Mooseletter – December 10, 2018

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Dearest Meese, I know it’s getting dark so early! In the observant words of our luminous Tutor Emilie, this period of time is “The WORST two weeks of the year for pro-Daylight Saving devotees.” But even with the short-lived sun, this is *YOUR* time to shine! You got this! All the time and work you put into the Fall has been worth it. Remember again to double check your exam schedule. In fact, triple check it. Set multiple alarms to make sure you wake up, and help each other out through this trying time. We are here too. In fact, on your last turn around the corner, Diana is cheering you on with home-made cheesecake and apricot marmalade cake! We will be hosting in the House offices, E303, on Wednesday afternoon, the 12th, beginning 2pm! And this week is the final one for the mooseletter, so end-of-the year thanks goes to Diana for always making it so beautiful and informative, filled with inspirational quotes (to balance out my admonishments). Good effort and good luck, and shine bright like a diamond, Dunster!

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, December 11: 10-12 noon
Thursday, December 13: 2-4 pm
Friday, December 14: 2-4 pm

Please come by for open office hours during 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 December 10 to 17 is Jennifer Hsiao who resides at Dunster West 414. In case of an emergency he can be reached at 617-851-8419.

2018 House-Life Survey
Please take 10-15 minutes out of your schedule to complete the 2018-19 House Life Survey!


The survey provides valuable feedback that’s used to evaluate and shape the residential experience. The survey closes on Tuesday, December 11th at 5 pm. All responses are kept confidential. If Dunster reaches a 70% participation rate the whole House will win a Sushi Study Break!
Winter Break Residential Dining Closing Schedule
Winter Break Closing
Closed after Dinner Sunday, December 15 – Pforzheimer
Closed after Dinner Wednesday, December 19 – Annenberg, Eliot, Hillel, Lowell, Winthrop
Closed after Dinner Thursday, December 20 – Adams, Cabot, Currier, Dunster, Kirkland, Leverett, Mather, Quincy
Let’s Talk
There is a new program being piloted at Mather to support our mental health and wellbeing: Let’s Talk. It’s open to all Harvard students and offers informal, confidential conversations and support. All Harvard students can drop in to meet with a CAMHS counselor about a variety of issues, particularly if:
– You don’t want ongoing counseling, but want a counselor’s perspective
– You have a concern about a friend and want advice about what to do
– You would like to talk through a specific problem with someone
– You’re unsure about counseling and wonder what it’s like to talk to a counselor
There’s no paperwork, no fees, and no appointment necessary. Mather drop-in hours: Tuesday, 5:15-7pm, dining hall C (at the front of the dhall)

2018-19 Visiting Committee Prize For Undergraduate Book Collecting
Are you a book collector? Does your collection have a story behind it, a theme? In other words, is there a method to your madness? If you said “yes!” to all of these questions, then you need to enter this year’s Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize competition! The first prize is $3,000, the second $1,500, and the third $750. The rules for entering to win the Prize are at: If you are interested, please write to Marty Schreiner at This is due by 12/14, 2018. After that, write an essay and annotated bibliography describing your collection. The deadline for submitting these is 2/15, 2019.

Academic Calendar
December 12, Wednesday, through December 20, Thursday
Examination Period
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for fall term courses.

December 21, Friday
All first-year students must vacate the dorms by 3 pm.

Upperclassmen must vacate the Houses by 5 pm.

Students not continuing in residence for spring term 2019 must leave their rooms by noon.
Students transferring from one House to another must move on this day after noon. Check with your new House Administrator for a specific time.

December 21, 2018, Friday, through January 27, 2019, Sunday
Winter recess.

January 16, Wednesday
Online check-in opens on my.harvard

January 18, Friday, through January 27, Sunday

January 18, Friday
All Houses and Dorms open at 9 am for the spring term.

January 21, Monday
University holiday: Martin Luther King Day.

January 28, Monday
Last day for all undergraduates to check-in online.

January 28, Monday
Spring term begins. First meeting of spring term classes.

February 1, Friday
Course registrations for all students (upperclassmen, first-year students, 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.

February 1, Friday
Last day upon which undergraduates may check-in/register late for the spring term in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Last day upon which undergraduates may cancel their check-in/registration for the spring term without payment of tuition.

February 11, Monday
Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.
Makeup examinations for 2018-2019 fall term begin.
Deadline to submit a fall term Inter-House Transfer Application (Round 1).
Deadline to submit a Returning Student Housing Application for fall housing if you were not living in student housing during the fall term. The Returning Student Housing Application can be found here.

February 18, Monday
University holiday: Presidents’ Day.

February 25, Monday
Last day upon which a full-semester or Spring 1 course may be dropped from or added to a student’s record. No course may be changed from letter-graded to Pass/Fail or from Pass/Fail to letter-graded status for the spring term after this date.
Last day upon which students may petition to divide a year-long indivisible course with approval.

February 25, Monday
Students leaving the College by this date are charged one quarter of tuition and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged one half of those costs. See the chart under Financial Information for details of room and board charges.

March 1, Friday
Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the fall term are due at the Office of International Education.

March 1, Friday, through March 2, Saturday
Junior Family Weekend.

March 11, Monday
Last day upon which students may withdraw from a spring term course. Last day upon which students may withdraw from a year-long course. A notation of WD will be permanently recorded on the transcript. After this date students are responsible for all courses in which they are enrolled.

March 16, Saturday, through March 24, Sunday
Spring recess.

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.

Last day upon which May 2019 and November 2019 Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.

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.

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.

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

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!