Mooseletter-March 9, 2020

From the Office of the Resident Dean, Michael Uy
Dearest Meece, I’ve got a little bit of an extended message, since I know there is a lot on your mind this week, especially with uncertainties regarding the impacts of the Coronavirus. We understand you may be worried about your classes, your spring break plans, and what the rest of the semester might look like. You should know that the University is thinking through all possible realities, while still needing to respond to current events that can be unpredictable. We in the house are learning about policies and updates as much in real-time as you are. I also realize that students are impacted differently by any policies or protocols that Harvard may choose to implement in response to the Coronavirus. Please know that I am here to work closely with you to figure out a plan, whether academic, medical, or personal.

I think the main point is that we take care of each other and we do our own part in staying informed of the medical facts as we know them, and policies and protocols as they are published. I’d rely more on official communication than unfounded speculation. For example, we know that washing your hands (yes, in the “Dean Michael Uy Hand Spa”!) not only prevents you from catching illness, but also helps stop bacteria and viruses from spreading to our fellow peers who may have chronic conditions that make them more susceptible to getting sick. It’s about helping each other. To take another example, as a faculty member, my personal response is to carry on with my in-person lectures as usual, while supplementing canvas resources for those who may not come to lecture because they are sick. I’m educating myself on Zoom and tele-teaching, while resorting to that only if mandated, or conditions become substantially worse. But I fully expect – and hope – to teach through the end of the semester.

In other news, please note that today (Monday) is the last day to withdraw from a course. Thursday is also a magical day as we welcome our newest baby meese. As you’re storming the yard and building up enthusiasm among the freshmen, please keep your chants and cheers positive about Dunster, rather than disparaging against other houses. 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 10: 10:30-12
Thursday, March 12: 2-4 pm
Friday, March 13: 2-3:30 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.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from March 9-16, is Gregory Davis, who can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Dining Halls Closure
Dunster and Mather dining halls will be closed after dinner on Friday, March 13. Please note that the Brain break scheduled at 7:30 pm on that day will be cancelled in an effort to properly clean and close the dining halls, servery, and the kitchen.

Dunster Housing Day Official Schedule
Wednesday, March 11, 9-10:30 PM
Sign Making & Video Screening (Dining Hall)
Thursday, March 12
6:00 AM – Coffee and Donuts in D-Hall
7:00 AM –Trojan Moose Walk to the Yard
8:00 AM – Dorm Storm
5:00-7:00 PM – Dinner in D-Hall
7:00-7:45 PM – Scavenger Hunt
7:45-8:15 PM – Ice Cream Bash in D-Hall
8:15-9:00 PM – Free Grille Food
9:00-9:45 PM – Golf
9:45-10:30 PM – Welcome Home Stein

Spring Faculty-Student Dinner
Registration Required
Tuesday, March 25th
Dinner 6:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, March 17, 5 pm
Space is limited, and seats are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please invite only 1 Professor/TF per group, only one person, the student group leader should complete the registration form. Please ask the professor whether others have invited him/her before registering and, if so, form a small group.

Humans of Dunster
We are happy to reintroduce “Humans of Dunster”! Thank you to Susie Clements for writing these articles which feature our amazing Dunsterites!

Jen Zhu
Moo Lover, Pleasant Rugger

Sophomore Jen Zhu (full name Jennifer, *cool* name JZ), is from the West 3rd Floor, where she shares a room with the house’s Zero Waste Captain (ZWC, still offering to give personalised tours of Dunster basement to those feeling trackless vis-a-vis the recycling process). As well as her full-time job helping to maintain notable house status as one half of the legendary Double-Z West 3rd pair, JZ studies Biomedical Engineering with a secondary in Psych and plays on the Women’s Rugby Team. She takes both sport and school seriously. “I have no interests other than academics and rugby. And having fun,” she jokes with me over our toast-fuelled interview at brain break, before continuing; “With my friends. I have friends. Please put that in.” Consider it put in, Jennifer. Other things JZ would want put in, or at least should want put in: she used to wrestle competitively at high school; her favourite animal is a cow; she likes to stretch out in the high-ceilinged atrium of the Dunny squash courts after working out; she loves the chicken plate at Saloniki’s (beef would probably be too much for her given her particular fondness for our lactating bovine pals); she’s from North California, from a place called Pleasanton. Pleasant. She absolutely adores California, its laid-back feel, how everything feels a wee bit more simple, how green and lush and vibrant the scenery and nature is. There’s also plenty of cows there, apparently. A great, relaxing, low-steaks lifestyle.

Here’s a pretty cool story. JZ’s parents are from China originally: her dad grew up in a farmer’s family and got a pass to go and study at college in Beijing because he was a bit of a superstar at school, then met her mum there. They moved to California because of the One Child Policy, and had three daughters: Jen, of course, as well as Jocelyn and Joanna (the banter of the house, according to her older sister). The graft that JZ’s seen her parents put in to look after her and her sisters means that she values hard work a lot, which goes some way to explaining her being an absolute unit on the rugby field, as well as a bit of a noggin’ when it comes to her classes. What’s so annoying is that she’s also genuinely quite nice. Don’t worry, these compliments won’t go to her head: she’ll be too busy smiling and bouncing about. It’ll be in one ear and out the udder.

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!