Mooseletter – May 7, 2018

Dear Meese,

We can’t believe it’s been a whole year already! Thanks for making our first year in Dunster so special. We are so grateful to be part of such a warm and welcoming community.

Thanks to Tim, Jiho, Emma, Mitch, and the rest of HoCo for all of your hard work putting together all the Stein Clubs, Dunster “downtimes,” the Hoedown, the fall and spring formals, Housing Day, and (of course) the Goat Roast. Dunster would be a very boring place without you.

Thanks to Tim and Emelia and the Grille staff for keeping the Grille open EVERY SINGLE NIGHT this year, and for making the Grille such a fun and inclusive center of House life.

Thanks to Kelley, Donn, Cassandra, and the DHall staff for taking care of us and keeping us fed. We have enjoyed our many conversations in servery!

Thanks to Lucia, Carlos, and the custodial staff for making Dunster such a beautiful place to call home.

Thanks to Michael, Diana, and our amazing Tutors for their kindness and support for the students’ well-being.

And thanks, finally, to Rachel for making the House run so smoothly!

Seniors: we wish you a great Senior Week and we look forward to meeting your families at Commencement.

To everyone else: have an enjoyable and restorative summer, and we’ll see you back in Dunster in the fall!

Your faculty deans,
Sean and Cheryl

From the Office of the Resident Dean
Michael Uy

Dearest Dunster, well this is it, the last Mooseletter of the 2017-18 calendar year. Thank you to the entire house and community for making this first year such a memorable one. Getting to learn a little bit more about you each day gives me hope that Dunsterites will make a difference in this world, making it happier, more thoughtful, more beautiful, more musical, and more caring. Don’t worry, I will hold you to high standards. To the seniors, I look forward to celebrating with you at your dinner on Wednesday. During this last week of finals, please continue to study and work diligently — you are almost there. Please remember quiet hours, please triple check you exam schedule, and please remember our commitment to the Honor Code in the last stretch. Lastly, as you move out, please be considerate of your neighbors and the house staff — would your mom or dad (or grandmother?) be proud of how you leave your room? I’m happy to meet with anyone during this last week.*Forever Moose*

Please remember that there can be no parties during exam period. Any infractions of the noise policy will be strictly addressed. For parties after the last day of final exams, 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.

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, May 8: 10-12 noon
Thursday, May 10: 2-4 pm
Friday, May 11: 2-3 pm
Please feel free drop by for office hours between the times that are indicated above. If these times don’t work and you need alternate times, please email Diana at

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from May 7-14, is Cara Weisman. She resides in Dunster W-316 and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Common Room Use during Reading/Exam
The common rooms cannot be scheduled during the reading and exam periods, and are intended to be used as quiet study spaces for those preparing for exams and writing final papers. All reservation guidelines can be found on the room scheduler page.
For Graduating Seniors
Congratulations to all the graduating seniors! Each year, we ask all members of the graduating class to complete a comprehensive questionnaire about your experiences while at Harvard College. This survey is important because it helps the College to gauge the effectiveness of programs and allows students to provide assessments of both academic and non-academic aspects of College life.

Your responses help guide discussions to strengthen our community for the next generation of Harvard undergraduates. Your comments and scores will be read and considered carefully, and may be shared anonymously – without attribution – with members of our faculty and administration.

To access the survey, please click here:

Complete your survey before noon on Wednesday, May 23. Help is available at should you encounter any problems.

After you have completed the survey, your commencement tickets will be released for pick-up from the Senior Desk at 124 Mount Auburn Street (6th floor) beginning on May 7th (Senior Desk hours are 11am to 3pm). You must wait 24 hours after submitting the survey before your tickets will become available.

Fall 2018 Housing Cancellation Form due May 14
If you plan to cancel your fall housing for any reason, including study abroad, moving to the Dudley Co-op, moving off-campus, or taking a leave of absence, you will need to submit a housing cancellation form for the fall 2018 semester via the Housing Portal.

Be sure to also complete the Returning Student Application via the housing portal by the appropriate OSL deadline for the semester you plan to return. This form allows us the guarantee you college housing when you return to campus, and we would hate for you to end up on the housing waitlist!

Fall 2018 Inter-House Transfer Application (Round II) due May 14
Fall 2018 IHT II applications can be found on the Housing Portal

The College allows current sophomores and juniors to apply as individuals or groups of 2

If you are granted an Inter-House Transfer after submitting an application, you are required by the College to transfer to your new House.

Applying for an Inter-House transfer does not guarantee you will be accepted to your desired House(s)

IHT II decisions are released in the late summer.

The Bureau of Study Counsel is Hiring
Summer course assistants for the Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies taking place over eight days, June 26 through July 6 (excluding July 4 and weekends). The work hours are 3:00 to 5:00 PM, with classes meeting 3:30 to 4:30 PM.

Daily responsibilities include preparing, distributing, and filing course readings and handouts; setting up the classroom space and organizing course materials in the storage space; welcoming participants and monitoring the entryway; attending to the instructor’s and students’ needs as they arise; and providing backup support in operating audiovisual equipment and software. Organization, punctuality, and attention to detail are essential to this position. The rate of pay is $14/hour. A training session, to be scheduled, will take place the week prior to the start of the course on Tuesday, June 26.

For more information, please visit: Please direct inquiries to Amy Lee at

HUHS Announcements
Graduating in May? Your health insurance ends July 31
The Harvard University Student Health Program (HUSHP) expires on July 31. Plan ahead to secure other insurance coverage starting August 1. Learn more about options available for graduating students.

AY19 Health Insurance Waiver Application Available May 1
Beginning May 1, students can apply to waive the HUSHP Student Health Insurance Plan for the fall term or full 2019 academic year. Students must have comparable health insurance to be eligible to waive.

Summer Travel? Check Your Insurance Coverage
If you’re traveling this summer, familiarize yourself with your health insurance benefits and potential out-of-pocket costs while away.

Updating addresses
Graduating students: to ensure that you continue to receive important insurance literature, such as HIPAA letters and tax documents, update your address in the Student Financials tab in my.harvard upon graduating. If you do not have access to my.harvard, please contact your school with the address change.

If you have any questions about health insurance should contact Member Services directly at

May 3, Thursday, through May 12, Saturday
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for spring term courses

May 13, Sunday
Non-graduates must vacate their rooms by noon.

May 24, Thursday
Harvard University Commencement.

May 25, Friday
Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms by 5 pm.

May 28, Monday
University holiday: Memorial Day
Please email submissions to Diana at by Thursday at 5:00 pm 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!