Mooseletter – October 16, 2017

From the Office of the Resident Dean
Michael Uy

Dearest Meece, Happy Canadian Thanksgiving and Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day. We continue our steady march through the semester. Please keep in mind that next Monday, October 16th is the Seventh Monday, which is the deadline to withdraw from a class. Withdrawing from a class can make a lot of sense, and is definitely not the end of the world. The class will be marked on your transcript but it won’t affect your gpa. You can also explain to future employers or grad schools the prudent reasons why you chose to withdraw. Come to my office hours if you are considering it. Or really, come by to fill me in on how your semester is going so far — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Now that I’ve had a chance to grab a meal with most of the sophomores, I’d love to do the same with the juniors and seniors. Let’s find a time to get breakfast, lunch, or dinner individually or with a group of you and your friends! Please get in touch with Diana for times.

Reaching Out
This is the time of year when mid-term exams and papers build to a crazy pace. Remember to reach out to your teaching fellows, professors, tutors, and myself when you need advice and assistance. We are here to support and help you. Please take advantage of all the resources Harvard has to offer in making important decisions and in crafting your work.

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, October 10: 10-12noon
Thursday, October 12: 2-4pm
Friday, October 13: 2-4pm

Office hours are the same throughout the semester. Feel free to come by during those times. If you wish to make an appointment to see me outside of those times, please email or call 617-495-2263. My office is 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
The tutor on-call from October 9 to October 16 is Jennifer Hsiao. She resides in Dunster West 414, and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

2017-18 Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting
Do you collect books of a certain type, on a particular topic or theme, or for a special reason? If so, enter this year’s Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize competition. The first prize is $3,000, the second $1,500, and the third $750. For more details please visit If you’re interested please email Marty Schreiner by Friday, December 15, 2017.The deadline for submission is Friday, February 16, 2018.

Harvard Alumni Brunch
On Sunday, October 15, Dunster House will be welcoming members of the Harvard class of 1987 for a reunion brunch in the Dunster Dining Hall. To prepare for the event, breakfast service will end at 9:15 am, and will reopen for brunch at 12:00 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope that you will help make the alums feel welcome!

Grief and Bereavement Group
Harvard University Chaplaincy with the support of the Memorial Church will offer a three week Grief and Bereavement Group this November. Students who are experiencing a loss are welcome to attend. The meeting will be in a confidential setting in the Chaplains’ Conference Room, 44R Brattle, First Floor on Wednesdays, November 1, 8, and 15, 5:00-6:00pm. If you are planning to attend, please register by emailing The Rev. Dr. Lucy A. Forster-Smith at or by calling 617-496-3217.

HUHS Announcements
Free Flu Vaccination Clinics Mondays and Tuesdays, October 2 through December 12, 12-3pm, Smith Campus Center, 75 Mt. Auburn Street, Monks Conference Room, 6th floor. Visit the HUHS website for a full list of clinic dates and locations. No appointment necessary.

Nutrition Consults
Individual nutrition consults for students no longer require a referral. Call 617.495.2068 or book an initial consult online through the Patient Portal.

Harvard Dental Service
The Harvard Dental Service offers convenient, comprehensive dental care for students. Visit our new clinic at 114 Mt. Auburn Street, 7th floor, in Harvard Square.

From the Bureau of Study Counsel
Wednesday, October 11, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Explore factors related to our procrastination habits and patterns. Consider practical and attitudinal approaches we might try when we find ourselves resisting or avoiding our academic work. Register online at

Life after the Team: For Former Varsity Athletes
Friday, October 13, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
All former varsity athletes are encouraged to attend, to discuss the opportunities and challenges that accompany no longer being a varsity athlete. Individual meetings may follow. Register online at

Important Dates

October 16, Monday
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.

October 27, Friday through October 28, Saturday
Freshmen Family Weekend.
October 30, Monday
Students leaving the College by this date are charged one half of tuition and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged three quarters of those costs.
November 6, Monday
Deadline for students in the fall term to notify the College they are not returning to the College housing for the spring term without financial penalty.
Deadline to submit a Housing Contract Cancellation form for students who have submitted a Returning Student Housing Application for the spring term without financial penalty.

Deadline to submit a spring term Inter-House Transfer Application.
November 9, Thursday
Declaration of Concentration due for class of 2020.
November 10, Friday
University holiday: Veterans’ Day (observed for staff). Classes will be held on a regular Friday Schedule.
November 13, Monday
Final degree applications for March 2018 Degree Candidates due.
Last day to change concentration for March 2018 Degree Candidates without Administrative Board approval.
Last day upon which March 2018 Degree Candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.
Last day upon which March 2018 Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.
Advanced Standing-eligible students planning to graduate after six or seven terms in March 2019, or to begin a fourth year AM program in spring term 2018, must file an Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.
November 22, Wednesday, through November 26, Sunday
Thanksgiving recess.
Please email submissions to Diana at by Thursday at 5:00 pm for Monday publication.

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Welcome back to Dunster! I have been the administrative assistant to the Dean since 2009: managing student records, answering your academic questions, and coordinating Commencement and other House events. 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. Every Monday, I publish the Mooseletter in the dining hall and in your inboxes with news from our offices, which includes academic deadlines, upcoming House events, and information you will find useful. If you find that you have any questions about academics, need to get in contact with the Dean or just want to chat, please stop by! When I am not in Dunster, I am spending time with my family and two Boston Terriers in Bedford, MA. I also love reading, traveling, watching movies, and I am always on the lookout for recommendations if you have any! Let's have another great year in Dunster!