Mooseletter – December 7, 2015

From the Office of the Dean
Carlos E. Díaz Rosillo

Reading Period is Here!
As you know, reading period can be a stressful time. Take my recommendation to heart and get perspective on this period. You are meant to study during this time, review information, and finish papers and other writing commitments, all of which add up to a lot of work. But please remember to take care of yourself, both physically and emotionally. If you are feeling unnaturally stressed and want to talk to someone, please know that I will be around for emotional support. There are also many University resources—from peer counseling groups to tutors to UHS and the Bureau of Study Counsel—who can help you to deal with the stresses of the time or even longer-term issues.And of course, take a moment to step outside and enjoy life, even in the midst of your busy schedules.

Final Exams
Double-check your exam schedule, which is available on-line at the registrar’s web site at, so that you don’t miss an exam. It’s not true that you can miss an exam with no questions asked! 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.

Remember that no private or suite parties are allowed during reading or exam period. The tutors will be enforcing this policy. Thanks for your cooperation in making Dunster a studious space!

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

Carlos’s Office Hours
Monday, 12/7: 2-3 pm, open hours
Tuesday, 12/8: 9-noon, open hours
Wednesday, 12/9: 5-7 pm, by appointment
Friday, 12/11: 2-3 pm, open hours

Feel free 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, email me at or call the House office 5-2263 for alternate times. My office is at E303H.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from December 7 to December 14 is Jordan Anderson. He resides in Dunster E-508 and can be reached at 540.520.3993 in the event of an emergency.

Winter Clothing Drive in Memory of Luke Tang
December 1-9, 2015
A bed to sleep in, a coat to wear, food to eat — which could you live without? This is the question facing hundreds of people in Cambridge each day.
This winter, join the Phillips Brooks House (PBH) Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship, Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA), and Harvard Square Homeless Shelter (HSHS) in giving to those experiencing homelessness. Blankets, coats, hats, gloves, and scarves are crucial as we brace for the cold. Simple acts of generosity can avoid preventable deaths from hypothermia and keep our neighbors safe and warm. Will you help us?
You can drop off your items in the designated box which is placed in the Dining Hall (right next to the elevator).

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

Guess the Riddle
Question: What word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?
Answer: Short 

Important Dates
December 11, Friday, through December 21, Monday
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for fall term courses.

December 22, Tuesday
Upperclass students must vacate the Houses by 5 pm.

Students not continuing in residence for spring term 2016 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 22, 2015, Tuesday, through January 24, 2016, Sunday
Winter recess.

January 15, Friday, through January 24, Sunday

January 15, Friday
All Houses and Dorms open at 9 am for the spring term.

January 18, Monday
University Holiday: Martin Luther King Day.

Tutor Office Hours
Andrew Chael – Physics and BGLTQ
Tuesday, 9:00-10:00 pm

Gregory Davis – BGLTQ, Race Relations
Fridays, 4:00-5:00 pm

Soledad Prillaman – Government, SASH
Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 pm

Ridge Prillaman – Business, Public Service
Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 pm

Erica Brown Soto – Languages and Literature
Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm (in the study nook next to W214)

Odeviz Soto – Religion and Sophomore Advising
Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm (in the study nook next to W214)

Rob Sinnott – Business and Statistics
Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 pm

Daniel Sullivan – Economics
Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 pm

Office Hours by Appointment
Katie Anderson – Medicine

Jose Bengochea – Pre-Law

Max Darnell – Engineering/Biology

Jennifer Hsiao – Biology and Music

Gregory Leya – Medicine

Kenneth Skinner – Chemistry/Biology

Patricia Smith – Pre-Career/Business, BGLTQ

Jeffrey Stout – Fellowships, Physics, and History of Science

Bekah Stout – Fellowships, Music and Literature

Anna Marie Wagner – Pre-Career, Business, Sash, Wellness
Deadline for Dunster House newsletter submissions is Thursday, 3:00 pm for Monday publication. Submit notices to Diana at The Mooseletter is also available at


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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!