Mooseletter – October 15, 2013

From the Office of the Resident Dean
Carlos E. Díaz Rosillo

Reaching Out
This is the time of year when mid-term exams and papers build to a feverish pace. Please remember to reach out to your teaching fellows, professors, tutors, and myself when you need advice and assistance. We are here to support and help you! Please take advantage of all the resources Harvard has to offer in making important decisions and in crafting your work!

Tuesday, 10/15: 10:00-noon, open hours
Thursday, 10/17: 9:00-noon, open hours
Friday, 10/18: 1:00-3:00, by appointment

If you have an appointment or want to chat, stop by Diana’s office first (J-35), so that if I am with a student or on the phone I may have a heads-up about you being there. Thanks!

The tutor on call for the week of October 14-21 is Mazen Elfakhani, who in case of emergency can be reached at J-21 or 617-493-2325.
Mondays – Thursdays: 6:00 pm – 1:00 am
Fridays and Saturdays: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sundays: 12:00 pm – 1:00 am
We will have extended library hours during reading and exam periods.
Sponsored Nutrition Consultations on 10/23 from 5-8pm
Sign up for a 20-minute consultation with a nutritionist and get your food and nutrition questions answered. Consultations will be held from 5-8pm in the Junior Common Room. Sign up for a slot by emailing by 10/21. Spots are limited, so sign up soon!

Attending to Attention: Strategies for Focus and Concentration
Wednesday, 10/16, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
5 Linden Street
Develop strategies to manage difficulties with attention. To register, email Jennifer Page Hughes at

Maximizing Your Approach to Learning
Friday, 10/18, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
5 Linden Street
Identify your learning style and develop strategies to help you learn more effectively. To register, email Jennifer Page Hughes at or Claire Shindler at

Real Talk: Gender Violence Prevention and Dating
Friday, 10/18, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
5 Linden Street
In collaboration with Harvard Men Against Rape (HMAR) and Consent Assault Awareness and Relationship Educators (CAARE). Student-led conversation about ideas and life. No registration required.

Study @ 5 Linden
Tuesdays 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Thursdays 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
5 Linden Street
A quiet and cozy place to study. Self-serve coffee and snacks.

For more information, please go to

October 16, Wednesday
Application deadline for registered non-resident students who wish guaranteed housing in their House of previous residence for spring term.

Deadline for Returning Student Housing Application for spring term.

October 17, Thursday
Faculty Student Dinner, 5:30 pm
Masters’ Residence/Dining Hall

October 19-20, Saturday and Sunday
Head of the Charles

October 20, Saturday
Masters’ Open House, 8:30-9:30 pm
Masters’ Residence

October 21, Monday
Last day upon which students may withdraw from a fall term course. After this date students are responsible for all courses in which they are enrolled.

October 25, Friday
Students leaving the College by this date are charged one half of tuition and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged three quarters of those costs.

November 1 through November 2, Friday-Saturday
Freshman Parents Weekend. (Parents may attend classes on Friday.)

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

November 11, Monday
Deadline for students in the fall term to notify the College they are not returning to the College housing for the spring term.

Deadline to submit a Housing Contract Cancellation form for students who have submitted a Returning Student Housing Application for the spring term.

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

November 13, Wednesday
Plans of Study/Declaration of Concentration due for class of 2016.
Pre-Term Planning due for all undergraduates.

November 18, Monday
Final degree applications for March 2014 Degree Candidates due.

Last day to change concentration for March 2014 Degree Candidates without Administrative Board approval.

Last day upon which March 2014 Degree Candidates may submit a completed and signed foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.

Last day upon which March 2014 Degree Candidates may submit a completed and signed 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 2015, or to begin a fourth year AM program in spring term 2014, must file Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.

November 27, Wednesday, through December 1, Sunday
Thanksgiving recess.

December 2, Monday
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.

December 5, Thursday
Last day in the fall term upon which undergraduates will ordinarily be granted a leave of absence from the College.

December 5, Thursday, through December 11, Wednesday

(all office hours are held in the dining hall)

Mondays, 1:30-3:30 pm
Karin Jentoft – Pre-Career

Mondays, 6-7 pm
Kenneth Skinner – Chemistry/Biology

Mondays, 7:30-9:30 pm David Fenning – Engineering, Physics, & Public Service

Mondays, 7:30-9:30 pm
Margaret Roberts – Government & Public Service

Mondays, 8-9 pm
Seth Herbst – Music & English

Mondays, 8-9 pm
Jing Li – Economics

Mondays, 8-10 pm
Hiro Yoshie – History

Mondays, 9-11 pm
Avik Chatterjee – Medicine, Public Health

Tuesdays, 7-8 pm
Bryan Kate – Computer Science

Tuesdays, 7-9 pm
Mazen Elfakhani – Sociology

Tuesdays & Wednesdays 7-8 pm
Marina Nunez – Spanish Table

Wednesdays, 8-9 pm
Odeviz Soto – Religion & Sophomore Advising

Thursdays, 8-9 pm
Ricardo Pérez Truglia – Economics

Sundays, 3-5 pm
Adam Braskich – Pre-Law

Office hours by appointment; please contact Katie at
Katharine Parodi – Wellness & SASH

Office hours by appointment; please contact Erica at
Erica Brown Soto – Wellness, Languages & Literature

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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!