Mooseletter – March 11, 2019

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Dear Meese, here we are! Housing day, a lot of theses submissions, midterms, the beginning of Spring Break…! If you’ve got a lot going on this week, good luck, good effort, and stay strong. Please note that today (Monday) is the last day to withdraw from a course. Remember also that there are many resources available to students including the Bureau of Study Counsel and the Writing Center. As I like to say to students, never in your life are you going to have no-cost access to such help, so you should take advantage of it while you can. Moreover, it is never too late to start, even if you’re a second semester senior! As you submit your work and attend your midterms, please be mindful of our Honor Code. And as we welcome our newest baby meese on Thursday by participating in the housing day video, writing posters, and storming the yard, try and keep your messages and cheers positive and encouraging, rather than disparaging. Per usual, we won’t be condoning any practices of unhealthy alcohol binge drinking. As your last message before Spring Break, I hope everyone has a restful and restorative week!

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, March 12: 10-12 noon
Wednesday, March 13: 3-5 pm
Friday, March 15: 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 March 11-18, is Nirisi Angulo who can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Dunster Housing Day Official Schedule
Wednesday, March 13th
8:00-10:00 pm: Poster Making (Dining Hall)

Thursday, March 14th
6:30-7:15 am: Breakfast & Shirt Pickup (D-Hall) 7:15-7:30am, March Over to Harvard Yard
8:30-9:30 am: Dorm Storm
5:00-7:00 pm: Welcome Dinner (D-Hall) 5:00-7:00pm Gear Sales (D-Hall)
7:00-7:45 pm: Scavenger Hunt (Meet in Courtyard Lounge)
7:45-8:15 pm: Faculty Dean’s Ice Cream Bash (D-Hall)
8:15-9:00 pm: Grille Food for New Meese (Basement Grille)
9:00-10:30 pm: Welcome Home Stein Club (JCR). There will be pizza and snacks

Apply to be a Dunster Grille Manager!
Applications are now open for the 2019-2020 Student Grille Manager position! Candidates must be a current Dunster House sophomore or junior. To apply, email Rachel at dn-ha@fas.harvard for an application form. Applications are due by Sunday, March 24th, at midnight.

Complete the Spring Break Housing Survey!
A reminder that the Dean of Student’s Office has asked all undergraduates to indicate whether they’re planning on remaining on campus for Spring Recess (March 16-23), by visiting the Residential Portal, clicking on “Applications” (if on mobile, this is a drop down from the menu), and filling out the application labeled “Spring Recess 2019.” This is not an application process for which you would be approved or rejected, just a way of helping us understand who is on-campus so we can best manage resources and communications during this period.

As in previous years, all dining halls will be closed following dinner on March 15th, and will re-open for lunch on Sunday, March 24th. For a list of vendors who accept Crimson Cash, please visit their website. Shuttle schedules can be found on the Transportation & Parking website.

Undergraduate Technology Innovation Fellowship
The application is open for the next cohort of Undergraduate Technology Innovation Fellows! Applicants are current Harvard College sophomores in any concentration who have a passion for technology and innovation — “builders” who have a zeal for solving problems and creating products. Students should be committed to building a technology venture or pursuing a career in technology, or applications of technology to other fields. Students will experience the program in their junior year. Applications are due Monday, April 1! Learn more at our website:

Commencement Orations Competition
Do you have something exceptional to share with your fellow graduates? This is your chance to speak at Harvard Commencement!

College and Advanced Degree candidates who have completed all requirements to graduate at the May 30th Morning Exercises.

April 16, 4 pm – Preliminary Auditions. Emerson Hall, Room 105
April 23, 4 pm – Final Auditions, Emerson Hall, Room 105

For more information visit Winners (3) will receive speech coaching, support, and $1,000 Prize!

Upcoming Events at the BSC
Time Management
March 11, 2019, 12:00 to 1:30 pm
Location: BSC, 5 Linden Street
Identify your priorities, learn how to plan and manage your time more effectively, and develop strategies for dealing with challenges. Register at

Post-Concussion Strategies and Coping Workshop
March 13, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Location: BSC, 5 Linden Street
For Harvard College students who experience academic, social, or other aftereffects of a concussion. No registration required.

Keeping Ourselves Accountable
Repeats every week every Wednesday until May 15, 2019 except Wed Mar 20, 2019.
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: BSC, 5 Linden Street
Explore common experiences, challenges, and strategies for staying focused and getting work done. Bring your academic work. To register, email

Drop-in Consultation Hours:
Did you know that the BSC has Drop-in Consultations with academic counselors available Monday through Friday? Use these brief conversations to consider practicalities and perspectives that can help you approach your studies with a sense of purpose and confidence. For a list of daily drop-in times, please visit (To make an appointment for a longer conversation with an academic counselor, stop by the BSC at 5 Linden Street, or call 617-495-2581.)

Study @ 5 Linden
Have you ever used our comfortable, distraction-free study space at the Bureau of Study Counsel? Settle into our quiet, cozy study space and grab a coffee and a snack. Study @ 5 Linden is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. all semester.

Important Academic Deadlines
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.

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.

Mooseletter is also 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!