Mooseletter – April 29, 2019

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Dearest Dunster, oh my goodness, can you believe that we’re here? The last three days of the Spring Semester! Congratulations to you (and to me!) for making it. I hope many of you enjoyed the reincarnation of the Goat Roast, like a moose emerging from the ashes. It was lovely to see everyone’s smiling faces in the windy, but sun-filled afternoon. A big thank you to Cheryl and HoCo for their mammoth endeavors at securing our quadrupedal (and bipedal) friends, to HUDS for a delectable meal, and to the House staff for helping to put it all together. As we enter reading period, please be kind to your neighbors — remember that there are no parties allowed during reading period or finals (of course, apart from Dunster Spring Formal on Thursday!). Please, do quadruple check your exam schedules and locations now. They are sometimes not in the same place as where the class was taught. For students who are still going through a hard time and processing recent events, around the world and country and here at Harvard, know that you aren’t forgotten, and that my office is a place where you can come and I will listen. Good effort and good luck to everyone as we finish strong together. Have a blessed beginning to Ramadan.

Dunster House Sparkling Wine Tasting: May 19th, 8-9 pm
As a reward for those seniors who have diligently read the Mooseletter every week, here is the sign-up FORM for the annual Dunster House Sparkling Wine Tasting on May 10th. The event is restricted to Dunster seniors, tutors, and staff. Priority will be given to the first 40 sign-ups – if there are more, there will be a waiting list and lottery. Absolutely no prior knowledge/experience is necessary. We will try 6 different sparkling wines, including one champagne. I go over general principals of wine tasting as well as a little history and science behind the wines. I ask that you attend the entire session, at least from 8pm to 9pm, although it usually carries on longer than that (staying past 9pm is obviously optional). Please only sign up if you can commit to the event. Seniors only.

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, April 30: 10-12 noon
Wednesday May 1: 3-5 pm
Friday, May 3: 2-4 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.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from April 29-May 6, is Brian Claus. 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!

Morning Talks with Dunster Senior Mitch Johns!
May 1, 2019
8:30-8:45 am
Memorial Church, Appleton Chapel

Dunster House senior Mitch Johns will be speaking at Memorial Church on May 1, from 8:30-8:45 am as part of the annual Senior Talks series. Join us to hear his remarks and reflect with fellow Dunster students!

HUDS Closing/Opening
May 15 – 25, 2019: Senior Week
Adams, Currier, and Quincy Houses will be open

May 18, 2019
Dunster House will Close after Dinner

August 18, 2019
Dunster House will Reopen for Dinner

Important Info for Graduating Seniors
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

Volunteers for Arts First Festival
The Office for the Arts invites you to be a part of ARTS FIRST, on Saturday, May 4, 2019! Do you want experience working at Harvard’s longest-running arts festival and get behind the scenes with the arts? We are seeking volunteers to help set up, clean up, greet audience members, hand out ARTS FIRST guides, and keep performance venues running smoothly. No experience necessary. Open to everyone! All volunteers get a free ARTS FIRST t-shirt. Contact Marin Orlosky Randow, Arts First Coordinator, with questions:

Harvard Student Survey on Sexual Assault & Misconduct
Complete the Harvard Student Survey on Sexual Assault & Misconduct by Tuesday, April 30th, and receive your free Amazon gift card! To take the Survey, please search your student email account for an email sent from “Westat” – an independent research firm administering the Survey. Since April 2, Westat has been emailing students with a unique URL to access the Survey. By clicking on that individualized link included in Westat’s email and completing the Survey, you will receive an Amazon gift card. Your participation in this confidential Survey is voluntary, but by hearing from you, you can help ensure the University has better information on how we can create a safe and healthy campus for everyone. This is a chance for you to effect real change at the University.

Noma-Reischauer Prizes in Japanese Studies
The Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies 2019 Noma-Reischauer Prizes in Japanese Studies deadline is June 10, 2019 by 5 pm.
Prizes will be awarded annually for the best essays on Japan-related topics written by Harvard University students:
– one prize of $1,500 for the best essay by a graduate student, and
– one prize of $1,000 for the best undergraduate essay
Eligibility: Essays must have been written during the current academic year and be submitted to the Reischauer Institute by Monday, June 10, 2019. The essays may be of any length. Accepted submissions include course or seminar papers, B.A. and M.A. theses, essays written specifically for the competition, and chapters from doctoral dissertation projects. Full dissertations, however, will not be considered. The essay must be in English. For more info and details, please email Catherine Glover or Gavin Whitelaw

Bureau of Study Counsel End of the Semester Workshops
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

Study @ 5 Linden
Open Monday – Friday through Reading Period and Exams, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: 5 Linden Street
Stop by the BSC and check out our quiet, comfortable study space! Whether you’ve never been to Study @ 5 Linden or you’re a SUPER FAN, now is a great time to stop by and get some work done while grabbing a snack and settling in!

Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies Summer Session
June 26 – July 2, 2019, Weekdays 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. (5 class sessions)
Location: Science Center E
This course designed for students, professionals, and others who feel overwhelmed by the volume and complexity of their reading or who find that they are not getting what they need out of their reading. The courses help readers to develop a repertoire of active reading strategies, to cultivate a questioning mindset, to approach a text with a sense of purpose, to consider a text from a writer’s point of view, and to experience a sense of competence and confidence in their reading. For more information and to register, visit

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!