Mooseletter – March 4, 2019

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Dearest Meese, can you believe we’re already in March? It’s as if we just began the spring semester a week ago, yet here we are. Please remember that next week is the Seventh Monday and the last day to withdraw from a class. 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. Additionally, during a stressful time of year, I wanted to highlight to everyone two programs going on at CAMHS. The first is Let’s Talk, which are walk-in hours for informal, confidential conversations with clinicians, with no appointment needed and no fee for the service (as a reminder, students do not pay for utilizing CAMHS, no matter what medical insurance you have). The closest to us are at Mather House on Tuesdays, but really, they happen all over campus. The second program is made up of all kinds of virtual workshops such as Managing Intense Feelings and When a Friend Needs Help, which are beginning this week or the weeks to come. The workshops are free and combine group meetings (through video conferencing) with individual exercises, which means you can do them from home! These programs are *in addition to* regular counseling and urgent care that CAMHS provides. There are also many peer support groups! If you have any questions at all, please reach out! As you bear in mind your mental health, please also remember your physical health and continue to wash your hands, get rest and sleep, exercise, and eat healthy! A blessed Ash Wednesday to you this week too. *Dunster Love*

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, March 5: 10-12 noon
Wednesday, March 6: 3-5 pm
Friday, March 8: 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.

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 like the Writing Center. Best of luck!

Seniors and Requirements
Seniors, double-check again your course report to make sure that you are enrolled in all of the right classes. We want you to graduate!

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from March 4-11, is Katie Anderson, who can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Planning to take part (WALK) in Commencement Activities?
November 2018 and March 2019 degree candidates who would like to “walk” in this May’s Commencement activities should contact Diana ( ASAP.

Dunster Dining Hall Closed for Dinner Tuesday, 5/3
The Dunster Dining Hall will be closing at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5th , for the spring Faculty-Student Dinner. If you have a reservation for this event you and your professors should have received a confirmation email last week. For those not attending, we encourage you to enjoy a meal with your friends in other Houses that evening. A list of Inter-house dining restrictions can be found on the HUDS website. The closest House without dining restrictions is our neighbor Mather!

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.

Let’s Talk!
Let’s Talk is an outreach program that provides easy access to informal, confidential conversations with clinicians from CAMHS. Clinicians hold walk-in hours at various sites around campus Monday through Friday.

For more information please visit and for the spring schedule please visit:

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.

March 4, 4 pm – Informational Workshop, Emerson Hall, Room 210 *Optional
April 16, 4 pm – Preliminary Auditions. Emerson Hall, Room 105
April 23, 4 pm – Final Auditions, Emerson Hall, Room 105
Winners (3) will receive speech coaching, support, and $1,000 Prize! For more information visit

Academic Calendar
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!