Mooseletter – February 27, 2017

From the Office of the Interim Dean
Jennifer Hsiao

Issues for the Week

Seniors and Requirements
Seniors, double-check again your course report to make sure that you are enrolled in all of the right classes. We want you to graduate!

Jennifer’s Office Hours
Monday, 2/27: 10-11:30 am, open
Tuesday, 2/28: 5-7 pm, by appointment
Thursday, 3/2: 6-8 pm, by appointment

Please drop by for open office hours between the times that are indicated above. To sign up for an appointment please email My office is at E303H. If these times don’t work, please email or for alternate times.

Commencement News
Planning to take part in Commencement Activities? November 2016 and March 2017 degree candidates who would like to take part (WALK) in this May’s Commencement activities should contact Diana ( ASAP.

Graduating Seniors
Complete your Degree application at my.harvard! Click on the Apply to graduate button and follow the instructions (visit for more information). The deadline to complete your degree application is March 27, 2017.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from February 27 to March 6 is Anna Marie Wagner. She resides in DeWolfe 10-41 and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Quote for the week
The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson. – Tom Bodett

Answer to Last Week’s Riddle!
Question: We hurt without moving. We poison without touching. We bear the truth and the lies. We are not to be judged by our size. What are we? Think you know the answer? Email and we’ll print your name in next week’s Mooseletter!
Answer: Words!

Fall 2017 Medical Housing Accommodations
If you think you may need medical housing accommodations for the fall 2017 semester, please make an appointment to speak with Rachel Barbarisi, the House Administrator, at, no later than Monday, March 6th.

Undergraduate Commencement Speeches:
Orators’ Workshop
Wednesday, March 1 @ 3:30 PM Harvard Hall Room 201
DO YOU WANT TO SPEAK AT YOUR COMMENCEMENT, before 32,000 friends, peers, faculty, parents, and (soon-to-be-fellow) alumni? Do you have something exceptional to share with your fellow graduates? Students interested in learning more about the competition are encouraged to attend the workshop on 3/1 @ 3:30 pm.
PRIZES: $1,000 in each category

ELIGIBILITY: Degree candidates who will have completed all requirements in order to graduate at the May 25, 2017

INTERESTED STUDENTS should attend the workshop on 3/1 @ 3:30 PM. For more information, you can visit the Commencement Office website at for guidelines and samples.

Want to Study Abroad?
The deadline to apply for Fall 2017 study abroad is March 1st. Contact Dunster study abroad adviser Aubrey Stoddard ( with any questions you may have.

Undergraduate Prizes in Jewish Studies
The Selma and Lewis Weinstein Prize in Jewish Studies is awarded to the Harvard College student with the best essay on a Jewish theme. Students are limited to one entry per prize. Entries must not exceed 25 pages and should be submitted with the online application.
Application Deadline: Monday, March 20, 2017

Important Dates
March 1, Wednesday
Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the fall term are due at the Office of International Education.

March 6, 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 11, Saturday, through March 19, Sunday
Spring recess

March 24, Friday
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. See the chart under Financial Information for details of room and board charges.

March 27, Monday
Final degree applications for May 2017 Degree Candidates due.

Last day to change concentration without Administrative Board approval for May 2017 and November 2017 Degree Candidates.

Last day upon which May 2017 and November 2017 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 2018 or November 2018, 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 2017 and November 2017 Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.

April 1, Friday
Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the summer are due at the Office of International Education.

April 12, Wednesday
Declaration of Concentration due for out-of-phase members of the Class of 2019.

April 26, Wednesday
Last day of spring term classes.

Students leaving the College after this date are charged full housing/room fees.

April 27, 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.

April 27, Thursday, through May 3, Wednesday

May 4, Thursday, through May 13, Saturday
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for spring term courses.

May 12, 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 14, Sunday
Non-graduates must vacate their rooms by noon.

May 25, Thursday
Harvard University Commencement.

May 26, Friday
Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms by 5 pm.
Please email submissions to the newsletter to by Thursday, 3:00 pm for Monday publication. The Mooseletter is also available at

Diana G. Hovsepian
Academic Coordinator
Dunster House, E303A
945 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02138

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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!