Mooseletter – November 20, 2017

From the Office of the Resident Dean
Michael Uy

Thanksgiving Break

Enjoy the time off! Whether here or away with family and friends, have a great meal, take some time to give thanks, and be safe! Also remember to keep your doors and windows locked and stay warm. If you need any assistance during the break, please contact the tutor on-call or myself.

For those of you who are going to be around, Adams House will be open for meals throughout the Thanksgiving break. Dunster House will reopen for dinner on Sunday, November 26th.

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, November 21: 10-12 noon

Please feel free to come by during the times indicated above. If you wish to make an appointment to see me outside of those times, please email Diana at or call 617-495-2263. My office is at E303H.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from November 20 to November 27 is Jon Palmer. He resides in DeWolfe 10-41 and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Quote of the Week
“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” –Nelson Mandela

From the Bureau of Study Counsel
Preparing for January: Senior Thesis Workshop
Friday, December 1, 1:30-3:00 pm
Develop a plan for your senior thesis work in January. Learn effective writing strategies and ways to manage your time and energy. Register online at

Study @ 5 Linden
Did you know that the BSC offers a great alternative to the usual study spaces on campus? Stop by Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am – 4:30 pm and take advantage of our quiet, cozy study space here at the Bureau of Study Counsel. Drop in for just a quick review of your notes or grab a cup of coffee and a snack and settle in all afternoon to work on that paper. Remember that during Reading Period and Exams, the study space is open Monday through Friday, 10 am – 4:30 pm

Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition
Registration for the Radcliffe Institute’s fourth biennial student competition is now open. Students will compete to design and construct a site-specific installation for prominent display in the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Garden in Radcliffe Yard. We encourage bold, provocative designs that highlight the potential of public art to contribute to intellectual conversations at Harvard and beyond. The winning student or team of students will be awarded a $10,000 honorarium and a construction budget of $40,000. For deadlines, registration, and more details please visit: If you have any questions, please contact or call 617-495-8185.

Important Dates
November 22, Wednesday, through November 26, Sunday
Thanksgiving recess.

December 1, Friday
Last day of fall term classes.

December 2, Saturday
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 fall term upon which undergraduates will ordinarily be granted a leave of absence from the College.

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

December 2, Saturday, through December 8, Friday
December 9, Saturday, through December 19, Tuesday
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for fall term courses.
December 20, Wednesday
Upperclassmen must vacate the Houses by 5 pm.

Students not continuing in residence for spring term 2018 must leave their rooms by noon.

Students transferring from one House to another must move on this day after noon. Check with your new House Administrator for a specific time.
December 20, 2016, Wednesday, through January 21, 2018, Sunday
Winter recess.
January 12, Friday, through January 21, Sunday
January 12, Friday
All Houses and Dorms open at 9 am for the spring term.
January 15, Monday
University holiday: Martin Luther King Day.

Spring Term
For specific times and locations, refer to the Registrar’s website.

January 17, Wednesday
Online check-in opens on my.harvard
January 22, Monday
Last day for all undergraduates to check-in online.
January 22, Monday
Spring term begins. First meeting of spring term classes.
Please email submissions to Diana at by Thursday at 5:00 pm for Monday publication.
Diana G. Hovsepian
Dunster House Academic Coordinator
945 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02138

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About hovsep

Welcome back to Dunster! I have been the administrative assistant to the Dean since 2009: managing student records, answering your academic questions, and coordinating Commencement and other House events. 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. Every Monday, I publish the Mooseletter in the dining hall and in your inboxes with news from our offices, which includes academic deadlines, upcoming House events, and information you will find useful. If you find that you have any questions about academics, need to get in contact with the Dean or just want to chat, please stop by! When I am not in Dunster, I am spending time with my family and two Boston Terriers in Bedford, MA. I also love reading, traveling, watching movies, and I am always on the lookout for recommendations if you have any! Let's have another great year in Dunster!