February 2020
It's a New Year and a New Decade! New semesters bring new opportunities to engage, excel and build self-confidence.
Dean Families,

As we enter a new decade, but more importantly a new semester, it's a great time for students to evaluate what is working and what could use some fine tuning. Even small changes can result in achieving desired goals, further motivation to step outside their comfort zone, and a drive to seek additional successes. All of these often lead to self empowerment, resiliency and self advocacy, critical traits to develop as a Bulldog that will serve them well long after the college years. We are very excited for a great spring with anticipation of what the next 15 weeks will bring in the classroom, leadership, on stage and the athletic fields.

Great news once again from the groundhog...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
Height of Flu Season and Update on Corona Virus

We thought it important to make you aware that the College has been closely monitoring developments about the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. Our campus health officials have received information from the Department of Public Health and are in communication with local medical personnel about education around the illness, prevention and response.

It is important to note that this is also the height of the flu season, and students, faculty, and staff are far more likely to be impacted by the Influenza virus. We have posted preventative measures for our Dean Community as it is important to remember that all can help prevent the spread of germs by doing the following:

  1. Wash your hands with soap and warm water frequently
  2. Get plenty of rest
  3. Drink plenty of fluids and eat properly
  4. Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  5. If not already done, consider getting a flu shot!

While there has been one reported case of coronavirus in Massachusetts, this was an individual who resides in the Boston area (approximately 40 miles from Franklin) and had recently traveled home from Wuhan, China.

Overall, the alert in our state remains LOW and we will continue to be vigilant and in close communication with medical officials and will send additional messaging as needed. 
Academic Coaching

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.

To enroll in Academic Coaching, students can complete the form by clicking the link here: https://deancollege.wufoo.com/forms/w73qqbj0p2s603 .

The cost of Academic Coaching is $850 per semester for one hour each week; and $850 for each additional hour per week, per semester. The fees during the semester are prorated, so students only pay for the sessions they use. 
Housing Selection for 2020- 2021
Starting on Friday, February 14 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 2020-2021 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 23 rd .
 
 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.
 
Commuter 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. 
Financial Planning for 2020- 2021

Reminder - If you plan on applying for financial aid for the 2020-2021 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 16 th . This deposit will allow your student to select their room and register for classes for Fall 2020. 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.
Consider the Study Away Program!

A great way for your student to create an amazing resume is to participate in Dean College’s Study Away Program. Studies have shown that studying away has a positive impact on 21 st century career skills and expands career possibilities not only immediately after graduation, but throughout one’s career. In fact, a recent Dean participant stated that studying in London for a semester was the reason she was hired for a competitive summer internship in her field. And, it’s fun! 
 
Dean College’s Study Away Program includes three options to meet a variety of interests and needs: (1) Dean College courses that include a short, 7-10-day trip abroad or in the U.S., (2) study away internship programs in the United States, including The Washington Center or the Disney College Program, and (3) study abroad for a semester or a year at DanceAbroad Argentina, Regent’s University London, Rome Campus of Assumption University, or in many other countries throughout the world through one of our affiliated partners: AIFS, API, Arcadia University, and SIT. 

Students generally study away anytime between 2 nd semester of their sophomore year through to 1 st semester of their senior year, and need to have a 3.000 cumulative GPA. Students first complete the internal pre-approval application, and then they complete the external study away application. The internal application deadline to study away for summer 2020 or fall 2020 is Friday, February 14 th

For more information, students can speak with their Success and Career Advisor and with Melissa Read, Director of the Study Away Program. 
It's Never Too Late to Get Involved!

Has your student considered joining one of the many social or academic student organizations on campus? It's never too late to join. Organizations put on fantastic programming each year. During February, as we celebrate Black History Month, the Black Student Union will offer an open mic night, partner with Dining Services for Black History Dinner and feature the 3 rd annual Black Excellence Showcase on Saturday, February 15 th at 7pm (tickets must be purchased for this event). The International Student Association will partner with Dining Services to celebrate the Lunar New Year. These programs and many more are a great way to celebrate the creativity and diversity of our student body while students are developing great leadership skills. For more information on campus involvement, students should visit the Student Activities and Leadership Development Office in the Campus Center. Students can view all the terrific activities in Bulldog Nation by visiting T oday@Dean , watching channel 3.1 on the cable system or viewing posters and banners in the Campus Center.
Spring Break
The residence halls will close at 6:30pm on Friday, March 6 th and re-open on  Sunday, March 15 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 spring 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.
Spring Career and Internship Fair- March 19

