Mooseletter – April 22, 2019

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Dearest Dunster, as we make our last lap around classes, please know that we’re still cheering you on. The magnolias are in bloom, the temperature has risen, we celebrate our Red Tie dinner this Wednesday, as well as our “Goat Roast” on Sunday. My office door remains open for anyone wanting to come by and talk. I always say that it’s better to reach out sooner rather than later, and even if it’s later, later is better than never! Office hours are slightly different this week due to all of the PhD defenses I’m attending … yikes, it’s that time of year as well. Finally, please send Diana your applications for Hand of the Resident Dean. *Row Moose*

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, April 23: 10-12 noon
Wednesday, April 24: 1-5 pm

Please feel free drop by for office hours between the times that are indicated above. If these times don’t work and you need alternate times, or to schedule an appointment, please email Diana at My office is at E303H.

Final Exam Schedule
The final Exam Schedule is available at the Registrar’s website:

Conflicts with exams on the Final Exam Schedule
You do not need to take action. The Registrar’s Office is aware of your conflict and will automatically resolve it by scheduling a separate time for you to take one of the exams within 24 hours of the original exam time (Out of Sequence Exam). You will be notified of the alternative time in mid-April, and no student action is needed to facilitate this process. Conflicts with exams that are not on the Final Exam Schedule: Please email immediately.

Submission of Similar Papers to More than One Course
If you would like to turn in the same or substantially the same paper to more than one course, you must get prior written permission from the instructors involved. Since each paper you turn in is expected to be written specifically for the assignment, failure to get written permission is deceptive, and students who do it are ordinarily required to withdraw from the College by the Administrative Board. Instructors do not always give permission, and they often expect a longer or somewhat different paper when they do give permission to do this. If you have any questions, please see me.

Interested in Taking Some Time Off?
Please speak with me about this, as we must file this information with the Registrar’s Office.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from April 22-29, is Marino Auffant. He can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Common Space use during Reading/Exam Period
As is the case each semester, the common rooms will remain open 24/7 during the reading and exam periods, with the exception of the music practice rooms, for which term-time hours will continue to apply. The common rooms are intended to be used as quiet study areas during this time and will therefore not be available for course or student organization related reservations beginning on Thursday. Best of luck with your upcoming papers and exams!
Quote of the Week
Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted. ~David Bly

An Evening of Vocal Music by Howard Frazin
Sunday, April 28 @ 7:30pm
Dunster House Library

Please join us and the OFA in hosting the final Library Concert of the year, a very special event featuring the music of local composer extraordinaire, Howard Frazin!

Mr. Frazin’s music has been called “genuinely touching” by the Dallas Morning News and “clear in design…ingeniously scored…with an almost unbearable poignancy” by The Boston Globe. Sunday’s concert will showcase an all-star lineup of professional musicians performing, among other works, Mr. Frazin’s song cycle, Letting Go, as well as Mr. Frazin’s most famous work, The Voice of Isaac—an oratorio retelling the story of Abraham and Isaac from Isaac’s perspective. Seating is extremely limited and must be reserved in advance in order attend. Please RSVP at Hope to see you there!

Give us your feedback on the Dunster Grille!
Aidan Connaughton, one of the Dunster Grille Manager, has put together this survey to help make the grille even better! All respondents will be entered into a raffle to win one of three chances for a free grille item of your choice!

Graduating Seniors – Important Information
Each day of Senior Desk will be for a different House neighborhood per the schedule below. This is done to help with overcrowding and to improve the experience for the seniors. While these are the recommended days for Dunster students, if you have a conflict (an exam, or if you are a walker and currently working) you may go on a different day.

Senior Desk Calendar for Dunster House
Wednesday, May 15

Tuesday, May 21
Monday, May 27

Ushers During Commencement Week
We are looking for ushers to help us in the house during Commencement week (May 27-30). There is no pay, but you’ll get to stay in Dunster an extra week and join in all the fun! If you are interested, please email Diana at for more details.

HUDS Closing/Opening
Last Day of Service: May 18, after Dinner
Will reopen: August 18, for Dinner

Arts First
Find your classmates, professors and community in more than 100 performances, dance styles, public art walks, concerts, hands-on artmaking and much more! Come celebrate the artists of your Harvard community during ARTS FIRST on May 2–5, 2019.

Harvard Law Review
The Harvard Law Review is looking to hire undergraduate interns for the 2019-20 academic year. Apply by April 26th, 5 pm. Please send a resume and a brief statement of interest to Interviews will take place the week of April 22th on a rolling basis.

Important Dates
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!