Mooseletter – November 26, 2018

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Dearest Meese — let’s finish this last week of classes strong! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. I ate a lot of turkey stuffing and desserts, cried a little bit watching the movie Lion, and fell asleep during A Wrinkle in Time (sorry, Oprah). Good luck and good effort as we come up to reading period. Please, please be mindful of your final psets, papers, and projects, ensuring that your work is in alignment with our Honor Code. When in doubt, ask! And congratulations to our newly elected Dunster House Committee, as well as thank you to our outgoing team led by Emma and Mitch.

As a separate and final note, some of you may have read the moose droppings posting before Thanksgiving involving the disgusting and completely unacceptable entrance and violation of a Dunsterite’s room after the Harvard Yale game. We so sincerely hope that no fellow Moose would ever even come close to committing such a horrible act, and that a Moose would say something if they knew information, or do something if they saw something happening. I am happy to meet with anyone about the incident.

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, November 27: 10-12 noon
Thursday, November 29: 2-4 pm
Friday, December 30: 2-4 pm

Please feel free to come by for open office hours between the times that are indicated above. To sign up for an appointment please email Diana at If these times don’t work, email Diana for alternate times. My office is at E3 03H.

Remember that no parties are allowed during reading or exam period. The tutors will be enforcing this policy. Thanks for your cooperation in making Dunster a studious space!

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from November 26 to December 4 is Andrew Chael. He resides in Dunster W-110 and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Dunster IM Schedule for this week
Tuesday, 11/27- Basketball C vs. Lev- 9:00 pm (MAC)
Thursday, 11/29- Basketball B vs. Cabot- 7:00 pm (QRAC)

Flu Vaccination Clinics
Harvard University Health Services will be giving flu vaccine on a walk-in basis to adults in the Harvard community at the various locations, dates, and times listed below.
Every Monday and Tuesday (except University holidays)
12:00pm – 3:00pm
75 Mt. Auburn Street, Monks Conference Room, 6th Floor

Summer Research Opportunities
Summer Research Opportunities Awareness – November 26-December 7
Now that the fall term is winding down, believe it or not, it is time to begin making plans if you are considering undertaking some kind of research experience during the summer of 2019. Most summer opportunities and programs have application deadlines soon after your return following the Wintersession break, so you are encouraged to attend these seminars and activities devoted to undergraduate research. For details visit:

Uraf at Annenberg: Advising Corner
Monday, November 26, 12:00-2:00pm
Annenberg Hall
URAF will be at Annenberg Hall during lunch hours to connect with first-year students about research opportunities for all concentrations!

Info Session: Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program in Biotechnology
Tuesday, November 27, 4:00-5:00pm
Harvard Hall, Room 102
Learn about Harvard’s Amgen 10-week intensive summer research program, one of 13 Amgen U.S. Programs and 5 Asia programs that support research in biotechnology. The Harvard program includes faculty projects in FAS science departments, SEAS, the Wyss Institute for Biologically-inspired Engineering, and the School of Medicine. All Amgen programs are open to rising juniors and seniors in biotechnology-related fields.

Quote of the Week
The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson. – Tom Bodett

Important Dates
December 5, Wednesday
Last day of fall term classes.

December 6, Thursday
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 6, Thursday, through December 11, Tuesday

December 12, Wednesday, through December 20, Thursday
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for fall term courses.

December 21, Friday
Upperclassmen must vacate the Houses by 5 pm.

Students not continuing in residence for spring term 2019 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 21, 2018, Friday, through January 27, 2019, Sunday
Winter recess.

January 16, Wednesday
Online check-in opens on my.harvard

January 18, Friday, through January 27, Sunday

January 18, Friday
All Houses and Dorms open at 9 am for the spring term.

January 21, Monday
University holiday: Martin Luther King Day.

January 28, Monday
Last day for all undergraduates to check-in online.

January 28, Monday
Spring term begins. First meeting of spring term classes.

February 1, Friday
Course registrations for all students (upperclassmen, first-year students, visiting undergraduates, and new transfer students) are due by 11:59 pm.

Students must submit enrollments for their minimum course load – typically 16 credits – on my.harvard by 11:59 pm. Students who do not submit enrollments by this time will be charged a fee. After this date students must obtain permission from all instructors to enroll in courses.
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

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!