Mooseletter – October 15, 2018

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Dearest Meese, I know for some of you, the start of this week is particularly hard, with the very sad news of our beloved John Pomeroy, and the beginning of the Harvard admissions law suit. Please know you are all in our thoughts. The faculty deans, the staff, the tutors, and I are happy to meet with you and talk with you. Be kind to, and generous with, each other. As Sean and Cheryl’s email notes, we will have a gathering for John at 4pm today (Monday) in the JCR. Continuing with our steady march through the semester, please keep in mind that next Monday, October 22nd is the Seventh Monday, which is the deadline to withdraw from a class. Withdrawing from a class can make a lot of sense, and definitely is not the end of the world. The class will be marked on your transcript but it won’t affect your gpa. This is the time of year when mid-term exams and papers build to a quick pace. Remember to reach out to your teaching fellows, professors, tutors, and myself when you need advice and assistance. Come by my office hours to fill me in on how your semester is going so far — the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, October 16: 10-12 noon
Thursday, October 18: 2-4 pm
Friday, October 19: 2-4 pm

Please feel free to stop by during open office hours. If you wish to make an appointment or to see me outside of those times, please email Diana at I am 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.

Tutor On-Call
Juliet Musabeyezu is the tutor on-call from October 15-22. She resides in Dunster E-308 and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in case of an emergency.

IM Schedule for this Week
Week of 10/15
Tuesday 10/16- Volleyball A vs. Kirkland- 9:00 pm (MAC)
Wednesday 10/17- Soccer vs. Leverett (Cumnock)
Thursday 10/18- Ultimate Frisbee vs. Winthrop- 8:00 pm (Stadium)
Thursday 10/18- Volleyball B vs. Leverett- 9:00 pm (MAC)

Head of the Charles
Friday, October 19, to Sunday, October 21
We look forward to cheering on Dunster students as they row in this historic event!

Faculty Deans’ Open House
October 21, Sunday
7:30-9 pm, Faculty Deans’ Residence

Spring Faculty-Student Dinner
Registration Required
Tuesday, October 30
Reception 5:30-6:00 pm Dinner in Dining Hall 6:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Sunday, October 21, at midnight

Space is limited, and seats are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis
Please invite only 1 Professor/TF per group
Only one person, the student group leader should complete the registration form
Ask the professor whether others have invited him/her before registering and, if so, form a small group.

Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting
Do you collect books of a certain type, on a particular topic or theme, or for a special reason? If so, enter this year’s Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize competition. The first prize is $3,000, the second $1,500, and the third $750. For more detailed information please visit:

If you’re interested in entering the Competition, notify Marty Schreiner, the Librarian of Lamont Library and Director of Maps, Media, Data and Government Information, of your intention to apply by sending an e-mail to by December 14, 2018. The deadline for submitting an essay and annotated bibliography describing your collection is February 15, 2019.

Upcoming Workshops & Discussions at the Bureau of Study Counsel
Attending to Attention: Strategies for Focus and Concentration
Wednesday, October 17, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Develop strategies to manage difficulties with attention. To register, email

Living and Learning with a Chronic Medical Condition
Friday, October 19, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Get support and explore strategies to help you participate in your life and learning while managing the realities of a chronic medical condition. To register, email

Time Management
Monday, October 22, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Identify your priorities, learn how to plan and manage your time more effectively, and develop strategies for dealing with challenges. Register at

Getting in Gear: Engaging with Your Senior Thesis
Monday, October 22, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Learn how to discern the guiding question of your thesis; structure your narrative of inquiry; manage energy, anxiety, time, and tasks; cultivate critical and creative thinking. Register at

Procrastination: When Willpower Isn’t Enough
Thursday, October 25, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Explore contributing factors and learn practical and attitudinal tools. Pairs well with Perfectionism: A Single-Edged Sword on November 1. Register at

Life after the Team: For Former Varsity Athletes
Friday, October 26, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
A space where former collegiate varsity athletes at Harvard can discuss the challenges and opportunities that result from no longer being on a Harvard varsity team. Register at

Getting Started Writing Papers
Friday, October 26, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Find ways to get your papers started and done (on time); from an idea to a final draft. To register, email

Important Dates
October 19, Friday
Deadline for applying for spring housing if you were not living in student housing during the fall term. The Returning Student Housing Application can be found here.

October 22, Monday

Last day upon which students may withdraw from a fall term course, a notation of WD will be permanently recorded on the transcript. After this date students are responsible for all courses in which they are enrolled.

October 29, Monday
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. See the chart under Financial Information for details of room and board charges.

November 2, Friday through November 3, Saturday
First-Year Family Weekend.

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.

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.

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
All first-year students must vacate the dorms by 3 pm. 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.
Please email submissions to Diana at by Thursday, 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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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!