Mooseletter – September 18, 2017

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Hello Dunster! Now that we are three weeks into the semester, this is an EXCELLENT time to double check your crimson cart to make sure you are enrolled in all the courses you are taking. You will save yourself (and me) a big headache to verify that your classes came through. Monday, 9/18 is an especially good day because it is the last day to add or drop a course without a fee. After 9/18, you have until 10/2 (Fifth Monday) to add/drop for $10. Also, did you know that you can take up to one-third of your courses pass-fail? As long as they are not Gen Eds, certain concentration requirements, or foreign language, then you could experience the freedoms that pass-fail offers! I’m happy to discuss if you have specific questions. If I still haven’t met you, please say hello! As some students know, I might even respond at the soda machine to you saying, “hey, ‘sup?” Please eat well, wash your hands, and be considerate and lovely neighbors. *Roll moose*

Use the Drop and Swap buttons to make changes during add/drop. Please remember that you need to get instructor permission for the course you would like to add, and then swap it with the course you would like to drop. Visit the Knowledge Center for full edit, drop, and swap instructions at my.harvard.

Advice: Remember to think about balancing your course load this semester. If you are signed up for 5 classes, and this has become a little unmanageable, it will only grow more so with time. So, drop it! If you are enjoying a class and putting a lot of time into it, but signed up to take it pass-fail, you might think about changing it to a graded course; courses cannot be graded retroactively, if you signed up for it as a pass-fail course. If you have any questions, please come by to see me.

Senior Requirements, Student Records
Seniors, please stop by to see me if you would like to confirm that you are on track or just to chat!

Noise and Parties
School has begun, so it is important that we respect each other’s space and need for quiet time to study. Please remember that although blasting music and being loud is never a good idea for your neighbors, official quiet hours begin at 11:00 pm during the week and at 2:00 am on weekends. Parties must be registered with the House Office, after receiving approval from your entry-way tutor. Party Registration forms, which are located in the House Office and on the Dunster website, are due by 4 pm the Thursday before the party (for weekend parties) at the House Office. If the office has not received the form by that time, we’ll have to reschedule the party for another week. Thanks!

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, September 18: 10-12noon
Thursday, September 21: 2-4pm
Friday, September 22: 2-4pm

Please note that my office hours will remain the same throughout this term. Feel free to drop by during those times. If you wish to make an appointment to see me, please call 617-495-2263 or email My office is at E303H.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from September 19 to September 26 is Cara Weisman. She resides in Dunster W316, and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Know Your Rights Presentation & DACA Renewal Clinic
Wednesday, 9/20, 7-9pm in the University Hall Conference Room in Harvard Yard
There will be a DACA renewal clinic and Know Your Rights informational session. Students, staff and faculty whose DACA is expiring before March 5 are highly encouraged to attend. There will be attorneys on hand to assist in renewing DACA applications, answer any questions, and provide legal advice! To sign up please contact Katie Derzon at Students will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“Reclaiming Your Narrative” Support Group
Wednesdays from 5:00pm-6:30pm Fall and Spring Semesters
The Memorial Church, Harvard Yard, Room G12
A weekly safe gathering at The Memorial Church will provide opportunity for undocumented/DACAmented Harvard students to process the cumulative tolls on their emotional health and that of their families and communities. Through the lenses of narrative therapy, students will create a brave space to discuss how current events and social constructs of race, class, and gender shape their identity as undocumented students. It will be facilitated by Carolina González, LICSW, CAMHS Clinical Social Worker.
Room Reservation Reminders
Need to book a room for a recognized student organization meeting or Dunster House event? Visit Moosetime, the Dunster room reservations system. Please be sure to read the reservation guidelines at the top of the page carefully and submit requests early so we have time to review and approve them for you! In order to view the scheduler, you’ll need to sign into the Dunster website. Don’t have an account? Visit and click the “lost your password” button to set your password. You can then create an account using your college email address. If you run into any trouble accessing the scheduler, please email Jonathan Palmer at

News from HOCO
This Friday, Dunster HoCo is throwing a Middle School Throwback Stein at 9 PM! Come hear your favorite songs from back in the day and enjoy a nice glass of Sangria! (21+).

Important Dates
September 18, Monday
Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.
October 1, Sunday
Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the spring term are due at the Office of International Education.

October 2, Monday
No full-semester, year-long, or Fall 1 course may be dropped from or added to a student’s record after this date.

No course may be changed from letter-graded to Pass/Fail or from Pass/Fail to letter-graded status for the fall term after this date.

Students leaving the College by this date are charged one quarter of tuition and the Student Services Fee.
October 9, Monday
University holiday: Columbus Day.

October 13, Friday
Deadline for applying for spring housing if you were not living in student housing during the fall term.

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.

Diana G. Hovsepian
Dunster House Academic Coordinator
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!