Mooseletter – March 6, 2017

To the Dunster House Community
>From Roger and Ann Porter

At the end of June 2017 we are resigning our positions as Dunster House Faculty Deans after serving for the past sixteen years. During the coming academic year, Roger will take a hard earned sabbatical leave.
When we accepted the invitation to serve as House Masters, our time horizon was three to five years. Very quickly we fell in love with the students, and the opportunity to build a community committed to excellence, mutual respect, and genuine concern. We can honestly say that we have enjoyed this experience every day and every week. We have now served longer than any of our Dunster House predecessors and we feel drenched with joy.
We are grateful for the many individuals who have helped to make this a wonderful experience for us – students, tutors, administrators, fellow faculty deans, and the many unsung heroes who keep the houses sparkling and all who live here well nourished. In a time when some have doubts about the quality of higher education in America, we encourage them to look at the kinds of learning communities that are established in the Harvard houses. It is a phenomenon that is truly inspiring.
From open houses to dining hall conversations, from concerts to goat roasts, from formals to elegant dinners, from spirited discussions to intramurals, we have come to treasure the enthusiasm and commitment to excellence we see all around us. Dunster is a diverse community that draws from, celebrates, and values each of its members. It is an honor to be a part of it.
We are especially grateful to those who worked with us for years in planning and executing the first full house renovation and to those who generously contributed to support this ambitious undertaking.
We admire the thoughtful acts of service and the genuine kindnesses that we see around us every day. Those acts may seem like small and simple things. At Dunster, we have learned anew that there truly are no small or simple things.
We are grateful for the members of our family who have given us much support and encouragement for more than a decade and a half, and who in turn have benefited from the warmth that the Dunster community has shown them.
We are pleased to remain affiliated with Dunster as Faculty Deans emeritus and to continue to applaud the excellence we are confident that Dunster students will exhibit during the coming years. We look forward to working with our successors in the transition to help them to have just as good an experience as we have had.
Roger and Ann Porter

From the Office of the Interim Dean
Jennifer Hsiao

The SEVENTH MONDAY is Today, March 6th!
Today is the last day upon which you may WITHDRAW from a class. Withdrawing from a class in which you are having exceeding difficulty is preferable to sticking with it just because you want to stick with it. As long as you do not need it to graduate (be careful, seniors), you may withdraw from it. If you wish to withdraw from a course, go to the Registrar’s website at, look under Forms/Petitions. Please print the form, fill it out, get the appropriate signatures, and bring it to the registrar’s office by 5 pm.

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!

Jennifer’s Office Hours
Tuesday, 3/7: 5:30-7:30 pm, by appointment
Wednesday, 3/8: 7-9 pm, by appointment
Friday, 3/10: 9-11 am open,
Friday, 3/10: 11am-12 pm, by appointment

Please drop by for open office hours between the times that are indicated above. To sign up for an appointment please email If these times don’t work, please email or for alternate times.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from March 6 – March 13, is Greg Leya. He resides in Dunster E-308 and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

River East Peer Research Fellow Announcement
Hi! I’m Seniha Ipekci, the River East Peer Research Fellow. The Peer Research Fellow Program is coordinated by the Harvard College Libraries to connect students in the undergraduates Houses with library resources. I will be holding weekly study breaks that rotate between the neighborhood Houses, and I hope that you’ll stop by to chat and ask any questions you might have. When I’m in Dunster for a study break you can find me at one of the upper deck tables just outside the Dining Hall, and I can also be reached at Keep an eye out for these upcoming study break announcements in the Mooseletter!

DeWolfe Summer Housing
If you’re interested in living on-campus over the summer you have the option of applying for housing in the DeWolfe apartments. DeWolfe summer housing information including rental rates and eligibility guidelines can be found on the Office of Student Life website. The application opens today, Monday, March 6 via the Residential Portal, and housing offers will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any questions should be directed to

Important Dates
March 6, 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 11, Saturday, through March 19, Sunday
Spring recess

March 24, Friday
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.

March 27, Monday
Final degree applications for May 2017 Degree Candidates due.

Last day to change concentration without Administrative Board approval for May 2017 and November 2017 Degree Candidates.

Last day upon which May 2017 and November 2017 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 2018 or November 2018, 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 2017 and November 2017 Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.

April 1, Friday
Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the summer are due at the Office of International Education.

April 12, Wednesday
Declaration of Concentration due for out-of-phase members of the Class of 2019.

April 26, Wednesday
Last day of spring term classes.

Students leaving the College after this date are charged full housing/room fees.

April 27, 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.

April 27, Thursday, through May 3, Wednesday

May 4, Thursday, through May 13, Saturday
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for spring term courses.

May 12, 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 14, Sunday
Non-graduates must vacate their rooms by noon.

May 25, Thursday
Harvard University Commencement.

May 26, Friday
Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms by 5 pm.
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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!