Mooseletter – August 28, 2017

Welcome from the new Faculty Deans
Sean Kelly and Cheryl Chen

Welcome, Dunsterites! We hope you’ve had a fun and restorative summer, and we look forward to meeting all of you as we embark on a new academic year.

We are thrilled and humbled to serve as the new Faculty Deans at Dunster House. We are grateful to the Porters for their wise and kind leadership these past 16 years, and for shepherding Dunster so successfully through Harvard’s first, full House renewal. We are also grateful to Roger Porter for his help and guidance throughout the transition, and we deeply regret that we did not have a chance to meet Ann Porter before she passed away in the spring. We hope, with your help, to build on the work of the Porters and to continue to foster the warm and close-knit community that has been a hallmark of Dunster House.

We are not the only new faces at Dunster this fall. We are incredibly excited to have Michael Uy as our new Allston Burr Resident Dean. Michael comes to us from Lowell House, where he was previously a senior tutor and an interim Resident Dean. Michael joins our wonderful Resident Tutor corps (6 new and 13 returning), who come from a variety of academic and professional fields. We also have two amazing new managers for the building and dining hall: Lucia Baldock (Building Manager) and Kelley Lowrey (Dining Hall Manager). Combined with the experience of our terrific returning staff members — Rachel Barbarisi (House Administrator) and Diana Hovespian (Academic Coordinator) — you will all be in very good hands this year. We encourage you to introduce yourselves, and to express your appreciation and admiration to all of our staff, both old and new. They are an essential part of what makes Dunster work.

Sometime this coming week, you will have your mandatory first residential community meeting. This is an opportunity for you to meet your neighbors and discuss the ground rules for House life. You will soon hear about other House events, including open houses in our residence, HoCo events, BBQs, ice cream bashes, s’mores in the courtyard, meals with faculty, and, of course, the Goat Roast. We look forward to sharing these great traditions with all of you, and to starting some new ones as well.

In the current political climate, it is more important than ever to come home at the end of the day to a community where you feel welcome, regardless of who you are. We hope and expect that Dunster will be that place – an inclusive space where we can all come together, accept, and learn from one another.

Please don’t hesitate to introduce yourselves to us and our two boys, Ben (13) and Nathaniel (7). You can usually find us in the dining hall or the courtyard, and we hope to see you all in the Grille when it opens soon!

Welcome From the new Resident Dean
Michael Uy

Hello Dunster! My name is Michael Uy and I am excited to be your new Resident Dean. As your Dean, I am entrusted with your overall academic progress and personal wellbeing. I am a voting member on the Administrative Board and I represent Dunster students in any petitions they present. I recently graduated with a PhD from the Music Department (I wrote a dissertation on music patronage and philanthropy) and I served for five years as a resident tutor and interim dean at Lowell House. I am the son of immigrants and I was a first generation college student. I am an openly proud member of the BGLTQ community.

To share some thoughts… I hope to be the type of dean that students feel comfortable saying hello to in the hallway, the servery, or the courtyard. I aspire to join the ranks of moose in IM sports. I am always glad to share meals with students in the dining hall, and during the first few weeks of the semester, I hope to have lunch or dinner with all of the sophomores. And I’m happy to meet with students during formal office hours, and by individual appointment. (Please reach out to my Academic Coordinator Diana Hovsepian to schedule a time.) I look forward to meeting everyone soon, and say hello and introduce yourself if you see me!

Finally, please remember to “check-in” on my.harvard.

Michael’s Office Hours

Tuesday, August 29: 10am-12noon
Thursday, August 31: 1.30pm-4pm
Friday, September 1, 1.30pm-4pm

Please drop by my office (E303H) for open office hours between the times that are indicated above. If you wish to schedule an appointment or make alternate arrangements, please email Diana at

Tutor on Call
The Tutor on call from August 28 to September 4, is Greg .Leya In the event of an emergency, he can be reached at 617-851-8419, or at Dunster E308.

Important Dates and Upcoming House Events
August 28, Monday
Sophomore Outing, Boston Harbor Cruise
9:30 am
Leaving from the courtyard

August 29, Tuesday
Check-In Deadline for Undergraduates

Dunster House Opening Assembly
7:30 pm

August 30, Wednesday
Academic year begins.
Classes will follow a Monday schedule on Wednesday, August 30. On Thursday, August 31, classes will follow the normal schedule. The first meeting of classes that meet only on Wednesdays will be September 6.
August 31, Thursday
House BBQ
September 4, Monday
University holiday: Labor Day.

September 7, Thursday
Course Registration for all students (upperclassmen, freshmen, visiting undergraduates, and new transfer students) are due by 11:59 pm.
Students must submit enrollments for their minimum course load – typically 16 credits – on my.harvard by 11:59 pm. Students who do not submit enrollments by this time will be charged a fee.
After this date students must obtain permission from all instructors to enroll in courses.
September 7, Thursday
Last day upon which undergraduates may check-in/register late for the fall term in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Last day upon which undergraduates may cancel their check-in/registration for the fall term without payment of tuition.
Plans of Study/Declaration of Concentration due for transfer students who entered in fall 2016 with second-semester Sophomore or Junior class standing.
September 11, Monday
Makeup Examinations for 2016-2017 begin.
September 15, Friday
Last day upon which undergraduates may submit full-semester, year-long, and Fall 1 cross-registration petitions. Note that some schools have earlier deadlines; check with the relevant school.
Final degree applications for November 2017 degree candidates due.
September 18, Monday
Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.
October 1, Sunday
Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the spring term are due at the Office of International Education.

October 2, Monday
No full-semester, year-long, or Fall 1 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.

Announcement from the Harvard Art Museums
Thursday, September 7, 2017, 8-10 pm, 32 Quincy Street
Harvard Art Museums is inviting all undergraduate students for a Student Late Night Event! The galleries will stay open late to kick off the year, celebrate the first week of class, welcome everyone back to campus and to the museum. This evening will feature a performance and live music by DJ rupture! There will be festive refreshments, student tours, raffle prizes, open galleries, and more. Tickets are not required, and HUIDs will be checked at the door.

Please email submissions to Diana at by Thursday at 5:00 pm for Monday publication.

Diana G. Hovsepian
Academic Coordinator, Dunster House
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!