Mooseletter – December 4, 2017

From the Office of the Resident Dean
Michael Uy

Well Dunster, here we are: Reading Period. Please double check your exam times and locations. They are sometimes not in the same place where the class was taught. Maybe, as a good study break, you might visit where these rooms are. Don’t make assumptions! And walking outside is good for you, especially given the unseasonably warm weather (you know, relatively speaking). (By the way, washing your hands is also good for you.) 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 tonight (Monday), as well as the annual Messiah Sing on Wednesday. My office hours are in full swing this week, so please come 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
Tuesday, December 5: 10-12 noon
Thursday, December 7: 2-4 pm
Friday, December 8: 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 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 4 to December 11 is Clare Duncan. She resides in Dunster East 408, and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

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

The 46th Annual Dunster House Messiah Sing
Will take place at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, December 6, in the Dining Hall.
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. The concert is open to the public and is free of charge. We welcome all to join us for this special Dunster House tradition!

Dining Hall – will close
at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 5th, and at 6:45 pm on Wednesday, December 6th, in preparation for the Messiah Sing. Please be sure to return your trays and clear the tables by this time so that we are able to set up for the concert.

Life in the Obama White House
A Fireside Chat with President Obama’s Director of Global Engagement
December 7, 6:00 pm, Adams House, FDR Suite B-17
Brett Bruen is a former U.S. Diplomat who served as Director of Global Engagement at the White House. Brett is a specialist in using strategic communications to influence the course of crisis and conflict. He serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Federal Executive Institute, where he trains senior U.S. Government leaders on strategy and world affairs. RSVP:

2017-18 Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting
Do you collect books of a certain type, on a particular topic or theme, or for a special reason? If so, enter this year’s Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize competition. The first prize is $3,000, the second $1,500, and the third $750. For details visit
If you’re interested please email Marty Schreiner by Friday, December 15, 2017.The deadline for submission is Friday, February 16, 2018.

Academic Calendar
December 6, Wednesday
Messiah Sing
8:00 pm, Dining Hall
December 9, Saturday, through December 19, Tuesday
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, 2016, Wednesday, through January 21, 2018, Sunday
Winter recess.
January 12, Friday, through January 21, Sunday
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
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 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
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
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
May 3, Thursday, through May 12, Saturday
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
Please email submissions to Diana at by Thursday at 5:00 pm for Monday publication.

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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!