Mooseletter – May 13, 2013

From the Office of the Resident Dean

Please, double, triple-check your final exam schedule at to make sure you go to the right place, on the right day, at the right time.

Best of luck with all your exams!

Please note the following about exams:

  • Get to your exams on time! If you are a few minutes late for an exam, go anyway, and you may be accommodated. If you miss the exam altogether, please come by the office and let me know ASAP. You may be able to arrange a make-up exam, but this will depend on your instructor and the AdBoard, who may or may not be willing to do this. The lesson is: go!
  • If you are really ill, and cannot physically take the exam, you have one of two options: In some cases the Registrar’s staff can administer examinations to students who have been admitted to Stillman Infirmary and who feel ready to take their exam within the 24-hour period following the scheduled time OR you might petition the Administrative Board to take a makeup exam in the Fall. To do this, you must be seen by a UHS clinician within the 24-hour period before the exam. Either way, consult with me about the best course to take if you are really ill.
  • If you are a graduating senior who misses a final, contact me immediately to arrange a special make-up exam. Again, there is no guarantee that your make-up exam will be approved, so we would need to discuss it together.

Noise (suites, courtyard, etc.)
Please remember that there can be no parties or outdoor gatherings during exam period, which lasts until May 18. Any infractions of the noise policy will be strictly addressed. Also, please keep noise to a bare minimum in the courtyard in the evening hours. For parties after May 18, seniors must complete a party form and follow the regular procedures that apply during the school year.

If you are Contemplating a Leave of Absence in the Fall, and have yet to talk with me about it, please do so soon so I can file the appropriate paperwork for you and refer you to the House Administrator to talk to about housing requirements.

Have a fun, productive, and relaxing summer!

To the Dunster House class of 2013, CONGRATULATIONS and Best of Luck in your future endeavors! Be Safe. Be Happy. Remember to Stay in Touch!

Carlos’ Office Hours

Monday 11:00 – Noon, open
Tuesday 4:00 – 5:00, open
Wednesday 9:00 – Noon, open
Thursday 4:00 – 5:00, by appointment
Friday 11:00 – Noon, by appointment

Other appointments by arrangement: Call 5-2263 or email

Study Space

As reading and exam period are a stressful time for many, we have designated the House common rooms as study space only, as we do each semester. The JCR, SDR, and F-seminar room will be open 24 hours a day until the end of exam period.

Student organizations interested in booking space during this time are encouraged to reserve rooms at the Student Organization Center at Hilles, the details of which can be found on the Office of Student Life Website,

Thank you for accommodating your fellow students, and best of luck with exams!

2013 Senior Survey Link (Students must login with their HUID)

Tutor on Call

The tutor on-call for the week of May 13-May 19 is Erica Soto in F-14. She can be reached at 3-2226.

Extended Library Hours

Starting on Sunday the library will have extended hours during reading and exam periods. The hours will be as follows:

Sunday – Friday Noon – 2:00 AM
Saturday Noon – 4:00 PM

Fall 2013 Housing Cancellation Deadline

If you are planning NOT to live in College housing in the fall 2013 semester, the deadline to cancel your housing without financial penalty is May 17, 2013. Next steps: The Housing Cancellation form can be found here: You should meet with the House Administrator if you plan to cancel your housing, and I will walk you through the process.

Inter-House Transfer Deadline

If you want to enter the second round of the Inter-House Transfer process, your application is due on May 17, 2013. Note that you must live in your assigned House for TWO semesters before applying to transfer.

Next steps: The Inter-House Transfer form can be found here: I hope you’ll meet with the House Administrator to talk through this decision, since the second round can be a little confusing.

Visit the Office of Student Life website for a full list of housing deadlines:

UHS Announcements

Immunization records after graduation

Print your immunization records to take with you after graduating. Returning students can check immunization compliance status online; compliance is necessary to register for fall term. Access the Patient Login at Contact: HUHS Medical Records, 617-495-2055.

Summer Travel? Check Your Insurance Coverage

If you’re traveling during the summer, familiarize yourself with your health insurance benefits and potential out-of-pocket costs while away. More information:

AY14 Health Insurance Waiver Application Available May 1

The application is available May 1 for students who want to waive the HUSHP Student Health Insurance Plan for fall or full 2014 academic year. Students must have comparable health insurance to be eligible; deadline has changed to July 31, 2013:

Upcoming House Events

Senior Dinner

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Final Exams End

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Move out for all non-graduating students by Noon

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Tutor Appreciation Dinner

Thursday, May 18, 2013

Masters Reception @ 5:00 pm

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Move out for all seniors

Friday, May 31, by 5:00 pm

Commencement Information for Seniors


Tickets for Dunster House Commencement Luncheon are available for pick-up and purchase in Diana’s Office, J-35. We are having a buffet luncheon that will be free for each senior and two guests. Extra tickets will cost $15.00 and must be picked up in the House Office along with your complimentary tickets and please, if possible, try to bring exact change.

Ticket Information

Commencement Exercises in the Yard: From May 7 through May 29, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, seniors can go to the Senior Desk, located at the Harvard Alumni Association Office on the sixth floor of 124 Mount Auburn St. in Cambridge, to pick up the 4 tickets to which they are entitled, and to purchase additional tickets. You must bring your HUID. You cannot send a proxy to pick up your ticket for you. Please note that you must have taken your Senior Survey (which launches May 6) in order to purchase tickets.

IMPORTANT: Kosher lunches for the HUDS Commencement day luncheon still require a regular lunch ticket, and may be ordered directly from Maureen Johannessen ( by May 17, 2013. Extra Kosher lunches will not be readily available that day, so please do be sure to order in advance if you wish to have a Kosher meal on Commencement Day.

Dunster House Commencement Program

The Dunster House program will include your name, concentration, and honors. The program will be distributed to your family and friends just prior to the ceremonies at Dunster. As space permits, we list as many of your Harvard prizes and awards as we can. Because we rely almost exclusively on you for the information about your awards, please report any prizes and awards you have won during ALL four years at Harvard. You can email Diana ( with the information.

Cap & Gown Rentals

Cap and gown rentals are available for pick up from May 23 through May 30! The rental fee is $42 (your Coop member rebate applies to all cap & gown purchases). For more information contact Nancie Scheirer in the Cap & Gown Office:; 617-499-2070;

Not attending the Commencement Ceremony?

If you do not want to participate in the House Commencement Ceremony on May 30, tell Diana ASAP, House Office J-35. If you want your diploma mailed to you, contact the Registrar’s office (there is a charge within US for this mailing), and let Diana know (so when we get to graduation and your diploma is not there, we’ll know why!)


Arrangements have been made for Commencement Photos to photograph each student as the diplomas are presented. If your family plans to do its own photography, please advise them not to interfere with the professional photographers. If you have any questions for photos please contact

Drippy, Runny Red Diploma Folders

Please be advised that the dye in the folders in which the diplomas are enclosed will run if any liquid is spilled on them. The actual diploma will be enclosed in protective plastic. DO NOT THROW this protective plastic away. If the diploma does become stained for whatever reason, you must return it to the Registrar’s Office, Room 201, 20 Garden Street, as soon as possible. It will be replaced at no charge. A delay will cost you $100 for a new one.

If you have any other questions regarding commencement activities and plans, please be sure to contact Diana at or at 617-495-2263. Enjoy the rest of your senior year!

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