The Robbins Center for Career Planning and Internships will host their Spring Career and Internship Fair on Thursday, March 19 th from 10am- 12pm. 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!
Summer Programs at Dean

Summer is a vibrant time to be at Dean! The campus is alive with activity and opportunities for those looking to advance their academic studies. Through the School of Continuing Studies , Dean offers a large selection of credit-bearing courses that can satisfy many college and university requirements. Our courses let students get ahead or catch up on college credits. No matter who you are, and what your needs are, Dean College Summer Session has something for you.  The Dean College 2020 Summer Course Schedule will be available on April 1 st . You can view and register for classes online at www.dean.edu/scs .    
Graduation Days Event for Students- 
Thursday, May 7 

Remind your soon to be graduate to mark their calendar for Thursday, May 7 th . This student event kicks off graduation weekend and will include a special dinner in the Dining Center 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!
154th Commencement Exercises -
Saturday, May 9

The time is drawing near for the Class of 2020 to make the historic walk down Awpie Way! We will celebrate the 154 th Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 9 th . Graduating students received an email 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 March 27, 2020 only. Cap and gown pick-up will take place on April 22 nd and April 23 rd outside the Robbins Family Center for Advising and Career Planning. For information on the 2020 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.
Thinking about Graduate School? Dean has Articulation Agreements for a number of graduate programs.

Dean College has a number of articulation agreements with area graduate programs. These include an MS in Leadership and Administration and an MS in Sports Administration from the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College; an MA in Communication and a Master of Business Administration from Bryant University; and an MS in Sport Leadership from Endicott College.

Dean is also thrilled to announce a new agreement with Western New England University’s School of Law where students can earn both their bachelor’s degree from Dean and their J.D. degree from WNEU in a total of 6 years. Through this exciting opportunity, students would spend three years on the Dean College campus; and then three years at WNEU in the law program. The courses from the first year of law school will fulfill the final 30 credits of electives for the Dean College Bachelor's degree.

Interested students can meet with their Success & Career Advisor to learn more about these graduate school agreements and opportunities. More information can also be found at https://www.dean.edu/academics/master-degree-affiliation-programs/.  
School of the Arts

The Joan Palladino School of Dance will hold Choreographers’ Concert on February 7 th and 8 th at 8pm in the Main Stage. Dance company will be held April 23 rd thru 26 th  and Senior Dance showcase will round out the academic year May 1 st and 2 nd

The Theatre Department’s production of LA BETE/ "The Beast"  will run from February 20 th - 23 rd in the Main Stage, and  Thoroughly Modern Millie  will premiere April 1 st - April 5 th in the Main Stage.

Tickets for all shows can be purchased at www.dean.edu/performance .
Bulldogs Athletics
Men’s and women’s basketball enter the stretch run of their seasons, with both squads battling for position in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) standings. Men’s basketball, winners of two straight and four of their last six, currently stands in the middle of the conference table with a 4-3 NECC record. The Bulldogs have five more games left in their conference slate.
 
Men’s volleyball begins their season at the start of February, taking on tough out of conference opponents in their first season under head coach Joe Hanrahan. Baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s lacrosse are all underway with their practice seasons. Contests for the spring sports start at the end of February. Check out Dean Athletics on dean.edu for up to the minute news and schedules and check out the Front Row Bulldogs App to watch Bulldog action live! Let's go Bulldogs!
Have a younger student who is thinking of becoming a Bulldog?

Summer programs at Dean focus on advancing the personal, academic and professional goals of the students we serve. For those students who are just starting their college search, Dean also offers an exciting experience geared toward high school students who would like to get ahead and start to earn college credit. Choose from our selection of science and sports-based two-week programs. Whether you commute from home or stay overnight in one of our residence halls, summer at Dean College offers a great introduction to college life. It is never too early to start planning for summer—Dean College 2020 Pre-College Programs run from July 27 th through August 7 th , 2020. To learn more please visit www.dean.edu/summer
Bulldogs Serve the Community

Last semester the College Community participated in over 1800 hours of service. As we being the Spring semester, giving back to our community continues to be an important part of being a Dean College Bulldog. This semester, there are a variety of service projects happening both on and off-campus ranging from birthday bags for the Franklin Food Pantry to Random Acts of Kindness Week, to the Habitat for Humanity spring break build in Boston. Many of these service projects are open to any student on campus to participate in.  
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