Mooseletter – November 5, 2018

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
And in the blink of an eye, it’s as if the seasons have changed. Daylight saving time has ended, the leaves have turned — by the way, have you seen those beautiful red-leaved trees right by Weeks bridge? #Instaworthy — and goodness gracious, Thanksgiving is just a fortnight away. As you continue to work hard and study hard, two big events are happening this week. Of course you know of the mid-term elections on Tuesday. If you’re registered through your Dunster address, then your polling place is right across the street at Quincy. And on Thursday, we celebrate our littlest of meese — our beloved sophomores — as they declare their concentrations! Woohoo! Congratulations to you all! Dearest Dunster, please remember to vote, wash your hands, eat well, sleep, exercise, and be kind and generous to one another. *Dunster Love*

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, November 6: 10-12 noon
Thursday, November 8: 2-4
Friday, November 9: 2-4

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 My office is at E303H.

Reminder about Parties
Register, register, register. If you plan on having anything resembling a gathering with music, loud conversation, and possibly alcohol, just register it. And remember, quiet hours still apply to the common and music rooms after 11 pm each night.

The Fall 2018 Final Exam Schedule
Address exam conflicts
If you have conflicts between exams on the Fall 2018 Final Exam Schedule, no action is needed. The Registrar’s Office is aware of your conflict and will automatically resolve it by scheduling a separate time for you to take one of the exams within 24 hours of the original exam time (Out of Sequence Exam). You will be notified of the alternative time in mid-November.

If you have conflicts with exams that are not on the Final Exam Schedule, contact the Registrar’s Office immediately at

If you have a different conflict, please contact your Resident Dean.

If needed, take action to reschedule or request accommodations for your exams
The deadline to reschedule an exam due to conflict with religious observance is Friday, November 9th.

To reschedule, complete the Religious Out of Sequence Exam Request Form by the deadline. Conflicts reported after the deadline may not be possible to accommodate or may result in a makeup exam scheduled for the following term.

Deadline to register with the Accessible Education Office (AEO) to guarantee final exam accommodations.

If you experience new or updated diagnoses or temporary injuries after this deadline, you should contact AEO at as soon as possible.

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
Monday. November 12
Veterans Day (observed for staff)
Classes will be held on a regular Monday Schedule

Thursday, December 6
Reading period begins and runs through December 11th

Wednesday, December 12
Exam period begins and runs through December 20th

Tutor On-Call
Nirisi Angulo is the tutor on-call from November 5-12 is. She resides in DeWolfe 10-65 and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

From the Bureau of Study Counsel
November 7, 2018
Keeping Ourselves Accountable
Repeats every week every Wednesday until December 19, 2018, except November 21, 2018.
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: BSC, 5 Linden Street

Bring in your academic work and join fellow students and a BSC counselor as we share and explore our common experiences and challenges with staying focused and getting our work done. We will discuss strategies for staying on target as we spend time each session working independently in this supportive, group setting. Join us every week or once in a while. To register, email

November 8, 2018
Commitment and Overcommitment
3:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: BSC, 5 Linden Street
An opportunity to reconsider where and how we commit our energy, time, and attention and how we make choices about what to prioritize in our lives. What drives us to overcommit? How do we experience the benefits and burdens of our approach to commitment? What might a different approach involve? How might we connect to our fundamental sources of meaning and motivation?

November 14, 2018
Keeping Ourselves Accountable
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: BSC, 5 Linden Street

Bring in your academic work and join fellow students and a BSC counselor as we share and explore our common experiences and challenges with staying focused and getting our work done. We will discuss strategies for staying on target as we spend time each session working independently in this supportive, group setting. Join us every week or once in a while. To register, email

November 14, 2018
Learning in a Context of Loss
3:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: BSC, 5 Linden Street
HUDS Announcement
The Dunster House Dining Hall will close on November 20 after dinner and reopen on November 25th for dinner. The Currier House Dining Hall will remain open throughout the Thanksgiving Break. Additional information can be found on the HUDS website.

From the House Administrator, Rachel Barbarisi
Below I’ve included some important housing deadline information. If you’re planning to cancel your housing or apply for an Inter-House transfer, please email me so I can confirm the College received your form, and walk you through what this means for you, your roommate(s), and your future housing accommodations. As always, don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions by emailing me at, or stopping by E303G.

Spring 2019 Inter-House Transfer Form Due Monday, November 12th|
The Spring 2019 Inter-House Transfer closes Monday, November 12th , at 11:55 p.m.
The IHT form can be found on the (new) Housing Portal. Click on Housing Forms, and then Spring Interhouse Transfer.

Current juniors and seniors are eligible to apply as individuals or groups of 2.

If you’re granted an Inter-House Transfer, 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)

Detailed information about the application process can be found on the DSO website, here.

Spring 2019 Housing Cancellation Form Due Monday, November 12th
If you plan to cancel your spring housing for any reason, including to study abroad, move to the Dudley Co-op or off-campus, or take a leave of absence, you will need to submit a housing cancellation form for the Spring 2019 semester via the (old) Housing Portal.

It is always the student’s responsibility to cancel his or her housing. Receiving approval for a voluntary leave or study abroad program does not automatically cancel your housing.

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

The deadline to cancel your housing without financial penalty is November 12th. Click here to see the fees that apply beginning November 13.

If you intend to take a leave of absence or to study abroad in spring 2019, be sure to notify the Resident Dean’s Office by emailing Michael at, and Diana at as this is separate from the enrollment process.

Winter Break Housing Application
The Winter Break housing application is open now on the (new) residential portal.

The application is meant for students who have a need to remain on campus between Friday, December 21 and January 17. All students may return to campus for Wintersession, which begins at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019.

All students received an email from the Dean of Students Office on October 15th with the winter break housing application link, as well as application and eligibility guidelines.

The winter housing application is managed by the Dean of Students Office, which can be reached for questions at

General information regarding the application and eligibility guidelines can also be found here:

The application dates are included below. No applications are accepted after November 26th.

Application Submitted Late Fee Assessed Decision Sent
October 12 – November 2 None Friday, November 16
November 3 – 16 None Monday, November 26
November 17 – 26 $50 Monday, December 3
College move-out date for those not approved for winter break housing is Friday, December 21, by 5:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. for students not-returning for the spring and IHT Students).

Important Dates
November 8, Thursday
Declaration of Concentration due for class of 2021.

November 12, Monday
University holiday: Veterans’ Day (observed for staff). Classes will be held on a regular Monday Schedule.

Deadline for students in the fall term to notify the College they are not returning to the College housing for the spring term without financial penalty.

Deadline to submit a spring term Inter-House Transfer Application.

November 16, Friday
Final degree applications for March 2019 Degree Candidates due.

Last day to change concentration for March 2019 Degree Candidates without Administrative Board approval.

Last day upon which March 2019 Degree Candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.

Last day upon which March 2019 Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.

Advanced Standing-eligible students planning to graduate after six or seven terms in March 2019, or to begin a fourth year AM program in spring term 2019, must file an Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.

November 21, Wednesday, through November 25, Sunday
Thanksgiving recess.

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. See the chart under

Financial Information for details of room and board charges.

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.
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!