Mooseletter May 13, 2019

Message from the Faculty Deans – Sean Kelly and Cheryl Chen
Dear Meese,

We can’t believe how quickly the year has gone! Thanks for making the 2018-2019 year in Dunster so special. We are so grateful to be part of such a warm and welcoming community.

Thanks to Emma, Mitch, Shannon, Anne Marie and the rest of HoCo for all of your hard work putting together all the Stein Clubs, Dunster “downtimes,” the Hoedown, the winter and spring formals, Housing Day, and the (newly re-designed) “Goat” “Roast.” Life in Dunster would be very dull without all your hard work!

Thanks to Tyler, Aiden, and the Grille staff for all the milkshakes and mozz sticks, and for making the Grille an inclusive center of House life.

Thanks to Gevin, Anne Marie, Mary Katherine, PD, Emilie, and Gabe for your spirited leadership on IM’s this year. Apparently we’ve gone from 13th to 7th place. As our IM tutors mentioned, if we continue at this trajectory we will definitely win the Straus Cup next year!

Thanks to Paul, Donn, Lou, and the DHall staff for taking care of us and keeping us fed. We have enjoyed our many conversations in servery!

Thanks to Lucia, Carlos, and the custodial staff for making Dunster such a beautiful place to call home.

Thanks to Michael, Diana, and our amazing Resident Tutors for their kindness, wisdom, and support for the students’ well-being.

And thanks, finally, to Rachel for making the House run so smoothly!

Seniors: we wish you a great Senior Week and we look forward to meeting your families at Commencement.

To everyone else: have an enjoyable and restorative summer, and we’ll see you back in Dunster in the fall!

Your Faculty Deans,
Sean and Cheryl

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy

Dearest Dunster, well this is it, the last Mooseletter of the 2018-19 calendar year. Thank you to the entire house and community for a wonderful and memorable year. Getting to learn a little bit more about you each day gives me hope that Dunsterites will make a difference in this world, making it happier, more thoughtful, more beautiful, more musical, and more caring. During this last week of finals, please continue to study and work diligently – you are almost there. Please remember quiet hours (you can listen to the new Justin Bieber-Ed Sheeran song on your head phones ), please triple check your exam schedule, and please remember our commitment to the Honor Code in the last stretch. Finally, as you move out, please be considerate of your neighbors and the house staff – would your mom or dad (or grandmother?) be proud of how you leave your room? Clean it up and recycle the items you no longer wish to keep (with those colorful pink clothing bags, for example). I’m happy to meet with anyone during this last week.*Forever Moose*

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, May 14: 10-12 noon
Wednesday, May 15: 3-5 pm
Friday, May 17: 2-4 pm

Please feel free drop by for office hours between the times that are indicated above. If these times don’t work and you need alternate times, please email Diana at

Tutor on-call
The tutor on-call from May 13-20, is Jordan Anderson. He can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Quote of the Week
Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect. ~ Zoey Sayward

Please remember that there can be no parties during exam period. Any infractions of the noise policy will be strictly addressed. For parties after the last day of final exams, seniors must complete a party form and follow the regular procedures that apply during the school year.

Common Room Use during Reading/Exam
The common rooms cannot be scheduled during the reading and exam periods and are intended to be used as quiet study spaces for those preparing for exams and writing final papers. All reservation guidelines can be found on the room scheduler page.

Fall 2019 Housing Cancellation Form Due May 20
If you plan to cancel your fall housing for ANY reason, you will need to submit a housing cancellation form for the fall 2019 semester via the (old) Housing Portal.

The no-fee deadline to cancel your housing is Monday, May 20.

It is always the student’s responsibility to cancel his or her housing.

Important! Be sure to complete the Returning Student Application via the housing portal for the semester you plan to return.

Fall 2019 Inter-House Transfer Application (Round II) Due May 20
Fall 2019 IHT II applications can be found on the (new) Housing Portal.

The College allows current sophomores and juniors to apply as individuals or groups of 2. If you are granted an Inter-House Transfer after submitting an application, you are required by the College to transfer to your new House.

Applying for an Inter-House transfer does not guarantee you will be accepted to your desired House(s).

Detailed information about the application process can be found on the DSO website.

Important Dates
May 13, Monday
Deadline to submit a fall term Inter-House Transfer Application (Round 2).

Deadline to submit a Housing Contract Cancellation form for the fall term without financial penalty.

May 19, Sunday
Non-graduates must vacate their rooms by noon.

May 27, Monday
University holiday: Memorial Day.

May 30, Thursday
Harvard University Commencement.

May 31, Friday
Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms by 5 pm.

The Mooseletter is also posted on the Dunster House website:
Diana G. Hovsepian
Dunster House Academic Coordinator
Harvard College
945 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02138

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About hovsep

Hi everyone, my name is Diana Hovsepian and I am the academic coordinator in Dunster House. I have been working here since 2009: helping with your academic questions and issues, managing student records, organizing and helping with House events and Commencement. I also am here to aid you in coordinating your medical school application process and getting your recommendations in order, so please visit me if you have any questions. I also serve as a sophomore academic adviser in the House. Every Monday, I publish the Mooseletter in the dining hall and in your inboxes with news from our offices, which include academic deadlines, upcoming House events, and information from the Registrar’s office. If you find that you have any questions about academics, need to get in contact with the Resident Dean or just want to chat, please email me or stop by my office at E303A! When I am not in Dunster, I am spending time with my husband, our children, and our Boston Terrier in Bedford, MA. I love traveling, reading, watching movies, and I am always on the lookout for recommendations if you have any. Let’s have another great year in Dunster!