Mooseletter – September 29, 2014

From the Office of the Resident Dean
Carlos E. Díaz Rosillo

Next Monday, October 6, is the Fifth Monday! It will be your last chance to add/drop courses or to change the course status from or to pass/fail.

The forms for dropping or adding courses for the term or changing a graded course from or to pass/fail are due on MONDAY by 5PM. No exceptions! These forms are available at the House Office. Please get all the appropriate signatures before dropping them off for my signature. We will turn them in to the Registrar’s Office, with the date, so you do NOT have to take them to the Registrar’s Office yourself.

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. Or, if the class is taking more time than you had anticipated, but you do not want to drop, you may want to think about changing it to pass/fail (keep in mind, however, that some classes cannot be taken pass/fail if you want them to fulfill a specific requirement, such as Gen Ed). If you have any questions, please come by to see me.

Any seniors who wish to go over their status – how many courses they need to graduate, concentration changes, Core requirements, etc. – should feel free to stop by to see me in the coming weeks. It may be helpful for us to have a conversation now, as you enter the middle of the Fall semester.

Monday, 9/29: 11-noon, open hours
Tuesday, 9/30; 10-noon, open hours
Wednesday, 10/1: 5-7, by appointment
Friday, 10/3: 3-5, open hours

The tutor on-call for the week of September 29 to October 6 is Daniel Sullivan. He resides in Hampden Hall 33, and in the event of an emergency can be reached at 480-208-4913.

Spiritual Journeys
Weekly meetings on Thursdays, 2:00-3:15 p.m., beginning 10/2
Explore spiritual beliefs, values, or conflicts, along with others who share a spiritual orientation and wish to integrate academic and spiritual journeys in a way that feels true to one’s sense of self. Pre-group consultation required; call the BSC at 617-495-2581.

Attending to Attention: Strategies for Focus and Concentration
Monday, 10/6, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Develop strategies to manage difficulties with attention. Register online at

Post-Concussive Strategies and Coping Workshop
Thursday, 10/9, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
For Harvard College students who experience academic, social, or other aftereffects of a concussion. No registration.

How to Do Problem Sets: The Cognitive Science of Confusion Management
Wednesday, 10/15, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Confusion is a common experience in math/science problem solving, and it challenges even the brightest thinkers. Explore the experience of confusion and learn strategies for confusion management in effective problem-solving. Register online at

Perfectionism: A Double-Edged Sword
Friday, 10/17, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Explore the distinction between healthy achievement and perfectionism, and learn strategies to overcome some of the pitfalls of perfectionism. Register online at

Getting in Gear: Engaging with Your Senior Thesis
Friday, 10/17, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Learn how to discern the governing question of your thesis; frame your introduction, literature review, and methods section; write in the face of doubt, uncertainty, and anxiety; cultivate critical and creative thinking. Register online at

Time Management
Friday, 10/24, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Identify your priorities, learn how to plan and manage your time more effectively, and develop strategies for dealing with challenges. Register online at

Maximizing Your Approach to Learning
Wednesday, 10/29, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Identify your learning style and develop strategies to help you learn more effectively. Register online at

All meetings will take place in the Dining Hall

Mondays, 6:00-7:00 pm
Jeff Stout, Fellowships – Physics, & History of Science

Mondays, 7:30-8:30 pm
Patty Smith – Business

Mondays, 7:30-8:30 pm
David Fenning – Engineering, Physics, & Public Service

Mondays, 8:00-9:00 pm
Seth Herbst – Music and English

Mondays, 9-10 pm
Avik Chatterjee – Medicine, Public Health

Mondays, 9:30-11:00 pm
Jose Bengochea – Pre-Law

Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm
Max Darnell – Engineering/Biology

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm
Bryan Kate – Computer Science

Tuesdays, 8-9 pm
Odeviz Soto – Religion & Sophomore Advising

Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm
Mazen Elfakhani – Sociology, Fellowships

Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm
Soledad Prillaman – Government, SASH

Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm
Ridge Prillaman – Business, Public Service

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm
Daniel Sullivan – Economics

Thursdays, 9:00-10:00 pm
Rob Sinnott – Wellness, Careers

Sundays, 5:00-6:00 pm
Kenneth Skinner – Chemistry/Biology

Sundays, 8:00-9:00 pm
Anna Marie Wagner – Pre-Career, Business, Sash/Wellness

Katharine Parodi – SASH
Office hours by appointment @

Greg Leya – Medicine
Office hours by appointment @

Bekah Stout – Music & Literature, Fellowships
Office hours by appointment @

Erica Brown Soto – Wellness, Languages & Literature
Office hours by appointment @

Brittney Stafford – Wellness
Office hours by appointment @

(Also available on our website at:

October 1, Wednesday
Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the spring term are due at the Office of International Education.

October 3, Friday
Students leaving the College by this date are charged one quarter of tuition and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged one half of those costs.

October 6, Monday
No 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.

October 13, Monday
University holiday: Columbus Day.

October 15, Wednesday
Deadline for applying for spring housing if you were not living in student housing during the fall term.

October 20, Monday
Last day upon which students may withdraw from a fall term course. After this date students are
responsible for all courses in which they are enrolled.

October 31, Friday
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 5, Wednesday
Pre-Term Planning for undergraduates opens.

November 10, 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 11, Tuesday
University holiday: Veterans’ Day (observed for staff). Classes will be held on a regular Tuesday Schedule.

November 12, Wednesday
Plans of Study/Declaration of Concentration due for class of 2017.

Pre-Term Planning due for all undergraduates. Students who do not submit by this deadline will be charged a late fee.

November 17, Monday
Final degree applications for March 2015 Degree Candidates due.

Last day to change concentration for March 2015 Degree Candidates without Administrative Board approval.

Last day upon which March 2015 Degree Candidates may submit a completed and signed foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.

Last day upon which March 2015 Degree Candidates may submit a completed and signed 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 2016, or to begin a fourth year AM program in spring term 2015, must file Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.

November 19, Wednesday
Pre-Term Planning for undergraduates closes at 11:59 pm.

November 26, Wednesday, through November 30, Sunday
Thanksgiving recess.

December 3, Wednesday
Last day of fall term classes.

Students leaving the College after this date are charged full housing / room fees.

December 4, Thursday
Students leaving the College by this date are charged three-quarters of tuition and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged the full amount of those costs

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

December 4, Thursday, through December 10, Wednesday

December 11, Thursday, through December 20, Saturday

See the Registrar’s website or exam times and locations for fall term courses.

December 21, Sunday
Upperclass students must vacate the Houses by 5 pm.

Students not continuing in residence for spring term 2015 must leave their rooms by noon.

Students transferring from one House to another must move on this day after noon. Check with your new House Administrator for a specific time.

December 21, 2014, Sunday, through January 1, 2015, Thursday
Winter recess.

January 2, Friday, through January 25, Sunday
Winter break.

January 16, Friday
All Houses and Dorms open at 9 am for the spring term.

January 19, Monday
University Holiday: Martin Luther King Day.
Deadline for Dunster House newsletter submissions is Thursday at 3:00 pm for Monday publication. Email your notices to Diana at

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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!