Mooseletter – April 1, 2019

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Dearest Meese, oh what a glorious Saturday and Sunday morning we had over the weekend! It seems like Spring is trying it’s best to come out. The sun is shining brighter and longer, the hammocks and courtyard chairs are out, and the trees are producing buds. (Well, for fellow allergy sufferers, I know spring blooms can be bittersweet!) I also hear that the first week of Spring IMs was successful on several fronts. Congratulations to Krystian and Matias and their team for the dominating soccer win! Well done to Dunster crew for getting certified! And in other aquatic news, bravo to our innertube water polo team! Let’s round up the troops again for Volleyball A and B, Softball, Frisbee, and Football. If you don’t know who to be in touch with, ask Anne Marie, Gevin, PD, Emilie, Gabe, or me! Good effort and good luck to you as you finish the semester out strong. Please remember to work closely with your professors, TFs, resident tutors, and Dunster team if you need help. As I like to say, I never fault a student for reaching out during difficult times. Especially now, I hope you’re indeed blessed with the joy and wonder of learning. And let’s have more of those HUDS luaus, ammiright? *Smart Moose*

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, April 2: 10-12 noon
Wednesday, April 3: 3-5 pm
Friday, March 5: 2-4 pm

Please feel free to come by for open office hours between the times that are indicated above. To sign up for an appointment please email Diana at If these times don’t work with your schedule, please email Diana for alternate times. My office is at E303H.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on call from April 1 to 8, is Princess Daisy Akita. In the event of an emergency, she can be reached at 617-851-8419.

May 2019 Degree Application is Open
The May 2019 degree application is now open. The deadline for to apply to graduate, add a foreign language citation, or make changes to a secondary field or concentration, is TODAY Monday, April 1.
Please log into my.harvard and click the “Apply to Graduate” button on your “My Program” tab. Please be sure to make any necessary changes to your concentration or secondary field before applying to graduate, because you can no longer make these changes once you’ve applied.

Dunster Dining Hall Closed for Dinner Tuesday, 4/2
The Dunster Dining Hall will be closing at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, for the Rising Sophomore Dinner. If you have a reservation for this event you should have received a confirmation email last week. For those not attending, we encourage you to enjoy a meal with your friends in other Houses that evening. A list of Inter-house dining restrictions can be found on the HUDS website. The closest House without dining restrictions is our neighbor Mather!

2019 Housing Lottery!
Keep an eye on these upcoming Housing Lottery Dates and Deadlines! For all lottery related information, visit the Housing Lottery website.

You will need to login to the Dunster website in order to view the information on this page. If you’ve lost (or haven’t set) your password, please click “Log In” at the bottom of the Dunster home page, followed by the “Lost Your Password” link. (Your username is your college email address before the If you have trouble setting your password, please contact our webmaster Jon Palmer at

Rising Seniors & Mixed Rising Senior-Junior Groups
Wednesday, April 3, 3:00-4:00 pm – Registration & Lottery #s for Large Suites Lottery (Dhall)
Thursday, April 4, 5:30 p.m. – Large Suites Lottery (JCR)
Monday, April 8, 3:00-4:00 pm – Registration & Lottery #s for General Lottery (Dhall)
Wednesday, April 10, 5:30 p.m. – General Housing Lottery (JCR)

Wellness Week, April 1-5
Harvard College is celebrating Wellness Week, April 1-5 – view the calendar of events to see all the exciting events planned. Practice self-care with guided meditation at Grays, get some exercise with a cycle class at the MAC, and spend time with friends to destress, unwind, and connect with others.

National Public Health Week (NPHW) has been a national campaign from the American Public Health Association (APHA) for the last twenty years. The goal of Wellness Week is to highlight a variety of health issues, opportunities and challenges in addition to highlighting campus resources.

The week kicks off on Monday, April 1 at the Smith Center with a keynote from Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School faculty member and leader of the UnLonely Project, and an interactive conversation with Dean Khurana. We hope to see you there!

Workshop in Personal Finance
The Department of Economics is excited to announce its inaugural Personal Finance Workshop, open to all Harvard College students. The Personal Finance Workshop is a free, non-credit workshop that aims to increase students’ financial literacy and understanding of key issues in personal finance. No prior knowledge of economics or finance necessary.

Meets weekly for four weeks: April 1, 8, 15, 22. All sessions are 7-9 p.m. Location TBA.

The Workshop will be taught by Professors John Campbell, Karen Dynan, David Laibson, and Jeffrey Miron. For more details, visit

Announcements from HUHS
Graduating in May?
Your graduation date will determine when your HUSHP coverage ends. It may take several weeks to complete the enrollment process for new coverage, so begin your search early.
May graduates: Your HUSHP coverage ends on July 31.
November graduates: Your HUSHP coverage ends depending upon the day you complete your degree requirements.
March graduates: Your HUSHP coverage ends on January 31. It is not possible to extend your Harvard University Student Health Program (HUSHP) coverage after graduation.

Bureau of Study Counsel – Upcoming Workshops
Time Management
April 5, 2019, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Smith Campus Center – The Isaacson Room, on the 2nd floor in Collaborative Commons
Identify your priorities, learn how to plan and manage your time more effectively, and develop strategies for dealing with challenges.
Register at

Getting Started Writing Papers
April 5, 2019, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Location: BSC, 5 Linden Street
Find ways to get your papers started and done (on time); from an idea to a final draft.
To register, email

Strategies for Optimizing Reading Period & Taking Final Exams
May 2, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:15pm
Location: Cabot Instruction Room, LL03
Learn how to make the best use of a relatively unstructured block of time in which you may have to write papers, complete projects, and study for final exams. Register at

Important Dates
April 1, Monday
Final degree applications for May 2019 Degree Candidates due.

Last day to change concentration without Administrative Board approval for May 2019 and November 2019 Degree Candidates.

Last day upon which May 2019 and November 2019 degree candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.

Advanced Standing-eligible students planning to graduate after six or seven terms in May 2020 or November 2020, or to begin a fourth year AM program in fall term 2019, must file the Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.

April 1, 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. See the chart under Financial Information for details of room and board charges.

April 1, Monday
Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the summer are due at the Office of International Education.

April 10, Wednesday
Declaration of Concentration due for out-of-phase members of the Class of 2021.

May 1, Wednesday
Last day of spring term classes.

May 2, 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 spring term upon which undergraduates will ordinarily be granted a leave of absence from the College.

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

May 2, Thursday, through May 8, Wednesday

May 9, Thursday, through May 18, Saturday
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for spring term courses.

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.

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!