Mooseletter – January 28, 2019

Message from the Faculty Deans – Sean Kelly and Cheryl Chen
Dear Meese, Happy new year! We hope you’ve all had an enjoyable and restorative winter break. Our 9-year old, Nathaniel, mentioned the other day how excited he was to have everyone back, and how he has missed hearing the murmur of students through our door to the dining hall.

For those who were here during winter break, our Tutors planned several study breaks and outings, including pizza by the Grille, a thesis study break with Indian food, a board game night, an Aquarium trip, and an outing to Boda Borg (escape the room). Thanks to all the Tutors for planning these events! Sean, along with Jon and Deborah Palmer, took 12 students to the Harvard Forest for our first ever Dunster Retreat. They spent the weekend reflecting on their Harvard education, reciting poetry, hiking in the forest, huddling around a bonfire, playing board games, and sharing some amazing meals.

We are looking forward to the spring semester and to a number of upcoming events. Please come by the dining hall this Monday night at 8:30 pm for fondue and hot cider. On Sunday, Feb. 3, our HoCo is hosting a Superbowl watch party in the dining hall, where you can watch the game (or the commercials) on the big screen. On Feb. 6th, we have a Senior Common Room Dinner, featuring poetry from our Resident Scholar, Romeo Oriogun. And our next Faculty Dean Open House will be the following Sunday, Feb. 10. Keep an eye out for other announcements about upcoming events this semester.

We wish you a great shopping week, and look forward to seeing you all back in the dining hall!

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Dearest Meese, Happy New Year! I hope you’ve all had restful and rejuvenating winter breaks and are ready to get back into a semester of learning and growing. Today is the last day for you to “check in” on my.harvard – please do it now or you’ll be charged a late fee. Good luck this shopping week and make sure that you fully register for your classes and submit them in your Crimson Cart by Friday, the course registration deadline. You can still add and drop courses without a fee until February 11th. Be in touch with me ASAP if you are thinking of simultaneous enrollment (i.e. two classes at the same time). As I’ve mentioned ad nauseam, the rules for simultaneous enrollment are very strict – you can find them in the Handbook. That’s it for now! I hope everyone has an awesome start. Remember to wash your hands, eat fruits and vegetables (thank goodness the dining hall is open again!), and exercise. Apparently, Core Power Yoga has a free week of classes? Thanks to the sophomore rowers for the ProTip!

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, 1/29: 10-12 noon
Wednesday, 1/30: 3-5 pm
Friday, 2/1: 2-4 pm

Please feel free to come by for open office hours between the times 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 January 28 to February 4 is Marielle DeBlois. In the event of an emergency she can be reached at 617-851-8419.

Dunster IM Schedule for this week – Roll Moose!
Tuesday 1/29: Squash vs. Lev- 9 pm (Murr)
Thursday 1/31: Basketball B vs. Mather- 8 pm (MAC)
Thursday 1/31: Basketball C vs. Dudley- 8 pm (MAC)

Reservation Reminders
Back from Break and need to book a room for a student org meeting? Visit Moosetime, the Dunster room reservations system. Be sure to read the reservation guidelines carefully and submit requests early so we have time to review and approve them for you! In order to view the scheduler, you’ll need to sign into the Dunster website. Don’t have an account? Visit this webpage and click the “lost your password” button to set your password. You can then create an account using your college email address. If you’re still having trouble accessing the scheduler after logging in and reviewing the rules, just click the “try this link” button halfway down the scheduling page!

Check out the MetaLAB Curricle Demonstration!
Wednesday, January 30, 7:30 pm, Dunster Smart Classroom
Curricle is a platform for course discovery. It’s designed to complement my.harvard, revealing the curriculum not as a mere list of courses, but as a dynamic network of connections. Come join representatives of metaLAB (at) Harvard, the research group behind Curricle, to learn more about the tool and explore how to use it in choosing courses for the coming term. Informal and participatory, the session will also help metaLAB refine Curricle and enrich the course-selection experience.

The Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response
OSAPR is excited to announce the creation of a Student Advisory Council (SAC) to support and inform our work. The SAC will meet on a monthly basis and members are asked to provide feedback on OSAPR initiatives in the Harvard community, serve as ambassadors to the OSAPR mission, advocating for progress within individual members’ spheres of influence, offer programmatic ideas, etc..

To apply to represent your school on the OSAPR SAC, please send a brief description of yourself and why you feel drawn to serve on the Council by January 31st . Submissions in any media are welcome. Please send your submissions to

For more information and details about this initiative, please email or call 617-496-5636.

Bureau of Study Counsel Workshops
Keeping Ourselves Accountable
Repeats every week every Wednesday until May 15, 2019
3-5 pm

Developing a Semester Plan
Friday, February 1, 2019, 3:30-5 pm
BSC, 5 Linden Street
Be proactive in designing a realistic plan to achieve your goals for this semester.
Staying the Course: Weekly Time, Company, and Accountability for Students Preparing for General Exams
Monday, February 4, 2019, 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Repeats every week every Monday until 5/7/19 (except 2/18, 3/18)
BSC, 5 Linden Street
Join a BSC staff member and other students who are preparing for general exams. Work independently and purposefully on your own reading materials while in the company of others, with brief group and/or individual consultation. Attend regularly or occasionally. To register, email

Academic Calendar
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.

February 1, 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 11, Monday
Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.

Makeup examinations for 2018-2019 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 18, Monday
University holiday: Presidents’ Day.

February 25, Monday
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 25, 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. See the chart under Financial Information for details of room and board charges.

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

March 1, Friday, through March 2, Saturday
Junior Family Weekend.

March 11, 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 16, Saturday, through March 24, Sunday
Spring recess.

April 1, Monday
Final degree applications for May 2019 Degree Candidates due.

Last day to change concentration without Administrative Board approval for May 2019 and November 2019 Degree Candidates.

Last day upon which May 2019 and November 2019 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 2020 or November 2020, or to begin a fourth year AM program in fall term 2019, must file the Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.

Last day upon which May 2019 and November 2019 Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.

April 1, 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. See the chart under Financial Information for details of room and board charges.

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

April 10, Wednesday
Declaration of Concentration due for out-of-phase members of the Class of 2021.

May 1, Wednesday
Last day of spring term classes.

May 2, 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. See the chart under Financial

Information for details of room and board charges.
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.

May 2, Thursday, through May 8, Wednesday

May 9, Thursday, through May 18, Saturday
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for spring term courses.

May 13, Monday
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 19, Sunday
Non-graduates must vacate their rooms by noon.

May 27, Monday
University holiday: Memorial Day.

May 30, Thursday
Harvard University Commencement.

May 31, Friday
Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms by 5 pm.

Mooseletters are posted on the Dunster House website:
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!