Mooseletter – March 30, 2020

From the Office of the Resident Dean, Michael Uy
Deer Meece, you continue to be in my thoughts as we enter the second week of online classes. By now I’m sure you’ve all read the updated policy on changing all coursework to Emergency Satisfactory – Emergency Unsatisfactory grading. I know that the policy impacts students differently – some of you can finally breathe a sigh of relief so that you can focus on other difficult things going on, while some of you are frustrated about your lack of choice, or the academic progress that you had been making. I think that for all students, though, we still don’t know how CoVid19 will impact us and our communities. In two or three weeks, the virus may spread to affect hundreds of thousands, if not millions of us and our loved ones – this grading policy is thus not just about the now, but what the future may bring. If you have specific questions, I’d suggest looking at the FAQs first, https://dso.college.harvard.edu/coronavirusfaq and then if you cannot find your answer there, to reach out to me or the Office of Undergraduate Education. Since the policy makes our previous Google Form outdated, Diana and I will not process any of the forms you may have submitted to this point. If you plan to drop a course, please email Diana directly at hovsep@fas.harvard.edu.

Please continue to stay safe and healthy, practice social isolation, exercise, eat well, drink water, sleep, and wash your hands. It’s been nice to drop by our virtual Zoom Dining Hall and to read the progress on the storytelling project! If anyone wants to share with me their evidence on Carole Baskin, I’m happy to hear your thoughts. I don’t remember the last time I’ve shouted at the TV so much. Stay classy, Dunster 🙂

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, March 31: 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Thursday, April 2: 2-4 pm
Friday, April 3: 2-4 pm

Please login https://harvard.zoom.us/j/4954454494 to meet with Michael during office hours. If the times above don’t work with your schedule or you wish to make an appointment to meet with Michael, please email Diana at  hovsep@fas.harvard.edu.

Updates from Dunster Meese from Everywhere
We are looking forward to sharing pictures and updates from you in our weekly Mooseletter! Please send your updates/photos to hovsep@fas.harvard.edu (individually or as a blocking group!), and we’ll post them in the Mooseletter!  

May 2020 Degree Application is Open – Apply to Graduate!
In order to graduate, you need to complete the degree application, which is found on the “My Program” tab of your Student Home in my.harvard.edu. The deadline to complete the application is Wednesday, April 1.

Deadlines for May Degree Candidates
-May Degree Application: April 1
-Declaration for Secondary Field: April 1
-Change of Concentration: April 1
-Petition for Foreign Language Citation: April 1
Petitions for Foreign Language Citations can be found at Forms and Petitions page on the RO website

What Name Will Appear on Your Diploma?
Diploma Names default to your “Primary Name” unless you create a “Diploma Name” in your student home. You will receive an email from the registrar’s office confirming the name on your diploma within two weeks of the April 1 degree application deadline.

Academic Resource Center – Remote Learning Recourses
The ARC is offering all programming via Zoom for the remainder of the semester. We encourage you to check the ARC website regularly for updates.

New Learning Remotely section with advice on how to adapt to and get the most out of our new learning environments.

Workshops focused on this time of transition to online learning. New virtual workshops include:

Leveraging the Unexpected: Creating Conditions for Online Academic Success Develop a bird’s-eye view calendar of the rest of your semester, look at some sample day schedules, and start to create your own.

Reassigned: Figuring Out Your New Schedule
Join us to share tips and strategies for creating the best conditions for online learning.

Researching and Writing Papers from Home
Need to write papers from home this semester? This workshop will discuss strategies for breaking down your writing assignments and accounting for changes to your writing process that might come with your new location. We’ll also consider how you’ll need to adapt the research process now that your access to libraries is limited. Along the way, we’ll remind ourselves what good writing habits look like regardless of the setting, and share tried-and-true tips for writing effectively and efficiently.

Expanded Academic Coaching hours start from 9 am – 9 pm Monday through Wednesday and they have added services on Sundays from 1 pm to 9 pm.

The Peer Tutoring program is now completely online and students can view available tutors and request tutoring in the same way as always, through the peer tutoring page under services.

Students can sign up for a coaching appointment on the ARC website.

Academic Calendar
APRIL 1, WEDNESDAY
Final degree applications for May 2020 degree candidates due.

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

Last day May and next November degree candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the RO.

Last day May and next November Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the RO.

Advanced standing activation deadline for those graduating in May or November 2021, or starting a fall AM program.

April 13, MONDAY
New deadline to drop courses, change grading status.

APRIL 29, WEDNESDAY
Last Day of Spring Full Term Classes

APRIL 30, THURSDAY
Last day in the spring term upon which undergraduates will ordinarily be granted a leave of absence from the College.

Reading period begins

MAY 7, THURSDAY
Final Examination Period begins

MAY 16, SATURDAY
Final Examination Period ends
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Please email your submissions to Diana at hovsep@fas.harvard.edu by 5 pm Thursdays for Monday publications!

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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!