Mooseletter- January 29, 2018

From the Office of the Resident Dean
Michael Uy

Hi Dunsterites, I hope you’ve had a great shopping week and have now finalized your course schedule. You have exactly one week from today to add or drop without a fee and you can make those changes on my.harvard. Seniors! You should have received an email from me about verifying your records to make sure you can graduate. Please drop off the forms to the House Office or email them to Diana. Also, there are some of you who I haven’t met yet — so if that’s the case, I’d love to get lunch or dinner with you soon! Please email Diana and we can set up a time in the dining hall. I’m happy for one-on-ones or group dinners. To all our Dunsterites, please remember to wash your hands, stay warm, and come through in IMs (we want to get out of last place, right…?)!
Advising hold
Please be in touch with your concentration adviser.

How to Cross-Register
Go to:, click on “Other Resources,” and select “Cross Registration” for directions on how to cross-register. Each Harvard school has a different approval process. Once all approvals have been obtained, the Cross Registration system will notify you of your acceptance. Please be aware that the host school’s cross registration dates might be earlier than our dates.

Edit, Drop, and Swap
Once you enroll in courses, you will use the Edit, Drop, and Swap buttons to make changes. You are free to make changes using these buttons up until February 20.

Change of Concentration
If you need to request a change of concentration, please email the new concentration with your declaration change request. You should include a list of all courses you would like to use toward the concentration (past and future). The Director of Undergraduate Studies will respond via email, copying

A pass/fail form is live in the documents section of You can access the form, which will list all of your classes, through and select the course(s) you wish to take pass/fail. Then you must print the form, get the appropriate signatures, and bring it to the Registrar’s Office for processing.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Simultaneous Enrollment
Students ordinarily may not enroll in courses that meet at the same time or overlapping times. Exceptions to this rule are granted by the Administrative Board only in the specific circumstances described The Harvard College Handbook for Students. Please come see me if you have any questions about simultaneous enrollment.

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, January 30: 10-12 noon
Thursday, February 1: 2-4 pm
Friday, February 2: 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 January 29 to February 5, is Erica Soto. She resides Dunster West 212/214. In case of an emergency she can be reached at 617.851.8419.

Dunster Writing Tutor Support Session
Wednesday, January 31, 7:00-8:00 pm, Room E-105
Need help organizing your class paper? Stuck while brainstorming paper ideas? Want someone to look over drafts of a resume, application, or conference proposal? Come see Chance Bonar, Dunster’s writing tutor, for assistance and advice on any writing project you have!

Senior Common Room Dinner
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
6:30 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Dinner
RSVP Required

Applying for a Fall Round I Interhouse Transfer
Deadline: Monday, February 5th
Apply Online: via Housing Portal
Detailed information about the application process can be found on the OSL website.

Individuals and groups of 2 accepted. If applying as a group of two, both students will be approved or denied together.

If your IHT application is successful, you are required to transfer to your new House at the beginning of the next term. You cannot rescind your application after the decision has been made.

Applying for an InterHouse Transfer does not guarantee you will be accepted into your desired House(s).

If you have questions regarding whether you will be eligible to participate in the fall housing lottery for your new House, please contact the House Administrator.

Class of 2019 Junior Dinner
Monday, February 12, 6:30 pm in the Dining Hall
Keep an eye out for the paperless post invitation this week, and be sure to RSVP!

Pack the House
February 2, at 6pm go cheer on your Harvard Women’s Basketball Team! There will be free Harvard fanny packs for the first 100 students and free pizza! There will also be a $1000 cash prize up for grabs that will go to the house with the highest attendance percentage, and can be put towards a House Stein or Study Break! President Faust will be the Honorary Coach of the night, so let’s Pack the House!

HAA Travels and Clubs and Shared Interest Groups
Harvard Summer Community Service Fellowship Program
Nationwide | Application Due March 1
The Harvard Summer Community Service Fellowship (SCSF) Program provides paid summer fellowships of $3,000 – $5,000 to students working at nonprofit organizations over the summer break.

BSC – Upcoming Workshops and Discussions
Returning to Harvard after Time Away
Friday, February 2, 12:00-1:00 pm
For Harvard College students. Discuss, strategize, and get support about coming back to Harvard after time away. No registration.

Post-Concussion Strategies and Coping Workshop
Friday, February 2, 1:00-2:00 pm
For students who experience academic, social, or other aftereffects of a concussion. No registration.

Reading Strategies
Friday, February 2, 2:30-4:00 pm
Learn to read strategically, effectively, and efficiently. A mini-version of the Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies. Register at

Study Skills for the Bilingual Mind
Monday, February 5, 12:30-2:00 pm
Explore cognitive processes of bilingualism and approaches to enhance the learning experience for bilingual students at Harvard. To register, email or

Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies
February 5 – 9, 2018, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
The Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies helps students read more purposefully and selectively with greater speed and comprehension. Cost: Harvard College & GSAS Degree Candidates, $25 – Others, $150 Advance registration is required. Visit for registration and more information.

Important Dates
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
Diana G. Hovsepian
Dunster House Academic Coordinator
Harvard College
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!