Mooseletter – 10/15/19

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Dearest Meece, oh my, what so many things are going on at the moment! I hope everyone had a restful and thoughtful Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Canadian Thanksgiving yesterday. It was capped off with a wonderful s’mores event in the courtyard. Today (Tuesday, October 15th) is Global Handwashing Day – of course your Resident Dean would note this day, right? Before you get your food (and maybe after too if you’re me), wash your hands with one of my favorite soaps $5-and-under and get a “clean hooves” sticker. When all your non-Dunsterite-friends are getting sick in the other houses, you can stay healthy! And staying healthy is especially important this weekend because it will be the Head of the Charles Regatta, the largest two-day regatta in the world. Good luck to all of our rowers and coxswains! If you want to join me, I often cheer from Weeks Bridge, where there’s a perfect view of any collisions that might happen  Please keep in mind that next Monday, October 21st is the Seventh Monday, which is the deadline to withdraw from a class. The course would be marked on your transcript but it won’t affect your gpa. Let’s talk if you have questions. Have a wonderful, healthy week!

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, October 15: 10-12 noon
Thursday, October 17: 2-4 pm
Friday, October 18: 2-4 pm

Please feel free to stop by during open office hours. If you wish to make an appointment or to see me outside of those times, please email Diana at I am at E303H.

The Harvard College Honor Code
Members of the Harvard College community commit themselves to producing academic work of integrity – that is, work that adheres to the scholarly and intellectual standards of accurate attribution of sources, appropriate collection and use of data, and transparent acknowledgement of the contribution of others to their ideas, discoveries, interpretations, and conclusions. Cheating on exams or problem sets, plagiarizing or misrepresenting the ideas or language of someone else as one’s own, falsifying data, or any other instance of academic dishonesty violates the standards of our community, as well as the standards of the wider world of learning and affairs.

Tutor On-Call
Marino Auffant is the tutor on-call from October 14-21. He can be reached at 617-851-8419 in case of an emergency.

Register for the Sophomore Faculty-Student Dinner! (Extended Deadline)
October 25, 6:00 pm

SOPHOMORES! The House is extending the registration deadline for the October 25th Sophomore-Faculty Dinner to Sunday, October 20th! In addition to our all-house faculty dinners, this is an opportunity specifically for sophomores to share in a wonderful meal and evening of conversation with your favorite professor. Reservations and confirmations required – please see below for details: We hope many of you can take part in this special event!

Registration Guidelines:
• As space is limited, seats will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
• Students are welcome to register as individuals or in small groups
• Please invite only 1 faculty member per group.
• Ask the faculty member whether others have already invited them, and coordinate with these students before submitting the registration form.
• When part of a small group inviting the same professor, only one person, the group leader, should complete the registration form. The group leader is responsible for confirming with all group members.
• Please think carefully when forming your group, as changes can be difficult after registration.
• As space is very limited, we are unfortunately unable to offer seats to sophomores from other Houses, students from other class years, or the family members of professors.
• The registration deadline is October 20th at midnight. If we reach capacity prior to this date, you will receive an email notification that the event is full.

October 25 Registration Form

Dunster House Facebook
Want to know all about Dunster House? Check out the Dunster Facebook on the House website! You can learn all about House events, Tutors, staff, SCR members, academic and specialty advisers, fellow students, and take a look back at some of the best photos from last year! (To access the facebook just log into the House website and type in the password that appears on the page.)

IM Schedule for this Week
Week of 10/14
Tuesday 10/15 – Ultimate Frisbee vs. Cabot 8PM (Stadium)
Thursday 10/17 – Volleyball vs. Mather 9pm (MAC)

Academic Resource Center (ARC)
Upcoming Workshops

Time Management
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Academic Resource Center, 1414 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. Floor 3R, room 382
In this workshop, you’ll learn the skills you need to set your priorities and your schedule. Come learn about effective time management strategies and resources. Audience: Harvard Students (College, Graduate). Please contact the ARC at with questions.

Problem Set Courses: Challenges, Approaches, and Strategies
Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Academic Resource Center, 1414 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. Floor 3R, room 382

Learn about approaches and strategies for pset courses to most effectively learn and synthesize the material. Come and brainstorm approaches to the particular challenges of problem sets. Audience: Harvard Students (College, Graduate). Please contact the ARC at with questions.

Attending to Attention: Strategies for Focus and Concentration
Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Academic Resource Center, 1414 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. Floor 3R, room 382

How can students improve their ability to focus in the classroom and concentrate in their study time? Come learn about different techniques and strategies to strengthen your mental focus and concentration. Audience: Harvard Students (College, Graduate). Please contact the ARC at with questions.

Important Dates
• Fall Full Term – Last day upon which students may withdraw from a fall term course, a notation of WD will be permanently recorded on the transcript. After this date students are responsible for all courses in which they are enrolled.
• Fall Session 2 Starts

• Fall Session 2 – Course Registration Deadline

• Fall Session 2 – Add/Drop Deadline – no fees

• Fall Session 2 – Course Withdraw Deadline – no fees

• Declaration of Concentration due for on-cycle first-semester sophomores

• Final degree applications for March Degree Candidates due.
• Last day to change concentration for March Degree Candidates without Administrative Board approval.
• Last day upon which March Degree Candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.
• Last day upon which March Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.

• Last Day of Fall Full Term Classes
• Fall Session 2 Ends

• Reading Period begins
• Last day in the fall term upon which undergraduates will ordinarily be granted a leave of absence from the College.

• Last day of Reading Period

• Final Examination Period begins

• Last day of Final Examination Period

• Spring Online Check-In Opens

• Wintersession begins

• FAS Course Registration (Crimson Cart) opens – to allow shopping for courses.

• Last Day of Wintersession

• Spring term begins. First meeting of spring term classes.
• Spring Online Check-in Deadline
• FAS Course Registration Opens – to allow enrolling in courses
• Spring Session 1 Starts
Please email submissions to Diana at by Thursday, 5:00 pm for Monday publication.

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!