Mooseletter – February 12, 2018

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Hello Dunster, Happy Valentine’s Day, Happy Lunar New Year, Happy Black History Month, Happy belated Birthday to Cheryl, Happy 20th work anniversary to Diana! We look forward to celebrating our Juniors at their dinner this evening. Don’t forget, the deadline to add/drop or change to pass/fail is a week from now — because the “Fifth Monday” is a holiday, the date is actually the “Fifth Tuesday.” (Believe me, I’m looking forward to having a little break for President’s Day and not teaching!) I hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead. Look out for an email from Diana: we need students to help with interviewing prospective resident tutors for next year. Wash your hands, lock your doors (really, please, lock your doors and don’t prop them open!), don’t leave food out for pests (again, legit, please!), and stay healthy. *Meese is plural for Moose, not Mice*

Reminder about Parties
Register, register, register. If you plan on having anything resembling a gathering with music and loud conversation, just register it. And remember, quiet hours still apply to the seminar and music rooms after 11 pm each night.

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, February 13: 10-12 noon
Thursday, February 15: 2-4 pm
Friday, February 16: 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 February 12 to February 19 is Katie Anderson. She resides in Dunster E508 and can be reached at 617-8518419 in the event of an emergency.

Quote of the week
Success is knowing that your contribution is what helps the collective. –Adrian Grenier

Class of 2019 Junior Dinner
Monday, February 12, 6:30 pm in the Dining Hall
RSVP Required

Spring Library Concert
Friday, February 16, 7:30 pm, Library
All are invited and there will be tasty treats after the concert!

Introducing a new FUN segment in our weekly Mooseletter!

Catherine Joyce (Lord of the Aux)
Catherine Joyce is a Junior studying Gov and on the heavyweight women’s crew team. She is to Dunster what Amy Schumer is to New York, living on the Upper West Side of the house. Catherine is affectionately known as “CJ” to her friends: whenever she walks into a rowing party a hush falls over the crowd as they turn to see her silhouetted against the lit doorway, and she is immediately given control of the aux cable. She becomes DJ CJ, proverbially spinning records like Pnau’s “Chameleon” and Dexy Midnight Runners’ “Come on Eileen” through the medium of boombox speakers. The crowd goes wild. Catherine is a choreographer as well. She has developed a whole line-dance to Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose”, but is still waiting for an 80’s Oklahoma themed stein in a grain mill to perform it publicly. The stein could be called Footmoose. She has strong ideas about filming an upcoming Vanilla-Ice inspired MTV video for Housing Day, called “Moose, Moose Baby”, in which the camera continuously films a wide-shot of the dhall whilst various people in moose costumes pop out from under the tables and nod their heads in time to that bassline. She loves bread, but can get grumpy when the butter is too solid to spread properly. Maybe she could break it down by line-dancing on it.

Public Art Installation by Teresita Fernández
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Meet the artist Teresita Fernández and discuss your ideas to engage with the installation Autumn (…Nothing Personal) at one of 3 workshops open to all undergraduates.
Workshop Session 1
Considering Landscape and Performance

Workshop Session 2
Producing Public Events with the
Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights

Workshop Session 3
Open Discussion
Reserve space to participate in one of these workshop sessions by sending an RSVP to Chris Molinski (

HUHS Announcements
Spring 2018 HUSHP Dependent Enrollment Deadline is February 28
Adding or renewing a dependent to your HUSHP coverage is not automatic. If you have not yet enrolled your dependents for Spring, the deadline is 2/28. (Learn more)

Proof of Health Insurance Coverage for Tax Season
The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act requires that all individuals must be enrolled in a health plan that meets minimum essential coverage requirements, or tax penalties may be imposed. Harvard’s Student Health Insurance Plan meets these requirements — tax forms will be mailed to you in early 2018.

The Patient Advocate at Harvard University Health Services
The Patient Advocate can help you navigate the health care system and explore choices for your medical care. Contact or 617-495-7583.

Upcoming at the Bureau of Study Counsel
5 Linden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
For more information or registration, visit

Speaking Up in Class
Wednesday, February 14, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Develop strategies to increase self-confidence and manage anxiety about speaking in academic settings. Register at

Dissertation Writers’ Support Group
6 weekly meetings beginning Thursday, Feb. 15, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
For doctoral students seeking support to make headway with dissertation tasks. Call 617-495-2581 to schedule a 30-minute
pre-group consultation meeting.

Friday, February 16, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Explore the common challenges to effective notemaking. Build and develop strategies for active notemaking for lectures, reading and preparing for exams. Register at

Important Dates
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.
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!