Mooseletter – May 11, 2020

Deerest Meece, I was looking back on some of the earliest Mooseletters from this year, where I was talking happily and naively about the handwashing station, the “fun pod,” the IM groupme. I then look back on the frenzy of emails that were being sent in March, and the chaos and worry that we all were going through – and perhaps are still going through. What a year it has been. I hope and pray that you are all still as safe and healthy as you can be and that you are successfully finishing your last exams and papers. The pandemic has clearly impacted everyone, so if you’d like to discuss getting an extension for assignments, papers, or exams, please be in touch with me ASAP. There is an official policy which can grant you an extension(s) for up to another month and a half.

As the last Mooseletter of the year, I want to take this opportunity to thank our indefatigable Academic Coordinator Diana, who through thick and thin, has been the most generous, thoughtful, competent, and caring person I could ever work with <4 Certainly, the Mooseletter would not exist without her, but so would many other things as well – just ask all those applying for medical school right now! I also want to thank Michelle before her official time as interim house administrator is concluded. I think all of us can agree that she took a difficult job and excelled beyond our wildest expectations – with humor, care, and often, delicious treats. Under normal circumstances, we’d also be able to offer an in-person toast at the Senior Dinner for our departing tutors, Gregory, Nirisi, and PD. Needless to say, the house will be a lot quieter without your presences J – but, in all the worst ways. Since we can’t say thank you and goodbye in person, I’d encourage you to reach out to them and to any and all the resident tutors who you would have had a chance to say thanks and goodbye to. Same goes with your peers, but we’ll have a few more events where you’ll hopefully get together. First of which is this Saturday for the Red Tie Dinner, and then for the seniors next Saturday for your Senior Dinner before “Commencement.” Good effort and good luck to everyone as we finish strong together. Stay safe, wash your hands carefully, eat and drink healthily, sleep abundantly, and be well. Dunster love ❤

Office Hours
By appointment. Please email hovsep@fas.harvard.edu to set up a time.
Leaves of absences
I’ve had students ask me what the process is for deciding to take a voluntary leave of absence (LOA), and whether the leave of absence policy will change for Fall 2020. As I’ve mentioned to some of you via email, I’ve not been made aware of any differences for LOAs for the Fall. The closest thing I can think of is that for students who decided to take a leave of absence for this semester (Spring 2020) after Spring Break, then we as resident deans were advised to tell them that they may not be guaranteed housing for Fall 2020. (Anyway, after the Tenth Monday, a student is not normally permitted to return from a leave for the next semester.) We have not received any guidance about Fall 2020 in terms of being prevented a return for Spring 2021, or anything of that sort.

If a student wants to take a voluntary LOA, then the process remains the same as it’s always been: I’d need an email stating something like “I would like to declare a leave of absence for Fall 2020.” Students have until the week before classes begin to declare a leave of absence, so there is not necessarily a rush to do so – I think these days, having more flexibility and seeing how the next few months go might be a good thing. If you’re certain that you want to take an LOA now (or when you decide), then after sending me the above sentence, you would also cancel housing and be in touch with your financial aid officer. There are no financial penalties from the registration/tuition point of view – all the way up to the week before classes start. But there are increasing housing cancellation penalties that start in May, through August (the max is $500). (TBD whether these cancellation fees are revised or nulled depending on what is decided for the Fall.) LOAs are granted for indefinite periods, so if you declare in the Fall, that would carry through in the Spring and onward, until you let me know you want to come back. (Same process for returns, you email me that you want to start again, sign up for housing, and let your financial aid officer know.) I would strongly advise you to talk with me first before deciding on a leave or not. In our conversation, we may discuss things that you had not considered. I hope this helps – let me know if you have any questions.

Academic Resource Center
Motivation Station: The Final Stretch will run through May 15th every weekday morning and afternoon for Harvard College students.
Graduate students in our Accountability Groups continue to make progress, and you can still join a three-week session by registering online.
Dissertation Writers Groups meet daily at 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., and the Graduate Student Accountability Group meets on Monday and Thursday afternoons at 2:30 p.m.
Summer 2020 Keep an eye out for information on our summer workshops and all-important information for the fall!

Virtual Red Tie Dinner
Join us for our annual Red Tie Dinner!
Saturday, May 16, 2020, 7:00 pm (EST)
Look for the invite in your inboxes!

Dunster House Class of 2020
We’ll send you a survey this afternoon to collect information in advance of the Dunster house diploma ceremony. Please fill it out and submit by Friday, May 15th!

Virtual Senior Dinner
Saturday, May 23, 7:00 pm
Invitation coming soon!

Virtual Commencement
Thursday, May 28
Details for the House ceremony coming soon!

Quick Links
Dunster House: Dunster
The College FAQs up-to-date source of information
Academic Resource Center: Get study support with workshops and sign up for an online Peer Tutoring session.
Advising Programs Office: Resources for virtual advising.
Harvard Library: Librarians are available via the live-chat, Ask-A-Librarian email service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dunster House Class of 2020

We’ll send you a survey this afternoon to collect information in advance of the Dunster house diploma ceremony. Please fill it out and submit by Friday, May 15th!

Virtual Senior Dinner
Saturday, May 23, 7:00 pm

Invitation coming soon!

Virtual Commencement

Thursday, May 28

Details for the House ceremony coming soon!

Quick Links
Dunster House: Dunster
The College FAQs up-to-date source of information
Academic Resource Center: Get study support with workshops and sign up for an online Peer Tutoring session.
Advising Programs Office: Resources for virtual advising.
Harvard Library: Librarians are available via the live-chat, Ask-A-Librarian email service.

 

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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!