Mooseletter-March 2, 2020

From the Office of the Resident Dean, Michael Uy
Dearest Meece, Oh my goodness, I can’t believe we’re now in March! Soon seniors will be submitting theses (if you haven’t already!), you will be celebrating Housing Day, and we’ll all be on Spring Break! I’m excited for our music concert this week, featuring the Horszowski Trio – thank you to Deborah, Jennifer, and MG for organizing the event! As we’re in the thick of midterms please continue to be cognizant of Harvard’s Honor Code. Know that there are always resources to help you and that if you have any questions or concerns, that you should reach out to your professors, TFs, and resident dean. Lastly, keep eating well, drinking water, exercising (this week looks warm!), sleeping, and of course, washing your hands! I hear Dean Chen has stocked the hand spa up with new soap requests! Dunster Hand Spa > Other Houses’ Hand Sanitizer. Woohoo!

Michael’s Office Hours (different this week)
Wednesday, March 4: 3-4 pm
Thursday, March 5: 2-4 pm
Friday, March 6: 2:15-4 pm

Please feel free to come by to see me during open office hours indicated above. If you wish to make an appointment with me, please email Diana at Our offices are at E303H.

The Harvard College Honor Code
Members of the Harvard College community commit themselves to producing academic work of integrity – that is, work that adheres to the scholarly and intellectual standards of accurate attribution of sources, appropriate collection and use of data, and transparent acknowledgement of the contribution of others to their ideas, discoveries, interpretations, and conclusions. Cheating on exams or problem sets, plagiarizing or misrepresenting the ideas or language of someone else as one’s own, falsifying data, or any other instance of academic dishonesty violates the standards of our community, as well as the standards of the wider world of learning and affairs.

Thesis Writers
Congrats to those of you who have turned in your theses and good luck to those of you entering the final stretches!  You can do it!  If you need an extra dose of support, make sure to turn to your tutors and myself, as well as your thesis advisor and resources. Best of luck!

Planning to take part (WALK) in Commencement Activities?
November 2019 and March 2020 degree candidates who would like to “walk” in this May’s Commencement activities should contact Diana ( ASAP.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from March 2-9, is MG Prezioso, who can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Dunster IM’s this Week!
Week of 3/2 – MORE PLAYOFFS!!
Thursday 3/5 – Squash vs. TBD 8PM (Murr Center)
Thursday 3/5 – Basketball C vs. Quincy 8PM (MAC)
Saturday 3/7 – IM Table Tennis Tournament 11AM (MAC)

Counseling and Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Understanding Yourself and Others
Every Thursday 1-2:30 pm, Smith Center, 4 East (inside CAMHS)

Do you want to be safe and supportive environment to…
– Gain greater self-awareness?
– Understand your relationships better?
– Improve existing and future relationships?
– Increase self-esteem?
– Learn to trust others?
– Foster personal growth?

Then this is the perfect group for you!
Understanding Self an Others is a 6-week interpersonal group and is open to all undergraduates. To join, please contact or

Commencement Orations Competition
College and Advanced Degree candidates who have completed all requirements to graduate at the May 28th Morning Exercises.

March 27, 4 pm
Submissions will be judged for originality, style, wit, and significance

March 5, 4:30 pm – Informational Workshop
Location: Emerson Hall 105
April 16,4 pm – Preliminary Auditions
Location: TBD

April 23, 4:30 pm – Final Auditions
Location: TBD

For more information visit:

Important Academic Deadlines
Spring Full Term – Last day upon which students may withdraw from a spring term course.

Last day upon which students may withdraw from a year-long course.

Spring Session 1 Ends

Spring Recess begins

Last Day of Spring Recess

Spring Session 2 Starts

Spring Session 2 – Course Registration Deadline

Spring Session 2 – Add/Drop Deadline – no fees

Final degree applications for May degree candidates due.

Last day to change concentration without Administrative Board approval for May and next November degree Candidates.

Last day upon which May and next November degree candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.

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

Spring Session 2 – Course Withdraw Deadline – no fees

Declaration of Concentration due for off-cycle students expected to declare in spring.

Lady Day of Spring Full Term Classes

Spring Session 2 Ends

Last day in the spring term upon which undergraduates will ordinarily be granted a leave of absence from the College.

Reading begins
Final Examination Period begins

Final Examination Period ends


Please email submission to Diana at by 5pm Thursdays 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!