Mooseletter – October 2, 2017

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Dearest meese, as you well know, Monday, October 2nd is the deadline for adding and dropping a course and changing from a letter grade to pass fail. Even after today though, all is not lost — you still have two more weeks during which you can withdraw from a class without having it affect your gpa. As I write, the vast majority of you must now be in the thick of midterms, papers, and problem sets. In these grim days with the sun setting earlier and earlier, it’s important for me to remind you of the importance of the academic, curricular aspect of your Harvard experience. Part of that is putting in the hours and the energy to maximize the power of your brain cells. Part of that is opening your minds to new and enlightening ideas. And part of that is abiding by Harvard’s Honor Code. Know that there are always resources to help you and that if you have any questions or concerns, that you should reach out to your professors, TFs, and resident dean.

Pass/Fail: The form is located in the student’s document center at my.Harvard. You will choose the course and the option, print the form, obtain the signature of the instructor, advisor, and mine. Then the form must be taken to the Registrar’s office.

Add/Drop: Use my.Harvard to add and drop until today- you do not need signatures from me. To add a course you will need instructor permission obtained by requesting permission electronically on my.Harvard.

The Seventh Monday is October 16th. This is the last day in which you may withdraw from a course for the fall term. If you have any questions about this, or still need advice about your course load, please sign up to see me or come by during office hours. To withdraw from a course use the form on the Registrar’s website, obtain the appropriate signatures and turn it into the registrar’s office

Seniors and Requirements
Any seniors who wish to go over their status – how many courses they need to graduate, concentration changes, etc. – should feel free to stop by to see me in the coming weeks. It may be helpful for us to have a conversation now, as you enter the middle of the fall semester.

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, October 3: 10-12noon
Thursday, October 5: 2-4pm
Friday, October 6: 2-4pm

Office hours will remain the same throughout the semester. Feel free to come by during those times. If you wish to make an appointment to see me outside of those times, please call 617-495-2263 or email I am at E303H.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from October 2 to October 9, is Deborah Palmer. She resides in DeWolfe 10-41, and can be reached at 617.851.8419 in the event of an emergency.

Harvard College Honor Council Town-Hall Meeting
On Monday, October 2nd, the Harvard College Honor Council will release its 2016-17 Annual Report. This report is part of a larger conversation about academic integrity across Harvard College, and your engagement and feedback are integral to building a campus committed to honesty and truth. There will be a town-hall meeting with the Council on Thursday, October 5th from 7:30-8:30pm in William James Hall 105. This meeting will be your chance to ask questions about the work of the Council and the role of the Honor Code at Harvard College. Refreshments will be served.

Answer to last Week’s Riddle
Question: What always runs, never walks, often murmurs, never talks, has a bed, but never sleeps, has a mouth but never eats?
Answer: River

Quote of the Week
“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” – Sigmund Freud

Upcoming Workshops & Discussion at the BSC
Speaking Up in Class
Wednesday, October 4, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Develop strategies to increase self-confidence and manage anxiety about speaking in academic settings. Register online at

Peak Performance Workshop
Friday, October 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Learn strategies and techniques to optimize results in one or more domains of your life. No registration.

Post-Concussion Strategies & Coping Workshop
Friday, October 6, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
For Harvard College students who experience academic, social, or other aftereffects of a concussion. No registration.

Dissonance, Dialogue, and Discovery
Six weekly meetings, beginning Friday, October 6, time TBD
Attending to instances of dissonance in our intellectual, personal, and social experience, we’ll engage in a process of dialogue (not debate) that fosters discovery and transformative learning. Call 617-495-2581 to schedule a 30-minute pre-group consultation meeting.
Wednesday, October 11, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Explore factors related to our procrastination habits and patterns. Consider practical and attitudinal approaches we might try when we find ourselves resisting or avoiding our academic work. Register online at

Life After The Team: For Former Varsity Athletes
Friday, October 13, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
All former varsity athletes are encouraged to attend, to discuss the opportunities and challenges that accompany no longer being a varsity athlete. Individual meetings may follow. Register online at

Writing Tutor and Library Peer Research Fellow Study Break
Please join Chance Bonar, your Non-Resident Writing Tutor, and Seniha Ipekci, the River East Library Peer Research Fellow, on Monday, October 2 at 9:00 pm in the Dining Hall to discuss how to develop topics, structure essays, achieve clarify on your writing, and connect with Harvard College Library resources. Chance and Seniha will be hosting regular study breaks throughout the year, so please stop by to ask questions and keep an eye out for upcoming announcements!
Questions? Please feel free to email, or

Important Dates
October 2, Monday
No full-semester, year-long, or Fall 1 course may be dropped from or added to a student’s record after this date.

No course may be changed from letter-graded to Pass/Fail or from Pass/Fail to letter-graded status for the fall term after this date.

Students leaving the College by this date are charged one quarter of tuition and the Student Services Fee.
October 9, Monday
University holiday: Columbus Day.

October 13, Friday
Deadline for applying for spring housing if you were not living in student housing during the fall term.
October 16, 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 27, Friday through October 28, Saturday
Freshmen Family Weekend.
October 30, 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..
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.
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!