Mooseletter – December 11, 2017

From your Faculty Deans
Sean and Cheryl

Dear Meese,
We have been very touched by how welcoming you have all been as we have settled into Dunster this fall. It has been great to meet you at our open houses, s’mores roasts, and at meals in the dining hall. We feel so fortunate to be part of such a wonderful community!

Best of luck as you finish up your exams and final projects, and we wish you all a fun and restorative winter break. You deserve it! We have a few activities planned for those of you who will be on campus during the break. These include workshops for senior thesis writers, music listening sessions in the Smart Classroom, and outings to the New England Aquarium and “Escape the Room.” Stay tuned!

Happy Holidays!

From your Resident Dean
Michael Uy

Dearest Dunster, the last Mooseletter of the semester and the last push through finals! You got this! All the time and work you put into the Fall has been worth it, and now is your time to shine. 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. As a last sign out, I’d like to thank our Academic Coordinator Diana for compiling such beautiful Mooseletters. The house (and I!) would be absolutely lost without her! And thank you to our wonderful Sean, Cheryl, Rachel, Lucia, Kelley, and resident tutor corps for a tremendous semester. It was a great first one in the house. Good effort and good luck, and safe travels through the end, Dunster!

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, December 12: 10-12 noon
Thursday, December 14: 2-4 pm
Friday, December 15: 2-4 pm

Please come by for open office hours between the times that are indicated above. To sign up for an appointment please email Diana at hovsep@fas.harvard.edu. 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 11 to December 18 is Jennifer Hsiao who resides at Dunster West 414. In case of an emergency he can be reached at 617-851-8419.

2017 House-Life Survey
Please take 10-15 minutes to complete the House Life Survey! It provides valuable feedback that’s used to shape the residential experience.

All responses are confidential.

If you complete the survey you’ll be automatically entered to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card or Two AMC Movie Tickets!

Lastly, help your fellow Dunsterites reach a 70% response rate to win a House-Wide Sushi Study Break!

Winter Break Residential Dining Closing/Opening Schedule
The Dunster House Dining Hall will close after dinner on December 19, 2017, and will reopen on January 21, 2018.

Please see below for the complete Winter Break Residential Dining Opening and Closing Schedule:

CLOSINGS
• Closed after Dinner, Saturday, December 16 – Pforzheimer
• Closed after Dinner, Sunday, December 17 – Cabot
• Closed after Dinner, Tuesday, December 19 – Adams, Annenberg, Dunster, Eliot, Hillel, Leverett, Lowell, Quincy, Winthrop
• Closed after Lunch, Wednesday, December 20 – Currier, Kirkland, Mather

OPENINGS
• Open for Lunch and Dinner ONLY, Wednesday, January 3– Pforzheimer (Winter Break Approved Students Only**)
• Open for Lunch and Dinner ONLY, Saturday, January 13 – Lowell
• Open for Lunch and Dinner ONLY, Tuesday, January 16 – Adams, Eliot, Kirkland, Leverett
• Open for All Meals, Friday, January 19 – Adams, Cabot, Eliot, Kirkland, Leverett, Lowell, Pforzheimer
• Open for All Meals, Sunday, January 21 – Annenberg, Currier, Dunster, Mather, Quincy, Hillel, Winthrop

HUHS Announcement
November & March Degree Candidates
Find out more information about your healthcare coverage end date.

Spring 2018 health insurance waiver deadline is January 31
Waivers for the spring 2018 term are currently being accepted. Students must have comparable health insurance to waive.

Student Health Fee vs. Student Health Insurance Plan
Learn more about the difference.

Center for Wellness and Health Promotion – register online for services
The Center for Wellness and Health Promotion (CWHP) just relaunched its website, featuring a more streamlined way to register for classes, appointments, and workshops.

Important Dates
December 9, Saturday, through December 19, Tuesday
EXAMINATION PERIOD
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for fall term courses.
December 20, Wednesday
Upperclassmen must vacate the Houses by 5 pm.

Students not continuing in residence for spring term 2018 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 20, 2017, Wednesday, through January 21, 2018, Sunday
Winter recess.
January 12, Friday, through January 21, Sunday
Wintersession.
January 12, Friday
All Houses and Dorms open at 9 am for the spring term.
January 15, Monday
University holiday: Martin Luther King Day.

Spring Term
CHECK-IN
For specific times and locations, refer to the Registrar’s website.

January 17, Wednesday
Online check-in opens on my.harvard
January 22, Monday
Spring term begins. First meeting of spring term classes.

January 26, Friday
COURSE REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Course registrations 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.

January 26, 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 5, Monday
Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.
Makeup examinations for 2017-2018 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.

February 9, Friday
Last day upon which undergraduates may submit full-semester and Spring 1 cross-registration petitions. Note that some schools have earlier deadlines; check with the relevant school.
February 19, Monday
University holiday: Presidents’ Day.
February 20, Tuesday
FIFTH MONDAY
Because of the University holiday, the Fifth Monday deadline will be Tuesday, February 20.
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 23, Friday, through February 24, Saturday
Junior Family Weekend.
February 26, 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.
March 1, Thursday
Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the fall term are due at the Office of International Education.
March 5, Monday
SEVENTH 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 10, Saturday, through March 18, Sunday
Spring recess.
March 26, Monday
Final degree applications for May 2018 Degree Candidates due.

Last day to change concentration without Administrative Board approval for May 2018 and November 2018 Degree Candidates.

Last day upon which May 2018 and November 2018 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 2019 or November 2019, or to begin a fourth year AM program in fall term 2018, must file the Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.

Last day upon which May 2018 and November 2018 Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.
March 26, 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, Sunday
Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the summer are due at the Office of International Education.

April 11, Wednesday
Declaration of Concentration due for out-of-phase members of the Class of 2020.

April 25, Wednesday
Last day of spring term classes.

April 26, 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.

April 26, Thursday, through May 2, Wednesday
READING PERIOD
May 3, Thursday, through May 12, Saturday
EXAMINATION PERIOD
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for spring term courses

May 11, Friday
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 13, Sunday
Non-graduates must vacate their rooms by noon.

May 24, Thursday
Harvard University Commencement.

May 25, Friday
Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms by 5 pm.

May 28, Monday
University holiday: Memorial Day
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Please email submissions to Diana at hovsep@fas.harvard.edu by Thursday at 5:00 pm for Monday publication.

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Diana G. Hovsepian
Dunster House Academic Coordinator
Harvard College
945 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-495-2263

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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!