join one of many social and academic organizations on campus. Have them visit the Student Activities and Leadership Development Office in the Campus Center for more information. Students can view all that is going on by visiting T oday@Dean , watching channel 3.1 on the cable system or viewing posters and banners in the Campus Center.
Only $10 to ride the rails on weekends until June!
The MBTA is offering a special $10 commuter rail weekend fare from now until June. The special is good from the first train on Saturday until the last train on Sunday. The Franklin/ Dean College stop is just a few blocks from campus. A great time for friends to explore the sights and sounds of historic Boston!
Spring Break
The residence halls will close at 6:30pm on Friday, March 8 th and re-open on  Sunday, March 17 th at 12noon. Students that need to stay for a portion or all the break must speak with the Office of Residence Life in Chapman House. There is a daily rate to remain on campus and the dining center will be closed during this time.
Travel Preparations
 
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 mticket 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. 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 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!
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.
153 Commencement Exercises - Saturday, May 11

The time is drawing near for the Class of 2019 to make the historic walk down Awpie Way! We will celebrate the 153 rd Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 11 th. Graduating students should be receiving an email shortly from the Registrar’s Office with instructions on how to apply to graduate. Graduates should also be ordering their academic regalia. They can order their caps and gowns online at buildagrad.com/dean. The website is open until April 1, 2019 only. Cap and gown pick-up will take place on April 24 th and April 25 th outside the Robbins Family Center for Advising and Career Planning. For information on the 2019 Commencement ceremony please visit dean.edu/commencement. on the Dean website. Please note Commencement is an outdoor event which will be held in front of Dean Hall, rain or shine. We will be live streaming the commencement ceremony. The website will continuously be updated with details leading up to and through the graduation ceremony.
Graduation Days Event for Students- 
Thursday, May 9 

Remind your soon to be graduate to mark their calendar for Thursday, May 9 th . This student event kicks off graduation weekend and will include a special dinner in the Dining Hall followed by a moonlight Boston Harbor Cruise. This is a free event for students with a cash bar for those 21+. Graduates will receive notification in the coming weeks about signing up for this terrific event. More to come on the full list of Commencement festivities in the coming weeks!
Thinking about a Master's Degree in Sport Management? Dean has a new articulation agreement with Boston College.

Available to students who graduate through May 2021. Apply based on completion of the Bachelor of Science Degree in May of their senior year; a Grade Point Average of 3.30 or higher and submission of full application by Boston College's deadline. As part of this agreement Dean graduates will receive both a waiver of the application fee and waiver of the GRE requirement!
Students with grades of B or higher in SFL172, 305, and 405 will receive six (6) credits of transfer credits, giving them the option of completing the eight remaining Master’s courses in one year.
Financial Planning for 2019- 2020

Reminder - If you plan on applying for financial aid for the 2019-2020 academic year, we recommend that you complete the FAFSA as soon as possible at www.fafsa.gov so we can provide you with a financial aid award before the end of the spring term. A deposit of $250 will be due on March 18 th . This deposit will allow your student to select their room and register for classes for Fall 2019. Information about the deposit will be sent via email to both parents and students in the next week or two. Please feel free to contact the Center for Student Financial Planning and Services with any questions at 508-541-1518 or email them at sfp@dean.edu .
Wish your student a Happy Valentine's Day from Sodexo Dining Services
Give your student a special present this Valentine’s Day by our Dining Services Department. This gift bag includes, 1 dozen cupcakes, a small throw blanket, a box of chocolates, a chocolate heart, a medium sized bear and two pens! For only $27.99 plus tax! Place an order here .
Spring Career and Internship Fair- April 10

The Robbins Center for Career Planning and Internships will host their Spring Career and Internship Fair on Wednesday, April 10 th from 3-5pm. the Fair will showcase on and off campus internship opportunities as well as full time and part time positions and graduate school opportunities. Please encourage your student to get professionally dressed, print out copies of their resume and head to this exciting event!
School of the Arts

The Joan Palladino School of Dance will hold Choreographers’ Concert on February 8 th and 9 th at 8pm in the Main Stage. The Senior Showcase will be held April 12 th and 13 th  and Dance Company will round out the academic year April 25 th - April 28 th

The Theatre Department’s production of Our Town  will run from February 28 th - March 3 rd     in the Main Stage, and  Catch Me If You Can  will premiere April 3 rd - April 7 th in the Main Stage.

Tickets for all shows can be purchased at www.dean.edu/performance .
Athletics- Bulldogs Hoops
Men’s and Women’s basketball enter the home stretch of their seasons with both squads in contention for New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) tournament play. The women’s team, led by first year head coach Alycia Gervais, has won three straight and four of five. They currently rank 5 th in the NECC with a 7-6 conference record. Five crucial games remain on their schedule, all of them against NECC foes.
 
Men’s basketball’s stellar season continues, as the Bulldogs sit fourth in the conference with an 8-4 NECC record and a 14-7 overall clip. Bulldog senior Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.) eclipsed the 1000 career points mark in a mid-January win over Elms College. Russell became the first Dean College basketball player to achieve the milestone. The Bulldogs have four games left in the regular season slate as they jockey for position atop the conference standings.
Health Services- It's not too late to Fight the Flu!
Does your student need a flu vaccine? Health Services has a small remaining 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 number that can be given to students 19 and over for a cost of $20.00. The cost will be charged to the students' account.
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