Mooseletter – November 6, 2017

From the Office of the Resident Dean
Michael Uy

Hi Meese! We’re almost there, we’re almost there. Keep your head’s up and know that we’re all cheering for you. You gotta find reasons to celebrate, and the main reason this week is that our wonderful and bright-eyed sophomores are declaring their concentrations by Thursday! If you’re a big moose, show your little moose some love. If you’re a little moose, then “congratulations”! And even if you’re not completely, 100% sold on Applied Math with a secondary in Economics, don’t fret. There’s still plenty of time to change your concentration. I mean, your resident dean was pre-med before he took an amazing seminar on the viola da gamba. In case you want to come see me, there’s a slight change in my office hours, so be advised. As always, wash your hands, get sleep, exercise, drink water, and eat well. *Long live the little moose*

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, November 7: 10-12 noon
Wednesday, November 8: 4-5 pm

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

The Harvard College Honor Code
Members of the Harvard College community commit themselves to producing academic work of integrity – that is, work that adheres to the scholarly and intellectual standards of accurate attribution of sources, appropriate collection and use of data, and transparent acknowledgement of the contribution of others to their ideas, discoveries, interpretations, and conclusions. Cheating on exams or problem sets, plagiarizing or misrepresenting the ideas or language of someone else as one’s own, falsifying data, or any other instance of academic dishonesty violates the standards of our community, as well as the standards of the wider world of learning and affairs.

Final Exam Schedule
The Fall 2017 Three-Hour Exam Schedule is available on the Registrar’s website. Locations will be added shortly.

Conflict with Another Exam
If you have a conflict between exams on the Three-Hour Exam Schedule, we are 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 (known as an out of sequence exam). The details for out of sequence exams will be sent mid-November, and no student action is needed to facilitate this process. If you have a conflict involving an exam that does not appear on the Three-Hour Exam Schedule, please email the Registrar’s Office immediately, as student action is required.

Exams In Absentia
Students requesting to take an exam In Absentia must submit a petition to the Administrative Board (facilitated by your Allston Burr Resident Dean) and an Application for In Absentia Examination. The application is due to the Exams Office at the same time as the Administrative Board petition and must be completed in its entirety before it may be submitted. You are responsible for finding a suitable proctor to administer the exam In Absentia. Contact your Allston Burr Resident Dean or the Registrar’s Office if you have questions about finding a proctor. If you are taking more than one exam In Absentia you must submit a separate application for each course.

Request for Rescheduled (Out of Sequence) Exam due to Religious Observance
To reschedule an exam due to a religious observance conflict, complete the Religious Out of Sequence Exam Request Form by Thursday, November 9th. Conflicts reported after the deadline may not be possible to accommodate or may result in a makeup exam scheduled for the following term.

Accessible Education Office
Students who are already registered with the Accessible Education Office (AEO) and currently receive accommodations will receive final exam information from the Registrar’s Office in mid-November. If you are not currently registered with AEO but anticipate needing disability- or health-related accommodations for final exams, contact AEO by Thursday, November 9th or exam accommodations will not be possible. Only newly acquired injuries or unanticipated illnesses may be accommodated after the November 9th deadline. Please contact AEO with any questions.

Thank you for your attention to these deadlines. Please email or call (617-495-1542) the Registrar’s Office with any additional questions or concerns.

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

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from November 6-13 is Andrew Chael. He resides in Dunster W-110 can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Fall Faculty-Student Dinner

The Faculty-Student Dinner will be held on Wednesday, November 8. A reception will take place in the Court Yard Lounge from 5:30-6:00 pm, followed by dinner in the Dunster House Dining Hall at 6:00 pm. RSVP Required. Space is Limited.

Study Break
Led By the Dunster Peer Research Fellow and Non-Resident Writing Tutor
November 14, 9:00 pm -10:00 pm, Small Dining Room

Need some help with your paper, don’t know where to start? Need some help revising or researching?
The Peer Research Fellow, Seniha Ipekci, and writing tutor, Chance Bonar, will be hosting a Study Break from 9-10 on Tuesday in the Small Dining Room. Please come if you have any research/writing questions or just want to work on a paper. Some snacks will be provided!

HUDS Announcement
The Dunster House Dining Hall will close on November 22 after lunch, and reopen on November 26th for dinner. The Adams House Dining Hall will remain open throughout the Thanksgiving Break. Additional information can be found on the HUDS website.

HUHS Information
Traveling abroad and need prescriptions? Complete the prescription Travel Override Worksheet and return it to Member Services with a copy of your official travel itinerary. If you have questions about health insurance please contact Member Services directly at

Help Stop Mumps – Prevention is centered on Good Hygiene!
– Always cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
– Wash your hands frequently.
– Dispose of used tissues and other similar objects appropriately.
– Do not share glasses, eating utensils, water bottles, etc.

HUHS recommends that if you are experiencing facial swelling, jaw pain, ear ache, or testicular swelling, you should refrain from public activities and contact HUHS at 617-495-5711 to be evaluated, even if you have been vaccinated.

Visual Eloquence
A Hands-on Workshop for Creating Effective Data Visualizations
Join the Digital Futures Consortium for a participatory workshop on visualizing data and understanding the powerful role it plays in analysis and presentation for digital scholarship. The workshop will feature brief presentations, a hands-on exercise working with a dataset to create a visual presentation, and a discussion followed by pizza. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own data projects or challenges for an open lab session afterward. No programming or data expertise is necessary. Co-presented by Harvard Library, Arts & Humanities Research Computing, and Digital History at Harvard. Registration is free: The workshop will be available on November 7 or 8, 2017, 4:00pm – 6:30pm, Lamont Library B-30 Collaborative Learning Space.

From the Bureau of Study Counsel
Getting Started Writing Papers
Tuesday, November 7, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Find ways to get your papers started and done (on time); from an idea to a final draft. To register, email Aurora Sanfeliz –

Learning in a Context of Loss
Wednesday, November 15, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
For students who have experienced the death of someone who mattered to them. Explore how your learning is influenced by your experience of loss (and vice versa). 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 p.m. 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 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Important Dates
November 6, Monday
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 Housing Contract Cancellation form for students who have submitted a Returning Student Housing Application for the spring term without financial penalty.

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

November 9, Thursday
Declaration of Concentration due for class of 2020.

November 10, Friday
University holiday: Veterans’ Day (observed for staff). Classes will be held on a regular Friday Schedule.

November 13, Monday
Final degree applications for March 2018 Degree Candidates due.

Last day to change concentration for March 2018 Degree Candidates without Administrative Board approval.

Last day upon which March 2018 Degree Candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.

Last day upon which March 2018 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 2018, must file an Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.

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!