Mooseletter – April 17, 2017

From the Office of the Interim Dean
Jennifer Hsiao

Exam Problems
If you have two exams at the exact same time (this does not include two exams at different times
on the same day), or if you have an exam scheduled at a time which conflicts with a religious observance, contact the Exams Office, 5-1542, as soon as possible. The exams schedule is available on the registrar’s web page at

Jennifer’s Office Hours
Tuesday, 4/18: 5:30-7:30 pm by appointment
Wednesday, 4/19: 5-6:30 pm by appointment
Friday, 4/21: 8:30-10:30 am open hours
Please drop by for open office hours between the times that are indicated above. To sign up for an appointment please email My office is at E303H. If these times don’t work, email for alternate times.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from April 17 – April 24, is Andrew Chael. He resides in Dunster W-110, and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Attention Graduating Seniors!
College Prizes and Awards
The House Commencement Program will include your name, concentration, and honors. The program will be distributed to your family and friends just prior to the ceremonies at Dunster. As space permits, we list as many of your Harvard prizes and awards as we can. Because we rely almost exclusively on you for the information about your awards, please report any prizes and awards you have won during ALL your four years at Harvard. Please email with that information as soon as possible!

Quote of the Week
Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted. ~ David Bly

Housing Lottery 2017
Keep an eye out for these upcoming Housing Lottery registration and event dates!

All housing lottery information can be found on the lottery page of the Dunster House website. By logging in you will be able to view the list of suites that have already selected by rising seniors, and those that are still available for rising juniors.

Rising Juniors:
Monday, April 17, 6:00 pm Specialized Housing Lottery
Wednesday, April 19, 5:00 pm Registration Deadline for General Lottery
Thursday, April 20 6:00 p.m. General Housing Lottery

Class of 2018 Reflections Event
Sunday, April 23, 2017
2:00-5:00 p.m., Science Center

Sponsored by the Harvard Alumni Association, the Office of the Dean of the College, the Office of Student Life, and the Undergraduate Council, this event is dedicated to celebrating a transformative moment in the undergraduate experience: the transition from junior year into a final year of leadership. The event will feature speakers from leaders of the Asian American Association, Association of Black Harvard Women, Black Men’s Forum, Black Students Association, Chabad, Crimson Key, Expressions, Phillips Brooks House Association, South Asian Association, The Crimson, the Undergraduate Council, and Women in Computer Science. Following the student and alumni speakers, there will be a reception in the newly renovated Cabot Library Cafe, with desserts and giveaways. For more details about the event, please click here. For planning purposes, please RSVP for the event here.

Peer Tutoring at BSC
Earn $18/hour as a BSC Peer Tutor!!! Informational lunch on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 12 – 1 p.m. at the Bureau of Study Counsel, 5 Linden Street, Cambridge. Learn about the Peer Tutoring Program and meet current BSC Peer Tutors and staff. Pizza and dessert will be served. Students who are eligible to become BSC Peer Tutors have received an A- or higher in the courses for which they sign up to tutor. If you are interested and are not able to attend, please email us at, call us (617-495-2581), or visit us at 5 Linden Street. For more information, visit:

Compost and Recycling
Healthy Alternatives to Trash

In 2013, Americans recycled and composted only 34.3% of 254 million tons of waste materials generated.

28,000,000,000 lbs.
Americans throw away nearly 25% of the United States food supply every year.

320,000 Gwh
Americans recycled and Composted over 8 g million tons of waste in 2014, enough to provide electricity to 30, 000,000 homes

At Harvard, our composted food waste is repurposed as fertilizer in Harvard Yard.

Info from:

Important Dates
April 26, Wednesday
Last day of spring term classes.

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

April 27, 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.

April 27, Thursday, through May 3, Wednesday

May 4, Thursday, through May 13, Saturday
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for spring term courses.

May 14, Sunday
Non-graduates must vacate their rooms by noon.

May 25, Thursday
Harvard University Commencement.

May 26, Friday
Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms by 5 pm.

May 29, Monday
University holiday: Memorial Day.


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You may view the Mooseletter on the Dunster House Website:

Diana G. Hovsepian
Academic Coordinator
Dunster House, E303A
945 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02138

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About hovsep

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!