Mooseletter – November 9, 2015

From the Office of the Dean
Carlos E. Díaz Rosillo

Issues of the Week

Class of 2018 Plans of Study (Declaration of Concentration) are due on Thursday, November 12th.

Final Exam Schedule
The Fall 2015 Three-Hour Exam schedule is available on the Registrar’s website. Exam locations will be added shortly.

Conflict with another Exam
If you have a conflict between exams on the Three-Hour Exam Schedule, 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 (this is referred to as an out of sequence exam). The details for out of sequence exams will be sent by 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 exams@fas.harvard.edu immediately.

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.

Carlos’s Office Hours
Monday, 11/9: 10-noon, open hours
Tuesday, 11/10: 10-noon, open hours
Thursday, 11/12: 2-5 pm, by appointment

Please drop by for open office hours between the times that are indicated above. To sign up for an appointment please email Diana at hovsep@fas.harvard.edu. If these times don’t work, email me at dunsterhousedean@fas.harvard.edu or call the House office 5-2263 or for alternate times. My office is at E303H.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from November 9 to November 16 is Andrew Chael. He resides in Dunster W-110 and can be reached at 505-974-0538 in the event of an emergency.

Answer to Last Week’s Riddle:
Question: With thieves I consort, with the vilest, in short, I’m quite at ease in depravity; Yet all divines use me, and savants can’t lose me, For I am the center of gravity!
Answer: The letter “V” 

Quote for the Week
The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.
― Daniel J. Boorstin

Important Dates
November 11, Wednesday
University holiday: Veterans’ Day (observed for staff). Classes will be held on a regular Wednesday Schedule.

November 12, Thursday
Plans of Study/Declaration of Concentration due for class of 2018.

November 16, Monday
Final degree applications for March 2016 Degree Candidates due.

Last day to change concentration for March 2016 Degree Candidates without Administrative Board approval.

Last day upon which March 2016 Degree Candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.

Last day upon which March 2016 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 2017, or to begin a fourth year AM program in spring term 2016, must file an

Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.

November 25, Wednesday, through November 29, Sunday
Thanksgiving recess.

December 3, Thursday
Last day of fall term classes.

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

December 4, Friday
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.

December 4, Friday, through December 10, Thursday
READING PERIOD

December 11, Friday, through December 21, Monday
EXAMINATION PERIOD
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for fall term courses.

December 22, Tuesday
Upperclass students must vacate the Houses by 5 pm.

Students not continuing in residence for spring term 2016 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 22, 2015, Tuesday, through January 24, 2016, Sunday
Winter recess.

January 15, Friday, through January 24, Sunday
Wintersession.

January 15, Friday
All Houses and Dorms open at 9 am for the spring term.

January 18, Monday
University Holiday: Martin Luther King Day.

Tutor Spotlight – Gregory Davis
WHERE IS YOUR HOMETOWN?
Detroit, MI
TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT WHERE YOU GREW UP.
You actually have to drive South to get to Canada!
DO YOU HAVE ANY SIBLINGS AND PETS AT HOME?
Two siblings – an older brother and sister. I’m getting a cat next month!
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU MISS ABOUT HOME?
My mother and some choice friends from high school.
ARE YOU A “MORNING PERSON”?
Definitely. The sun rises right in my window and wakes me up super early.
IS THERE A TV SHOW(S) YOU’VE BEEN MEANING TO WATCH?
Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder make my life, but Minority Report is pretty good.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF BEING A TUTOR?
I love putting on events and seeing the students come out. I hope I make their days a little special, at least.
WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE PART OF BEING A TUTOR?
Not having enough time to get to know everyone and figure out the best ways to help.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HUDS MEAL?
I love everything! The chicken parm, the desserts, the waffles every morning. The chili at lunch is everything.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HUDS DESSERT?
They had this caramel cheesecake the other day, and it was so complicated, but so good!
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
My height. I’m 6’9” and that is very unusual. I stink at Hide ‘n’ Seek, but I can reach almost anything.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU WANT PEOPLE TO NOTICE ABOUT YOU?
This is a loaded question. Probably my sincerity and willingness to spend time and energy on others.
WHAT KIND OF MOVIES DO YOU LIKE?
I love small quirky movies, like Scott Pilgrim and then big action films like Captain America.
WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE ACTORS?
I love Jesse Williams and Michael B. Jordan, Kerry Washington and Viola Davis.
WHAT BOOKS HAVE YOU READ RECENTLY THAT YOU RECOMMEND?
Reproducing Racism by Daria Roithmayr is an excellent and accessible book about the intractability of modern inequality.
WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
I recently traveled to Cappadocia, Turkey for a UNESCO summer university. It was a magical experience.
WHAT IS A HOBBY YOU WISH YOU HAD MORE TIME FOR?
I don’t have any hobbies! *tear* I’ve been in college for 10 years and never developed any, haha.
TELL US SOMETHING ADVENTUROUS YOU HAVE DONE.
I went to law school in Los Angeles – where I had never been and had no network – at almost a moment’s notice. It was a crazy experience, but made me a much stronger person than I ever thought I’d become.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HARVARD MEMORY? FAVORITE DUNSTER MEMORY?
My favorite Harvard memory is going to the African & African American Studies Graduation last year, and seeing so many people come out for such an amazing event celebrating students and faculty. At Dunster, the lighting of the bell tower and the BBQ was a highlight, for sure.
WHAT WAS YOUR UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION LIFE LIKE?
I went to Morehouse College, a Historically Black, all-male, college. It was a wonderful place full of leadership training, diverse perspectives and backgrounds, and plenty of opportunity to grow and research.
IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WANT ALL HARVARD UNDERGRADS TO KNOW (EITHER ABOUT SCHOOL LIFE OR YOURSELF?)
A Harvard College education is an immensely profound and important thing to obtain. The only way to get all the fruits of your degree is to be who you’re meant to be, not who you feel you ‘should’ be.
TELL US SOMETHING WE PROBABLY DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I watch General Hospital – everyday!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT DUNSTER HOUSE?
The dining hall staff – they are extremely talented and always professional.

Tutor Office Hours
Andrew Chael – Physics and BGLTQ
Tuesday, 9:00-10:00 pm

Gregory Davis – BGLTQ, Race Relations
Fridays, 4:00-5:00 pm

Soledad Prillaman – Government, SASH
Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 pm

Ridge Prillaman – Business, Public Service
Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 pm

Erica Brown Soto – Languages and Literature
Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm (in the study nook next to W214)

Odeviz Soto – Religion and Sophomore Advising
Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm (in the study nook next to W214)

Rob Sinnott – Business and Statistics
Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 pm

Daniel Sullivan – Economics
Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 pm

Office Hours by Appointment
Katie Anderson – Medicine
Email: katieanderson94@gmail.com

Jose Bengochea – Pre-Law
Email: jbengochea@jd16.law.harvard.edu

Max Darnell – Engineering/Biology
Email: mcdarnell@gmail.com

Jennifer Hsiao – Biology and Music
Email: hsiao@fas.harvard.edu

Gregory Leya – Medicine
Email: gregleya@gmail.com

Kenneth Skinner – Chemistry/Biology
Email: kskinner@fas.harvard.edu

Patricia Smith – Pre-Career/Business, BGLTQ
Email: pattysmith19@gmail.com

Jeffrey Stout – Fellowships, Physics, and History of Science
Email: jeffrey_stout@hst.harvard.edu

Bekah Stout – Fellowships, Music and Literature
Email: rstout@fas.harvard.edu

Anna Marie Wagner – Pre-Career, Business, Sash, Wellness
Email: annamariewagner@gmail.com
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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!