Mooseletter – December 3, 2018

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Well Dunster, here we are: Reading Period. Please double check – no TRIPLE check – your exam times and locations. They are sometimes not in the same place where the class was taught. Make sure you get AM vs. PM correctly. Maybe, as a good study break, you might visit where these rooms are. Don’t make assumptions! And walking outside is good for you. (By the way, washing your hands is also good for you. So many people have been getting sick…) Please be kind to your neighbors. Know that there are no parties allowed during reading period or finals. As a final suggestion, try to join in on the end-of-semester festivities: come to the holiday dinner tomorrow (Tuesday), as well as the annual Messiah Sing on Wednesday. I loved seeing so many people at the holiday photo on Saturday — and some great outfits too! My office hours are slightly different this week as I’ll be judging the AP50 music instrument project on Tuesday (!). Please come to office hours if you have any questions or concerns. Good effort and good luck, my fellow Meese!

Final Exams
If you are likely to be late to an exam, go anyway. If you miss an exam, you should talk to me ASAP.

Professors may grant extensions for papers (at their discretion) up until the end of exam period, so it is important that you finish your written assignments by this time. After that date, ONLY the Administrative Board may grant extensions of time for undergraduates to complete course work. This rule also applies to students who are cross-registered in courses elsewhere. “Incompletes” are NOT allowed for undergraduates (even if your professor says otherwise).

Illness During Exams
If illness prevents you from taking one of your exams on schedule, you may ask the Administrative Board for permission to take a makeup exam in the spring. To do this, you must be seen by a UHS physician or nurse practitioner within the 24-hour period before the exam. In addition, in some cases examinations can be administered to students who have been admitted to UHS and who feel ready to take their exam within the 24-hour period following the scheduled time. If you are ill as an exam approaches, call me or come see me to talk through the best course of action.

Study Spaces
Please note that during reading and exam periods, all common spaces will be available 24 hours a day for studying!

Michael’s Office Hours
Wednesday, December 5: 2-4 pm
Thursday, December 6: 2-4 pm
Friday, December 7: 2-4 pm

Please feel free to come by for open office hours between 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 3 – 10, is Khin-Kyemon Aung. She resides in Dunster East 206 and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Common Room Use
During Reading/Exam Period, starting Thursday, December 6th, the common rooms will remain open 24/7 for studying and cannot be scheduled by student organizations or other student groups.

Dunster House Holiday Dinner
December 4, Tuesday
Dunster Dining Hall, 5:00-7:15 pm
Join us in the beautifully-decorated dining hall for the annual Dunster House Holiday dinner! Enjoy delicious food, good conversation, and holiday cheer with your fellow Dunsterities. Dining Hall restrictions will change to Dunster-only that night to accommodate all our fellow House-mates!

The 47th Annual Dunster House Messiah Sing
Wednesday, December 5
Dunster Dining Hall, 8:00 pm
The Messiah Sing is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel. This annual performance features members of the Bach Society Orchestra and guest conductor Edward Jones of Memorial Church. The event provides a wonderful opportunity for students and staff to share in an evening of music and celebration. To help bring in the holiday cheer, we’ll also have cookies and tea available for all guests. The concert is open to the public and is free of charge. We welcome all to join us for this special Dunster House tradition! Please note a rehearsal for the Messiah Sing will be taking place in the Dining Hall on Tuesday, December 4, at 8:15 pm.

Dining Hall Servery will close at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, December 5, and tables need to be cleared by 7:15 pm in preparation for the event. Please be sure to return your trays and clear the tables by this time so that we can set up for the concert!

Quote for the Week
It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. ~Epictetus

Academic Calendar
December 5, Wednesday
Last day of fall term classes

December 6, Thursday, through December 11, Tuesday
Reading Period

December 6, 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 fall 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.

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
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.
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!